Stardate not given: As Voyager enters a class J nebula, Captain Janeway orders a pre-planned power shutdown to prevent the ship’s energy output from attracting turbulent discharges from the nebula. Seven, worried that the Borg children’s imaginations will alarm them unnecessarily, has not warned them of the power shutdown. She asks Neelix to keep the children occupied, and the Talaxian decides to hone his storytelling skills by turning the ship’s silent running into a ghost story. But as he spins his terrifying tale, Neelix soon discovers that his captive audience is already a step ahead of him.
teleplay by Mike Sussman and Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
story by Mike Sussman
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Marley McClean (Mezoti), Zoe MacLellan (Tal Celes), Kurt Wetherill (Azan), Cody Wetherill (Rebi), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)
Note: As in her previous appearance in Good Shepherd, Bajoran non-com Tal Celes is referred to as “Crewman Celes” – which contradicts the years of Bajoran surname-followed-by-given-name convention established in Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
LogBook entry by Earl Green