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Star trek: Voyager 6.13a - The haunting of Deck 12

Stardate around 53980
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

Suspended in a dark and sinister nebula, the crew of Voyager become increasingly tense. Following an unexplained impact upon leaving the cloud, the ship begins to experience a series of malfunctions, ranging from minor accidents to major life-threatening incidents which suggest the presence of a malevolent disembodied force.

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
  • Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
  • Marley S McClean .... Mezoti
  • Kurt Wetherill .... Azan
  • Cody Wetherill .... Rebi
  • Zoe McLellan .... Tal Celes
  • Mike Sussman .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Kenneth Biller .... Screenwriter
  • Bryan Fuller .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The Borg babies! Yay!

I like the Borg babies, they present a unique opportunity to study the collective without being in danger of assimilation. So few drones have been separated from the collective in the history of the Federation that understanding their reactions to their new lives (neither completely drone nor completely individual) is incredibly difficuLieutenant It's like trying to study the Breen, most of what you learn is second or third hand. The first hand information tends to die with its possessor.

Meanwhile, the Borg babies are developing their individuality while remaining in a few collectives: that of the USS Voyager, that of the ex-Borg on Voyager and that of the children on Voyager. The haunting of Deck 12 sees the young uns experiencing the semi-cohesiveness of all three collectives at the same time as Neelix attempts to keep them entertained during a period of [insert technobabble] danger. Their bond is primarily that of a group of well-behaved children (and a youth). They argue good naturedly but never get to the point of significant hurt; it's good for children to experience pain as it assists in the maturation process, just as not cleaning your house with anti-bacterial products allows their immune systems to develop.

Icheb enjoys his seniority but never lords it over the others. Mezoti is outgoing but never overwhelming. Azan and Rebi are slowly coming out of their sub-collective of two (either that, or there was some extra cash in the budget). It is clear from their behaviour that the boys already enjoyed some form of mental bond before they were assimilated, and that their absorption into the hive mind was less traumatic than for true individuals. Like all children would, the whole group plays in each others' minds, such as they can, through their short range neural link, which gives rise to the opportunity for Mezoti to blab that Azan is scared of the monster on Deck 12, and for him to flat out deny it. Kurt and Cody don't generally do much in the episodes they're in, but in this one they jump right into their characters and have a ball. The naturalness of their performance gives rise to the assumption that they share their own real life collective, and that they have a future in acting.

Uh, there were some adults in the show, too. Celes is alive and well, working in engineering after her misfortunate and only away mission on the Delta Flyer and still not doing many things right. It's nice to see an Ensign who not only survives an away mission but lives long enough to be in an episode 200 Stardate units later! cool!

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 23 February 2001

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