Stardate not given: Voyager has docked with a Varro generational ship, a huge vessel which is not only a closed ecosystem, but a closed society which avoids all contact with outsiders. However, not all of the Varro have been sticking to their xenophobic ways – and not every member of Voyager’s crew has been observing Starfleet protocols about engaging in intimate relations with alien species. Harry has fallen for Varro engineer Derran Tal, and even when unforseen biological side-effects expose their relationship to both ships’ crews, they continue to see each other, no matter whose orders they defy. What Harry doesn’t know is that Tal represents a serious threat to her own people – a splinter faction that wants to explore other worlds and cultures instead of shunning them. Without realizing it, Harry may have set in motion the downfall of the Varro civilization as its people know it.
teleplay by Michael Taylor
story by Kenneth Biller
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Musetta Vander (Derran Tal), Christopher Liam Moore (Varro Leader), Charles Rocket (Jippeq), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)
Notes: Charles Rocket was a former Saturday Night Live cast member who was famously fired from the show after saying the “F” word live on national television; he later appeared in a recurring role as the villainous network executive Ned Grossberg on Max Headroom. He committed suicide in 2005.
LogBook entry by Earl Green