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Star trek: Voyager 5.09a - The disease

Stardate around 52660
Threat advisory: Severe - Severe risk of entertaining activities

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Without Starfleet Medical clearance and in violation of interspecies protocol, Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) has a passionate love affair with an exotic alien explorer, Derran Tal (Musetta Vander) of the Varro species. But the escapade puts both the Voyager crew and the Varro species in jeopardy when Kim and Tal become biochemically interdependent...

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
  • Musetta Vander .... Derran Tal
  • Charles Rocket .... Jippeq
  • Kenneth Biller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Wow!

This episode is awesome.

Special effects, broken rules, broken hearts, true love and an unsinkable ship that... Ooops, wrong video. Rewind...

Nope! I am right; the unsinkable ship even sinks. But where Titanic is a pastiche of stereotyped chocolate box sentimentality, The disease is a gut-wrenching, soul-rending saga of two ships meeting in the night, only to be torn apart by forces much greater than either can withstand. Honour. Duty. Trust...

I believe that I may have to adjust my medication.

But seriously folks, The disease does for forbidden love what Titanic did for boating insurance. Garrett and Musetta burn and yearn for each other like a proton and an electron in a magnetic bubble. (Definitely adjusting the medication.) The forces that pull them asunder are too powerful for two individuals. On the one side it's the repressive nature of a xenophobic society (the Varro), on the other it's the repressive nature of a benevolent hierachical dictatorship (a Starfleet vessel). That's one of the good things about this episode: the communist baddies are not that much different from the individualistic goodies.

The effects for Star trek: Voyager just keep getting better and better. The art direction isn't far behind. Whoever comes up with the designs (and execution) for the effects deserves a Chocolate Fish. No, make that two. The generational ship is way cool, especially once you find Voyager snuggled up beside it like a newborn suckling its dam. Wow.

You don't need to hear about the acting: it's great. The interpersonal relationships among crewmembers are developing in brilliantly natural ways (Paris covering for Kim on the bridge is a wonderful touch). I was very pleased with this episode, in fact with the whole season: it's the best yet for Voyager.

You are required to watch this episode or forfeit your pointy ears.

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 7 September 1999

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