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Star trek: Voyager 6.12a - Fury

Stardate around 53920 and 48315.6 plus 56 days
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Kes (Jennifer Lien) returns a vengeful woman bent on destroying Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Voyager. Using her advanced mental abilities, Kes journeys into the past, intent on delivering the crew into the hands of one of their earliest and most dangerous enemies.

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
  • Jennifer Lien .... Kes
  • Nancy Hower .... Samantha Wildman
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi Wildman
  • Vaughn Armstrong .... the Vidiian Captain
  • Josh Clark .... Joe Carey
  • Kurt Wetherill .... Azan
  • Cody Wetherill .... Rebi
  • Tarik Ergin .... Ayala
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Bryan Fuller .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • John Bruno .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Bothered.

Coming, as it does, at the end of the season, and with a title that evokes emotions beyond normal ken, Fury starts out with a lot to live up to. Here's how I saw things:

  • Kes returns. Wow. After two years in the wilderness, the ex-permanent character with no future returns to give you an update on life in the transcendental zone. Turns out it was no kettle of fish and the sweet, little OCampan has turned into a bitter and twisted bitch. She doesn't care what happens to Voyager as long as the bastards on it all die. Not exactly the thought process of a sane person but what do you expect from someone who has just spent two ninths of her life as a sub-subatomic being?
  • With episodes coming out at regular intervals (weekly if you watch on TV and monthly if you watch on video) it's always tempting to think that each episode occurs at a similar interval. It ain't so. Sometimes the time between is but seconds, sometimes it is months. You just have to wait for the Stardate to know (if there is one). The point is that there's a lot that happens between episodes which is only ever referred to (such as the attacks by the Kazon) or comes up when a special guest death of the week is required (such as Latent image). Fury goes back to the early days in the Delta Quadrant when a new enemy (or an old one) lurked behind every nebula, when Joe Carey was still alive and Tom Paris was still a Lieutenant. The Vidiians, not yet cured by the Think Tank, treat Voyager like a floating organ bank and golly, are they keen to make a withdrawal. Cool.
  • Sam Wildman returns. She hasn't made the screen since... gee, I can't even remember. Maybe not since Once upon a time. As mentioned above, Joe Carey puts in an appearance, which helps to date the alternate timeline to Season One or Two (ie before he stopped appearing, other than Relativity, another alternate timeline back to Season One).
  • Ayala speaks! Onscreen! At last! Lieutenant (Ensign) Ayala is a recurring extra who wanders around in the background providing a familiar face but not getting paid any more than the unfamiliar faces that wander around in the background. He first appeared as an ex-Starfleet Maquis in Caretaker, spoke off screen in Scorpion II and got stranded by the Kazon on Hanon IV in Basics. He also gets mentioned in passing a fair bit, too. It's great to finally see Tarik walking and talking at the same time, although they did only credit him as a security guard!
  • Jennifer got fat.
Overall there's some pretty cool stuff happening (like when Kes kills B'Elanna!) and you really need to see this episode if you want to round off the Kes arc, but it's not as great as it should be. I am becoming cynical.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 January 2001

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