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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Ens. David Gentry
Adm. Bullock
Cmdr. Valerie Archer


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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This episode marks the second time that a simulation features Ferengi officers in Starfleet. The first was in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future Imperfect (1990). See more »


Given the meticulous precision and superior abilities which Species 8472 has demonstrated in the past, it is strange that they neither detected the Delta Flyer in their orbit nor immediately recognized Chakotay and Tuvok as being not of their own kind. 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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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Species 8472's Academy
19 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When this episode opened I feared it was going to be another holodeck based one as the opening scene featured Commander Chakotay walking through the grounds of Star Fleet Academy on Earth. As he is having a drink at the bar it becomes apparent that something isn't quite right when one of the other officers starts to change appearance and the woman he is talking to talks of feeling strange in that form and breathing oxygen... clearly there is something more going on the a holodeck program. Later as Chakoay and Tuvok they are confronted for being in the wrong area and are forced to beam back to voyager along with their would be captor. Here their captor commits suicide and an examination shows that he was actually Species 8472 and had been altered at a cellular level to look human. In order to find out more Chakotay returns to what we now know is a simulation of The Academy to go on a date with the woman from the bar. While talking to her he learns that it is a training facility to prepare Species 8472 for an attack on the Earth which they believe must be preparing to attack them due to previous encounters with Voyager. As Voyager prepares to attack the facility Chakotay is captured and during questioning comes to the conclusion that Species 8472 is only preparing to attack because they feel threatened, the question is can a diplomatic solution be found before conflict begins?

After previous encounters with Species 8472 it is surprising just how little action there was in this episode; it was an almost entirely character driven story where distrust was overcome by discussions and the avoidance of violence, that's not to say it was a bad episode, it just wasn't that memorable either.

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