Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1996 on UPN
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Stardate: 49447
Voyager encounters a Cardassian missile ship, which Torres re-programmed while working for the Maquis. Now, B'Elanna must outsmart her own programming to disarm Dreadnought, before it destroys a planet and kills millions of innocent people.

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  • Weapon of Mass Destruction and Entertainment

    A standout episode for Season 2! This is one of my favorite Voyager episodes and one that really showcases B'Elanna, one of the better defined characters of the show.

    This episode is exciting, clever, and suspenseful. This "Adaptive, Intelligent Weapon" has more spark and personality than some characters in the show. I wish it were a recurring character.
  • Dreadnought

    Dreadnought was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as a ship that Torres altered in the past has been detected in the Delta Quadrant and it's about to target a planet full of innocent humanoids. I loved watching Torres aboard the Dreadnought and how she interacted with it's computer. There was suspense, action and character development. Captain Janeway was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions. I was very entertained and look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The “Voyager” encounters space debris of what may have been a shuttlecraft. Some of the debris was beamed aboard the “Voyager” to determine what it is. The crew does not know what it is, but it was fired upon by a Cardassian designed weapon.moreless

    The “Voyager” encounters space debris of what may have been a shuttlecraft. Some of the debris was beamed aboard the “Voyager” to determine what it is. The crew does not know what it is, but it was fired upon by a Cardassian designed weapon. Janeway thinks Seska is responsible. Torres say she is to blame. Torres informs Janeway that she reprogrammed the weapon while it was in the alpha quadrant. How did it make it to the delta quadrant? The weapon is activated and heading for the planet Roska. Torres attempts to shut down the weapon, but fails.moreless
Dan Kern

Dan Kern


Guest Star

Michael Spound

Michael Spound


Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge


Recurring Role

Nancy Hower

Nancy Hower

Ensign Samantha Wildman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: B'Elanna told Tom that she reprogrammed Dreadnought to target Aschelan V before she knew Chakotay well, but later says that she reprogrammed the Dreadnought the day before both the missile and Voyager were brought to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker. B'Elanna and Chakotay have demonstrated close personal knowledge of each other since the first episode of the series, so this is a serious discrepancy.

    • Nitpick: Contrary to established practice (e.g. Star Trek: The Next Generation "Where Silence Has Lease" as well as the original Star Trek), Janeway is able to activate the ship's self-destruct sequence without concurrence of two other senior officers.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • B'Elanna: (as she's about to pass out, trying to breach Dreadnought's containment field) Who'd have thought, two years ago, all those weeks we spent together, perfecting your program, that we'd end up out here, trying to kill each other!

    • Kellan: You would sacrifice yourselves to save a people you didn't know two days ago?
      Janeway: To save two million lives? That's not a hard decision.
      Kellan: Your reputation in this quadrant isn't deserved, captain. For what it's worth... you have made a friend here.

    • Kim: Don't worry, we'll find a way to get you back over there.
      B'Elanna: We wouldn't have to if I'd done the job right the first time.
      Kim: You couldn't expect to guess every move it made!
      B'Elanna: Why not? Dreadnought seems pretty good at guessing mine!
      Kim: It's only as smart as you made it.
      B'Elanna: I'm not so sure about that, Harry.It's programs are adaptive, and it's been accumulating data all this time. It spends every minute of every day thinking about new strategies, new probabilities...
      Kim: And I bet that it doesn't spend much time worrying about what it could have done differently.

    • Janeway: Doctor, I forgot about you.
      The Doctor: How flattering.

    • Paris: (laughs) The lieutenant was unhappy that my con reports weren't punctuated properly - according to Starfleet protocol. I didn't like his attitude.
      B'Elanna: Was he right about your reports?
      Paris: We're in the Delta Quadrant, nowhere near Starfleet, what difference does it... (sighs) Yeah, he was right.

    • The Doctor: You never suggested your father's name to me.
      Kes: I thought you were only considering human names.
      The Doctor: Ah. Well, you were mistaken.
      Kes: If you like Benarren, there is no reason why you can't use it too. I'm certain she won't mind.
      The Doctor: Won't mind that I usurped her baby's name the moment I heard it? Thank you, but no thank you.

    • The Doctor: Cameron. 'One whose nose is bent'.

    • Paris: When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Roxann Dawson would go on to provide another computer voice (for the automated repair station) in the Enterprise episode "Dead Stop".

    • In this episode, Kes claims that she "once knew a boy named Tarrik", a reference to Voyager stand-in actor Tarik Ergin, who is frequently seen in the background of episodes as Lieutenant Ayala.

    • A male voice was used instead of regular Cardassian computer voice actress Judi Durand so as to be easily distinguishable from Roxann Dawson as the Maquis program voice.

    • Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna) said some of the most interesting parts of filming this episode was in looping Dreadnought's voice, giving her more insight in her character's past as a Maquis and what she had been capable before she became a crew member of Voyager.

    • This episode had the working titles "Counterstrike" and "Original Sin".