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


When the cadet takes a holoimage picture of Boothby and Chakotay, Boothby kiddingly tells her not to cut of their heads. We see through the viewfinder's image that she does cut off the top of Chakotay's head. Yet later, when the captain and others are reviewing the pictures, we see all of Chakotay's head. 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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Any Excuse to have a Boothby Episode
28 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...Is a good excuse.

Voyuer finds a bizarre space-station floating in the Delta-Quadrant hosting a perfect simulation of Starfleet Academy, down to Boothby tending his plants.

Chakotay hits it off with a commander "Valerie Archer" (Played by Kate Vernon - descendant of Captain Archer from Enterprise?) and he has his first date in years. Problem is, who is he really dating?

Chakotay and Tuvix are accosted by an overly eager ensign on the way back to the beam-in point and they have to kidnap the poor sap.

But when questioned by Voyeur crew, he self-destructs. "Dr Hologram" tweaks his DNA and out pops Species 857-6309.

So, what the devil are they doing out there in the Delta Quadrant?

But Quasi-Boothby is just as curious of Chakotay as Chakotay is of this Fakademy, so he sets up a trap for him, when Archer smooches with him, she steals some of his DNA and confirms "Actual Hooman". So they trap Chakotay and make potshots at the Delta Flyer and chase it away.

Quasi-Boothby or real Boothby, only Ray Walston could ever pull it off. And Species 857-6309 had done their job too well, they had actually copied his personality. "Targ Manure!"

Even if this is a dupe of the real Boothby, he's got all of his memories and acerbic personality, so it was fitting that he be the one to conduct "Second-Contact" with Voyager- As "First Contact" didn't go too well for them.

Tucker Smallwood is Admiral Bullock, or is it all (Another word that rhymes with Bullock)? Smallwood is Boothby's right hand... Whatever-they- call-themselves. Species 857-6309 never got a name. Or do they even have hands?

At any rate it was a satisfying, for me at least conclusion of the Species 857-6309 saga.

They had made themselves too Human, and because of this I can suspend any disbelief. They were after all going to Infiltrate Starfleet with these whatever they were, clones, copies. There was no need to explain just how they did it anyway, that wasn't the point. Also, some dolts completely forget that 70,000 (Actually, about 60,000) light years means nothing to a species from Fluidic Space.

Janeway is of course the first one to take her finger off the trigger.

But in all of this, they got one detail wrong: We know from Deep Space Nine, that Starfleet used the Next Generation uniforms. The Cadet's uniforms were very similar to the Voyeur uniforms, but in every place other than Deep Space Nine, they went back to the regular Next Gen uniforms at least until the First Contact uniforms came out.

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