Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 4

In the Flesh (4 Nov. 1998)

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The crew of Voyager discover a simulation of Starfleet Headquarters being run by Species 8472, the enemy they helped the Borg defeat in the two-part episode "Scorpion". It is being used to ... See full summary »



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The crew of Voyager discover a simulation of Starfleet Headquarters being run by Species 8472, the enemy they helped the Borg defeat in the two-part episode "Scorpion". It is being used to practice infiltrating the Federation. With the aid of regular doses of drugs, Species 8472 are able to shape-shift into human form. It is up to Janeway to try to convince the aliens that Starfleet is not a threat to them. Written by Anonymous

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47 reference: Chakotay's Starfleet service number is 47 alpha 612. See more »


The alien base is a recreation of Star Fleet training, yet Chakotay infiltrates it wearing his Maquis rank insignia which sticks out like a sore thumb. The aliens call him Commander, showing that they have looked at his rank. They should have suspected something was up. See more »


[first lines]
Admiral Bullock: Welcome to Earth. I'm Admiral Bullock, and I'll be your commanding officer for the next six months. Questions, comments - bring them to me. Problems - talk to Lieutenant Kinis.
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Really good even though the resolution came amazingly easily.
25 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the two-part episode "Scorpion", Captain Janeway foolishly aligned Voyager with the Borg. This seemed insane at the time and now a little over a season later, the implications of this insane decision have come back to haunt them.

Voyager has picked up some transmissions in the Delta Quadrant that SOUND like they are Starfleet but cannot be. When Tuvok and Chakotay beam down to investigate, they find a copy of Starfleet! It looks awfully exact and they plan to go back to Voyager to tell the Captain. However, they are discovered in an off-limits area and a guard tries to capture them--so they disable the guy and beam back to the ship. There they realize that he's actually species 8472--a rather frightening looking being who has somehow assumed human form. Why have these guys created their copy of Starfleet headquarters? Well, it's obvious because after their encounter with Voyager, they feel at risk and this could be the prelude to an attack. How can they resolve all this paranoia and preparations for war--especially since Voyager stoked these fires.

This is a very fascinating episode and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only complaint, and I mention it in the summary, is that all this paranoia sure seems to work itself out awfully easily. Still, a dandy show.

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