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Star trek: Voyager 6.08a - Tsunkatse

Stardate 53447.2
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Episode propaganda

While on shore leave, Chakotay (Robert Beltran) and Torres (Roxann Dawson) attend a Tsunkatse match in a nearby alien world. In the meantime, Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is off touring a planet in a neighbouring system. Meanwhile, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Tuvok (Tim Russ) ask Chakotay if they can study a micro-nebula on an away mission. Chakotay grants them permission, telling them that they can spend their shore leave in whatever manner they choose.

While in the shuttle, Seven of Nine and Tuvok are captured by an alien vessel. An alien named Penk (Jeffrey Combs) welcomes Seven of Nine to Tsunkatse, telling her that she is going to be a very popular attraction.

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
  • Jeffrey Combs .... Penk
  • JG Hertzler .... the Hirogen hunter
  • The Rock .... the Tsunkatse champion
  • Robert Doherty .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Vejar .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

World Championship Wrestling.

Seriously.

On the up side, you do get to see Seven of Nine doing some bitchin' kick-ass moves and taking as good as she gives. And you get to see Chakotay's fascination for hand to hand combat (so that's why he's into boxing). It's part of an ongoing attempt to increase his "warrior" image from the wuss who ran to mama Kate's arms in Caretaker. He never came across as the leader of a Maquis cell or a man of violence, even when he was brainwashed to the point of zealotry in Nemesis. Oh, well, Kate always had bigger balls than anyone else on Voyager so it's not hard to see why he's so pussy whipped (and he isn't even getting any!)

On the down side (again), two stalwarts of Deep Space Nine, Weyoun and Martok, are reincarnated in the Delta Quadrant as an unethical manipulator and an honourable warrior. Sound familiar? Star trek has a venerable tradition of recycling it's best minor actors both within a series and between series, but Martok and Weyoun are far too big to be treated that way. Hearing their voices pop out of completely different aliens is just too much. The same thing happened when Nog became Kar way back in Initiations. If the two actors had been cross-cast (with Jeffrey as the honourable warrior and JG as the unethical manipulator), they might have gotten away with it. Maybe. But no-one will ever know.

Back on the up side, WCW is presented as a trashy piece of populist pap appealing to the very lowest of lowest common denominators - not to mention the fact that it's all about money and how to get it without being bothered by minor considerations like scruples and ethics.

Anything else? Well... no. It's an entertaining episode with more physical violence than most seasons manage but you know that nobody's going to die at this stage of the series.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 September 2000

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