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Star trek: Voyager 5.13a - Warhead

Stardate 50971.5 Warhead 2 years
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After Voyager receives a distress signal from an alien missile, Ensign Kim (Garrett Wang), Lieutenant Torres (Roxann Dawson) and the Doctor (Robert Picardo) determine that it's a complex, damaged weapon with artificial intelligence and sentient consciousness. But when they beam this mysterious device aboard, it interlinks with the Doctor's program and through him, insists Voyager enable it to fulfil its mission of mass destruction.

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
  • McKenzie Westmore .... Ensign Jenkins
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Kenneth Biller .... Screenwriter
  • John Kretchmer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Harry hits the big time.

Not only does he get to sit in the big chair again, but he also leads his first away mission. The character development that's been going on since The killing game I, Timeless and The disease is paying off; the wet behind the ears Ensign fresh from the Academy is growing up. Rather than seeing Harry as the youth he is you are now seeing the man he will become. It's a precious time in any parent's life, one to be treasured, especially when life can be cut short at any time (remember that Harry has been killed 3 times: by the Vhnori transference device, by the Vidiians, by the Demon planet, and even his deuterium duplicate bit the dust. Not to mention being blown up over several Different timelines and all the close shaves.

In other words, enjoy Harry while you can.

McKenzie's Ensign also gives you a look at life away from the bright lights of the day shift (which is when aliens choose to attack - it's a good thing they're all on UFP time), but in a very different manner than The next generation's Lower decks. That episode was all about worry and tragedy, Warhead is all about the junior members of an experienced crew and the way the actions of the big guns interfere with their lives.

Robert switches characterisations effortlessly, from the relatively benign EMH to the paranoid, obsessed Druoda weapon. His arguments with Garrett really spark: these two haven't done a lot together before and maybe someone will get the idea to do some more! I want more!

Warhead is an intense, personal and philosophical episode that pushes Harry into the fast track to promotion (I predict an extra pip before the end of Season Seven).

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 January 2000

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