Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 12

Macrocosm

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 1996 on UPN
7.8
out of 10
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159 votes
5

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Stardate: 50425.1
Janeway and Neelix return from an away mission to find Voyager adrift in space and the crew barely alive. They soon learn that the ship has been overrun by viral life forms that are rapidly growing in

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  • Janeway as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens???

    3.0
    Janeway as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens???



    Let's face it, there's only one thing of interest in this story…The sight of Janeway, stripping down to a T-shirt and blasting aliens with her oversized rifle. A complete visual throwback to the second of the Alien films. Voyager is infested with some pesty viruses which grow to immense proportions. Well, not that immense. The largest could maybe eat your dog if it's smaller than a poodle. And, they look a lot like toy balloons. They burst like balloons too when Janeway blasts them with her supercharged phaser rifle. Beyond capturing the look and feel of "Aliens" (but certainly not the suspense), this episode offers nothing.moreless
  • Macrocosm

    10
    Macrocosm was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as Captain Janeway and Neelix returned to Voyager from meeting a peculiar alien race to discover some thing very wrong has happened. The story was pretty good, some of the scenes were funny. I liked the action scenes with Captain Janeway. The alien virus was kinda creepy as it grew bigger. I was very entertained and in suspense during this episode and I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • like something out of a horror movie!

    9.0
    I reckon Stepehn King secretly wrote this one ;-)

    this episode is brilliant, straight out of a horror movie



    on paper the episode sounds really basic but the direction was amazing, the music score, the lighting, damn it was creepy! you really felt like you were a part of it.



    the ship drifting in space, janeway and neelix sneaking around the ship trying to figure out whats going on. There is major relief when we see the Dr is running and he is able to fill in the gaps



    My Favourite scene is when Janeway goes Rambo, she hits the weapons locker and stocks up the arsenal, all she needs is the headband.moreless
  • Creepy.

    8.1
    Voyager meets Alien. There's no plot-progression here; just a good old alien invasion story. The twist is that the alien is actually a ... giant virus ? It's a very Janeway-centric show, guest starring the EMH, who kinds of acts like a big baby. The virus concept is interesting although the special effects are not the best. One complaint I do have involves the alien race (I forget the name). In the beginning, it's made extremely clear that the gestures are critical to their communication, and they are insulted by Janeway's ignorance. This requirement vanished at the end, as the ship was firing on Voyager, even though it seems that such a situation would be even more tense.moreless
  • Janeway and Neelix return from a trade mission. They find “Voyager” adrift in space. They land their shuttlecraft in the shuttle bay. Janeway notices the ship seems lifeless. She notices some alien lifeforms moving about the ship.moreless

    9.5
    Janeway and Neelix return from a trade mission. They find “Voyager” adrift in space. They land their shuttlecraft in the shuttle bay. Janeway notices the ship seems lifeless. She notices some alien lifeforms moving about the ship. One of them attacks Neelix and he disappears. Where can he be? Janeway goes to the bridge no one is there. She then makes it to the mess hall and finds most of the crew there. They are comatose. Janeway locates the Doctor in sick bay. He explains that “Voyager” has been infected with a macrovirus. Will Janeway save the crew?moreless

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: When Janeway tells Neelix upon scanning him that his lungs are full of fluid, he corrects her by saying "lung". This relates back to the 1x04 episode "Phage" in which Neelix' lungs were taken by the Vidians, and he received a single lung donation by Kes.

    • Nitpick: On his away mission, the Doctor says that the macro-virus that's buzzing around him is 0.5 mm in diameter, but the those watching the episode can easily see it, meaning it's much larger than that. It appears to be about the size of a housefly when the Doctor tries to shoo it away. An adult housefly is between 8-12 mm.

    • Goof: As Janeway throws the antigen bomb into the holodeck and runs, her phaser rifle is left lying in the corridor near the holodeck entrance, but as the green antigen cloud exits the holodeck, the rifle is gone.

    • Goof: After the Doctor talks to Chakotay about his behaviour on the away mission, Chakotay turns to leave but no door "swoosh" is ever heard.

    • Nitpick: Despite there being ship wide power outages due to the macrovirus and every room Janeway visited (the bridge, sickbay etc) being dark, many windows are still illuminated in external shots of the ship.

    • Nitpick: In several shots of Janeway and Neelix/Doctor crawling through the Jefferies Tubes, the tubes behind them (appearing in a slightly different shade of blue), occasionally appear to be at different angles to the section of tube the characters were in (this is presumably due to the use of matte paintings/photographs to make the tube appear longer).

    • Nitpick: After entering a turbolift with Janeway, Neelix holsters his tricorder upside down.

    • Goof: A virus is not alive; it has no metabolism and therefore cannot move, grow or do anything else that requires energy. The Doctor would not make the mistake of classifying this organism as a virus.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Janeway: Take Jefferies tube 11. What's wrong? The Doctor: I've been studying the ship's infrastructures and I'm familiar with most of it, but how do I get there from here?
      Janeway: Jefferies tube 11. Take a left at section 31 and straight down past the tractor beam emitter until you hit deck 10. Get out at section three and follow the corridor all the way around until...
      The Doctor: Until you hit the Shuttlebay, then I crawl through access port nine, go past three airlocks and then two decks down, environmental controls at the end of the hall. Now I remember. (pauses) Who designed this ship anyway?!
      Janeway: Good luck.

    • Paris: I thought Klingons didn't get nauseated. You have a redundant stomach.
      B'Elanna: Well, right now they're both unhappy.

    • Neelix: ...the lava flies grew to be six centimetres long.
      Janeway: Six centimetres, huh.
      Neelix: Insect repellent was a booming business.

    • The Doctor: Well... one down, ten billion to go.

  • NOTES (1)

    • During the first captain's log, Janeway says the star dates is 50425.1 yet the Closed Captioning lists the star date as 12345.6.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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