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Star trek: Voyager 7.08a - The void

Stardate around 54553.4
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The crew of the USS Voyager find themselves and their ship stranded in a dark void with seemingly no escape, where the only proven means of survival is to prey upon weaker vessels when they first arrive. With resources dwindling, Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) must decide whether to stick to the principles that govern Starfleet or to concede that in this strange place, the end justifies the means and Voyager must become a predator to survive.

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
  • Robin Sachs .... Valen
  • Paul Willson .... Loquar
  • Scott Lawrence .... Garon
  • Jonathan del Arco .... Fantome
  • Michael Shamus Wiles .... Bosaal
  • Kenneth Biller .... Storywriter
  • Raf Green .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • James Kahn .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Vejar .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Voyager gets stuck in a pothole and needs help from the locals to get free.

This is the same basic plot as Night, Bride of Chaotica!, Gravity and Blink of an eye, plus an assortment of episodes from the other Star trek series. The differentiating point in The void is... ummm... everyone disagrees with the Captain, but, since she is the Captain, everyone has to do it her way.

As you well know, Kathryn Janeway has never been a sucker for the quick and easy option. She has more honour than Lady Lukara herself: she will not pick on someone who is smaller than she is (in fact, she has a more "David and Goliath" confrontational style), she will always help a friend in need (occasionally a foe in need as well) and she never but never goes back on her word.

She can sometimes be a sucker for the underdog, but that only makes her victories more incredible.

As in Night, sticking to the hard path is not easy because there are so many people out there who are more than willing to grab a quick buck but there are times when good can triumph over evil (or even plain old greed). If that sounds too preachy for you then you won't like The void because the principles are drawn with a very wide brush.

On the up side, Voyager gets a super-upgrade for its replicators, meaning that the crew shouldn't have to delve into the ration packs before they get home. there's nothing like an upgrade (pats lovely new 128 Mb stick of RAM).

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 9 November 2001

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