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Star trek: Voyager 5.06b - Bride of Chaotica!

Stardate around 52410
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Armed conflict erupts when beings from the fifth dimension mistake Lieutenant Paris' (Robert Duncan McNeill) Captain Proton holographic novel for reality. The beings consider the novel's main character, the evil Doctor Chaotica (Martin Rayner), to be a threat so they knock Voyager's controls offline. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is forced to assume the role of the story's powerful Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People, and infiltrate Chaotica's Fortress of Doom. Meanwhile, the Doctor (Robert Picardo) takes on the role of the novel's President of Earth to help the beings defeat Chaotica.

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Martin Rayner .... Doctor Chaotica
  • Nicholas Worh .... Lonzak
  • Jim Krestalude .... the photonic being
  • Tarik Ergin .... Satan's Robot
  • Bryan Fuller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

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Boys and their toys.

Tom Paris, the oldest teenager in the galaxy, is trying very hard to be a grown up, but he just can't make it. He's a guy!

Meanwhile, most of this episode takes place in glorious black and white. The change to colour is surprising, almost shocking. The lolts between 1930s futurism and 1990s futurism are just as wild. As a youth, desperately starved of science fiction, re-re-re-runs of black and white Buck Rogers episodes where once all I had to keep myself going so I have a fond appreciation for the Captain Proton holoprograms. That and the fact that I didn't realise that this was a holodeck episode until it was already over.

Robert Duncan McNeill is developing Paris' character very nicely. The growth curve has been huge, from the low of incarceration, to field promotion, to true love, to demotion... he's having all the insecurities behind which he hid kicked out from under him (yes, I know that's a bad metaphor) and that makes for good drama. Plus he's cute (in a white bread kind of way) and that never hurts.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 June 1999

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