Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 15

Tsunkatse

2
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2000 on UPN
7.6
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Stardate: 53447.2
While on shore leave, several crew members take in matches of a popular bloodsport called Tsunkatse. However, the vacation comes to an abrupt end when Seven and Tuvok are abducted, and Seven is forced to compete in the Tsunkatse to the death.

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  • The Rock

    7.5
    Can you smellllll what The Rock is cookin'!



    Unfortunately the rest of this episode was....meh.
  • Tsunkatse

    7.0
    Tsunkatse was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager but by no means the best or very memorable. I did enjoy watching the episode however because there was some good action, drama and intrigue. This seemed to be another filler episode over all though. It was cool watching Seven in combat and it was interesting to watch her have to make decisions about it. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!

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  • Space aliens kidnap other aliens to fight each other in an arena… Been there and done that… Even the original "Star Trek" did this. So what's new?

    6.0
    Space aliens kidnap other aliens to fight each other in an arena…



    Been there and done that…



    Even the original "Star Trek" did this. So what's new? The Voyager crew is enjoying shore leave on a friendly planet. There's a lot to do. Neelix gets sunburn on a beach. The Doctor can go to museums. And, our major characters can cheer on an arena fight. Janeway takes off to do a Janeway type thing which usually involves sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong. Not to worry, she'll be back to help rescue everyone.



    Tuvok and Seven opt to go study a nebula instead of taking shore leave and are promptly kidnapped. Naturally, they are expected to compete in the arena fights.



    After that, get your checklist for the obligatory scenes. Seven doesn't want to fight but does so because Tuvok is injured. She has a fight which excites everyone to wanting more. She goes through training. For the "fight to the death" her trainer is her opponent.



    Well…as it turns out the arena fight is really staged aboard a space ship. Everything else is just a transmission. A battle, of course, has to ensue, including Janeway rushing to the rescue in her Delta Flyer and saving the day.





    There's some attempt to salvage this story by dealing with Seven's human vs. Borg conflicts. It falls far short of doing that since it never answers the question as to why her Voyager crewmates were so enchanted by the violence in the first place. The people she is trying to imitate are not very good role models.moreless
  • This episode is basically a remake of DS9s "By Inferno's Light". Seven and Tuvok are captured and forced to fight at a futuristic MMA-Event.

    7.0
    I got to admit – although I like watching MMA – I was shocked, how positive it is presented in this episode. Considering that in Star Trek violence is usually con damed as a last resort - not entertainment.



    These moral Issues put aside, it is a pretty fun episode to watch. Fights are surprisingly well choreographed, though the casting for the fighters was pretty bad – except "The Rock". They were mostly skinny guys and girls who didn't look like fighters at all.

    Also this episode was a bit of a filler. Ok, there was a nice moral dilemma for Seven and some bonding of the two most unsocial characters on Voyager, but nothing that would make you think: "I wonder how this will go on..."moreless
  • The Voyager crew is on shore leave. Chakotay and Torres attend a Tsunkatse match in a nearby alien world. They are impressed with this sport. It is kind of like boxing and kickboxing combined. Janeway has taken the Delta Flyer out for a spin.moreless

    9.5
    The Voyager crew is on shore leave. Chakotay and Torres attend a Tsunkatse match in a nearby alien world. They are impressed with this sport. It is kind of like boxing and kickboxing combined. Janeway has taken the Delta Flyer out for a spin. Janeway is exploring another planet in a neighboring star system. Tuvok and Seven ask Chakotay is they can borrow a shuttlecraft to explore a micro-nebula on an away mission. Chakotay grants them access. Tuvok and Seven's shuttlecraft is attacked and they are abducted. Seven is force to participate in a Tsunkatse match. Will Chakotay save them? I rate this episode a 9.5moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: During Seven's first fight look on the other fighter's (played by The Rock) shoulder when he says the line "I'm trembling" you can see a clear shadow cast by the boom.

    • Nitpick: Tuvok is beamed off the fight ship despite Voyager's shields being up.

    • Goof: When Seven Of Nine is being trained by the Hirogen, he surprises her with a kick to the mid-section. When she hits the wall, it can be clearly seen that it is actually a stunt double taking the hit.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Seven: I have spent the last three years struggling to regain my humanity. I'm afraid I may have lost it again in that arena.
      Tuvok: You are experiencing difficult emotions.
      Seven: Guilt, shame, remorse.
      Tuvok: Then you haven't lost your humanity. You have reaffirmed it.

    • Neelix: Hmm, alien bugs or alien fisticuffs? Whew, that's a tough one!

    • Seven: I haven't over packed. I simply wish to be prepared for any contingency.
      Paris: And... what contingency is this for?
      Seven: That's an isomodulator - enhanced to correct hull ablation in the event we encounter a meteroid stream.
      Paris: Well, couldn't you just replicate an isomodulator?
      Seven: I prefer this one.
      Paris: Oh, I get it! You like to have your own things with you - B'Elanna's the same way. You know, she'd never admit it, but she still takes a stuffed animal with her whenever she's gonna be away for more than a day: 'Toby the targ.'
      Seven: Can "Toby the targ" correct hull ablation? Your comparison is flawed.

    • Chakotay: Even a captain deserves a vacation once in a while.
      Janeway: And her first officer?
      Chakotay: He's looking forward to putting his feet up on your desk.

    • B'Elanna: The Borg wouldn't know fun if they assimilated an amusement park.

    • The Doctor: Vulcans aren't known for their winning personalities.

    • Seven: Resistance is futile.
      Champion: So is your talking!

  • NOTES (2)

    • J.G. Hertzler (Hirogen Hunter) and Jeffrey Combs (Penk) are best known for playing Martok and Weyoun/Brunt, respectively, from Deep Space Nine.

    • This episode features a "Special Guest Appearance" by WWF star, The Rock. In his fight scene, he gives the crowd his signature "People's Eyebrow" and also finishes off Seven of Nine with his main finishing move, the "Rock Bottom".

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