Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 26

Hope And Fear

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 20, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: 51978.2
A mysterious alien with a knack for languages is able to repair a damaged message from Starfleet. The crew is elated when the message reveals that a new ship is waiting for them, that has the ability to bring them home in three months. However, Janeway suspects that this turn of luck is too good to be true.


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  • Hope and Fear

    Hope and Fear was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode and season four finale. The story was pretty good and it forced the Captain and Seven to ask themselves important questions. There was a lot of character development for them both. The alien whom Voyager encountered was interesting and turned out to have secret motives of his own. I enjoyed the scene where Arturis came into Borg space. I look forward to watching the next season of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!moreless
  • If you like this story, it's because you've seen it a thousand times. Ever since movies were invented. The Villain kidnaps the female and whisks her off to her demise. A chase ensues. The female is rescued. The Villain meets his own fatmoreless

    If you like this story, it's because you've seen it a thousand times. Ever since movies were invented.

    The Villain kidnaps the female and whisks her off to her demise. A chase ensues. The female is rescued. The Villain meets his own fate. Question is: Do they do make this "old story" work? My thinking is that they do.

    In this case, a seemingly innocent alien is offered a ride on Voyager. He is an expert on languages including computer languages. Sometime ago, Voyager had received a message from the Alpha Quadrant where parts of it were highly degraded. The alien helps decrypt the messages.

    The decrypted messages point Voyager to a place where there is Starship waiting to taking them back to the Alpha Quadrant. It uses a new "slip-stream technology" that will get them home in 3 months. They are to abandon Voyager and hope aboard this new ship.

    Janeway is suspicious of both the new ship and the alien. She has a problem with coincidences. (I'd say the idea of sending an unmanned ship to the Delta Quadrant doesn't sound like something Starfleet would do. I think they couldn't resist exploring and at best, they'd send a crew to swap ships). She keeps working on the message while having an engineering crew go over the new ship thoroughly. She also wants the slip-stream technology added to Voyager's systems. Turns out Janeway is right. The alien fabricated the Starfleet message. The supposed rescue ship is really the alien's ship. Janeway gets most of her crew off the alien ship. However, she and Seven of Nine are trapped aboard it.

    The alien takes off with Janeway and Seven back to Borg space. He really wanted to send all of the Voyager crew to the Borg to be assimilated. He's satisfied with only capturing Janeway. (The Villain kidnaps the female).

    Voyager pursues using their own slip-stream. Janeway and Seven try to take control of the alien ship but fail to stop the alien. (The Chase)

    Voyager rescues them just in time and the alien lands himself smack in front of the Borg who promise to assimilate him. (The rescue and dealing with the Villain).

    Slip-stream will surface later in Voyager episodes but for the time being, it's viewed as not helpful to getting them home.moreless
  • A great episode that loses points for the strangely pessimistic ending.

    Let's start with the ending first.

    Voyager has just used a new warp drive that could get them home in 3 months. It's on their ship. It's essentially Janeway's holy grail. The explanation for why they can't use it anymore is... because they can't. But they'll keep working on it. Which means we'll never hear about it again.

    The ending detracts from an otherwise excellent story, about a vengeful alien whose race was destroyed (arguably) by Voyager's assistance of the borg. Perfect title for the episode as well. The Borg cameo at the end was nice... if just a little terrifying.moreless
  • Paris and Neelix come back from a trading colony with a passenger named Arturis. Arturis knows over 4,000 languages. Well, Arturis needs a ride to the next star system.

    Paris and Neelix come back from a trading colony with a passenger named Arturis. Arturis knows over 4,000 languages. Well, Arturis needs a ride to the next star system. Janeway asks Arturis if he could help decode the message that Starfleet sent before the relay stations got destroyed. It seems Starfleet has sent a message. They have sent a starship to the delta quadrant. Janeway sends an away team to investigate. It is a ship known as the Dauntless. Janeway has a hunch it may be to good to be true. You know she may be right.moreless
  • I wondered when they would do something like this...

    Voyager was pivital in driving Species 8472 out from Borg space, and from the rest of the galaxey... which meant that the Borg would retain at least some of the homeworlds they'd over taken. Not having at least one species come after Voyager for this reason would have done more harm than good, in my opinion.

    With that said, revenge never seems to be enough once handed out... but still, people still want to dish out revenge. It is apart of human nature, of course, and aparently apart of other species as well... but it's how we handle the urge to exact revenge that helps mature our species...

    That's not to say that certain events deserve revenge, but who decides it's okay to dish it out? You and me? Or some higher power?

    Just something to think about...moreless
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

Ray Wise

Ray Wise


Guest Star

Jack Shearer

Jack Shearer

Admiral Hayes

Guest Star

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Janeway: Any ideas?
      Seven: Not presently.
      Janeway: Well we'd better think of something. We come face to face with your former family in less than an hour and that's one reunion I'd like to miss.

    • Seven: 'Impossible' is a word that humans use far too often.

    • Janeway: I'm your captain. That means I can't always be your friend. Understand?
      Seven: No. However, if we are assimilated, then our thoughts will become one, and I'm sure I will understand perfectly.

    • Janeway: Captain's Log, stardate 51978.2. It's been five months since we received the encoded message from the Alpha Quadrant. We know that the transmission was from Starfleet Command, but we still can't decrypt it. B'Elanna thinks it's a lost cause, that too much of the data stream has been destroyed, but I haven't given up. I keep hoping inspiration will strike... somehow.

    • (Montage of Janeway and Seven's personal logs)
      Janeway: Captain's Log, supplemental. So far, the crew hasn't found any evidence to support my doubts about Arturis. Nevertheless, I've told them to keep looking and to keep their optimism in check, but that's one order I don't expect them to follow...
      Seven: Daily log, Seven of Nine, stardate 51981.6. I've analyzed the Quantum Slipstream technology of the Dauntless. It is similar to the Transwarp Drive used by the Borg. As a result, my expertise will be crucial to the mission's success. Voyager's crew is counting on that success, but I find myself ambivalent, so I am carrying out my assis...
      Janeway: Despite my apprehension, I can't help but wonder what I'll be doing in three months time - still guiding Voyager through the Delta Quadrant, searching for a way home, or looking up old friend in...
      Seven: If we do return to Sector 001, will I adapt to Human civilization? A single Borg among billions of individuals.

    • Paris: Look at this! Energy from the quantum drive is being routed through the main deflector.
      Chakotay: Is that what's creating the slipstream?
      Paris: It looks that way.
      Tuvok: Fascinating. Can you make it stop?

    • (After transporting aboard the Dauntless)
      Paris: Wow!
      Tuvok: Wow indeed.

    • Seven: (Regarding the newly decoded message) Perhaps it is an addendum from the admiral. You did designate him a windbag.

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