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Star trek: Voyager 5.13b - Equinox I

Stardate around 53999
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Episode propaganda

Voyager finds another federation starship lost in the Delta Quadrant, the science vessel USS Equinox, and helps it stave off an attack by creatures from another spatial realm. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) now has a kindred spirit in its commander, Captain Rudy Ransom (John Savage), and helps him salvage his war torn vessel so they can journey home together. But when the Doctor retrieves data from the USS Equinox research lab, Janeway learns the hard truth that Captain Ransom has seriously violated the Starfleet oath by commiting mass murder in the Delta Quadrant. When she strips him of his command and confines him to quarters, he and his crew manage to escape with Voyager's advanced technology - and the Doctor and Seven of nine (Jeri Ryan) as hostages aboard their ship.

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
  • John Savage .... Captain Rudy Ransom
  • Titus Welliver .... Commander Maxwell Burke
  • Olivia Birkelund .... Ensign Gilmore
  • Rick Worthy .... Crewman Noah Lessing
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi
  • Steve Dennis .... a USS Equinox crewmember
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Rick Berman .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

What could've been.

As you watched the deuterium USS Voyager disintegrating a few episodes back, you saw the senior staff behaving as they might've done under slightly different circumstances. In Equinox you get to see Voyager's trip if it hadn't been quite so lucky. What if the Maquis had decided not to join the Starfleet crew? What if they had staged a mutiny? What if they hadn't picked up Neelix and Kes to guide and advise them? What if there were only 70 people trying to run a starship built for twice that many? Would the difficult decisions have been made the way they were, or would necessity won out over philosophy? The crew of the USS Equinox had a much worse time in the Delta Quadrant: a much smaller ship losing half the crew in the first week, no holodecks for entertainment, low warp speed, few weapons, replicators offline...

What would you do? Where would you draw the line? Would you kill a few possibly non-sentient aliens if that gets you home in one piece?

John's desperate Captain Ransom went through and asked himself all that. This cliffhanger episode (and it's Season Six resolution) show what happens when someone has to answer those sorts of questions. The saying "Desperate beings do desperate things" is not just a fluffy homily, it's a truth that can only be understood by experience. Watch Equinox and see what I mean.

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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