Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 4


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1997 on UPN
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Stardate: 51082.4
When Chakotay is stranded on a planet that is in the middle of a major war, he violates the Prime Directive by helping the soldiers that discover him.

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  • Only Good for the Fan Service

    I never liked this episode, not even the first time I saw it as a kid. The plot is lame and predictable, the alien guest stars are horrible actors, and the alien slang was stupid and annoying.

    Yet I kept finding excuses to re-watch it, as I journeyed through puberty. Reasons that, I constantly assured my fourteen-year-old self, had nothing to do with seeing Commander Chakotay staked to the ground spread-eagle, or bound and gagged. Or just Chakotay running around in a muscle shirt, dirty and scruffy looking.

    I recommend this episode to Chakotay fan-girls, and fan-fic writers who need ideas for a slash-fic. (The scene where Tom and Tuvok argue over who gets to save Chakotay is a slash fic waiting to

    "Voyager" has plenty of great episodes, but this isn't one of them.moreless
  • It's boring and way out there.

    Ok, let me get this straight.

    This faction has a huge fantasy-style training ground involving dozens, maybe hundreds of people. They use this to convince one person at a time to join their little army ? That seems like a LOT of friggin' work. Wouldn't that time be better spent other ways ? Plus, didn't Chakotay get shot in the arm ? What if he had died ? And how come the 'actors' didn't recognize him when he came back to the village the second time ? So many issues. And you can't tell me the repetitive army-speak didn't get on your nerves.moreless
  • Nemesis

    Nemesis was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode which focused on Chakotay who crashed on an alien planet after being shot down and caught in the middle of a war. The story was pretty interesting and I liked the surprise towards the end when Tuvok came to rescue Chakotay. There was some character development, action, and a few surprises. This wasn't really a must see episode but still worth watching. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!moreless
  • Chakotay gets involved in another planet's war.

    This episode doesn't stand out as much as others, but it's really grown on me over time.

    Chakotay is put in harm's way, and fights with his conscience. It's a solid episode for him, and it's good to see Tom eager to rescue him, especially after their bumpy relationship early on.

    Once we know the reveal, it's interesting seeing how everything was programmed in order to brainwash him from bonding with the soldiers, to making the emotional connection with the villagers and the little girl.

    The twilight zone style twist works. It's not obvious at first what's going on. I think it's a valuable lesson to learn. And Chakotay has changed because of this. Not the best episode, but it's worth it to take in this story and its message.moreless
  • Jungle warfare in space...

    ...if that sounds like a bit of a mismatch in terms or ideas, you are right, as this episode tackles the theme of war through a unique presentation. True having aliens battle it out in the jungle against human guerrillas is not essentially and necessairly unique (recall the first Predator movie), but it is unique in so far as it is not a common thing in the Star Trek cannon or universe. This is especially true when you consider that both the human and alien combatants in this one seem to be fighting using both technology and tactics of 20th century Earth.

    It is this uniqueness in the future combatants using projectile based weapons and ammunition against each other, ruling the sky using crafts that look very very similar to modern fighter jet technology, dressing in modern and mid 20th century style military uniforms and jungle clothing that end up making this episode an extremely interesting one; if not so much in it's story, than instead in it's presentation. There is a Vietnam flair running through the presentation in this one and is probably not a coincidence. The clever use of current military jingo and vocabulary contributes greatly to this and compliments the visual with an equally as interesting or unique auditory presentation. This whole trend of "regression" in technology and presentation does a lot to ground this episode more in reality for the viewer as what they are seeing, hearing and experiencing is closer to what really goes on in the world and is based more in our reality, something which is sometimes lost in a lot of the more over the top episodes in the series; episodes that are infact quite interesting in and of themselves but fail to be completely taken seriously by the audience due to the simple fact that they are so far detached from our everyday concepts and experiences. Using current military terms, tactics and behaviour thus draws the viewer in closer and as such very cleverly makes the theme of propoganda and brainwashing very believeable for the audience and allows you to accpet more easily how the character of Chakotay could fall prey to these traps.

    Equal distortion of the truth, moulding facts to fit preconcived and convient notions, "blind" hate, propaganda, subversion of the general population to gain widespread support, aversion to face reality, hate's ability to motivate and bring people together, fragility of one's notions of justice and morals. These are all themes and ideas that find their way to the surface here in a surprisingly entertaining and different episode. Dont let the beginning and realizing that Chakotay is once again stranded on an alien planet turn you away from this one.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

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