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Star trek: Voyager 5.07a - Gravity

Stardate 52438.9
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

A shuttle carrying Tuvok (Tim Russ), Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and the Doctor (Robert Picardo) disappears into a collapsing sinkhole and crash lands on a deserted wasteland. While Voyager tries to rescue them from this risky area of space, the away team befriends Noss (Lori petty), an exotic alien woman who's also trapped on the planet. Soon, she falls in love with Tuvok and although it's illogical for a Vulcan, he finds himself attracted to her too.

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
  • Lori Petty .... Noss
  • Leroy D Brazile .... young Tuvok
  • Paul Eckstein .... Controller Yost
  • Joseph Ruskin .... the Vulcan master
  • Nick Sagan .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Bryan Fuller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Jimmy Diggs .... Storywriter
  • Terry Windell .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Wow, this is a different episode. Had it been shown in the first season it would have been a guys bonding under adverse conditions story. Since this is the fifth season, it's just a damned good story.

The best part of it is that there's a solid whack of Tuvok bashing. Haven't you always wondered about his childhood? You saw his first foray into Starfleet on the USS Excelsior under Captain Sulu (legend!), and you know he had a... troubled childhood, and you know he has difficulties with his darker emotions. Now, you will understand all. Why his parents despaired over him, why joined, quit and rejoined Starfleet, why his mate, T'Pel, is so important to him, why he never quite got the hang of emotional suppression.

You also get to meet a whole new bunch of beings, an interesting spatiobabble phenomenon, survival training, a romance, a broken heart (or two), photon grenades, shooting, beaming, diplomacy, universal translators offline, and more. Apart from the nick of time ending, it's pretty darned good.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 9 July 1999

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