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Star trek: Voyager 6.01a - Equinox II

Stardate around 53000
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Episode propaganda

Voyager is attacked by the aliens, and as Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) plots to recapture Ransom (John Savage) and his crew, the Equinox is equally determined to escape with the Doctor (Robert Picardo) and Seven of nine (Jeri Ryan) as hostages.

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
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Rick Berman .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

And now, the conclusion.

That's right, this is the other end of the dark and meaty cliffhanger that wrapped up Season Five. And just when you thought things couldn't get any darker and meatier, here comes Season Six. Equinox II manages to take all the gritty realities of its precursor and make it even more gritty. The betrayals are more personal, the anger is more intense, the ethics are murkier and the effects are even more fun. Everything you want in a Voyager episode.

Kate Mulgrew gets really intense in a way that I haven't seen before. Normally Janeway's anger is reserved for bullies, bad guys or people who cross the line, but Ransom has betrayed the founding principle of Starfleet: to seek out new life forms and celebrate their uniqueness. What's more, he has betrayed the four pips on his collar by not only breaking but demolishing the Prime Directive. Even worse, she's discovered that she's not so different from him. Many's the time Janeway has been faced with an ethical dilemma and chosen to bend or even ignore the Prime Directive in order to get her crew home, in Ransom she sees her own sins held up to the light and she doesn't like what she sees. It's no wonder she's pissed.

Opposing her is not, as you might expect, Ransom, but Chakotay, that much-maligned (I know about this because I've been doing it since the beginning) new age warrior. The scenes between him and Janeway are better than the arguments they had during Scorpion. They are deeper, more personal, more intimate. They are under each other's skin like they have never been before, and Janeway is laying down the law. Cool.

Equinox II sets a high standard for the rest of Season Six, one which I hope will continue.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 11 February 2000

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