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Star trek: Voyager 5.07b - Bliss

Stardate 52542.3
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Episode propaganda

Finally, after five long years, an exhilarated crew of the USS Voyager finds a wormhole that will bring them back to the Alpha Quadrant. As the happy crew prepares to return to Earth, a sceptical Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) violates Captain's Orders and enlists the Doctor (Robert Picardo), Naomi Wildman (Scarlett Pomers) and a pilot, Qatai (W Morgan Sheppard), to help her stop the ship from entering the wormhole.

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
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi Wildman
  • W Morgan Sheppard .... Qatai
  • Bill Prady .... Storywriter
  • Robert J Doherty .... Screenwriter
  • Cliff Bole .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

To quote the good captain... What's wrong with this picture?

Well, we know that Voyager has two and a half more seasons to go, so they aren't gonna get home just yet. Also, wormholes are just teasers: the Harry Kim Wormhole, the Barzan wormhole and now the Qatai wormhole. So... what's the story with this one which conveniently arrives right smack on Earth's doorstep. Obviously, it ain't and it don't.

These "We almost got home but didn't quite make it" episodes are a bit much. They aren't gonna make it until 7.13, so why bother with the pretence that they might? Just get on with the journey.

Now, Qatai is another Ahab character (the wormhole is a giant bio-plasmic space-going organism), and this story is all about Ahab's quest to quell the mighty beast. This story is nothing new for Star trek. In fact, it seems to be a hazard of the job.

*Sighs*

The effects are damned good (a gold star to the effects people), Astrometrics is stunning, Seven is growing, Naomi is becoming less like Wesley every episode (hoorah!) and there's some technobabble. It's not a great episode, but it is a good one.

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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