Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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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 »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... 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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29 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is the third of only three feature-length episodes within all the Star Trek series that was not a series pilot or finale. The first was the Deep Space Nine Season 4 episode "The Way of the Warrior" and the second was the Voyager Season 5 episode "Dark Frontier". 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 »


The Doctor: One minute you're fighting the Hirogen, the next you're praying for them?
Iden: My spiritual beliefs are part of my programing.
The Doctor: Is there anything in your spiritual programing about making peace with your enemies?
Iden: It's difficult to make peace with people whose sole purpose is to kill you.
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References Star Trek: Voyager: Think Tank (1999) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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How do you kill a hologram? Use holographic bullets or holographic Pokemon?!
7 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, Voyager comes upon a scene of utter stupidity. The fierce Hirogen have decided to 'improve upon' the holo emitters the Captain gave them in the previous season. Janeway's intentions were to allow the Hirogens to exercise their strong needs to hunt without killing real creatures. However, the Hirogen decided to make their prey more interesting--tougher, meaner, smarter. Unfortunately, these holo Alpha Quadrant characters of all sorts were now too good and they ended up wiping out almost all the Hirogen in that training facility. And, these holo characters have all left the facility and have headed into space!! Janeway feels a responsibility to stop these holos, but the Hirogen are inexplicably intent on 'doing it themselves'--even when it's obvious to anyone with more than half a brain that they are hopelessly outclassed.

When it comes to Voyager trying to deal with the holos, they've got more problems than just the dumb Hirogen. The Doctor bonds too quickly with the killer holos and starts to over-identify with them. As a result, he's become more of a liability than an asset. And so ends part one.

This is a pretty exciting episode. The Hirogens sure are dumb but it's nice to see the Captain showing some gumption with them! The only problem I saw was HOW do you stop a hologram?!

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