Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 17

The Disease (24 Feb. 1999)

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Voyager encounters a group of xenophobic nomads, at space for 400 years, with serious ship wide malfunctions. This offer to help leads to serious consequences. Strait laced Ensign Kim gets entangled in a forbidden romance.



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Episode credited cast:
Derran Tal
Unnamed Varro Alien
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The Varro, a xenophobic, space-dwelling species reluctantly accepts Voyager's assistance with extensive repairs to their ship and Janeway hopes to learn more about surviving long voyages from them. But an unexpected problem arises when Harry becomes intimately involved with Tahl, an engineering assistant he is working with to aid repairs. When he begins glowing - literally - Tahl reveals when her species mate they become biochemically linked for life. Meanwhile, Tuvok finds a stowaway on board; the man claims a resistance is growing on the Varro ship. Written by Meribor

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Harry Kim: It's an old story - boy meets girl from the wrong side of the galaxy. Boy loses girl.
Derran Tal: And girl loses boy.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Harry Kim comes of age
11 April 2007 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

A well-told episode involving Harry Kim falling in love. Voyager is helping a group of Xenophobic aliens make repairs to their ship's systems when Harry Kim has an affair with a female on the other ship which is a major no-no. The intimate encounter has an unexpected effect on Harry's body and the whistle is blown, much to the disappointment of Captain Janeway.

What is nice about this episode and different from the previous "Harry Kim develops feelings for (insert random female here) this time the girl likes him back and he handles himself pretty well with her, with no awkward stumbling.

We soon learn that life on the Aliens ship is not enjoyed by all who are there and a secret separatist group is planning mischief.

This episode features some nice moments between Janeway and Harry, and it's a nice break-out show for Garrett Wang. It's just doesn't seem fare that Captain Kirk nailed half the female life forms in the Alpha Quadrant and never got any diseases, but Harry Kim gets lucky 1 TIME and ends up with the Delta Quadrant's version of the clap.

The camera work in this episode is really good. Many long tracking shots, one of which starts in the briefing room, goes to the bridge and ends in Janeway's Ready Room all in 1 shot. Very Cinematic.

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