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Star trek: Voyager 7.13 - Endgame

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Episode propaganda

It took the USS Voyager decades to journey home from the Delta Quadrant, decades which took their toll upon the ship's crew and captain. Now an Admiral in Starfleet, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) cannot reconcile the price of the long passage, and embarks on an ambitious and forbidden plan to change the past, forcing a final confrontation with Voyager's deadliest enemy.

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 .... Barclay
  • Richard Herd .... Admiral Paris
  • Vaughn Armstrong .... Korath
  • Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
  • Lisa Locicero .... Miral Paris
  • Miguel Perez .... Tuvok's physician
  • Grant Garrison .... Cadet
  • Alice Krige .... Borg Queen
  • Amy Lindsay .... Lana
  • Matthew James Williamson .... Klingon
  • Joey Sakata .... Engineer
  • Richard Sarstedt .... Starfleet Admiral
  • Iris Bahr .... Cadet
  • Ashley Sierra Hughes .... Sabrina
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Kenneth Biller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Robert Doherty .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • FYI: The "Endgame" occurs at the end of a game of chess when only a few of the pieces remain and the options to move them are severely limited
  • NB: Alice Krige, The movie Borg Queen, appears in this episode rather than Voyager's regular Borg Queen, Susanna Thompson
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The end.

Time travel.

Another end.

I the first end better: Twenty-three years struggling through the Delta Quadrant suffering loss, hardship and travail. The second end, which comes about because of an interfering Admiral, is an anticlimax. Those who are responsible at Paramount would've been aware of this but they did it anyway, perhaps as a deliberate (and valid) literary technique. Showing what might've been first then saving them from it all is entirely legal, but not as rewarding as two decades of strife (down from an original estimation of 70). Ah well, you must take what you're given, then write some fanfic to make up for it.

On with the story.

The prevalence of grey hair in the first timeline is a riveting sight. Throughout these seven seasons the lead characters in Star trek: Voyager have been a blend of mature minds in youthful bodies. Finding out what happens to your favourite character over the long run is a major bonus. Consider Harry Kim's bitter future in Timeless, the loss of ship and crew in Course: Oblivion, the rewriting of history in Living witness: you finally get to see the equal and opposite reaction to seven years of action. Consequences. Results. Successes. Failures. Wonderful.

Then come the Borg, Star trek's prime antagonist. After so many Voyager episodes devoted to the Borg and their doings it is fitting that the ultimate episode requires their presence. Many times Voyager has used Borg technology to shorten the ride home, but never at the expense of a member of the crew. This time, however, things are different: a price must be paid. That's good. When there's a price to be paid to achieve your goals you have the seeds of drama. Drama is good.

Typically, the only person Janeway is willing to sacrifice is herself (Captain's prerogative) but realistically, the only person she can sacrifice is her other self (Admiral's prerogative). Who better to face up to the artificial Queen than a real Queen? As the ultimate authority in their respective cultures, their head-to-heads have been the stuff of legend and this one is no less. Icheb's parents can feel some pleasure that their unparently threat to the Borg has had some real effect. The destruction of Unimatrix 01 is no small blow, even to a society as huge as the Borg, and it goes some way toward making up for spoiling the plans of other species who have been trying to stop the Borg (see also Hope and fear, Infinite regress). It's also a good excuse for blowing some things up.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult theme)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 12 April 2002

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