Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 26

Hope and Fear (20 May 1998)

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An alien translator by the name of Arturis is able to finally decode the Starfleet message received by Voyager five months ago. It tells them to go to a new type of ship waiting for them ... See full summary »

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An alien translator by the name of Arturis is able to finally decode the Starfleet message received by Voyager five months ago. It tells them to go to a new type of ship waiting for them with an engine system faster than warp drive, which is capable of bringing them home within three months. Written by Anonymous

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This episode and the season 1 finale Star Trek: Voyager: Learning Curve (1995) are the only season-enders in "Voyager" that are not cliff-hangers. See more »

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[Janeway and Seven have been kidnapped by Arturis]
Chakotay: [aboard Voyager] If I know the Captain, she's already got a plan.
[on Arturis's ship, the Captain and Seven are held behind a force field]
Capt. Kathryn Janeway: Any ideas?
Seven of Nine: Not presently.
Capt. Kathryn Janeway: We'd better think of something. We come face to face with your former family in less than an hour, and that's one reunion I'd like to miss.
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What a Sad Waste
7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the middle of Season 4, Voyager used the Hirogen's Ancient Array to shunt The Doctor's Program to the Alpha Quadrant, in return Starfleet sent "Letters from Home" plus a segment of irrecoverable Data. Irrecoverable, until now.

Enter Ray Wise who was a Proto-Vulcan in the Next Generation Episode "Who Watches the Watchmen" as "Arturis", from an interesting Race of people who have large brains, he can learn any language from hearing only a few phrases spoken in it. He is also good with Mathematics, and he is able to create an Algorithm that "decodes" the scrambled message. In it are Spacial Coordinates. Voyager finds there a Prototype Ship equipped with "Quantum Slipstream Drive" and it had been flown to the Delta Quadrant on Autopilot.

A Gift Horse which is a little too convenient. When the complete Message from Admiral "Windbag" Hayes (Jack Shearer) is played, it explains this is a Prototype that can get Voyager's Crew safely home in 3 Months.

I believe it. That is, I believe that the NX-01A Dauntless can do it. But Janeway has a wind up about something, a Ship and a Way Home delivered to Voyager's Doorstep?

Even in real life, there is always some Gift-Horse twist.

This new development also brings up issues. What about the Doctor's Main Program in Sickbay? And Seven, does she really want to go to Earth?

But the Dauntless is an impeccable piece of Engineering. It's a magnificent Ship. No Replicators or Holodecks, but it has Crew Quarters, enough to hold the entire crew.

But even while considering using this new miracle, Janeway is not willing to dump Voyager like an Old Sock. She has Engineering copy the Quantum Slipstream Tech and install it into Voyager, so they can take it along too. The Dauntless can tolerate the stresses of a prolonged Slipstream Flight, but Voyagers Structural Integrity Fields are inefficient for the task.

But Seven is not ready to go to Earth yet, as she Argues with Janeway about Janeway's obsession about returning to Earth, Janeway is looking at the one Data Block that Arturis said was too corrupt to fix, and finds a way to fix it.

And the information in that Block tells a different story than the one told on The Dauntless. At the same time, Harry finds a Power Glitch in the Dauntless Engine Room, which when scanned reveals an Alien Power Console- "Not All is As it Seems".

When confronted with these new inconsistencies, Arturis tries to shift suspicion to Seven. But it does not work, even "evidence" that Seven is tampering is placed too conveniently and too easy to find.

So as they try to grab Arturis, he overpowers them to break open a console to grab a huge lever, and the Alien Structure of the Dauntless Bridge becomes apparent.

Voyager is able to beam most of the crew off, leaving Janeway and Seven at Arturis' lack of Mercy.

Arturis' Race had a vested interest in the defeat of The Borg. But when it did not happen, the Borg invaded his Homeworld. Arturis describes the plight of his Race as hundreds of Borg Cubes invaded their space, sweeping aside all resistance and leaving his people to their worst fears.

Ray Wise was probably the best Actor in the whole world to embody this, he has played many similar characters, all with lost hope. In a way, he is like Walter Bishop of Fringe, a gifted individual who has lost his mind.

Had there been more time, Janeway could have talked him down from his plan and gotten him to Join Voyager's Crew. But Arturis was a man plagued by the wrong choices. As a Survivor of a Borg Attack, he had a beautiful Ship to go wherever he wanted, but he opted to use this gift to pursue Voyager and "Make Them Pay" for what Janeway had done.

In this way, he takes Janeway totally by surprise, she is not expecting his torrent of hate and revenge. She deals with it the best she can.

Fortunately, the Slipstream Tech was easy for Voyager to install and use, they catch up with The "Dauntless" and take her shields down in short order, beaming Janeway and Seven off in the nick of time.

Alas for poor Arturis, we'll not see him anymore, for what he thought was H2O was H2SO4. But I suppose Borg Drones are immune to Hydrochloric Acid.

If only he had turned his talents toward something better, at least for himself. We never learn even the name of his race, what kind of man he was, what he did, what his interests were.

To get that information, we would have to ask The Borg Collective.


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