Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 12

Macrocosm (11 Dec. 1996)

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After returning from a first contact mission, Janeway, Neelix and the Doctor must retake Voyager from an infestation of microorganisms that grow to an alarming size.



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Tak Tak
Michael Fiske ...
Garan Miner


When Janeway and Neelix return to Voyager they find the crew barely alive having been invaded by a microscopic life form that is growing to macroscopic proportions. Janeway deals with it by turning into the Starfleet version of Ripley from the Alien movie series. Written by laird-3

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47-reference: after beaming down to the Garan mining colony, the Doctor proceeds on vector 1-4-7. See more »


[first lines]
Tak Tak: Good health, strong body, clear mind.
Neelix: And you - your hospitality, your generosity, your patience - many thanks.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Genesis (1994) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Attack of the giant germs!
30 November 2012 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

A very nice extended opening sequence and first act, with Janeway wandering the eerie deserted dark corridors of the ship, trying to figure out what manner of disaster has befallen her unfortunate vessel this time. Everyone looking a little sweaty somehow adds a lot to the tension. I love the way the commonplace sight of the ship can suddenly become such an creepy place when devoid of crew and with a mysterious sinister element lurking about unseen. Another good example of this type of atmosphere is the season 6 episode "one". For me, I don't find that all the tension disappears and it get boring when it gets to the scene where the Doc explains everything. I enjoy that part, you've got to find out what's going on at some point. To me the moment the suspense is truly drastically altered is the instant the creatures are revealed. It just about does the trick, but I still find the climax with the big green fireball "antigen bomb" a little rushed and iffy. And I just know they don't expect you to believe that every single last one of the organisms was on the holodeck! It's just too damn bad the explosion didn't disable Neelix's stupid gay holoprogram once and for all! I love the funny mellowed-out classy ending. That's one captain who earns her coffee! ::: I can't think of too many other episodes of this show where the big threat was plague. That sets it apart somewhat. The little flying monster-sized germs are very memorable and suitably gross-I think that whenever you're dealing with little monsters, having them spray slimy gunk on everything is generally a big plus! Yes, the cgi looks a bit dodgy now, but I still think the things look really cool, they're menacing and still work. It's the buzzing sound that sells the effect. I just can't stand bees and wasps, they make me run around in circles! And it was always good to see something on the show that wasn't yet another humanoid alien. I really like the hilariously camp and theatrical Tak-Tak aliens, who only seemed able to communicate through the magic of interpretive dance! They said everything all backwards. Like Yoda. ::: The Captain is stripped down to a tank top, she's toting a friggin' cannon and she's all outta bubble gum... And what d'ya know, she actually had buppies under that severe uniform all along! I thought it came off more like a homage to Ripley in Aliens than a rip-off. Most of the time Janeway as a character is strong, composed, commanding and authoritative, which is great and is why she's the captain, but in this one she truly goes above and beyond and really gets down and dirty and fights hard to save her crew and ship. Perhaps just as important, Mulgrew as an actress showed that she could hold an entire episode pretty much entirely by herself, and you don't get sick of looking at her. The same really couldn't be said for quite a few other members of the cast. She really is the best thing about this episode. Spiritually or technologically speaking, it's not all that much of a smart Voyager outing, nor a particularly character-advancing one-unless you count the fact that we now know exactly how much ass the captain can kick when push comes to shove! But these minor shortcomings do not prevent Macrocosm from being one of the most fun and entertaining entries of the third season, and I thoroughly love it for what it is. Thank you! Bzzz...

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