When It Rains…

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: With only the Klingon ships able to counteract the Breen’s energy dissipators, Sisko pins Starfleet’s hopes on Damar’s movement. Kira is given a Starfleet commission and sent to help teach the Cardassians how to be rebels. She is accompanied by Garak and by Odo, who provides Bashir with a sample of “goo” before leaving. While analyzing the sample, Bashir discovers that Odo is infected by the disease that is killing the Founders. Meanwhile, on Bajor, Dukat secretly tries to read the Text of the Kosst Amojan himself, to see if he can free the pagh wraiths without Kai Winn’s aid. He is struck blind by a bolt of energy from the book. And Gowron comes to DS9 to give Martok a medal, and announces that he plans to take direct command of the Klingon forces, a move which Martok and Worf fear will prove foolhardy.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rene Echavarria
story by Rene Echavarria & Spike Steingasser
directed by Michael Dorn
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Casey Biggs (Damar), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Robert O’Reilly (Gowron), John Vickery (Gul Rusot), Scott Burkholder (Hilliard), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn), Stephen Yoakam (Velal), Vaughn Armstrong (Seskal), Colby French (Ensign Weldon)

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End Game

Xena: Warrior PrincessAfter the Amazon village is attacked by Roman soldiers, Ephiny leads her warriors in a fight against them in the woods. During the fight, she is killed by a man in silver armor. Elsewhere, Xena and Gabrielle are spending the afternoon by a lake, where the bard is testing her new net which she plans to use in fights. A young Amazon, Amarice, appears. She tells them about Ephiny’s death. From the description, Xena realizes that it was Brutus who killed the Amazon Queen. When they return to the Amazon village, Gabrielle resumes her responsibilities as Amazon Queen, while Xena begans devising a plan to capture Brutus.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven L. Sears
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Danielle Cormack (Ephiny), Karl Urban (Caesar), Jeremy Callaghan (Pompey), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), David Franklin (Brutus), and Argo

Original title: Amazon Reunion

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11:59

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A reminder of the Millennium Gate biosphere project at the dawn of the 21st century gives Captain Janeway the occasion to remember one of her distant ancestors, former astronaut Shannon O’Donnell, who has always inspired Janeway. But when the captain pries further into the pages of history, she discovers that Shannon O’Donnell may not have been the pioneering hero that inspired a young Kathryn Janeway to join Starfleet, and that her part in the Millennium Gate project may have been very small, yet very pivotal…and certainly not a fantastic feat of heroism.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Joe Menosky
story by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
directed by Ron Surma
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Kevin Tighe (Henry Janeway), Bradley Pierce (Jason Janeway), John Carroll Lynch (Mr. Moss), Christopher Curry (Driver), James Greene (Passerby), Kristina Hayes (Field reporter)

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I, E.T.

FarscapeThe crew discovers a homing beacon installed inside Moya, broadcasting their location to the Peacekeepers. To muffle the signal, Moya buries itself in a bog, and Crichton, Aeryn and D’Argo disembark to gather an element needed to anesthetize Moya during the beacon’s removal. Crichton is quickly separated and finds himself in the hands of the natives, who have yet to journey into space or encounter visitors from other worlds. Because of the delay, Rygel begins the surgery to remove the crystal with only Zhaan’s empathic ability to draw away Moya’s pain.

Order the DVDswritten by Sally Lapiduss
directed by Pino Amenta
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Mary Mara (Lyneea), Cayde Tasker (Fostro), Boris Brkic (Ryymax)

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Tacking Into The Wind

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Kira decides on a bold plan to steal one of the Breen energy-dissipating weapons so that Starfleet can study it and come up with a countermeasure. With a team consisting of herself, Garak, Damar, Rusot and Odo, she gets aboard a Jem’Hadar ship. But there are complications – they must wait for the Breen weapon to be installed, Rusot’s hatred for Kira is growing, and Odo has been trying to conceal the true extent of his illness.
Meanwhile, Gowron has been ordering Martok on several suicidal attacks, as part of a design to undermine Martok politically, yet Martok refuses Worf’s advice to challenge Gowron. And Bashir and O’Brien formulate a plan to lure a Section 31 operative to DS9.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Mike Vejar
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Casey Biggs (Damar), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Robert O’Reilly (Gowron), John Vickery (Gul Rusot), Salome Jens (Female Changeling), Kitty Swink (Luaran), J. Paul Boehmer (Vornar)

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The Ides of March

Xena: Warrior PrincessIn hell, Callisto is tormented by visions of Xena and Gabrielle. She also has an unwanted suitor, who brings her news that he has taken an interest in her obsession with Xena. He sends her on a mission – corrupt Xena and make Caesar Emperor. In Rome, Caesar awakens from a nightmare, which features the warrior princess, and finds he’s not alone. Callisto is there and she fills him in on her plan to lure Xena to them.

In Greece, Xena, Gabrielle, and Amarice are on their way to Athens to see Eli when they are attacked by bounty hunters. With a six million dinar price on her head, Xena decides to head for Rome to kill Caesar.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by Ken Girotti
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Hudson Leick (Callisto), Karl Urban (Caesar), Timothy Odmunson (Eli), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), David Franklin (Brutus)

Original title: Xena And Caesar

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Relativity

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48310.0: In Starfleet’s orbital shipyards above Mars, the new Intrepid-class vessel U.S.S. Voyager is preparing for her first launch – as is the ship’s newly-promoted Captain, Kathryn Janeway. But what Janeway doesn’t know about her new ship is that a Borg has infiltrated her crew…a Borg she will know, three years later, as Seven of Nine.

Stardate 49123.5621: In the midst of a Kazon ambush, two unexpected visitors arrive aboard Voyager – one to plant a device that will destroy the ship in three years, and another, claiming to be an individual Borg who has traveled back in time to prevent this act of sabotage.

Stardate 52861.274: Deep in the Delta Quadrant, Voyager suffers a series of major breakdowns due to temporal distortions. Just before Voyager explodes, killing all hands, Seven of Nine is “recruited” by Captain Braxton of the 29th century Federation Timeship Relativity. Her mission is to go back in time to prevent the destruction of Voyager without creating additional temporal paradoxes.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan and Michael Taylor
story by Nick Sagan
directed by Allan Eastman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Bruce McGill (Captain Braxton), Dakin Matthews (Admiral Patterson), Jay Karnes (Lt. Ducane), Josh Clark (Lt. Carey)

Original title: Time Bomb

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Extreme Measures

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 52645.7: The Breen weapon has been delivered to DS9, and Odo is in the infirmary. At his insistence, Kira leaves with Garak and Damar to continue the Cardassian resistance movement. With only two weeks at most before Odo will die of the Founders’ disease, Bashir and O’Brien let Sisko in on their plan to obtain the cure from Section 31. Finally, Sloan himself shows up, and is promptly captured by Bashir, who plans to use an illegal Romulan memory scanner to probe Sloan’s mind. However, Sloan triggers a suicide device inside his brain, and Bashir, accompanied by O’Brien, must enter Sloan’s mind in order to find the cure.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
directed by Steven Posey
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), William Sadler (Sloan), Jacqueline Schultz (Jessica), Kate Asner (Nurse Bandee), Tom Holleron (Operative)

Original title: Night Tremors

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Deja  Vu All Over Again

Xena: Warrior PrincessA young woman, Annie, in present day Los Angeles awakes from a dream of Xena fighting Callisto. Annie is convinced the dream means that she was Xena in a past life, and that she is the Xena vigilante who has been wandering the streets at night. But her boyfriend, Harry, thinks she’s just too obsessed with the series. So to prove to him that it’s real she takes him with her to see a past lives counselor, Dr. Mattie Merrill.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by Renee O’Connor
music by Joseph LoDuca

Cast: Lucy Lawless (Xena/Annie), Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle/Dr. Mattie Merrill), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Harry), Robert Trebor (Marko), Kevin Smith (Ares)

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The Phantom Menace

Star WarsThe Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic sends two Jedi Knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the planet Naboo to investigate a distress call indicating an invasion by the Neimoidian Trade Federation. When their diplomatic visit leads them into an ambush, the two Jedi stow away on the Trade Federation’s landing vessels to warn the people of Naboo themselves. The first local they encounter, Gungan misfit Jar Jar Binks, takes them to his undersea home city of Otoh Gunga for safety, but the Gungans quickly turn all three back toward the surface. Just when the Trade Federation’s battle droid army appears to have captured the young Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan rescue her, convincing her to escape with them to Coruscant, where she can plea for Naboo’s freedom before the Galactic Senate. Amidala reluctantly agrees, but her personal ship is almost destroyed in the escape from Naboo, saved only by the valiant efforts of an astromech droid designated R2-D2. With her ship’s main drive unit in pieces, the Queen agrees to a brief layover on a frontier planet called Tatooine for repairs.

On Tatooine, Qui-Gon and Jar Jar try to find replacement parts, with a royal handmaiden named Padme’ in tow. As Qui-Gon tries to bargain with a no-nonsense parts trader, Padme’ becomes acquainted with a precocious nine-year-old slave boy named Anakin Skywalker. After failing to strike a deal for the parts needed to repair the Queen’s ship, Qui-Gon and his companions move on, but a run-in between Jar Jar and one of the locals reunites them with Anakin. A chance sandstorm forces Qui-Gon’s entourage to take shelter in Anakin’s slave quarters, where he lives with his mother, who is also a servant. Anakin eagerly suggests that Qui-Gon sponsor him in the Boonta Eve pod race, just a day away – a race whose prize money could allow Qui-Gon to buy parts for the Queen’s ship an escapes. Though Anakin’s mother is concerned for her son’s safety, she agrees, and Qui-Gon makes the bet. At the same time, the Jedi Knight suspects that Anakin is very strong with the Force, since no human has the reflexes necessary to race pods.

The hazardous pod race, overseen by Jabba the Hutt, results in the death or disqualification of most of the contestants – except for Anakin and an alien named Sebulba, who has no qualms about cheating. But quick thinking (and, Qui-Gon believes, the Force) not only keeps Anakin in one piece, but he beats the reigning champion. What Anakin does not know is that Qui-Gon had such confidence in his abilities that he added Anakin’s freedom to his bet. But Anakin falters at the thought of leaving Tatooine for a life of adventure when his mother will still be toiling away. Shmi Skywalker assures her son that he will be safe, and encourages him to pursue his dreams. With a new hyperdrive and a new young passenger, Qui-Gon sets out to return to Queen Amidala’s ship – a journey which is abruptly interrupted by a dark warrior who tries to use his considerable Jedi skills to kill Qui-Gon. Barely escaping with his life, Qui-Gon realizes that his attacker could only have been a Sith Lord – the evil opposite number to the valiant ranks of the Jedi, and probably an assassin in search of Queen Amidala.

On Coruscant, Qui-Gon informs the Jedi Council of the murderous Sith, though some of the members insist that the Sith are extinct. He surprises them even more by introducing them to Anakin, whose Force instincts and genetic makeup both prove to be very unique – and potentially very powerful. But the Council members, after testing Anakin’s skills and interviewing him, conclude that the boy is too old and set in his ways. Elsewhere on Coruscant, Queen Amidala’s attempts to bring the pressure of the Senate to bear are thwarted by bureaucracy. Naboo’s Senator Palpatine suggests a vote of no confidence, which is quickly passed, deposing Supreme Chancellor Valorum from leadership of the Senate. Naturally, Palpatine nominates himself as Valorum’s replacement, and the Senate’s sympathy for the plight of Naboo assures his ascension. Queen Amidala vows to return to Naboo to rally her people, calling on Jar Jar to help her make peace with the isolationist Gungans. Qui-Gon (with Anakin in tow) and Obi-Wan accompany the Queen back to Naboo to protect her.

Though Jar Jar has a difficult time convincing his people – now in hiding from the Trade Federation’s battle droids – to help defend Naboo, the Queen puts herself at the Gungans’ mercy. The Gungans commit all of their resources to the battle in an attempt to retake the Queen’s palace, a fight made more difficult by the entrenched army of droids. Anakin is forced to take shelter in a Naboo starfighter, but in trying to protect himself he accidentally launches the ship, hurling himself into the midst of the intense space battle being waged between the Naboo defense force and the Federation’s droid fighters. Darth Maul, the Sith Lord, also reappears, and Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan divert all of their energy and strength to preventing him from assassinating the Queen. The freedom of Naboo depends on the efforts of the Jedi, the determination of Queen Amidala, and the inquisitive Anakin . . . but not all of them will live to see the peace restored.

Order the DVDswritten by George Lucas
directed by George Lucas
music by John Williams

Cast: Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala/Padmè Naberrie), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker), Frank Oz (Yoda), Ian McDiarmid (Senator Palpatine), Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble), Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Peter Serafinowicz (voice of Darth Maul), Ralph Brown (Ric Olie), Terence Stamp (Chancellor Valorum), Brian Blessed (Boss Nass), Sofia Coppola (Sachè), Adrian Dunbar (Bail Antilles), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Warwick Davis (Wald), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Silas Carson (Nute Gunray), Dhruv Chanchani (Kitster), Celia Imrie (Bravo Five), Margaret Towner (Jira), Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi), Oliver Walpole (Seek), Kristina DaSilva (Rabe’), Jerome Blake (Rune Haako), Steven Speirs (Captain Tarpals), Warwick Davis (Spectator), Benedict Taylor (Bravo Two), Greg Proops (Beed), Scott Capurro (Fode), Liz Wilson (Eirtaè), Khan Bonfils (Saesee Tiin), Cin (Adi Gallia), Roman Coppola (Naboo Guard), Michaela Cottrell (Even Piell), Mark Coulier (Aks Moe), John Fensom (TC-3), Ray Griffiths (Sebulba), Warwick Davis (Grimy man), Ray Griffiths (Power Droid), Madison Lloyd (Amee), Lewis Macleod (voice of Sebulba), Geoffrey Pomeroy (General Ceel), Alan Ruscoe (Plo Koon), Hassani Shapi (Eeth Koth), Alan Ruscoe (Bib Fortuna), Christian J. Simpson (Naboo Pilot), Alan Ruscoe (Sil Unch)

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Warhead

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 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.

Order the DVDsteleplay 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.

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The Dogs Of War

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 52861.3: Sisko takes command of a new Defiant-class ship, with special dispensation to rename it from the Sao Paulo to the Defiant; while on Cardassia, the Female Changeling and Weyoun decide to withdraw in order to replenish their ships and troops. Meanwhile, Kira, Damar, and Garak arrive at Cardassia Prime for a meeting, only to learn that they have been betrayed. Kira and the others are forced to hide in the cellar of Garak’s boyhood home, where they learn from Mila that Damar is becoming a legend among the ordinary Cardassian civilians. On DS9, Quark receives a static-garbled message from Grand Nagus Zek, saying that he plans to retire and move to Risa with Ishka, and that he is coming to DS9 to name his successor. Believing that he will be the next Grand Nagus, Quark is disgusted to learn of all the reforms Zek has been making due to Ishka’s influence, and plans to reverse them as soon as he is in power. And Bashir and Ezri Dax finally address their feelings for each other.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Rene Echavarria & Ronald D. Moore
directed by Avery Brooks
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun / Brunt), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Casey Biggs (Damar), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Cecily Adams (Ishka), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Juliana McCarthy (Mila), Tiny Ron (Maihar’du), Salome Jens (Female Changeling), Wallace Shawn (Zek), Mel Johnson, Jr. (Broca), Vaughn Armstrong (Seskal), Stephen Yoakam (Velal), Paul S. Eckstein (Jem’Hadar), David B. Levinson (Broik), Cathy DeBuono (M’Pella), Leroy D. Brazile (Lonar), Majel Barrett (Federation Computer Voice)

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Equinox

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: To the amazement of Janeway and Voyager’s crew, a distress signal is received from the Federation starship Equinox. The Equinox, commanded by Captain John Ransom, was dragged into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker months ahead of Voyager. Ransom and his crew have been besieged by a race of subspace aliens which can only enter real space for a few seconds – but Ransom points out that these aliens can cause a considerable amount of damage in very little time, and the heavily-damaged Equinox seems to bear out his story. Tuvok and Seven detect several odd readings, indicating alien attempts to penetrate the combined shields of Voyager and the Equinox. Ransom repeatedly denies Voyager’s crew access to the engineering section of the Equinox, and it is only when Janeway secretly beams the Doctor over that a horrifying discovery is made. Ransom and his crew have sped their journey considerably by capturing and killing the subspace creatures and using their remains as an energy source. The aliens’ attacks are revenge for the numerous deaths they have suffered at the hands of Ransom’s crew, and when the Equinox crew force their way back to their ship and resume their bloody path toward the Alpha Quadrant, the aliens target Voyager’s crew instead… beginning with Captain Janeway.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
story by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: John Savage (Captain John Ransom), Titus Welliver (Commander Max Burke), Olivia Birkelund (Ensign Gilmore), Rick Worthy (Ensign Lessing), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Steve Dennis (Crew member), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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What You Leave Behind

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 52947.9: The final assault of the Alpha Quadrant allies against the Dominion begins, as the uprising on Cardassia grows. However, Damar and his people pay a heavy price when the Jem’Hadar begin destroying Cardassian cities and exterminating the population. Damar, Kira, and Garak are captured, but saved from execution by fellow revolutionaries. Damar is killed in the effort to storm Dominion headquarters, and Kira and Garak manage to seize control, killing the eighth and last Weyoun in the process, and taking the Female Changeling prisoner. Meanwhile, the tide of the space battle turns when the Cardassian ships begin firing on their erstwhile Dominion allies.

The final end of the war comes when Odo joins Kira and Garak, and links with the Female Changeling, curing her and obtaining her agreement to sign a peace treaty and be tried for her crimes. In exchange, Odo promises to rejoin the Great Link and heal his people, hoping that in time he can teach them to reconcile with the solids.

On Bajor, Dukat, whose sight has returned, has entered the Fire Caves with Winn to release the pagh-wraiths. Winn poisons him as a sacrificial offering, but the wraiths bypass her and possess Dukat’s body instead. Sisko instinctively realizes what is happening and races to the Fire Caves, where in their struggle, he and Dukat fall into the fire, destroying the Text of the Kosst Amojan and sealing the pagh-wraiths in their prison forever. Sisko awakens in the Celestial Temple, where the Prophets tell him that his work is now complete, and that he is now one of them. Kasidy receives a vision from her husband, bidding her goodbye, and promising to return.

Many other goodbyes are exchanged. Garak faces a bittersweet end to his exile. Worf is appointed Federation ambassador to Qo’Nos, and O’Brien leaves to teach engineering at Starfleet Academy. Odo and Kira part on the shores of the Great Link. However, Quark is still serving drinks and making deals at his bar, and Morn still resides on his stool. Bashir and Ezri also remain on the station, as do Nog and Kasidy. And together, Kira and Jake keep watch on the wormhole…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Salome Jens (Female Shapeshifter), Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Casey Biggs (Damar), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Deborah Lacey (Sarah), Julianna McCarthy (Mila), Hana Hatae (Molly), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn), Mel Johnson, Jr. (Broca), Greg Ellis (Ekoor), Cyndi Pass (Ginger), Kevin Scott Allen (Jem’Hadar), Christopher Halsted (Jem’Hadar First), Judi Durand (Cardassian Computer Voice)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover