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Star trek: Voyager 7.09a - Workforce II

Stardate 54622.4
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

At large in the Quarren industrial sector, Chakotay (Robert Beltran) sets about convincing Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) that she is a Starfleet Captain rather than a lowly technician. Meanwhile, spurred on by Tuvok's (Tim Russ) flashbacks and some disturbing statistics, efficiency monitor Annika Hansen (Jeri Ryan) begins to unravel a sinister trade in brainwashed immigrant workers.

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, Director
  • 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
  • James Read .... Jaffen
  • Don Most .... Kadan
  • John Aniston .... the Quarren Ambassador
  • Tom Virtue .... the supervisor
  • Robert Joy .... Yerid
  • Jay Harrington .... Ravoc
  • Damara Reilly .... the alien surgeon
  • Matt Williamson .... Security Officer
  • Joseph Will .... Security Officer
  • Bryan Fuller .... Storywriter
  • Kenneth Biller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A Part II that builds on Part I and doesn't merely finish it. There's a depth to everything that happens where you would expect a bit of technobabble and some polite discussion with the proper authorities.

Roxann Dawson's direction is not slouchy but there's nothing much to distinguish it from that of Alan in Part I. I have always found it odd that different directors are hired to shoot the two halves of the same story. It's like the first half of Waterworld being shot by Kevin Reynolds and the second half by Kevin Costner. Surely it would end up as if made by a schizophrenic, wouldn't it? Well, in the case of Star trek, apparently not.

I am writing this review a long time after seeing the tape of Part II, so I don't have much to say, or maybe there just isn't much to say: you know that they're going to be rescued; you know that Kathryn won't be able to have a boyfriend for more than two episodes (see Fairhaven and Spirit folk); you know that Seven will have a hand in anything interesting that happens.

Not a big surprise, but interesting nonetheless.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 7 December 2001

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