Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 26

Basics: Part 1 (20 May 1996)

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The Kazon take over Voyager and strand the crew on a desolate primitive planet. Only Tom Paris, Lon Suder, and The Doctor are on board Voyager to retake the ship.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
John Gegenhuber ...
Kazon Engineer


The Kazon take over Voyager and strand the crew on a desolate primitive planet. Only Tom Paris, Lon Suder, and The Doctor are on board Voyager to retake the ship.

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This takes place in 2372. See more »


The whole crew is displaced onto a planet and is shown to be made up of only about 30 individuals, though later in the episode the number appears to grow to closer to 60. Still this is far short of any of the official numbers for the crew, which vary around 140 to 160. See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: It feels like we're being pecked to death by ducks.
[on the continual attacks by small Kazon ships]
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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The Best and First Multi-Ep Arc of Voyager
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

-Well, not taking into account some of those Borg arcs from later seasons.

This Cliffhanger is a resolution of something that has been building up on Voyager - The Tom Paris side-story, where he seemed to be becoming more and more unwilling to follow orders. Also, the Seska story, who began as a Bajoran but ends up being Fully Cardassian. And, the Kazon Nistrum(?) story.

Many things are happening at once - Paris leaves Voyager and joins a ship of Neelix's People, a Kazon in a Kazon shuttle is "saved" by Voyager, and even Ensign Sudor (Brad Dourif) - Who is still locked in his room as punishment for killing a crewman and enjoying it too much.

Voyagers Kazon "Guest" suggests to them a path they could take to escape from a huge gathering of Nistrum ships. But this is a trick, the question always is, "If it's a trick, why is it being done?" - Little attacks by smaller Kazon ships focus on one particular section of the ship - One which if hit too much, would cause the secondary command processors to fail.

But the little ships can't cause that much damage - The damage has to be done from Inside, therefore the Kazon Guest blows himself into tiny molecular chunks, and finishes the Job- Taking All of Voyager's BrainGel packs offline.

Seska (Martha Hackett who is always a great Romulan or Klingon) has been teaching the Kazon some Cardassian Tricks, this was a worthy adversary for Season 1-2. We know from DS9's "Garak" and "Dukat" that Cardassians have eidetic memory. So while Seska was still alive, Voyager had little chance of getting out of the Delta Quadrant. Obviously, this has to be dealt with in some way.

But Seska herself has taught Janeway how to be devious - And Paris was part of this deviousness. It was set up so he would be captured by Seska and "First Maje Culluh" of the Kazon Nistrum in an earlier episode, in fact it was so that he could find out what they were up to and then make contact with Neelix's people for support.

So - Paris barely gets away from the Kazon, but the Kazon have stopped Voyager dead in it's tracks - And they drop off the entire Voyager Crew onto a Volcanic World populated by Neanderthal Native Americans.

Every Voyager crewman but two: The Doctor, and Ensign Sudor. But we know that Sudor is capable of spanking the Kazon- If he could be talked into Killing, once again. But he wanted to "Do Something for The Ship"

  • This is his chance.

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