Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Thaw 

Voyager finds a group of people in connected stasis chambers where something has gone terribly wrong.


Marvin V. Rush


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Thomas Kopache ... Viorsa
Carel Struycken ... Spectre
Patty Maloney ... Little Woman
Tony Carlin Tony Carlin ... Physician
Shannon O'Hurley ... Programmer
Michael McKean ... The Clown


Voyager comes across an iced planet recovering from a solar system cataclysm. The once-active Kohl settlement is reduced to five interconnected stasis chambers in which two of five occupants have died. The chambers should have opened on their own years before but haven't. To learn more, Kim and Torres enter the system and discover a virtual world ruled by an evil clown manifestation of fear itself. The Voyager crew endeavor to free Kim, Torres and the three Kohl hostages without the malevolent clown killing them first. Written by statmanjeff

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Clown: [the Clown surprises Harry and the Kohl survivors by suddenly appearing in front of them] Thinking about escape, are we, Harry? Naughty, naughty. I don't like those thoughts. We're gonna have to do something about them.
Programmer: He's new. He can't help thinking about getting out.
Clown: He can! You don't think about it anymore!
[something occurs to him]
Clown: Oh, but he's new... and you're old. New and old. Old and... new. Well, then the answer is to simply... make you old, Harry.
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[Played by Harry on his clarinet]
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) meets The Matrix (1999)
26 December 2006 | by pershgoSee all my reviews

The Voyager crew inspects an apparently deserted planet only to receive an automated message from a cryogenic system which was created to hold the planet's last survivors. It is then found that even though the disaster that the survivors were trying to ride out has come to pass they are still in stasis. When the crew realizes this they beam the cryopods to the cargo bay and find that the people are connected together in some sort of program where their brains are reacting with one another. Inside the program the personification of fear torments the survivors with their deepest darkest fears to the point where some die from the stress. It has been one of my personal favorite episodes of Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) since it first aired and raises many questions about fear, and how we react to it.

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