Stardate not given: Voyager encounters a temporal-spatial anomaly called chaotic space, a phenomenon which threatens to tear the ship apart while it surrounds and traps Voyager. Chakotay experiences strange visions involving an alien boxer he has never actually encountered. The Doctor chalks these visions up to a latent gene in the first officer’s family, the same gene which once left Chakotay’s great grandfather “crazy.” When it is discovered that there is indeed an alien presence in chaotic space, Chakotay prepares to fight to save his ship and his sanity – and the gloves are coming off.
teleplay by Joe Menosky
story by Michael Taylor
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Ray Walston (Boothby), Carlos Palomino (Alien Boxer), Ned Romero (Chakotay’s Great Grandfather)
Notes: Olympic boxer Carlos Palomino was not only Chakotay’s opponent in the ring, but actor Robert Beltran’s boxing coach for this episode; Palomino also once appeared as an alien athlete in an episode of Buck Rogers.
LogBook entry by Earl Green