Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 11

State Of Flux

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 10, 1995 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 48658.2
When stolen Federation technology is found on a severely damaged Kazon-Nistrim ship, Seska becomes the prime suspect. The evidence is further reinforced when questions arise over her true heritage.

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  • Benedict Arnold serves on Voyager

    This good old traitor-mystery has some surprising and some not so surprising twists and turns en route to its resolution. It's a Chakotay episode that gets a lot of mileage out of his Maquis past, even building in a backstory about a relationship between him and Seska to enrich the plot. (Coming out of nowhere, this is the sort of thing that risks feeling contrived, but the writing and acting are good enough to make it seem like an organic part of the series).

    Robert Beltran himself is an underrated actor. He's not as flamboyant or memorable as some of Star Trek's more famous performers, but there's a sincerity and sensitivity to his Chakotay that makes his stories work. The idea of Chakotay being the first officer of Voyager is itself a bit of an artistic liberty. On a real ship, no captain would ever give a renegade faction leader a rank higher than qualified, loyal officers, no matter the circumstances. (Tuvok would seem the obvious choice for the position). But the show isn't meant to be a model for realistic command structures; it's a forum for storytelling, and it's episodes like these where Beltran proves his worth. (It's notable that the irony of Tuvok serving legitimately under Chakotay after having done so as a spy gives their relationship an added layer that makes conversations like the one they have at the end of this episode more meaningful).

    The episode holds back just enough information throughout to keep its mystery alive, and of the two characters suspected of treachery, the show chooses the better actor to be the guilty party. It's a wise choice that lets the show do several followup episodes built around the character, beginning with second season's "Maneuvers".

  • Sleeping with the enemy

    Spoiler Alert

    This one made me sit up and pay attention. Suspenseful story, great acting by Martha Hackett as Seska, she draws me in and I love to hate her

    Seska, that pretty little liar, spy, traitor! Need I say more? Oh yes, Seska and Chakotay were lovers once, and you have no trouble believing it

  • spoliers

    This is not a review. With no "contact us", this is the only way I know of to get a message to the powers that be at With this episode of ST:V, has once again allowed a contributor to post an item with a MAJOR SPOILER without any warning, in this case a quote which reveals who the traitor is, something we do not learn until the very end of the show. While this doesn't happen very often, it really shouldn't happen at all. Since someone is supposed to be checking entries, that it happens at all is totally INEXCUSABLE. (The pages for several Perry Mason episodes even give away the identity of the murderer!). I really wish more users would move over to imdb. at least THEY identify spoilers.moreless
  • State Of Flux

    State Of Flux was a superb episode of Star Trek Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there were some disturbing revelations about Seska and her past. It was interesting to watch the crew work to discover what caused the explosion on the Kazon ship and another big question was brought up in regards to technology sharing and its ramifications. The Kazons were pretty cool looking aliens. I wonder if there are more spies or double agents aboard the ship. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek Voyager!!!!!!!moreless
  • Voyager brings us this promising episode, showing us that maybe they will be worth watching after all.

    After several rather lame single show episode we come to this overall story changing episode.

    Here a traitor is believed to be on board Voyager, as after answering a distress call from a Kazon ship they find some technology on their ship belonging to Voyager.

    We get a rest from Tom and Kim after over concentrated on them recently, and instead Chakotay and Seska take the front seat. The suspense (at least when you see it for the first time) is pretty real in this episode, and your surprise as well. Is someone really going to be a traitor? And for some horrible moment you fear that this will be one of those no-affect stories and all will end well.

    But without saying to much, this episode has affect on the rest of their journey. It is always enjoyable to see episodes that are larger than regularly. When they dear to do something that will change the course of the rest of the show.

    I might of course start picking on this, saying that again Robert Beltran as Chakotay is somewhat lame, and that our traitor was way to obvious choice for a traitor. Would have been wonderful to pick a character that everyone actually liked.

    I could also state again my hate for the caves - which once more is used here (so many caves in the universe...). We need to move away from these cave stories!

    The props here were great, as we see the Kazons mixed or molded into the bulk of their own ship. That was well done. The first really promising episode of the series, where you will find yourself glued to the screen and invested in the outcome. Hope there will be many more.moreless
Norman Large

Norman Large

Kazon #1

Guest Star

Anthony De Longis

Anthony De Longis

First Maje Culluh

Recurring Role

Martha Hackett

Martha Hackett


Recurring Role

Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Lt. Carey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It is established in this episode that, unlike other chief engineers in previous incarnations (TOS, TNG, and DS9), Torres doesn't exaggerate her repair times to make herself look like a miracle worker.

    • Trivia: This episode includes the first mention and appearance of Leola Root, which would become quite well known throughout the duration of the series.

    • Nitpick: When Tuvok scans the Kazon, he says they are from the Kazon Nistrim sect. But all Kazon ships are the same, since they were stolen from the Trabe, and the only Kazon sect they had encountered previously is the Kazon Ogla.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Janeway: Any unexpected life signs down there, commander?
      Chakotay: Nothing but bloodworms. Neelix wants to take some back with us for a tartare he wants to make. I've tried to talk him out of it.

    • B'Elanna: Of all the things to die for... It's a food replicator, or at least it was trying to be.

    • B'Elanna: No, Captain. When I say 'tomorrow', I mean tomorrow. I don't exaggerate. Tomorrow is the best I can do.

    • Tuvok: How may I be honest with you today?
      Chakotay: I'd just like to know from someone else who pulled the wool over my eyes. Was I particularly naive, was I not paying enough attention? What the hell was it that let all you spies get by me?
      Tuvok: Like all humans, you depend on feelings and instincts to guide you, and they invariably let you down. But particularly naive? No, Commander, and I've always considered your attention span to be adequate.
      Chakotay: Did you ever see anything about Seska that made you suspicious?
      Tuvok: No. She quite expertly pulled the wool over my eyes as well.
      Chakotay: Well, that makes me feel a little better. Thanks.
      Tuvok: Curious.
      Chakotay: What?
      Tuvok: That my failure, added to your own, should improve your feelings.
      Chakotay: Misery loves company, Tuvok.

    • Chakotay: I never knew Vulcans had such a talent for cards.
      Tuvok: It is simply a matter of logical discards, which give a false impression of my own requirements and deny the needed cards to your hand. I believe that's ninety four points to me.
      Chakotay: If you ever need a sponsor in a gin tournament, let me know.

    • Chakotay: The one thing I still can't understand, is why?
      Seska: I did it for you. I did it for this crew. We are alone here, at the mercy of any number of hostile aliens, because of the incomprehensible decision of a Federation captain. A Federation captain who destroyed our only chance to get home. Federation rules. Federation nobility. Federation compassion? Do you understand, if this had been a Cardassian ship, we would be home now. We must begin to forge alliances. To survive, we must have powerful friends. The Kazon-Nistrim were willing to be our protectors in return for some minor technology.
      Janeway: Minor technology that could change the balance of power in this quadrant.
      Seska: Change it in our favour! That is all that matters at this point. Building a base of power in this quadrant. You are a fool, Captain. And you're a fool to follow her. I can't imagine how I ever loved you.

    • Seska: Oh, you don't think whoever did this is foolish enough to log in using their own name?
      Chakotay: Chief Inspector Tuvok leaves no stone unturned.

    • Culluh: Our sensors show that you are trespassing on our vessel.
      Janeway: As I've already informed you, we're attempting to retrieve the console that caused this explosion.
      Culluh: If you attempt to remove anything from our ship, it will be considered an act of war.
      Janeway: You know, I'm really easy to get along with most of the time. But I don't like bullies, and I don't like threats, and I don't like you, Culluh. You can try and stop us from getting to the truth but I promise you, if you do I will respond with all the 'unique technologies' at my command. Janeway out.

    • Janeway: There was a trace of a Federation compound in the remains of the explosion. We have reason to believe that someone on board this ship gave technology to your people. Until we have a better explanation of what occurred, I can't release that ship to you.
      Culluh: That is not acceptable.
      Janeway: It will have to be.
      Culluh: Your unique technologies make you brave, Captain. But you have only one ship. In less than a day there will be four Kazon vessels off your bow.
      Janeway: Perhaps by then we'll have the answers we need.

    • Janeway: Seska has spent most of the last two years as an enemy of the Federation.
      Chakotay: So have I.

    • Neelix: You humans! You're not used to roughing it, are you? Well, you take it from one who knows. The day may come when you'll relish every last crunch of leola. Stewed for a few hours in a light herbal broth, ah, you wouldn't even notice the mildew.

    • Tuvok: The demands on a Vulcan's character are extraordinarly difficult. Do not mistake composure for ease.

    • Chakotay: (to Tuvok) You were working for her, Seska was working for them... was anyone on board that ship working for me?!

  • NOTES (1)

    • The working title for this episode was "Seska". But as Director Robert Scheerer noted, that "obviously gave everything away."


    • Spock Visual Allusion:

      In the first few minutes before the opening credits while Chakotay is investigating a cave he walks past a large green illuminated rock which has a definite resemblance to the face of Spock from ST:TOS.