Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 10

Counterpoint (16 Dec. 1998)

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Voyager passes through a sector of space controlled by race which is deeply suspicious of telepathic lifeforms. Tuvok and others force the Voyager crew to develop a novel approach in order to pass through safely.

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Voyager passes through a sector of space controlled by a race which is deeply suspicious of telepathic lifeforms. The presence of Tuvok and some telepathic refugees force the Voyager crew to develop a novel concealment approach in order to pass through safely. Written by tafkas

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According to interviews, this episode is Kate Mulgrew's (Captain Janeway) personal favorite. See more »

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As Nelix gets off the floor after telling stories to the kids, we see his shoes. They are too small for Nelix's Talaxian feet that we saw in an earlier episode. See more »

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: What do you want, Inspector?
Devore Inspector Kashyk: Call me Kashyk, please. I never liked that title. In fact, I've left it behind.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Did somebody offer you a promotion, or are you just having a bad day?
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2 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this episode, then don't read this until you have.

Voyager has fallen into a Dismal Routine. In traveling through "Devore" space they are subjected to unexpected and continuous "inspections" by huge Devore warships.

The Devore are your typical Cardassian-Style Xenophobic race, but with this added phobia: They don't like Telepaths. So the trick is, where do you hide Tuvok, Vorick and a bunch of "Brenari" house-guests?

The Transporter Pattern Buffers might be a good place to start. But continuous use of this trick has one unfortunate side-effect, it is killing Tuvok, Vorick and the Brenari guests.

Each Time the Devore visit Voyager, their commander "Kashyk" (Mark Harelik, "Dr Eric" from "Big Bang Theory") beams himself into Janeway's Waiting Room and starts playing Tchaikovsky or Mahler or some other piece of music. Alongside him is his trusty Stormtrooper "Prax" (J. Patrick McCormack- He was the Non-Female Romulan Commander in "Star Trek: Nemesis"). The two are a counterpoint in themselves, while Prax rigidly follows Devore protocol, Kashyk seems to be trying to be pleasant. Good cop, bad cop?

The idea was for Voyager to meet a Brenali Transport vessel, but the rendezvous points keep getting changed.

Then a remarkable thing happens, Kashyk shows up in a scout ship and asks asylum. claiming defection. He even knows all about Janeway hiding the Telepaths in the transporter buffer, he could have busted them previously but didn't - Does this mean he can be trusted?

With his help Janeway tracks down a scientist named "Torat" (Randy Lowell) who is a little reluctant to help them locate an Interspatial Flexure (ie, a Wormhole). Torat does great things with his nose when he gets frustrated.

Basically it's the interaction between Janeway and Kashyk that has this episode. Should this guy be trusted? I wouldn't. But Janeway seems to take him at his word, but puts Security guards on him just in case.

Torat gives them a clue to find the "Interspatial Flexure" and between Kashyk and Janeway they figure out how to find it, and open it to escape this crappy region of space with Brenali Telepaths in tow. Kashyk even tells Janeway how to find the Devore's Cloaked Ships, and even how they do it.

Unfortunately, when passing a Devore Scanning Beacon, their Warp Drive reacts, setting off the alarm. They now have 11 hours to get to where the Wormhole is supposed to show up next, before the Devore come inspecting.

True to form, Kashyk makes an excuse to go back to the Warships, but he had agreed to keep up the subterfuge and make a quick inspection.

This is not what happens at all when the warships arrive. For one thing, why was Prax on the Warship, unless this was all planned?

Who is fooling who and how and why?

In fact Kashyk plays along up to the point where Janeway reveals the location of the Flexure, and then all of his colors come back, that's what he was looking for in the first place, cos too many would be victims were escaping through it with the help of Torat.

Janeway changes her tune as well as the tune Kashyk had started playing in her Waiting Room. Even while Kashyk is "Destroying" the wormhole, Prax opens the pattern buffers. All he finds are crates full of bananas. I sure hope Tuvok and Vorick were hiding in one of them, because nobody explains exactly where he and Vorick were during this last inspection. And all Kashyk finds where the wormhole was supposed to be is nothing at all but some antimatter particles.

Needless to say, the Brenali (Not to be confused with the Brunali, the race of Icheb) escape to the Wormhole using the Devore's own cloaking tech, as well as two Voyager shuttles, a gift from Janeway.

This was in fact one of the best Season 5 episodes, less emphasis was put on gimmicks and effects and more on it's relational aspects. I had to dissect it to review it, due to its complexity.

What is shown here is exactly how Janeway's mind works, this is a Janeway episode pure in its form. And she's not so bad with this type of conundrum, this is what she excels at.

I still want to know where Tuvok and Vorick were hiding. And I saw one more female Vulcan Crewoman in season six or seven, she's not mentioned or shown here. Tsk Tsk!


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