Stardate 50425.1: Janeway and Neelix return from a diplomatic mission to find Voyager adrift and the crew unconscious, concentrated in a few areas of the ship. They find evidence of alien lifeforms that can punch their way through doors and equipment, and a chance encounter with one of the aliens results in Neelix’s disappearance. Janeway arms herself as she tries to find out what has happened to her crew, and encounters and kills another of the alien lifeforms, but not before she has been infected by an insect-like airborne virus. She makes her way to sickbay and the Doctor describes an ill-fated humanitarian mission that resulted in the infection of the entire Voyager crew. The virus breeds as a microscopic organism and grows to its insect-like size to leave its victims’ bodies, finally evolving into a monster-sized attacker that seeks out new prey. Janeway must find a way to single-handedly rid Voyager of a scourge that outnumbers her by a factor of billions to one.
written by Brannon Braga
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Albie Selznick (Taktak Consul), Michael Fiske (Garan Miner)
LogBook entry by Paul Campbell