Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 15

Tsunkatse (9 Feb. 2000)

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Seven of Nine and Tuvok are kidnapped while on an away mission and Seven is forced to fight in their gladiator-like competition or Tuvok will not receive the medical attention that he requires.


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Hirogen Hunter
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Seven of Nine and Tuvok are kidnapped while on an away mission and Seven is forced to fight in their gladiator-like competition or Tuvok will not receive the medical attention that he requires.

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This episode marks the only appearance of frequent "Star Trek" guest stars Jeffrey Combs and J.G. Hertzler in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »


During 7's first fight look at the shoulder of the other fighter (played by The Rock) when he says the line "I'm trembling". You can see a clear shadow from the boom. See more »


Hirogen Hunter: Never... let your prey suffer. Kill it!
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Between THE ROCK and a Hard Place
6 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a lot of great stuff in this little shenanigan - We start off by Seeing a Hirogen (J.G. Hertzler) beat the tar out of some skinny oaf. I liked the oaf, no cast listing so I suppose it was Stuntee Clayton J. Barber getting his Arse handed to him like a hat in the teaser of this gem.

This show revolves around the sport of "Tsunkatse" which the crew of Voyager has been enjoying along with every other alien in the sector. It reminds me of some of the popular contact sports being played around that time, the Tsunkatse Arena looks like any contact sport that was ever played on UPN13 in LA. I remember they had a contact form of Football called "XFL" at the time that lasted for a few years- The biggest boost that form of football ever had was in the movie "The Sixth Day".

Unfortunately, Tsunkatse was not just an innocent Monday Night Sports offering for your local Dive Bar - As Seven of Sixty-Nine and Tuvix find out to their pain. They are kidnapped by an alien form of Jeffery Coombs and forced to play Tsunkatse or DIE. So Seven agrees, if anything to save Tuvix from a "Red Deth Match".

And her Opponent for this thing was interesting: This was the very first time I ever saw Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He makes a GREAT Alien, his face in Profile was an Iconic view. That's when I KNEW he had a future as an actor and not only as a well built piece of meat (With Machine Guns added if you count "Doom" or "GI-JOE: Retaliation).

Unfortunately in the clips of the TsunKatse matches, JG Herztler gets skinnier at certain times, while he does some amazing kicks and spins, and Seven's whole FACE changes while she stiff-arms The Rock in a few pain inducing moves. Does the sport of Tsunkatse cause Shape-Shifting to occur or was ODO glad to see me?

That has always been a problem with Trek, editing out Stuntwoman Monica Staggs's face in crucial scenes. But Jeri Ryan could do some great movements in closeup, so when the real Monica Staggs does the hard moves, the closeup makes you believe it was really Seven.

And These Hirogen were some great fighters. Hertzler's Hirogen (He was never given a name) teaches Seven a thing or two about Survival and the art of Tsukatse: But in the end, he intended to have Seven kill him so he could have a death worthy of a Hirogen. Hirogens are great, from their Butt-Style heads to their Armor that could allow them to walk through a Neutron Star, they are by far my most Favourite Delta Quadrant Aliens- And Hertzler gives them a more likable personality.

Of course, Voyager can't have their pet Borg beating up Hirogen on TV, so they cause a Media Blackout much like the Syndex (Exclusivity) Laws from the 1990's.

Of Course, a lot of this is just plain Silly, but The Rock's little cameo and the Hirogen Teacher made this great Network TV in the late 90's/2000's. Personally, I think Seven could have ripped Dwayne's head off and fed it to the Hirogen while they danced playing Violins and setting Janeway's hair on fire, but I highly enjoyed this when it was first broadcast as well as now. God/The Prophets Love The Rock!

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