Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Flesh and Blood 

The Hirogen species sends Voyager a distress call when their holographic prey become too cunning and cannot be defeated.


Michael Vejar (as Mike Vejar)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Jeff Yagher ... Iden
Ryan Bollman ... Donik
Michael Wiseman ... Beta-Hirogen
Cindy Katz ... Kejal
Spencer Garrett ... Weiss
Vaughn Armstrong ... Alpha-Hirogen


The Hirogen species sends Voyager a distress call when their holographic prey become too cunning and cannot be defeated.

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Both Cindy Katz (Kejal) and Paul Eckstein (Alpha Hirogen) previously appeared in DS9. Katz played Yteppa in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Skin (1994). See more »


"We can configure the array to emit an anti-photon pulse." Not so. There are no anti-photons. Photons are their own anti-particles. See more »


Chakotay: [on the dead Hirogen found on a Hirogen training facility] Most of them were killed by facsimiles of Alpha Quadrant weapons - Romulan disruptors, Klingon bat'leths...
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Starfleet phasers?
Chakotay: I think we'll find they all came from the holo-technology we gave the Hirogen three years ago.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: They obviously missed the point. We gave them that technology so they could hunt holographic prey, not get themselves killed.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Exciting first part with familiar themes
3 August 2020 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Voyager answers a distress call from a Hirogen training facility and discovers that the hunters have been resisted by their holographic prey.

The theme of machines as sentient beings is subject that Star Trek may have done to death but this one approaches it with plenty of excitement and adrenalin. It has a strong plot and a typically excellent performance by Robert Picardo as The Doctor torn between Voyager and his holographic 'people'.

When I watch episodes involving the above theme I repeatedly tell myself the concepts are silly because they are machines not a life-forms, then ask myself why the writers insist on making such a song and dance out of characters like The Doctor and Commander Data from TNG. In the same breath I also worry about them, want to see they are okay and hope they end up happy. So perhaps that says all that needs to be said about that.

The action sequences are exciting and suspenseful whilst the scenes of internal conflict are pretty tense.

Part 1 ends with you wanting to know what happens next, so it does its job well.

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