Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 19

The Fight

2
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 1999 on UPN
5.1
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Stardate: Unknown
Voyager
becomes trapped in an area of "chaotic space", where the laws of physics are in constant flux. Meanwhile, Chakotay suffers from hallucinations related to his holodeck boxing program. Although he is afraid he is losing his mind, Chakotay's hallucinations may be Voyager's only hope of learning how to escape from chaotic space.

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  • Good for Chaktoay's character, and good fan service, but not much else

    6.0
    In my mind, THIS episode, not "Tattoo," is Chakotay's real backstory episode. It addresses every side of his personality, and provides a satisfying explanation for his personality. The reason he's always so chill is because he's used to dealing with crazy people--literally. He had to watch his mentally ill grandpa as a kid. And he gets all his rage out on the holodeck boxing, which explains why he's so laid back most of the time while also being insanely buff. And the reason he seems more freaked out by alien mind-games than physical danger throughout the series is because he has a fear of insanity.



    That being said, the episode itself is pretty ***ed. I know many people find that word offensive, but there are some situations where it's the only word that fits, and this is one of them. It's basically that "Yu Gi Oh" episode where Joey was trapped in a cave by powerful beings and couldn't leave until he'd proved he was a man by winning a children's card game, except replace the children's card game with boxing, and Joe with Chakotay. And that's the plot. Yeah, pretty stupid. This episode is down there with space munchkens worshiping the Doctor's singing, and Tom and Neelix becoming gay daddies to a baby dinosaur puppet.



    I recommend this to Chaktoay fans, since it does wonders for his character, and allows him to provide some juicy fan service in a sweaty muscle shirt and messy bangs. But if you're in the mood for an episode that's actually a good . Watch something different. Like, anything.moreless
  • Two bad ones in a row

    3.5
    So when the writers are on a roll they can produce good or bad and this bad one followed an even worse one, story line wise. I am almost always disappointed by dream based episodes and this one didn't disappoint in that respect, it was quite bad. Chakotay has to save Voyager from "chaotic space" by reliving a holo deck sequence in a dream. This dream is his way of communicating with aliens in another dimension of chaotic space. The story line was very disjointed and just didn't honestly make much sense. He communicates with the alien during a boxing match in his dream no less. Myself and my wife were really enjoying season 5 and then two duds in a row. Hopefully the next episode will redeem the season.moreless
  • Chaotic space has trapped Voyager, and sensors are useless. Chakotay, in a holodeck boxing match, begins hallucinating. At first, he believes he is losing his mind, then realizes the aliens in chaotic space are talking to him, giving him directions out.moreless

    1.0
    I despise boxing and avoid all movies and television shows featuring the alleged sport. However, because of my high regard for Star Trek Voyager, I watched this episode. I found it to be without merit and painful, double entendre intended. Nothing happens except in Chakotay's boxing world, and it is simply unbearable. Perhaps it is similar to the aliens who talk to Sisko, in riddles, in Deep Space Nine through characters he knows, but beyond that there is no resemblance to anything in the several Star Trek series.

    One reviewer has said watching it is like surfing between Rocky and Gilligan's Island. That may be charitable. Watch at your own risk. You've been warned. Perhaps if boxing appeals to you, you may find the show enjoyable. If so, go a few rounds and tell me what you find redeemable.moreless
  • the ship gets caught in chaotic space.

    4.1
    wow this was bad! i couldent even see the whole episode and fast forwarded during the last dream sequence. i hated the dream sequences in DS9, and i hate them here. i wonder what the actors thought when they got the script for this one...



    i dont think they were happy because the acting was really flat (exept for Beltran who was the oposite...) and uninspiring. also, the direction, story and, well...most things sucked. worst episode so far, perhaps the worst episode in the whole Voyager series. in fact, we may have to go back to TOS to find a worser episode.moreless
  • Far from the series high point.

    4.5
    I understand what was supposed to happen in this episode, but the arrow was just shy of the mark. Voyager enters chaotic space and the locals speak to Chakotay the same way the Prophets spoke to Benjamin in DS9. That premise actually has a lot of potential, but the end result was not exactly what the series creators had in mind. This one just got away from them.



    There are usually at least one episode in every Trek season that I skip, you can do the same the this episode. You can safely skip this one and not have missed anything. But if you do decide to watch the episode, it's almost worth it to hear Chakotay say, "You mean the crazy gene!" It's unintentionally hilarious.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

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Boothby

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Carlos Palomino

Carlos Palomino

Boxer

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Ned Romero

Ned Romero

Great Grandfather

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Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

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