Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 18

The Killing Game (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 1998 on UPN
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The Hirogen capture and board Voyager, and use the holodecks to "hunt" the crew in various scenarios.

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  • Very good episode but...

    the holodeck scenarios are becoming absurd themselves. I liked the Hirogen aliens, the way they looked and the agenda they had. And the holodeck scenario did lend to a very interesting episode but from a technical standpoint, and being an engineer myself, these holodeck plots are becoming absurd. There is no way holographic projections kill people, blow up ships, have unlimited space, and on and on. They allow almost any story line the writers desire removing all restrictions basically on reality. So the writers can basically write any plot line they like. The holodeck in all the three Star Trek series they were in became absurd. I did give this episode a nine because I liked the aliens and as absurd as the story line became I did enjoy it. I suppose I shouldn't rate it as high or just ignore any reality when dealing with holodecks but it still eats at me from a technical standpoint as I've always felt Star Treks science was at least reasonable until this.moreless
  • The Killing Game (1)

    The Killing Game (1) was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of great scenes, action, and intrigue. With out giving to much away, viewers were treated to the beautiful singing voice of Jeri Ryan aka Seven and I also liked the Captains role in the holodeck simulation. This episode starts after an incursion and the future of Voyager is unknown. I am in suspense and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • The Hirogen have taken over Voyager and the crew does not even know it. The crew thinks they are part of the holodeck program. You would think Seven is immune. Kim and the Doctor know what is going on.moreless

    The Hirogen have taken over Voyager and the crew does not even know it. The crew thinks they are part of the holodeck program. You would think Seven is immune. Kim and the Doctor know what is going on. The Hirogen have installed an interface on all of the crew member’s necks. The interface allows the crew member to live out the holodeck simulation. Seven has been injured. She is beamed directly to sickbay. The Doctor has an idea. He can adjust he Borg implants. Seven will be immune to the simulation. It pays off. Seven comes to her senses.moreless
  • "The Killing Game" involves the Hirogen taking over Voyager and forcing most of the crew to participate in Holodeck games, including a World War II simulation and a Klingon simulation.

    (Review written for both "The Kiling Game" and "The Killing Game, Part II")

    "The Killing Game" involves the Hirogen taking over Voyager and forcing most of the crew to participate in Holodeck games, including a World War II simulation and a Klingon simulation. Captain Janeway, Chakotay, Seven of Nine, Tuvok, Tom Paris, B'Elenna Torres, and Neelix are forced to participate in the recreation, being World War II. They are forced to play the game with the Hirogen and the Soliders attacking without the holodeck safeties on.

    This two parter episode was one of Star Trek: Voyager's greatest episodes. It kept to on the edge of your seat.

    Rating: 10.0 for an episode that is great, adventurous, and it keeps to on the edge of your seat!moreless
  • Voyager has been captured by the Hirogen and the crew hunted on the holodecks for 3 weeks. Injuries are becoming more severe, and the fatalities are beginning to pile up.

    In most every episode, the crew is able to rise above the odds and avoid being overwhelmed, boarded, and completely taken over. But in this instance, all that has already happened and they've been being tortured by the Hunt for three weeks now!

    This is a paradox rarely found in Star Trek Voyager. To my immediate recollection this only happens three times. The first was the incident of the macrovirus, in Macrocasm. Captain Janeway and Neelix return from a mission only to find everyone dying from a virus able to take on genetic traits of their hosts (more specifically, growth hormones). This episode where half the crew is being hunted and slaughtered in vicious games drawn up by the Hirogen leader. And the third (I cannot recall the season or episode name at this time) we are introduced to the Emergency Command Hologram, a new protocall in the EMH's subroutines. Apparently the entire crew was forced to evacuate under an attack, the crew was captured, brainwashed, and put to work in a factory.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

Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf

Hirogen Medic

Guest Star

Mark Deakins

Mark Deakins

Hirogen SS Officer

Guest Star

J. Paul Boehmer

J. Paul Boehmer

The Kaptain

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In this episode, Janeway, Tuvok, Seven of Nine, Neelix and Torres all portray affiliates of the French Resistance. Ironically, this same resistance group was the origin of the name for the anti-Cardassian organization, The Maquis.

    • Nitpick: Seven of Nine was shot while attempting to throw the modified grenade. At the end, however, she is standing with the crew as though nothing happened. The previous injuries didn't go away once they were removed from the holo-deck, so there is no reason why she should be uninjured after the holo-deck was turned off. It's possible her Borg nano-probes were able to speed her recovery, but it seems unlikely that they would have done so this quickly.

    • Trivia: The unit patch on Paris' uniform is of the 29th Infantry Division, which took part in Operation Overlord on 6 June 1944. The division landed on Omaha Beach along with the 1st Infantry Division and remained in the European Theater of Operations until the war ended. The insignia is the monad, the Korean symbol of eternal life and has the colors blue and gray. The division was a Maryland-Virginia-DC National Guard unit whose forefathers fought for the Union (blue) and Confederacy (gray) during the Civil War.

    • Trivia: Roxann Dawson's pregnancy, hidden under B'Elanna Torres' engineering overcoat in the previous few episodes, is written into the Nazi occupation simulation.

    • Nitpick: The Doctor describes the battle simulations to Seven as "one more brutal than the next." This would mean that each subsequent simulation is less brutal. He likely should have said "one more brutal than the last."

    • Goof: In the World War II simulation, Chakotay says he's with the 5th Armored Infantry. However, there was no such unit in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). US Army units were either identified as infantry or armored, but not both.

    • Goof: One of the vehicles shown in the WWII street scenes is a Citroen 2CV. This car was not developed until just after the war and the one shown is actually a 1980's special edition "Charleston" model.

    • Nitpick: All of the German soldiers in this episode are elite SS troops - historically, the majority of them would be the more common Wehrmacht.

    • Goof: Bakeries and other shops are shown as being open on a Sunday, which wouldn't happen in France in the 1940s.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Seven: (stopping mid-song when her memories are suddenly restored) I must discontinue this activity. I am not well.

    • Tuvok: Straight from Allied High Command.
      Neelix: It must be important.
      Tuvok: All messages regarding the war are important. It's only a matter of degree.
      Neelix: I suppose you're right, but do you have to be so... logical about everything?
      Tuvok: In any covert battle, logic is a potent weapon. You might try it sometime.

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