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Star trek: Voyager 6.04a - Dragon's teeth

Stardate 53167.9
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Episode propaganda

Fleeing from hostile aliens, USS Voyager takes refuge on a planet which has been the victim of major radiation bombing. Discovering hundreds of individuals lying in stasis beneath the planet's surface, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) wakes one and returns an ancient, powerful and feared force to the Delta Quadrant.

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
  • Jeff Allin .... Gedrin
  • Ron Fassler .... Morin
  • Robert Knepper .... Gaul
  • Bob Stillman .... Turei
  • Mimi Craven .... Jisa
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi Wildman
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Rick Kolbe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

More recycling.

The aliens in suspended animation are revived and the crew is threatened was done in The thaw. The new alien friends become new alien enemies was done in Alliances. The new alien friend sacrifices self for Voyager was done in Distant origin. The list goes on, but having already had a rant about this (see Alice and Riddles), I will continue with my review.

The story is one of betrayal and sacrifice. Betrayal by aggressive alien race military (surprise) and sacrifice by aggressive alien race scientist (Gedrin) who turns out to be a cut above the rest. Since he then dies his personal growth is somewhat stunted but I am sure that it was fun while it lasted. Jeff does a good enough job but nothing special (that's a limitation of the character: see also The next generation's Imaginary friend in which he played Ensign Daniel Sutter). The other guest actors are all the same. So are the regular cast.

Dragon's teeth is the kind of episode that's more about things happening rather than characters interacting. That can be good if done properly, but this episode isn't as good as it should be. There's a disjointed feel to it, as if the original script was 55 minutes and it had to be cut down to 44 before filming started after the weekend. The Turei (aggressive alien race #1) barely make an appearance while the Vaadwaur barely get beyond good aliens turn into bad aliens turn into good aliens turn into bad aliens. Janeway's parting line ("That won't be the last we see of them") is so unsubtle that they might as well have put To be continued...

Oh, well, there are some interesting special effects, a planetary landing (not that anyone seemed to care a great deal about it; remember The first one?), a battle, some technobabble and some explosions. The episode is good enough to watch but not good enough to remember. It has all the hallmarks of a trivia night surprise.

Note from the future: That was the last they saw of them.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 May 2000

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