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Star trek: Voyager 7.03b - Inside man

Stardate 54208.3
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

After going without mail from home for over a month, the USS Voyager crew is looking forward to seeing the next data stream which is jammed in the ship's transceiver. Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) determine that instead of letters, the data stream contains a hologram of Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz), the Starfleet officer from the Pathfinder Project on Earth who has taken a personal interest in getting Voyager home. Holo-Barclay tells Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) of the project's plan: Voyager will be passing through a sector of space occupied by a red giant star and at the same time, Federation scientists will target the magnetic field of another red giant in the Alpha Quadrant with a verteron beam to create a geodesic fold. As a result, space will be punctured at two points, creating a gateway between the quadrants.

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
  • Dwight Schultz .... Reginald Barclay
  • Marina Sirtis .... Deanna Troi
  • Richard Herd .... Admiral Paris
  • Richard McGonagle .... Commander Pete Harkins
  • Frank Corsentino .... Gegis
  • Christopher Neiman .... Yeggie
  • Michael William Rivkin .... Nunk
  • Sharisse Baker-Bernard .... Leosa
  • Robert Doherty .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Oh! Inside Man, not Inside Man. A man on the inside!

D'oh!

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the data stream from Starfleet back in the Alpha Quadrant is making its semi-regular appearance. One episode off, one episode on. Reg is also making his semi-regular appearance, having personal issues while coming up with brilliant ideas. Deanna is also making her semi-regular appearance, coming in to stabilise Reg, enabling him to come up with brilliant ideas save the day. Sound familiar? It should, it's the same story they used in Pathfinder, with the added twist of something going terribly, terribly wrong. The latest email has an unknown attachment and someone opens it without running it through a virus-checker.

First rule of email: trust no-one. Even the people that you know and trust might be infecting you. I know this because just before I began writing this review, I allowed myself to be infected with the win32.magistr.24876 virus. That's one nasty piece of work. It emails itself to everyone in your address book, installs itself on their computers, hides inside other files (including Windows Explorer!), then sends itself on to everyone in their address books. You should also have a firewall (I recommend Zone Alarm - it's free and it works!), which is how I discovered the infection. The firewall was constantly stopping an unauthorised program from accessing the net, which is a sure-fire sign of something going wrong.

Anyhow, the virus turns out to be... an evil hologram who tries to take over the ship! Eek! A plot twist! And it turns out that the virus was planted by none other than... the Ferengi! Boo! Hiss! Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations is all well and good until a capitalist comes along. It would appear that Moogie's plan to change Ferengi society by introducing a "kinder, gentler Nagus" still has some way to go (see The dogs of war).

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 June 2001

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