Star Trek: Voyager

Season 7 Episode 16

Workforce (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 2001 on UPN
out of 10
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Stardate: 54584.3
When Chakotay, Kim and Neelix return from an away mission, they find Voyager abandoned, with only the Doctor on board. Meanwhile, the crew have unwittingly become part of an alien workforce, while their memories of Voyager have been erased.

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  • Workforce (1)


    Workforce (1) was a superb and very entertaining episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a great story, the actors were awesome, and there was some action and mind altering. This type of story has been done in a few series and Voyager pulled it off well so far. I like how the Doctor was enabled as a the Emergency Command Hologram for the first time. I look forward to watching the next episode to see how the rest of the story plays out!!!!!!!

  • Janeway gets a job at a Power Distribution Plant on a planet called Quarra. She reports to her shift supervisor, who takes her to her station and explains her task. Tuvok, Paris, Torres and Seven are also getting jobs on the planet Quarra.moreless

    Janeway gets a job at a Power Distribution Plant on a planet called Quarra. She reports to her shift supervisor, who takes her to her station and explains her task. Tuvok, Paris, Torres and Seven are also getting jobs on the planet Quarra. Tuvok chats with Janeway. He thinks they have met before. Janeway says she has never seen him before. Meanwhile on Voyager, The Doctor is in command of the ship. Neelix, Harry Kim, and Chakotay have trouble finding Voyager. The Doctor tells them the rest of the crew left the ship in escape pods. They must find the crew. I rate this episode a 9.6.moreless
  • Janeway and the gang are under the impression that they are ordinary workers in a factory...

    This episode is good in many ways. Most of the characters have been abducted and brainwashed to believing they are people looking for jobs at the factory on this planet. It gives the character of Janeway a chance to show a romantic side in a very believable way. And other characters like Paris and B'Ellana and Seven still show their personality even though they can't remember who they really are. Unfortunately Tuvoc acts out-of-character is some scenes but he is pivotal in trying to make others remember their real lives. Chakotay also tries to intervene and make Janeway and B'Ellana remember who they are. The final scenes in this episode are great with Janeway/Jaeffen growing closer, Tuvoc being subjected to medical procedures, Voyager being attacked and Chakotay running out of space to hide...moreless
  • Is the encouraging journey to get home worth it, if we see what basic lifes they would actually live? This alternate reality episode is a remarkable reflect of both wishes, and the side-effects.moreless

    Wouldn't it be better to just settle somewhere, find love. a good job and live happily until death?

    The Quarren reality is an outstanding play of non-reality to show what the true life actually means. The crew of Voyager is tested in the laboured environment of Quarren, as Power Plant workers. A remarkable resemble of the American Dream so to say.

    I like this episode as it's the first time (sans some special cases, like Tuvok) where we see a complete Voyager crew live, instead of fighting their homesickness onboard a starship ~30000 lightyears away. As so Janeway says: "If you hadn't come after me, I never would've known I had another life." in which the replies of Chatokay and Janeway again (Chakotay: "Are you sorry I showed up?" Janeway: "Not for a second.")imply that, even if it seemed perfect, a mission had to be completed on Voyager.

    The only backdraft of the episodes is that the start of the first is pretty slowpaced. You don't know what's going on. After 5 minutes or so, it fighting against non-reality. Fantastic.

    Oh BTW, the ECH is fantastic. The quarrels between Harry and The Doctor regarding command give the episode a comic relief. No, wait, the Doctor alone could do that already. Fantastic.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

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