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Star trek: Voyager 7.04b - Nightingale

Stardate 54274.7
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A timely response to an alien distress call gives Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) his first taste of real command. Keen to assist the seemingly helpless crew in their mission of mercy against an oppressive regime, Harry's leadership in the face of a heavily-armed enemy results in systems failure, death and a mutiny aboard the starship Nightingale.

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
  • Ron Glass .... Loken
  • Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
  • Beverly Leech .... Dayla
  • Paul F O'Brien .... Geral
  • Scott Miles .... Terek
  • Alan Brooks .... the Annari Commander
  • Bob Rudd .... Brell
  • Robert Lederman .... Storywriter
  • Dave Long .... Storywriter
  • Andre Bormanis .... Screenwriter
  • LeVar Burton .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

For the past five years, I have been waiting for Star trek's longest-lived Ensign to get another pip to wear on his uniform. For the past 14 months your longest-lived Ensign has been waiting to get another pip to wear on his uniform. He even mentioned it to the Captain and First Officer, even though it did turn out to be something of a faux pas.

But that's not the point. Harry has been an exemplary Starfleet officer. He's lead away missions (see Warhead), he's survived any number of alien possessions, kidnappings and infections, he's altered the timeline, and he's saved the ship on more than one occasion. For 6½ years, Harry Kim has been a model of Starfleet's training methods. He has even learned to be his own man rather than some automaton spouting protocols and technobabble (no-one gets promoted without having a few black marks on their record - the Kobiyashi Maru test is there for a reason: you have to fail before you can learn how to handle failure). He is no longer the green graduate who turned up spic and span for his first assignment, but does he get promoted? No. Why? There's no good reason.

If you'd asked me whether Harry should be promoted before Season Seven, I would've said, "Not yet, but soon." After the harsh learning experiences of Memorial and Ashes to ashes, and his cool, calm and collected behaviour in Drive, I would've answered the question with "Anytime you're ready, Captain" but Nightingale takes Harry 10 steps backward for the two steps forward which he manages to make. Without any help from Kathryn, I might add, just some sage advice from Seven of Nine, someone with the accumulated memories of more Starfleet officers than the EMH's measley 47.

The B-story, featuring Icheb and B'Elanna in a romance that never happened, is cute but ultimately does nothing for either character except show how much B'Elanna has learned to control her Latina-Klingon temper. In Season One she would've decked the prat for even thinking about her.

The star of this episode is Voyager itself, landed on an M-Class planet for some long overdue hardware maintenance. There are no broad swoops of CGI, just some quick establishing shots with far too much detail to be taken in the first time you see it. The hangar door is open. People are walking around on the hull. Others are floating on some sort of anti-gravity platform. Someone has the hood up on the port nacelle. There are concrete blocks under the starboard landing strut. It's a piece of digital magic to rival the awesome beauty of Deep Space Nine's final season episode, Once more unto the breach.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 6 July 2001

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