Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: 52081.2
Crew morale hits an all-time low when Voyager must spend two years crossing an expanse devoid of any stars or signs of life. As Captain Janeway is forced to reflect on the choice she made stranding her crew in the Delta Quadrant, little does she know, she will face a similar decision when Voyager ends up in the middle of a serious conflict.


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  • Voyager is in a region of space completely devoid of stars and in total darkness. It takes a toll on the crew, especially since Janeway isolates herself in self pity, until at last a crisis brings everyone back together to save an exploited species.moreless

    This episode is so out of character for Janeway, it is painful to watch. Starfleet captains are a special breed. They do not suffer second doubts; they do not have nervous breakdowns. They are there for their crew, no matter what. Janeway's crippling self pity is tiresome, and I suspect if she had been a male captain, this episode would never have occurred to the writers. Yes, she finally comes to her senses and saves the day with a brilliant plan, but the first half of this episode is annoying and insulting to all Starfleeet captains. Janeway deserved better, and the crew certainly deserved a leader who did not desert them in their hours and days of desperation.moreless
  • Night

    Night was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as the crew contended with being in a desolate region of space void of stars, planets and life. As it turns out there are alien species here who are fighting each other. I thought the story was good, the character exploration was great, and the space scenes were beautiful, especially the last one where Voyager is headed. I was entertained and liked how the crew stood together to save the Captain from herself. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Depression and boredom in the Void. *SPOILERS*

    The crew have been going through space that is completely without stars or planets. It is completely empty. Due to the lack of excitement, the crew is suffering from boredom and anxiety. There is nothing to do but play board games and do everyday maintenance on the ship. Everyone is down in the dumps......exceptionally the captain.

    Captain Janeway is suffering from the guilt of stranding the crew in the Delta Quadrant. She has completely broken herself from the rest of the crew and shut herself in her quarters.

    Things only get interesting when a strange creature comes aboard Voyager and ask them for help against the species that is poisoning their home. Chakotay tries to make them stop by giving them a different way of getting rid of their hazardous material but they do not take their advice.

    The crew ends up saving the creatures by destroying the vortex and use the shock-wave to get them out of the void. This is a very emotional episode, exceptionally were the captain is concern. this is one of my favorite episode because the crew backs Janeway up instead of letting her destroy the vortex and spend the next two years alone in the vortex herself. Can't get a more loyal crew then that!!!!! I love this episode!!!! :)moreless
  • An excellent well made episode where the script is done to perfection.

    Night is an extremely well played episode that seems to start in a way which you could describe as, a calm sea ahead. There is a lot of personality and you get to see a side of the Captain which you don’t normally see. Janeway is bordering on mental collapse where she is secluding herself and thinking far too much in what could have been. Harry Kim plays a lovely piece of music and as the sadness along with the mental madness starts to engulf the whole entire crew. Things change for the worse!

    Suddenly Voyager is plunged into darkness and aliens board in an attempt of defence. Now the crew is forced to put all aside and deal with the problem at hand. Who is who and what the hell is going on! When everyone gets back to their senses they start to draw on each others company in an excellent show of unity which has been built up over the course of been stranded together. This leads to all the bridge crew supporting the Captain who was planning to do something she should not have done.

    Now everything is getting back to the norm and collectively Voyager makes the right decision in helping the aliens who where being poisoned and destroyed the void so that garbage freighters won’t ever come back again.

    This is one of my favourite episodes because the setup and plot are of top quality. The blend is perfect and the script is extremely well written. This episode also links in nicely with the ‘Extreme Risk’ ep and makes for an excellent addition to the Star Trek gene.

  • One of the best character driven Voyager I've seen to date! Perfect!

    I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed with some of the last episodes. And then, hey, Season four didn't have the standard double cliffhanger.

    But it paid the price to wait in all senses. Night captured me from the very beginning. It easily goes forward building all that feeling of boredom from traveling in a huge empty space, no stars, no beautiful cgi galaxies and, probably what spacecrafts would encounter most of the time. Nothing.

    Sometimes sci-fi is also as one get stumbling with bunches of bad guys all the time and in my case I was a bit tired of that.

    So,when the action begins you are just like the rest of the crew, ready for action. An incredible mix of emotional, character, action and balance finally. One episode I will save dearest to future viewing.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

Martin Rayner

Martin Rayner

Dr. Chaotica

Guest Star

Ken Magee

Ken Magee


Guest Star

Steven Dennis

Steven Dennis

Night Alien (as Steve Dennis)

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sean: Chance is irrelevant. We will succeed.
      The Doctor: A vote of Borg confidence. Who can argue with that?

    • Paris: Why don't we make a schedule, a fight rotation? We can optimize our resources: I can start one, then you can start one...
      B'Elanna: I am really tired of these games.
      Paris: Well, then, don't play them.

    • Janeway: Harry, what do you see out there?
      Kim: I see a densely packed region with thousands of star systems. Looks pretty lively.
      Janeway: Full speed ahead.

    • (Tom is having Seven participate in his Captain Proton holodeck program, and is instructing her on her role)
      TomParis: You're Constance Goodheart. You're... my secretary.
      Seven: Secretary?
      Paris: Yeah, you tag along on all the missions. Now, I want you to keep the robot occupied, while I save Earth. Computer! Run program!
      Holodeck Robot: (starts moving towards Seven) Citizen of Earth, surrender! Do not resist!
      Seven: I am Borg. (Seven disables the robot by pulling a wire)
      Holodeck Robot: (powering down) Surrennnnderrrr...
      Seven: The robot has been neutralized. May I leave now?

    • Chakotay: The last thing we need is a broken holodeck.

    • (talking about the Malon)
      Tuvok: The freighter's shields are weakening.
      Janeway: Target their cargo hold. Time to take out the garbage.

    • Janeway: Strange as it sounds, I almost long for the days when we were under constant attack. No time to stop and think about how we got stranded in the Delta Quadrant. How did we end up here, Chakotay? (Chakotay remains silent) Answer me.
      Chakotay: We were faced with a difficult choice. We had the means to get home, but using it would've put an innocent people at risk, so we decided to stay.
      Janeway: No! No. I decided to stay. I made that choice for everyone.
      Chakotay: We're alive and well, and we've gathered enough data about this Quadrant to keep Starfleet scientists busy for decades. Our mission's been a success.
      Janeway: The very same words I've been telling myself for the past four years. But then we hit this... void and I started to realise how empty those words sound.
      Chakotay: Kathryn...
      Janeway: I made an error in judgment, Chakotay. It was short-sighted and it was selfish, and now all of us are paying for my mistake. So if you don't mind, Commander, I'll pass on that little game and I'll leave shipboard morale in your capable hands. If the crew asks for me tell them the captain sends her regards.

    • Chakotay: Actually, I'd like to make a request. I've been saving up my holodeck rations and I've got three full hours coming. Any chance I might persuade you to join me for a few rounds of velocity? It'll help clear your mind.
      Janeway: My mind is perfectly clear.
      Chakotay: And what if I told you I'm not leaving until you join me?
      Janeway: I'd say: 'Have a seat, it'll be a while.'
      Chakotay: Then I'll be blunt. You've picked a bad time to isolate yourself from the crew. This ship needs a captain, especially now.
      Janeway: Would you be satisfied with: 'I'm just catching up on some reading?'

    • Neelix: Anxiety? Anxiety's what I feel when I burn a pot roast. This... this is more like...
      The Doctor: Dizziness? Nausea? Unspeakable dread?
      Neelix: Yes!
      The Doctor: Nihiliphobia. The fear of nothingness. Or in layman's terms, the fear of... nothingness. If it's any consolation, I can relate to it. I go into a void every time I'm deactivated. Emptiness, complete and utter oblivion. I'll admit, it was unsettling at first. The existential horror of it all.
      Neelix: You're not helping, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Sorry. My point is, you'll get used to it.

    • (Seven Of Nine on Tuvok's meditations)
      Seven: I suggest you try Borg regeneration. It's much more efficient. A simple cortical implant will be required.
      Tuvok: Another time, perhaps.

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