Stardate not given: Harry, in command of Voyager on the graveyard shift, orders a course change to investigate an automated distress signal. Pleased with the ensign’s confidence, Chakotay orders Harry to lead the away mission to find the source of the signal. The signal is being transmitted by an artificial intelligence encased in a metallic shell, and the Doctor is capable of communicating with it. But once the device is thoroughly analyzed aboard Voyager, it is revealed to be an intelligent weapon. An attempt to download the artificial intelligence from the weapon’s casing results in an even worse predicament when the weapon’s intelligence takes over the Doctor’s program. It seals off sick bay with Harry and B’Elanna trapped inside…and the crew’s only hope is to try to reason with the weapon’s intelligence.
teleplay by Michael Taylor and Kenneth Biller
story by Brannon Braga
directed by John Kretchmer
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: McKenzie Westmore (Ensign Jenkins), Steve Dennis (Alien)
Notes: McKenzie Westmore is the daughter of Oscar-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore, who created the alien prosthetic makeups on Star Trek from the premiere of The Next Generation through the final episode of Enterprise.
LogBook entry by Earl Green