The Satyr

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyA woman and her son are the only remaining colonists on a remote planet called Arcadus, where they are repeatedly terrorized by a half-goat, half-man creature called Pangor. Buck and Twiki visit the planet during an asteroid survey, and immediately after landing, Buck is attacked by a wolf-like creature native to the planet. Buck meets Syra and her son Delph, but at first they don’t tell him anything about Pangor. Buck finds out soon enough, however, when Pangor attacks the shuttle, damaging Twiki. Buck offers to take Syra and Delph away from Arcadus, but Syra refuses to leave, despite Pangor’s continued attacks. Buck disrupts Pangor’s next attack, but the satyr bites him during the ensuing fight; believing that he’s drowned Pangor, Buck returns to Syra’s house for medical treatment. Even now, Buck finds the Syra won’t leave – in fact, she’s mourning at the news that Pangor may be dead. Syra finally reveals the truth: Pangor was once known as Major Jason Samos, Earth colonist, and transformed into a satyr mere hours after becoming infected by something on Arcadus. But Buck is about to find out for himself that the infection came from a satyr bite…

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directed by Victor French
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Guest Cast: Anne E. Curry (Syra Samos), Dave Cass (Pangor), Bobby P. Lane (Delph Samos), Dennis Freeman (Midshipman)

Notes: Director Victor French starred alongside Michael Landon in both Little House On The Prairie and Highway To Heaven, and directed episodes of both; his directorial career also included episodes of Gunsmoke, Dallas, Fame, and the TV series adaptation of the movie Fantastic Journey.

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The Mission

Amazing StoriesAn American B-17 Flying Fortress takes off from an Allied airstrip in Europe, patrolling the skies during World War II. It’s the last flight for her Captain and crew, who have flown 23 successful sorties over Europe; after their 24th, most of them are going home. But a mid-air dogfight puts their future plans in doubt. The Nazi plane is shot down, but not before its debris slams into the American plane, trapping Jonathan, a young dreamer who hopes to return to the States and become a cartoonist for Disney, in the belly gunner position. Worse yet, the attack destroyed the plane’s landing gear. The Captain is capable of landing the plane on its belly, but Jonathan will almost certainly be killed. His comrades in arms pray, argue about whether to end his suffering early, and bid their farewells as the plane prepares for its fateful landing…but ultimately, Jonathan is left to draw his own conclusions as to how that landing will unfold.

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story by Steven Spielberg
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music by John Williams

Amazing StoriesCast: Kevin Costner (Captain Spark), Casey Siemaszko (Jonathan), Kiefer Sutherland (Static), Jeffrey Jay Cohen (Jake), John Philbin (Bullseye), Gary Mauro (Sam), Glen Mauro (Dave), Terry Beaver (Officer), David Grant Hayward (Mechanic #1), Peter Jason (Commander), Karen Hopkins (Liz), Anthony Lapaglia (Mechanic #2), Gary Riley (Tail Gunner), Ken Stovitz (Lamar), Nelson Welch (Father McKay)

Notes: Though the typical format of an Amazing Stories episode was a half-hour timeslot, NBC and showrunner Steven Spielberg agreed that he would direct at least one episode with an extended running time. Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland and Jonathan Lapaglia all went on to greater fame after this episode. Amazing StoriesCasey Siemaszko had already been seen on the big screen (as Biff’s 3-D-glasses-wearing cohort in Back To The Future), and went on to recurring roles in NYPD Blue and Damages. Perhaps even more surprising than Steven Spielberg directing an hour of television at the height of his fame was that he got composer John Williams, one of his most frequent collaborators throughout his career, to score an hour of television. (Williams had already done the series’ theme music.) One of the orchestrators helping Williams arrange the score for this episode was Alexander Courage, better known for writing the theme tune from Star Trek. Spielberg was nominated for best director in the 1986 Emmy Awards for this episode, but lost to Georg Stanford Brown, director of the last episode of Cagney & Lacey’s fifth season. This episode’s cinematographer, John McPherson, did win an Emmy for the show’s lighting and camera work.

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The Big Goodbye

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41997.7: During a holodeck holiday in the fictitious world of Dixon Hill, Captain Picard, Data, Doctor Crusher and ship’s historian Whalen become trapped in a murder mystery where their chances of being murdered are very real, while impatient aliens threaten the ship when its captain is unavailable for scheduled diplomatic negotiations…

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Guest Cast: Lawrence Tierney (Cyrus Redblock), Harvey Jason (Leech), William Boyett (Bell), David Selburg (Whalen), Gary Armagnal (McNary), Mike Genovese (Desk Sergeant), Dick Miller (Vendor), Carolyn Allport (Jessica Bradley), Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline), Erik Cord (Thug)

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Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41365.9: The Enterprise, while docked at a Starbase for minor refits, is hijacked by the Bynars, whose home star has gone nova, rendering their computerized planet inoperative. They have stored the contents of their race memory in the ship’s computer in the hopes that Riker and Picard – being stalled in the holodeck by the beautiful woman of Riker’s dreams – can reactivate their home.

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Guest Cast: Carolyn McCormick (Minuet), Gene Dynarski (Commander Quinteros), Katy Boyer (Zero One), Alexandra Johnson (One Zero), Iva Lane (Zero Zero), Kelli Ann McNally (One One), Jack Sheldon (Piano Player), Abdul Salaam El Razzac (Bass Player), Ron Brown (Drummer)

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Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41775.5: Picard is taken into the confidence of his good friend Captain Walker Keel, who warns that Starfleet is slowly being taken over by a conspiracy that plans to use the resources of Starfleet for conquest. After the shocking destruction of Keel’s ship and a series of grisly discoveries about the High Admirals of Starfleet, Picard learns that Earth is the home of the queen of an alien swarm…

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story by Robert Sabaroff
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Guest Cast: Henry Darrow (Admiral Savaar), Ward Costello (Admiral Quinn), Robert Schenkkan (Commander Remmick), Ray Reinhardt (Admiral Aaron), Jonathan Farwell (Captain Walker Keel), Michael Berryman (Captain Rixx), Ursaline Bryant (Captain Tryla Scott)

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Q Who

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42761.3: Q returns once more to the Enterprise to plead his case to Picard for a position as a crewman on the ship after being expelled from the Q Continuum. When refused, the godlike alien propels the Enterprise thousands of light years to prove to Picard that some threats are too much for humanity, and the Borg is one of these threats…

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Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Lycia Naff (Ensign Gomez), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

Notes: This episode is the first to show the Borg, a race first mentioned (though not by name) in The Neutral Zone. According to writer/producer Maurice Hurley, the Borg were originally intended to be insects instead of cyborgs; budget shortfalls meant costuming cutbacks, even to the point that “stillsuit” costumes from Dune were heavily redressed as Borg costumes.

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Yesterday’s Enterprise

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43625.2: The derelict Enterprise NCC-1701-C, thought destroyed 24 years ago, emerges through a temporal rift, rewriting history for the crew of the Galaxy class Enterprise: the Federation is losing a war to the Klingons, Tasha Yar is still alive and fighting – and the crew of “yesterday’s” Enterprise must return to their own past to restore the timelines. And only Guinan can tell that anything seems out of place…

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from a story by Trent Christopher Ganino and Eric A. Stillwell
directed by David Carson
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Guest Cast: Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar), Christopher McDonald (Lt. Richard Castillo), Tricia O’Neil (Captain Garrett), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

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Sins of the Father

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43685.2: The Enterprise receives a Klingon first officer on the Federation exchange program, Commander Kurn, who tests Worf’s nerve and turns out to be the security chief’s brother, seperated from Worf at birth. Worf learns that their father has been indicted on charges of betraying the Khitomer Outpost – which is where he died. The execution will be carried out on Worf’s family name, and he returns to the First City of the Klingon Empire and discovers the true traitor, but also finds that even Klingons can be totally dishonest and dishonorable, and after Kurn and Captain Picard become the targets of assassins, Worf pays for a crime his father did not commit with his own honor.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ronald D. Moore and W. Reed Moran
based on a teleplay by Drew Deighan
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Charles Cooper (K’mpec), Tony Todd (Commander Kurn), Patrick Massett (Duras), Thelma Lee (Kahlest), Teddy Davis (Transporter Technician)

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The Best Of Both Worlds Part II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 44001.4: The main deflector dish has no effect on the Borg because, having assimilated Picard and converted him into their spokesman, Locutus, the Borg know now every strategy and contingency that Picard had been informed of before his kidnapping. Riker is promoted to Captain by Admiral Hanson, who then leads a fleet of 40 starships to Wolf 359 to confront the Borg, but the fleet’s efforts are in vain – every starship is annihilated. Riker orders a cunning attack consisting of awkward strategies that Picard would never have carried out or expected, and an away team kidnaps Locutus and returns him to the Enterprise. Data then links up to Locutus to access the Borg communication network, and every approach he takes to disarm the Borg down fails until the Borg arrive at Earth to begin their domination of the Federation. Data triggers the Borg regeneration process, putting every Borg to “sleep,” but this also triggers the self-destruction of the Borg ship. Picard is freed from the Borg, Shelby returns to Starfleet to rebuild the fleet, and Riker remains on the Enterprise to continue serving as first officer. However, staring out the window of his ready room, Picard’s face indicates that all is not well…

Season 4 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher)

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Guest Cast: Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby), George Murdock (Admiral Hanson), Colm Meaney (O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Todd Merrill (Gleason)

Notes: Of course, it was not even thought of at the time of this episode’s production, but one of the very few survivors of the Borg attack at Wolf 359 later turns up in his own series: Commander Sisko of Deep Space Nine, the premiere episode of which features scenes of the battle between the Borg and the Federation that was mentioned in this episode.

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A Matter Of Time

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45349.1: While rushing to aid a planet whose atmosphere has been damaged by an asteroid collision, the Enterprise is visited by Rasmussen, ostensibly a 26th century historian who has traveled in time to observe the crew’s activities. Refusing to answer any questions about the future, Rasmussen watches while attempts to salvage the planet almost worsen its condition. When Picard must make a decision that could destroy everyone on the planet or save them, he asks Rasmussen to tell him what history says about the outcome of the Enterprise’s mission – but the time traveler carefully avoids answering…and Picard wonders if Rasmussen is really protecting history, or if he even knows anything about the future at all.

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Guest Cast: Matt Frewer (Professor Rasmussen), Stefan Gierasch (Dr. Moseley), Sheila Franklin (Ensign), Shay Garner (Scientist)

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Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45494.2: Investigating a possible indication of intelligent life in a distant area, the Enterprise is scanned by an unknown spacecraft. The crew’s memories of who they are and everyone else around them, as well as specific computer files containing the crew records, are erased, although everyone still remembers their Starfleet skills, although others react differently without any knowledge of who they once were or what they did: Worf assumes command of the ship, while Riker and Ensign Ro are attracted to one another in a way neither would normally admit. Geordi eventually recovers the computer’s crew manifest containing names, ranks and duties, identifying Commander Kieran MacDuff – who mysteriously appeared as soon as the crew’s memories were damaged – as first officer. The computer finally divulges the basics of the Enterprise’s current mission: to seek out and destroy the main base of the Lysian Alliance, with whom, according to the records, the Federation has been at war for many years. Although some members of the crew begin to question their orders as well as the unusualy selective damage done to their memories and the computer, Commander MacDuff insists that the ship press on the attack.

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directed by Les Landau
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Guest Cast: Erich Anderson (Commander MacDuff), Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro), Liz Vassey (Kristin), Erick Weiss (Crewman), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Cost of Living

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate not given: The Enterprise is on an urgent mission to destroy an asteroid on a collision course with an inhabited planet. The asteroid is obliterated, but a metal-consuming substance riding the asteroid transfers to the hull of the Enterprise. Later, Worf and Alexander argue in Troi’s office about their latest father-son dispute over the family rules, and as if that experience isn’t enough of a headache, Lwaxana Troi beams aboard on her way to get married to Campio, a member of another planet’s royalty (and Mrs. Troi reluctantly admits she hasn’t actually met him yet), and she begins to interfere with Worf’s relationship with Alexander, trying to show the boy how to revel in rebelling against authority. While Counselor Troi tells her mother not to intercede in Worf’s family affairs, a problem is discovered with the ship’s systems, caused by the metal “virus” (of which the crew is not yet aware). Mrs. Troi later reveals to Alexander that she isn’t entirely sure about her upcoming marriage to Campio (who beams aboard with an ever-present aide whose duty seems to be that of making sure all of Campio’s actions are as neutral and inoffensive as possible). The life support systems come under attack by the erosive substance, and when Picard orders the ship to warp to the nearest starbase, the engines are the next target of the virus, jeopardizing the Enterprise and everyone aboard.

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Guest Cast: Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi), Brian Bonsall (Alexander), Tony Jay (Campio), Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn), David Oliver (Young Man), Albie Selznick (Juggler), Patrick Cronn (Erko), Tracy D’Arcy (Young Woman), George Ede (Poet), Christopher Halste (First Learner), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Time’s Arrow Part II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46001.3: After Picard and the away team manage to find indigenous clothes and lodging, they begin a task which Data, separately, has pursued since arriving – attempting to track down the aliens. They find a couple, disguised as a doctor and nurse, who have been stealing neural energy and escaping unnoticed, and the deaths then are attributed to a cholera epidemic of the period. In the meantime, Data has enlisted the help of Guinan, but has run into some unwelcome curiosity from Samuel Clemens, who trails both Data and Guinan assuming that they’ve arrived from the future with evil intentions. Picard’s away team captures the key to the aliens’ neural energy-gathering trips but the aliens themselves escape. Picard’s party is rescued from arrest by Data, who then introduces Guinan to Picard for the first time in her life. They then travel to the cavern where Data’s head will be discovered in the 24th century, followed by Clemens. As Clemens pulls a gun on the travelers, the aliens return to retrieve their creature, but Data holds on to it, and one of the aliens escapes through a temporal rift. The energy surge causes Data to explode, and the alien nurse is left behind, dying. Riker, Crusher, Troi and Geordi return to the 24th century, taking Data’s decapitated body with them – and again, they are followed by Clemens. Picard remains to make sure Guinan is unharmed, while the crew, in the 24th century, tries to retrieve Picard, send Clemens back to his native time, and stop further alien intereference with Earth’s past.

Season 6 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)

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story by Joe Menosky
directed by Les Landau
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Guest Cast: Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Jerry Hardin (Samuel Clemens), Michael Aron (Jack the Bellboy), Alexander Enberg (Young Reporter), Van Epperson (Morgue Attendant), Pamela Kosh (Mrs. Carmichael), James Gleason (Dr. Appollinaire), Bill Cho Lee (Male Patient), William Boyett (Policeman), Mary Stein (Alien Nurse), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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A Fistful Of Datas

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46271.5: A scheduled maintenance layover allows the crew to indulge in some leisure activities, much to the dismay of Worf, who, without any duties to use as an excuse, must oblige Alexander by joining him for a wild west adventure on the holodeck with Troi. Meanwhile, Data and Geordi experience a malfunction during a test of Data’s ability to interface with the ship’s main computer, though they do not initially realize the extent of the malfunction. Shipwide computer errors occur, ranging from Spot’s cat food being dispensed from every food slot, to images of Data replacing Worf’s holodeck nemesis and kidnapping Alexander to hold the boy for a ransom. By the time Geordi begins effecting repairs, Worf is committed to a shootout with a holodeck villain who has Data’s agility and precision.

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Guest Cast: Brian Bonsall (Alexander), John Pyper-Ferguson (Eli Hollander), Joy Garrett (Annie), Jorge Cervera, Jr. (Bandito), Majel Barrett (Computer voice), and Spot

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Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 46379.1: Commander Ben Sisko and his son Jake, both survivors of the Wolf 359 Borg massacre, arrive at the planet Bajor as part of a Starfleet team taking over the abandoned Cardassian space station Deep Space 9. The station, which was intentionally damaged by the Cardassians before they left it behind, is being pieced together by newly-transferred Operations Chief O’Brien from the Enterprise. Sisko also meets Major Kira, his Bajoran first officer who doubts the ability of the provisional government of Bajor to avert a civil war and trusts the Federation even less; Odo, a mysterious shapeshifter in charge of station security; and Quark, the suspicious Ferengi kingpin who’s eager to get out of town before the regulatory hand of the Federation clamps down on his shady “business” affairs.

Sisko is summoned to the Enterprise for a briefing with Captain Picard, whom he still remembers as the man responsible for the death of thousands, including Sisko’s wife, in the Borg invasion attempt. Picard gives Sisko the Federation’s orders regarding management of Deep Space 9 – to do everything, short of violating the prime directive, to get the struggling Bajora back on their feet so they can join the Federation. Sisko, however, is considering resigning from Starfleet to raise his son in a better environment. Soon afterward, the Enterprise departs to undertake other duties as the station’s new doctor, the brilliant but inexperienced Julian Bashir, and science officer Jadzia Dax arrive. Dax, a Trill who has lived in a number of bodies, is an old friend of Sisko’s. Sisko, at the suggestion of Kira, travels to Bajor and visits Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka, who tells Sisko that he is to be the emissary of the people to the temple of their gods. Opaka reveals an Orb, a mystic object of a type which has appeared throughout Bajoran history. The Orb envelops Sisko in a brief recollection of his first meeting with his wife, and then releases him. Opaka gives him the Orb, and the news that Sisko – whether he likes it or not, whether he even knows it or not – will find the temple. He returns to Deep Space 9 and hands the Orb over to Dax for further study.

The Cardassians return, ostensibly to make use of the station’s amenities. Dax discovers that reports of the Orbs’ appearances correspond to a certain area of space near Bajor. She and Sisko set out in a Federation Runabout to investigate, and stumble across a wormhole that shoots them 70,000 light years across the galaxy. Trying to return to the station, their ship is halted. Dax is taken back to the station by an Orb, while Sisko is kept and studied by noncorporeal beings who built the wormhole. These beings have no conception of linear time, existing simultaneously in the past, present and future, and they ask Sisko questions about the ephemeral nature of humans, which they do not comprehend. Dax, back on Deep Space 9, fills the crew in on details of the wormhole. Major Kira orders O’Brien to shift the station’s position so that it stands in front of the wormhole. A Cardassian ship, however, enters the wormhole, but is damaged by the wormhole life forms. When another Cardassian flotilla arrives and finds no sign of the missing ship, they threaten to open fire on Deep Space 9 unless Kira agrees to surrender the station. In the wormhole, the aliens’ study of Sisko reaches an end when they discover the human drive for knowledge, and they are puzzled by Sisko’s inability to get over the death of his wife.

At the station, Kira’s brinksmanship abilities and her feisty confrontations with the Cardassians result in a firefight, damaging the station heavily. The solution to the confrontation lies with Sisko, if he can overcome the wormhole beings’ manifestations of his inner barriers and escape from the wormhole.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Commander Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Lt. Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Michael Piller
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Guest Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard/Locutus of Borg), Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Felecia M. Bell (Jennifer Sisko), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Joel Swetow (Gul Jasad), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Stephen Davies (Tactical Officer), Max Grodenchik (Ferengi Pit Boss), Steve Rankin (Cardassian Officer), Lily Mariye (Ops Officer), Cassandra Bryam (Conn Officer), John Noah Hertzler (Vulcan Captain), April Grace (Transporter Chief), Kevin McDermott (Alien Batter), Star Trek: Deep Space NineParker Whitman (Cardassian Officer), William Powell-Blair (Cardassian Officer), Frank Owen Smith (Curzon Dax), Lynnda Ferguson (Doran), Megan Butler (Lieutenant), Stephen Rowe (Chanting Monk), Thomas Hobson (young Jake), Donald Hotton (Monk #1), Gene Armor (Bajoran Bureaucrat), Diana Cignoni (Dabo Girl), Judi Durand (Computer Voice), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: John Noah Hertzler is also known as J.G. Hertzler, who would return later in the series in the role of General Martok.

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The Gathering

Babylon 5In the Tigris Sector in the year 2257, the gigantic space station Babylon 5 has entered service and is preparing for its first major official duty, hosting the ambassadors of the Minbari, Vorlon, Centauri and Narn governments who will, along with station Commander Sinclair, the Earth representative, begin down the uneasy path toward interstellar peace. The station’s first officer Takashima and security chief Garibaldi are both officers with career records that are, in places, less than exemplary, giving the impression that the Earth Alliance isn’t going to send the cream of its crop to Babylon 5 – especially not since Babylons 1, 2 and 3 were sabotaged and destroyed, and the fourth station in the line vanished without a trace within a day of becoming operational. There are also questions about the alien representatives: Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari spends a good deal of his time in the diplomatic pursuit of drinks and winnings in the station’s casino; Minbari Ambassador Delenn, whose people once waged a vicious war with Earth and suddenly stopped all attacks just moments before wiping out the human race, is secretive and speaks in riddles. Ambassador G’Kar of the Narn Regime is ill-tempered and makes no secret of the fact that he seeks power and prestige for his own people and himself, no matter what the cost to other individuals or governments. And last, but not least, Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek, who, when he arrives, will be the first Vorlon ever encountered by any of the above species, travels incommunicado. This proves to be a problem when Kosh, in a life-sustaining encounter suit, is found unconscious moments after his ship docks at Babylon 5. The crew swings into action and discovers foul play, which infuriates the Vorlon Empire. Matters are made no less critical when it is discovered that the culprit is at large on Babylon 5, and Commander Sinclair is framed for the attack on Kosh. His crew must fight to uncover the truth to prevent the Vorlons from extraditing Sinclair – or to prevent them from simply declaring all-out war on the Earth Alliance…

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(music in 1998 TNT special edition by Christopher Franke)

Cast: Michael O’ Hare (Commander Jeffrey Sinclair), Tamlyn Tomita (Lt. Commander Laurel Takashima), Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi), Mira Furlan (Ambassador Delenn), Blaire Baron (Carolyn Sykes), John Fleck (Del Varner), Paul Hampton (The Senator), Peter Jurasik (Ambassador Londo Mollari), Andreas Katsulas (Ambassador G’Kar), Johnny Sekka (Dr. Benjamin Kyle), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Steven R. Barnett (Eric), William Hayes (Traveler), Linda Hoffman (Tech #2), Robert Jason Jackson (Tech #3), F. William Parker (Businessman #1), Marianne Robertson (Hostage), Dave Sage (Businessman #2), Ed Wasser (Guerra)

Babylon 5Notes: Three of the main characters – Takashima, Dr. Kyle and Lyta – were replaced by the time the weekly series began, as was Sinclair’s girlfriend Carolyn; the sets also changed between the film and series, primarily due to the production moving to its own custom-built facility, necessitating some redesigns, although the series sets are very much like the movie’s. Almost all of the alien makeups were also altered for the series, most notably Mira Furlan’s Delenn makeup, which originally was much more gaunt and had several “bumps” on the head, as well as light blue spots and blotches; the makeup for G’Kar also changed, notably with the addition of redder contact lenses and a more rounded-off chin than was seen in the movie.

Another curiosity: close examination of the station in the pilot film reveals that the cobra bay doors from which the fighters launch in the series are not present. You may also notice Ed Wasser, later much more recognizable as Shadow agent Morden, playing a technician on the station’s observation dome.

The “special edition” of The Gathering shown after the world premiere of TNT’s Babylon 5: In The Beginning restored several dropped scenes, including a brief hostage scare (taking place after Lyta’s arrival), and additional dialogue with Takashima and Kyle, Sinclair and Delenn, and others. Delenn also takes a much more active part in the climactic hunt for the saboteur.

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Gunmen of the Apocalypse

Red DwarfStarbug has wandered into a rogue simulant hunting zone, where a gigantic warship confronts the crew and demands assurances that there are no human vermin aboard. Despite Lister’s attempt to bluff his way past the simulants by passing himself off as an ambassador of the Vindaloo Empire, the simulants board Starbug. Knocking the crew out for three weeks, they also install more advanced weaponry so the Starbug crew can put up a fight for the simulants’ amusement. But to the killer mechanoids’ surprise, the Starbug crew decide to attack the simulant warship. The simulants, their ship heavily damaged, fire the Armageddon Virus at Starbug which locks the ship’s course on collision with a nearby planet and then renders all systems inoperative. Kryten links into Starbug’s computers to absorb the virus but winds up incapacitated. With minutes to spare before crashing into the planet ahead, the others try to help Kryten by linking into his mind with a virtual reality of the wild west.

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Red DwarfGuest Cast: Jennifer Calvert (Loretta), Denis Lill (Simulant Captain/Death), Liz Hickling (Simulant Lieutenant), Imogen Bain (Lola), Steve Devereaux (Jimmy), Robert Inch (War), Jeremy Peters (Pestilence), Dinny Powell (Famine), Stephen Marcus (Bear Strangler McGee)

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The Parliament of Dreams

Babylon 5Amidst a week of cultural exchange in which various cultures’ religious and philosophical views are demonstrated, Garibaldi notices the arrival of Catherine Sakai, Sinclair’s old flame from the space academy on Earth. While Sinclair tries to come to grips with his past, Ambassador G’Kar’s past gets a grip on him as an old adversary from the Narn homeworld has diverted all his resources to killing G’Kar. The sudden arrival of a new aide makes the ambassador understandably nervous, and no matter what steps he takes to ensure his own security, someone seems to be one step ahead of G’Kar at every turn…

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directed by Jim Johnston
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Guest Cast: Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai), Thomas Kopache (Tu’Pari), Joy Hardin (Narn #1), Mark Hendrickson (Du’Rog), Calvin Jung (Guard), Randall Kirby (Businessman #1), Michael McKenzie (Pilgrim), Marianne Robertson (Dome Tech), Glenn Robinson (Head Waiter), Erich Martin Von Hicks (Businessman #2)

Notes: The character of Na’Toth, making her first appearance here, was originally to have been played by Susan Kellerman according to Warner Bros.’ preliminary promo material. Also note that the Minbari religious ceremony, according to Catherine Sakai, does double duty as a marriage ceremony.


Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47653.2: A routine test of Worf’s new photon torpedo guidance system sends a potentially hazardous torpedo astray into deep space, which Picard and Data set off to recover via shuttlecraft. When they return from their mission, they find that every inhabitant of the ship has somehow mutated into more primitive forms of life, some dangerous, others not. The cause of this condition is a virus which has now infected Picard, leaving him and Data very little time to reverse the plight of the crew.

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music by Dennis McCarthy

Star Trek: The Next GenerationGuest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa), Carlos Ferro (Ensign Dern), and Spot

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All Good Things…

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate not applicable (prehistory): On the planet Earth, the crucial moment in which life is sparked in primeval chemicals fails to occur. The planet remains uninhabited and the human race never comes into existence.

Stardate 41148: A vaguely disoriented Captain Jean-Luc Picard arrives aboard the starship Enterprise to take command, shortly after which he suddenly orders a red alert. After this incident passes, he issues a number of inexplicable orders, trying to deliberately bring about a meeting with an entity known as Q, and later setting the Enterprise on a fateful course for a spatial anomaly in the Devron system…

Stardate 47998.1: A very disoriented Captain Picard reports that he has been shifting from the present to two very specific points in the past and future – seven years ago when he first arrived aboard the Enterprise, and 25 years into the future. En route to the Neutral Zone to investigate a massing of Romulan forces near a spatial anomaly in the Devron system, Picard is accosted once more by Q, who finally pronounces the verdict of humankind’s trial which began at Farpoint – guilty.

Stardate unknown (the future): A retired Jean-Luc Picard, suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder, has settled in France to tend to the family vineyards. Geordi, now a writer, visits Picard, who complains of unsettling images from nearly three decades ago. In the course of tracking down the cause of Picard’s visions, nearly all of his old crewmates are recruited in the quest, made difficult by strained relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, as well as those among the crew. Their destination is the Devron system, where, to Picard’s surprise, there is no sign of the existence of a spatial anomaly. At the heart of Picard’s mystery lies the secret needed to restore the flow of human history.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Andreas Katsulas (Tomalak), Clyde Kusatsu (Admiral Nakamura), Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa), Pamela Kosh (Jessel), Tim Kelleher (Lt. Gaines), Alison Brooks (Ensign Chilton), Stephen Matthew Garvin (Ensign), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48315.6: A starship controlled by the Maquis mysteriously disappears in the Badlands, a charged energy field near the demilitarized zone, after being pursued by a Cardassian ship. U.S.S. Voyager, commanded by Captain Janeway, is dispatched from DS9 to the Badlands to find out where the Maquis ship went, especially since a Starfleet security operative, Vulcan Lt. Tuvok, was aboard. Arriving in the Badlands, the Voyager is scanned by an unknown presence and then ripped out of the Alpha Quadrant by a subspace phenomenon that causes heavy damage and kills many of the crew. Voyager ends up in an unexplored part of the galaxy where the first thing the crew sees is an enegry collection array. While repairs are being made, Janeway and her crew are kidnapped from the ship via transporter and deposited in a virtual reality, the inhabitants of which conduct experiments on the Alpha Quadrant visitors and then return them – minus helmsman Ensign Kim. Making contact with the Maquis crew commanded by Chakotay, Janeway discovers that the same tests were forced upon the renegades and that one of their number has also been abducted. A tenuous truce is arranged so that both crews can recover their missing comrades. Ensign Kim and Maquis engineer B’Elanna Torres, in the meantime, have been beamed to the planet Ocampa, a barren wasteland of a world whose short-lived inhabitants live underground. There they are attended to by the Ocampa, who have been instructed by the Caretaker to look after the two visitors since they have somehow become infected with a terminal illness. Voyager’s crew track their missing comrades to Ocampa and encounter the scavenger Neelix, who offers to be the crew’s guide through this part of space. His knowledge of the local area is invaluable, such as the revelation that water is a rarity and is valuable currency here. The crew is also introduced to the Kazons, who roam the surface of Ocampa foraging a meager existence. They hand over a captive Ocampa named Kes in exchange for some water from Voyager. Shortly after Kes leads the crew to Kim and Torres, the energy array shuts down after transmitting a final burst of power to Ocampa.

The Kazons make a gambit to claim the array for themselves, but Chakotay and Tom Paris, a dishonored former Maquis member aboard Voyager, battle the scavengers off with their respective starships as Janeway and Tuvok beam to the array and find the elderly and dying Caretaker, whose race accidentally destroyed the Ocampan ecosphere and then built the subterranean habitat and the power array so the Ocampa could survive. The Caretaker must be succeeded by another and has been trying to find a replacement for decades, but so far all of those tested for their suitability – such as Kim and Torres – have not proven adequate to the task. The Caretaker decides to set the array to self-destruct to avoid allowing the Ocampa to be enslaved by the Kazons. In the fierce battle with the Kazons, Chakotay’s Maquis ship is destroyed when he rams it into the lead Kazon ship, which then collides with the array, disabling the self-destruct sequence. Janeway beams back to the Voyager and destroys the array herself, though it could have sent her and her crew back to the Alpha Quadrant. The Kazons swear vengeance should they encounter Voyager again. With the surviving members of the Maquis and Starfleet crews both safely aboard Voyager – and with Kes and Neelix in tow – the ship sets a course back home, E.T.A.: 75 years…

Season 1 Regular Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Biggs-Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim)

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway
series theme by Jerry Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Basil Langton (The Caretaker), Gavin O’Herlihy (Jabin), Scott Jaeck (Commander Cavit), Angela Paton (Aunt Adah), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alicia Coppola (Lieutenant Stadi), Bruce French (Ocampa Doctor), Jennifer Parsons (Ocampa Nurse), David Selburg (Toscat), Jeff McCarthy (Human Doctor), Stan Ivar (Mark), Scott MacDonald (Rollins), Josh Clark (Carey), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Keely Sims (Farmer’s Daughter), Eric David Johnson (Daggin), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: This was easily the most troubled Star Trek series pilot since The Cage was rejected in 1965 by NBC. Internal problems in mounting Paramount’s new network made the show’s future uncertain as to whether it would be a network production or syndicated. (An earlier attempt to launch a Paramount network, with Star Trek: Phase II starring William Shatner and much of the original crew as the network’s cornerstone program, was aborted in the late 1970s.) Academy Award-winning French Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold then accepted the role of Janeway, only to resign from the show three days into filming due to the hectic pace of TV production and, according to some sources, a disagreement with director Winrich Kolbe. At this point, forces within Viacom tried to exert pressure to make Janeway a male character, having resisted the suggestion of a female lead all along. Other voices in the executive ranks suggested – since the other shows comprising Paramount’s new network were even further behind schedule than “Voyager” – that the ever more problematic gestation of the fifth network should be ended, lest the network take to the air and fail, taking dozens of new affiliate stations with it. In the space of a week, Kate Mulgrew was cast for the role as production continued with the cast and crew trying to maneuver around the lack of a captain in the meantime. The theme for the show’s opening titles was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who had scored the first and fifth Trek movies, the theme from which was also adapted to serve as the score for Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Goldsmith’s latest entry into Trek’s otherwise drab musical canon later won the Emmy for main theme music in September 1995.) The show premiered on schedule on UPN.

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Distant Voices

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: On the eve of Bashir’s 30th birthday, a Lethian tries to buy medical supplies from him, a deal Bashir refuses to make. Later, the doctor returns to the infirmary only to find the Lethian raiding his supplies and is attacked viciously. When Bashir comes to, everything seems amiss – the station is abandoned and wrecked, what few members of the crew can be found are acting wildly out of character, and Bashir’s age is increasing rapidly.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
story by Joe Menosky
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Victor Rivers (Altovar), Ann Gillespie (Nurse Jabara), Nicole Forester (Dabo Girl)

Original title: Many Rooms

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Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 49373.4: Torres, Kim, and Paris work as a team to cross the transwarp threshold and travel at warp 10, a theoretical impossibility which would allow the traveler to occupy all points in space simultaneously. Though the attempt is successful, Paris’ biochemistry undergoes a massive change which causes him to mutate into a more evolved version of humanity. The new Paris kidnaps Janeway and they both cross the barrier in the shuttle, precipitating more changes in both of them.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Brannon Braga
story by Michael DeLuca
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Raphael Sbarge (Ensign Hogan), Miron E. Willis (Rettik), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Fair Trade

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: With Neelix pursuing a promotion, Voyager stops at a trading port at the edge of the vast and uncharted Nekrit Expanse. Although the ship’s environmental control systems require Pergium for replenishment, it seems to be unavailable until an old friend of Neelix turns up with a plan to obtain some. But when this plan turns out to involve dealing narcotics in dark passageways late at night, things begin to get out of control.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Andre Bormanis
story by Ronald Wilkerson & Jean Louise Matthias
directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: James Nardini (Wixiban), Carlos Carrasco (Bahrat), Alexander Enberg (Vorick), Steve Kehela (Sutok), James Horan (Tosin), Eric Charp (Map Vendor)

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Dark Frontier – Part I

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A chance encounter with a Borg scout ship inspires Janeway to go on the offensive against the next Borg vessel that Voyager locates, in the hopes of pilfering Borg transwarp technology to shorten the trip home. Seven is apprehensive about the plan, but agrees to lend her unique insight into the Borg. But as a lone Borg vessel is located and targeted for Janeway’s planned raid, Seven receives a surprising message from the Borg – the Collective is already aware of Janeway’s plan, and unless Seven rejoins them, the crew of Voyager will be assimilated. Seven does not reveal this to Janeway, and when the attack commences, the former drone surprises her crewmates by complying with the Borg’s instructions…

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Cliff Bole
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Kirk Baily (Magnus Hansen), Laura Stepp (Erin Hansen), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Katelin Petersen (Annika Hansen)

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Dark Frontier – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 32611.4: Explorers Magnus and Erin Hansen set an unauthorized course to research a new alien race they’ve been monitoring, a race they call the Borg. The Hansens have developed an ingenious means of camouflaging their ship, and even masking their own life signs from Borg sensors so they can board one of their massive cubes. But when their camouflage fails and the Borg take notice of the Raven, the Hansens inadvertently attract the attention of the Collective not only to themselves, but to humanity. They – and their daughter Annika – become the first humans to be assimilated by the Borg.

Stardate 52619.2: Annika Hansen, now known as Seven of Nine, has been coerced to rejoin the Borg Collective. However, as she watches the Borg Queen mount a mission to conquer and assimilate an entire planet’s population, Seven realizes that her time aboard Voyager has given her not only freedom, but a compassion that the Borg lack. Meanwhile, Captain Janeway and her crew launch their most hazardous rescue mission yet – an attempt to rescue a crewmate from the very heart of the Borg Collective itself.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Terry Windell
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Kirk Baily (Magnus Hansen), Laura Stepp (Erin Hansen), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Katelin Petersen (Annika Hansen), Eric Cadora (Alien)

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Fallen Angel

Xena: Warrior PrincessJoxer finds Amarice on a cliff overlooking the Roman prison. He tells her that he’s had nightmares of Xena and Gabrielle in trouble. The Amazon points down to where the warrior and bard’s bodies still hang from crosses. Eli appears, and the three begin to work on a plan to retrieve their friends and return them home to Greece.

Meanwhile Xena and Gabrielle’s souls are sitting on a mountain, when angels approach them. The angels are carrying them upward when demons attack them. First Gabrielle falls, then Xena who is caught by Callisto. The demoness plans to take Xena to her lord. The two fight, and Xena is saved by the Archangel Michael, while another Archangel fights Callisto.

Once in a place of safety, Michael tells Xena that Gabrielle has been taken to hell. Xena is determined to go after the bard, and jumps toward hell. Michael catches her and tells her that if she goes voluntarily, she will be doomed for eternity. So the warrior demands that he make her an Archangel. To become an Archangel, she must make a choice. After a trial by fire, Xena earns her wings and joins Michael and the other Archangels in their rescue attempt of Gabrielle.

Meanwhile in hell, Gabrielle awakens and finds Callisto. The demoness begins to torment the bard, and tries to tempt her to eat the food of hell. Gabrielle realizes that if she does it will turn her into a demoness as well…but Callisto tells her it’s only a matter of time before she succumbs to the temptation.

Season 5 Regular Cast: Lucy Lawless (Xena), Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle)

Order the DVDsteleplay by R.J. Stewart
story by Robert Tapert & R.J. Stewart
directed by John Fawcett
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Hudson Leick (Callisto), Timothy Omundson (Eli), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Charles Mesure (Michael), David De Lautour (Lief), Angela Gribben (Laura), Tamati Rice (Raphael), Jim McLarty (Pankos), Lee Jane Foreman (Arleia)

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Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager’s sensors detect a possible high concentration of wormholes inside a dense nebula, and Captain Janeway decides to investigate. A near-collision with a Borg cube – obscured from sensors by the nebula’s gases – changes her mind quickly, and Voyager retreats. A temporal rift forms near the ship, and a Starfleet shuttlecraft with armaments decades ahead of Voyager’s own emerges, piloted by a woman who claims to be Janeway from sixteen years in the future. The elder Janeway outlines a daring plan to get the ship home ahead of schedule, using the weapons and armor technology of her shuttle to hold the Borg at bay. Voyager returns to the nebula, where the crew finds one of the Collective’s huge transwarp stations, a nexus point of conduits that lead to every quadrant of the galaxy. Even though there’s a high likelihood that one of those transwarp conduits could take Voyager back home, Captain Janeway orders a retreat over her older self’s protests. The captain sees this as an opportunity to deny the Borg the means to launch future attacks on the Alpha Quadrant – which could leave Voyager stranded in the Delta Quadrant for years to come.

Stardate not given: On the ten-year anniversary of the starship Voyager’s return to Earth, Admiral Kathryn Janeway looks back bitterly at the tragic costs of the 23-year journey – the death of Seven of Nine, and the effect that death had upon the former Borg’s husband, Commander Chakotay. A reunion of the surviving crew does little to lift the Admiral’s spirits; the Doctor has married, Tom and B’Elanna’s daughter is now a Starfleet officer, Harry Kim is now the captain of the U.S.S. Rhode Island, and Tuvok languishes in a mental institution, his mind wasted away by a neurological condition that could have been corrected had Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant sooner. Admiral Janeway decides to make a risky trip back in time to change history and speed her crew home.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller & Robert Doherty
story by Rick Berman, Kenneth Biller & Brannon Braga
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Barclay), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris), Alice Krige (Borg Queen), Vaughn Armstrong (Korath), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Lisa Locicero (Miral Paris), Miguel Perez (Physician), Grant Garrison (Cadet), Ashley Sierra Hughes (Sabrina), Matthew James Williamson (Klingon), Richard Sarstedt (Starfleet Admiral), Joey Sakata (Engineering Officer), Iris Bahr (Female Cadet)

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Broken Bow

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn unidentified alien craft slams into a cornfield in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and its sole surviving pilot immediately abandons the wreckage, running from two other aliens in close pursuit. A fierce battle is waged on the adjacent farmland, but just when it seems that the crash survivor has prevailed, the farmer who owns the field fires a plasma rifle at him, stunning him.

Starfleet’s flagship, Enterprise, is still in spacedock orbiting Earth. Capable of reaching warp 5, Enterprise is the fastest ship in the fledgling Earth space fleet. Her captain, Jonathan Archer, is giving her the once-over from a shuttlecraft piloted by chief engineer “Trip” Tucker. His tour is cut short by an urgent summons from Starfleet, whose medical division has taken custody of the pilot of the ship which crashed in Oklahoma. Soval, the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, informs Starfleet that their patient is a member of a barbaric warrior race known as the Klingons. The Vulcans, who have been guiding Earth’s first steps into the interstellar community since making first contact with warp pioneer Zefram Cochrane a century earlier, insist that the Klingon’s corpse must be returned to his homeworld.

Captain Archer, who has been growing tired of Vulcan’s influence over Earth, resists this idea, pointing out that it’s within the realm of Earth medicine to nurse the Klingon pilot back to health and return him alive. Despite Soval’s warnings about Klingon customs, Archer insists upon launching Enterprise early to take the pilot back to his home. Soval protests, warning of offending the entire Klingon race, but Starfleet gives Archer his marching orders. He assembles his other crew members – linguist Hoshi Sato, tactical officer Malcolm Reed, and helmsman Travis Mayweather – and is joined aboard Enterprise by Vulcan science attache’ T’Pol and Phlox, an alien doctor who has been practicing at Starfleet Medical. As opposed as he is to any interference from the Vulcans, Archer isn’t especially concerned with making T’Pol’s time aboard his ship comfortable.

But the mission to return the Klingon to his planet isn’t that simple – more aliens, like the ones who pursued him to Earth, knock out Enterprise’s power systems, board the ship in a hit-and-run attack and kidnap him. Just before the Klingon is taken from the ship’s sick bay, he identifies his abductors as Suliban. Over T’Pol’s protests, Archer insists that the mission should now be one to find and recover their lost patient, not to return to Earth to accept failure. However, Dr. Phlox is more concerned when he investigates the body of a Suliban who was killed during the raid. Genetic alterations which go beyond the Suliban’s technology in the 22nd century – let alone Earth’s – indicate that someone is assisting them, or perhaps using them. When it is later revealed that the Suliban are being augmented by someone centuries in the future, Archer begins to wonder if he and his crew are in over their heads if they track down the Suliban…and before long, he’ll have to worry about who will take command of Enterprise should he be injured. Can T’Pol be trusted to carry out his standing orders?

Season 1 Regular Cast: Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), Jolene Blalock (Subcommander T’Pol), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Dominic Keating (Lt. Malcolm Reed), Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Travis Mayweather), Linda Park (Ensign Hoshi Sato), Connor Trinneer (Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III)

Get this season on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy
series theme “Where My Heart Will Take Me” written by Diane Warren, performed by Russell Watson

Guest Cast: John Fleck (Silik), Melinda Clarke (Sarin), Tommy “‘Tiny” Lister, Jr. (Klaang), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Jim Beaver (Admiral Leonard), Mark Moses (Henry Archer), Gary Graham (Soval), Thomas Kopache (Tos), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), James Horan (Humanoid figure), Joseph Ruskin (Suliban Doctor), James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), Marty Davis (young Archer), Van Epperson (Alien man), Ron King (Farmer), Peter Henry Schroeder (Klingon Chancellor), Matt Williamson (Klingon Council member), Byron Thames (Crewman), Ricky Luna (Carlos), Jason Grant Smith (Crewman Fletcher), Chelsea Bond (Alien mother), Ethan Dampf (Alien child), Diane Klimaszewski (Dancer), Elaine Klimaszewski (Dancer), and Porthos

Notes: Broken Bow, Oklahoma, the site of humanity’s first encounter with the Klingons according to the new Star Trek series, is actually a real place. Situated in southeast Oklahoma, about 30 miles from the Arkansas border and 45 miles from the Texas border, Broken Bow was originally an Indian village called Con Chito. When settlers moved in, it underwent a variety of name changes, ultimately being named Broken Bow in the early 20th century in honor of Broken Bow, Nebraska (confused yet?). As of 2001, the population of Broken Bow was about 4,000 people. Its original industry was lumber, but these days Broken Bow serves as one of southeast Oklahoma’s nicer tourist traps. It’s about two hours away from’s home base in Arkansas.

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Two Days And Two Nights

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise finally arrives at Risa, and though Archer initially resists the idea of joining his senior officers for shore leave, T’Pol convinces him that he needs it just as much as they do. Malcolm and Trip try their hand at meeting indigenous specimens of the opposite sex, only to find themselves in a trip that, while it may not cost them their lives, will certainly cost them their pants. Hoshi has a little more luck in this regard, and her language lessons with a fellow visitor to Risa become an exercise in a more universal tongue. Dr. Phlox takes the opportunity to remain aboard the Enterprise and enter a Denobulan hibernation phase – one from which he will emerge most disoriented if awakened early, which becomes a major issue when Mayweather is injured while rock climbing. Captain Archer takes Porthos planetside for a couple of days of relaxation and encounters a beautiful woman named Keyla. In the course of discussion, she reveals that her husband and her entire family were slaughtered by Suliban, but when she tries to get Archer to divulge strategic information on his encounters with the Suliban, the captain suspects that her story doesn’t add up.

Get this season on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxteleplay by Chris Black
story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Michael Dorn
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dey Young (Keyla), Kellie Waymire (Cutler), Rudolf Matin (Ravis), Joseph Will (Rostov), Dennis Cockrum (Freebus), Donna Marie Recco (Dee’Ahn), James Ingersol (Alien Man), Jennifer Williams (Alien Woman), Geoff Meed (Dee’Ahn), Stephen Wozniak (Latia) and Porthos

Notes: Actor Stephen Wozniak (born in 1971) is no relation to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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