Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 17

The Disease

2
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1999 on UPN
7.0
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Without medical clearance, Kim becomes involved in a love affair with a member of the Varo species. Problems arise when they become biochemically interdependent after the incident.

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  • Harry gets some.

    7.0
    Finally, if somebody deserves some twosome time its Harry. That fact I did enjoy. The situation was simple, boy meets girl, boy sleeps with girl, suprisingly boy doesn't get pregnate. Glad they didn't go that way. I found it strange that a xenophobic race wasn't actually that xenophobic. A phobia referring to severe fear, panic, terror, hatred in any combination. And another thing here that the aliens don't look much like aliens. They could have used more tattoos or put on some forehead bumbs or something. Regardless, I did enjoy harry getting out there and tom covering for him when he can. Strengthens the bro bond they share. Kim lashing out and then finally taking his punishment and then some added to his character.moreless
  • The Disease

    7.0
    The Disease was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it had some good character development for Ensign Kim. The story was interesting and it was fun to watch Harry break the rules and go against the Captains orders in the name of love. I liked how Seven viewed the situation. The best scenes were at the end with Harry and Captain Janeway and Harry and Seven. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!moreless
  • The Voyager crew is helping a generation ship of the Varro repair their warp drive. Kim and Tal become attracted to each other. Tal is a Varro female. According to Starfleet protocol, Kim could be in a lot of trouble.moreless

    9.4
    The Voyager crew is helping a generation ship of the Varro repair their warp drive. Kim and Tal become attracted to each other. Tal is a Varro female. According to Starfleet protocol, Kim could be in a lot of trouble. Any member of the Starfleet Away team is not allowed to engage in courtship with another alien race. Kim has bonded with Tal. Kim is in direct violation of disobeying the Captain’s orders. He may be in more trouble if The Captain finds out Tal is part of a sabotage mission on the Varro ship. I think Janeway is jealous?moreless
  • Is love a disease? If so, why hasn't Harry Kim been vaccinated?

    6.0
    Is love a disease? If so, why hasn't Harry Kim been vaccinated?



    This is one of the Voyager episodes that does too much and at the same time, not enough. This would have worked better as two well-developed episodes rather than one partially developed one having two plots.



    There's a great establishing shot where we zoom in on what looks to be a large space station. We continue zooming in through a window where we see Harry Kim about to be intimate with a female we've never seen before.



    There's no back story setup here. We're just dropped right into the middle of things. It turns out this is not space station at all but an intergenerational space ship inhabited by a people known as the Varo. Voyager is already on the scene helping them make repairs. We don't know how Voyager met up with the Varo or why they agreed to help them. Janeway blathers something about wanting to understand intergenerational space ships since Voyager might become one. Let's hope not. The Varo are extreme Xenophobes. They explore space but only from a distance because they don't want to meet or encounter anyone. That alone would have made a great back story of how Voyager met up with them in the first place. It would have been worth at least a quarter of an hour. Naturally, there is a rebellion a foot among some of the Varo who want to break away from their forced isolation and interact with others. No doubt, they want to "seek out new life and new civilizations…To boldly go where no Varo has gone before…" In short, this is very good story just dealing with people like the Varo and their internal conflicts about being isolated. However, a lot of the story development and conflict gets set aside in order to support the other plot line.



    Getting back to Harry and his Varo girlfriend, we find the second and no doubt key plot of the story. At first, Harry is brooding that he's breached Starfleet protocols by being intimate with Tal. However, he soon starts glowing indicating his girlfriend has given him an STD (sexually transmitted disease) and he needs medical attention. This exposes his affair to the Doctor and Janeway.



    We learn that Starfleet has a lot of protocols about this sort of thing. Not surprising since STD's and even birth control involving humans and aliens would probably be of major concern. Janeway orders Kim to stay away from the woman.



    Harry finds he can't stay away from her. He "borrows" a shuttlecraft and takes her on a ride. Naturally, he gets caught. The Doctor is convinced that Harry is acting out because of the alien virus which is establishing some sort of chemical interdependency between the two lovers. A comparison to human "love" is inevitable and Seven of Nine speculates that human love too is a disease. Kim insists the virus is not the cause of his disobedient behavior but that he has to go with his feelings. Janeway wants to believe Harry is misbehaving because of the virus since Harry has always been a great Starfleet "lapdog." Where has Janeway been the past several years? This is the way Harry Kim always behaves. It's more like he should be called "Horny" Kim rather than Harry Kim. In fact, in this episode, Tom Paris states outright that Harry is always going after "unattainable females" and sites some past Voyager episodes to prove it. Considering this is out of a character's mouth, it's probably makes sense.



    Like the other episode plot, this one ultimately doesn't do enough. We don't know enough about Tal and what she sees in him or him in her. This is a common problem in Voyager "one-episode-romance" stories. Also, Tal is part of the Varo group that wants to go out and explore space but she's not interested in joining Harry on Voyager or asking him to join her. It all seems very contrived.



    Harry's ultimate decision not to have medical help to get over his "condition" also seems contrived. Why not? What is he proving? That he's better than his own chemistry or chemistry induced by some virus? It's difficult to marshal any sympathy or empathy for him which might happen if more time had been devoted to really building chemistry between the two lovers.moreless
  • Harry Rebels!!!

    7.6
    Originally titled 'Alien Love Story'



    Goody two shoes finally rebels against Janeway in this episode five years in the making



    Voyager are helping a new species make repairs when harry falls for a young woman, they have intimate relations and some kind biological bond is created between them that can;t be broke.



    All hell breaks loose when Janeway finds out and relations between the two crews are plunged into disarray. Kim is ordered to keep away from the woman but he can't, he disobey's direct orders and has secret meetings with the woman (only to be caught again) Janeway is angry but Harry sees it as an opportunity to vent frutstration that has been building up for years, he has had it with saying 'yes captain' to every order. this time he is doing what he wants to do, what he feels is right



    in theory Kim could have just said it was the biological link that was making him act like this (to avoid more trouble) but he is too much in lovemoreless
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

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

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