Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 10


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: Unknown
Janeway must find a way to hide her telepathic officers, as well as twelve telepathic refugees, while traveling through space controlled by the Devore - a species who has outlawed telepathy.

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  • Mahler!

    I love this episode mostly because they actually use Gustav Mahler's first symphony (and a bit of Tchaikovsky as well) as background music for the duration of the episode. Not to mention Janeway shines by, once again, outsmarting the alien of the week.
  • Counterpoint

    Counterpoint was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as Voyager was passing through Devore space, and telepaths are outlawed there. The story was interesting and engaging as Captain Janeway played a great game of Chess and Cat n Mouse (bothfiguratively) with the Inspector. In the end Captain Janeway won and it was fun to watch. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!!!
  • Voyager is passing through Devore space. The Devore has already stopped Voyager for inspection in the past few days. Now they are at it again. The Devore hails Voyager as a gahray vessel. The Devore informs the crew to prepare to be boarded.moreless

    Voyager is passing through Devore space. The Devore has already stopped Voyager for inspection in the past few days. Now they are at it again. The Devore hails Voyager as a gahray vessel. The Devore informs the crew to prepare to be boarded. The Devore are notorious for conducting routine inspections on vessels crossing through their space. They are looking for any person who is a telepath. They consider telepaths as dangerous criminals. This will not be the last time Voyager is inspected by the Devore. The only way these inspections can be avoided is to leave Devore space.moreless
  • A alien species called the Devores board Voyager to inspect the ship for Telepaths. In the Devorian region of space, telepaths are banned and sent to concentration camps. Telepaths must take refuge on Voyager to hide from the Devores.moreless

    I found this episode to be entertaining and reflective to the Nazi's an the holocaust. The Devores seemed liked the Nazis who were gathering telepaths (Jews) and imprisoning them in concentration camps. I also found character development in Janeway when she fell for Kashyk. It displayed a new and warming side to her character.
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: At the end of the episode, Tuvok, Vorik and the other telepathic Voyager crew member are not aboard the shuttlecrafts nor in transporter suspension and thus should have been caught by the inspection team. Of course, the soldiers may not have carried out a full inspection, since they believed that they already knew where they were. If they had continued the search from where they left off instead of calling it off, it seems likely the crewmembers would have been found.

    • Trivia: Transporter suspension was pioneered by Montgomery Scott in The Next Generation episode "Relics".

    • Nitpick: When Kashyk asks Janeway for permission to replicate a beverage to toast their success in calculating the appearance of the wormhole, she tells him that the unit in his quarters has been deactivated so that he can't replicate a weapon. However, in previous episodes it has been established that standard food replicators are unable to create weapons, or anything else dangerous. It is possible, however, that Janeway was speaking academically. Kashyk is a trained soldier, so many things provided by the replicator could possibly be fashioned into a weapon.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Torat: Federations, Imperiums. Why do you people feel such a need to align yourselves with monolithic organizations?

    • Kashyk: I doubt you'd know a wormhole from a dark matter inversion.
      Janeway: Professor Kashyk is another expert I've retained to help us with this matter. I'm afraid he's not as impressed with your work as I am. In fact, he discouraged me from seeking you out.
      Torat: Professor Kashyk? Never heard of you.
      Kashyk: Not surprising, considering you toil in scientific obscurity.
      Torat: Obscurity! I've discovered over sixty astronomical phenomena!
      Kashyk: Not worth the sensors they were recorded on.
      Janeway: There's no need to insult the man. Just because he doesn't know how to find an interspatial flexure.
      Torat: Interspatial flexure? Why didn't you say so in the first place. He said 'wormhole', a layman's term that that covers any number of phenomena. I am familiar with a certain anomaly that could be categorized as an interspatial flexure.

    • Kashyk: Fire! It should have detonated. Those aren't neutrino emissions, they're antimatter residue signatures. There's no wormhole here. You created false readings.
      Janeway: That is the theme for this evening, isn't it?
      Kashyk: Prax, do you have the telepaths?
      Prax: I have cargo containers filled with vegetables.
      Kashyk: Return to the bridge!
      Janeway: Computer, change music selection. 'Mahler's Symphony Number One, Second Movement.' Maybe this will help you relax.

    • Kashyk: I've examined your crew manifest from our last inspection. Commander Tuvok, Ensign Vorik -- Vulcans. Ensigns Suder and Jurot -- Betazoids, all telepaths, and yet for some reason you neglected to mention them.
      Janeway: For a simple reason -- they're dead.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Trivia: One of the key musical pieces featured in "Counterpoint" is ""Mahler's Symphony Number One". This selection of music was not simply random, as the opening of this piece was used in a direct quotation by Alexander Courage in the main Star Trek theme.

    • Kate Mulgrew stated that "Counterpoint" is her favorite episode of the series in response to a fan query. This is reinforced by her selection of this episode for the "Captain's Log" Star Trek DVD collection.

    • Randy Oglesby has made several other Star Trek appearances. The first is in The Next Generation as the scholarly member of Riva's chorus in "Loud As A Whisper". Twice in Deep Space Nine, first as twin Miradorns, Ah-Kel & Ro-Kel in "Vortex", and then as Silaran Prin in "The Darkness And The Light". And twice in Enterprise, as Trina'L in "Unexpected", and throughout the third season in a recurring role as Degra.