VOY 307/304: The Swarm -Premise: The Doctor suffers from a computer malfunction; Voyager is attacked by a swarm of alien warships. -T2Q Comments: I'm really tempted to subtitle these aliens: "Well, we're here, now what do we do?" "Well, we might as well ****ing shoot them, i suppose." "Good call." The Doctor is being played a bit broad here, even factoring in what it's supposed to convey. So Janeway suggests they modulate their shields to avoid the phaser fire being reflected back at them...but the whole point that they couldn't use torpedos before was because shields were drained/offline...so, how can this plan work? Well, the Doctor's plotline was completely unconnected to the Swarm story (and actually makes the slight attempt at cross-over with Kess's brief appearance on the bridge even more laughably obvious- no we can't spare someone for your subplot, Kess, we're kinda under attack). The Swarm enemies have potential but I'm guessing this is the last we see of them. Still, a nice change of pace for an encountered race- and at least they weren't forehead aliens. Still, despite the potential of them and the novelty of meeting the Doctor's creator, this is very much an Average episode. Trivia: Many facets of the Doctor's subplot were suggested by Picardo- including Zimmerman and the opera singing. Picardo provides all his own singing here. Foundation Imaging became the regular CGI supplier for Voyager from this episode onwards. This is the first time anybody says "EMH". This episode takes place before Futiure's End (as per comments made by the Doctor in Future's End) though the stardates suggest otherwise. Picardo regretted that the avoidance of serialized plot arcs prevented them from following through on the aftermath of this episode for the Doctor. DS9 506/505: The Assignment -Premise: After returning from the Fire Caves on Bajor, O'Brien finds that a Pah-wraith has seized control of Keiko's body and forces him to do her bidding or else face the death of his wife. -T2Q Comments: "Besides, I have to be operating in surgery..." "On who?" "I'll find someone." So Miles was possessed by an entity in TNG's Power Play and Keiko had to deal with it- now it's Miles turn to deal with Keiko being controlled- probably just coincidental but it'll be interesting to see if they bring that up at all.. "My lips are sealed. Nobody will get anything out of me. Not even my name!" "Rom, everybody on the station knows your name." "...rrright. But I won't confirm it!" Kinda odd that Dax would ask Miles about his birthday over the comm here instead of asking him the last time she saw him, which would have been the day after the party. Not-Keiko says the wormhole aliens won't even see the blast coming- but they're 4th dimension entities, wouldn't they ALREADY have seen it happening? Cool effect with the station firing. Keiko's spasms aren't very convincing. The Highlander, she is not. I'm disappointed Power Play wasn't worked into the story but the idea of the Wraiths are an interesting addition to the Bajoran mythology, and I understand they'll be returning down the road in the story. Definitely Essential. Trivia: Original version of the story had Keiko visiting a planet of non-corporeal beings and once accompanies her before taking her hostage (instead of possession). Another "O'Brien Must Suffer" episode. Writing the teleplay crystalized when they determined the tone to be "everyone comes over for a party when you're having a huge fight with your wife and she acts as if everything is perfectly normal". The director of this episode would go on to direct almost 40 episodes across all 3 Trek shows- including 9 season finales. Though this is the first episode to mention the Pah-Wraiths/Pagh-Wraiths, the concept actually dates back to season 1's The Nagus, whose teleplay originally mentioned them, their caves and an early version of their cast-out concept. It was revisited here, not wanting to make the possessing entity a one-off alien. Nana Visitor went into labor during the production of the episode, necessitating a Bajoran holiday presided over by Kira to be rewritten as Miles' birthday. This episode is set in Sept 2373, as per DS9: Whispers establishing Miles' birthday to be in Sept. Up next: VOY 308 & 309: Future's End, Parts I & II. The Babylon Project Log: -Space stations ending with a numerical designation that are of commerce ports in nature (prominently featuring a casino area), near a giant swirling blue vortex passageway (wormhole/jumpgate) used for travel and a location of advanced creation (prophet temple/Great Machine). -Hard-edged female second in command, pessimistic, sarcastic security chief. somewhat ethnic doctor. -Characters named Dukat/Dukhat -A spiritual race recently coming free of occupation by a more militaristic civilization, the conflict of which led the spiritual race to become more militant themselves. -Gambler conman (Quark/Londo) has somewhat fluctuating antagonistic friendship with hard-edged chief of security (Odo/Garabaldi). -Characters played by Julie Caitlin Brown have a long-standing grudge against a notorious murderer who has prolonged their life at the expense of others through scientific experimentation (Rao Vantika/Jha'dur "Deathwalker"). -The term "Changeling" has significance in relation to early parts of both series (the B5 pilot "the Gathering" and DS9's "Vortex" & beyond), though applied to different elements (technology versus a species). -A main character slowly constructs a device (chrysalis/clock) piece of piece in their quarters while conversing with a subordinate . -A main character often referred to as Chief (Miles/Garibaldi) has a recurring assistant (Neela/garibaldi's Aide) who is a plant by another faction that attempts to bring about political change by assassinating a prominent rival leader (Bariel/Santiago) in the first season finale so that one of their faction may replace him (Adami/Clark). Their plot is uncovered by the Chief character. -The Circle/Homeguard Bajoran for Bajorans, vandalism with a symbol; subdues and brands an alien on the middle of the forehead with their logo -Second Season opens with a command officer (Sinclair/Kira) being reassigned from the station to be among the religious order of a species heavily involved with the operation of the station, partly due to prophecy -A near-human alien race has their hair up in a fan-style to represent social status. -A character played by Julia Nickson (Catherine/Cassandra) romances (or attempts to romance) the commander of the station (Sinclair/Sisko). -Characters have discussion of higher and lower lifeforms awareness of each other to that of ants (Odo & Kira/G'Kar & Catherine Sakai). -3rd Season Premiere introduces a new prototype warship for use by the station's crew using technology from other races (Vorlon/Romulan), in response to the appearance of a powerful new enemy race (Shadows/ Dominion) -Image of female commanding officer of station used (or attempted to be used) in an erotic hologram program against her knowledge/wishes. -Shady Political Organization develops it's own fleet of ships in secret without knowledge of the military (Obsidian Order/Psi Corps) -During a time travel story in the 3rd season, the Commander of the station becomes/takes on the identity of a key historical figure. -An alien brings (or is speculated to have brought) knowledge of the future to the past that is passed on by others as religious prophecy amongst a spiritual people. -A main character uncontrollably flashes forward in time and attempts to use those visions to change future events (Miles/Several) -The Doctor must, through strength of will, fight his way through a potentially fatal wound inflicted by a one-shot criminal, guided by vision(s) of a familiar face(s) representing a different facet of his mind. (Bashir/Franklin) -The opening title sequence involves people in spacesuits doing external repairs to the station to convey a sense of scale -Weapon systems of the station are upgraded for a coming battle -Weapon systems on the station of similar design emerge from hidden ports -The station, after harboring political/military refugees/fugitives, must defend itself in battle (both against ships and boarding parties) against former allies. Re-enforcements to the attacking forces are known to arrive just as allied re-enforcements do so, forcing the resolution to the battle to make the attacking forces standdown. -A warrior of alien traditions joins the main cast about midway through the series. -A main character is involved in a "lesbian" relationship in an episode that aired in October 1995. -The main character (Sheridan/Sisko) serves under a high ranking Earth military officer played by Robert Foxworth (Hague/Leyton), who is attempting a coup against the Earth's government. -A guest character undergoes a mindwipe/death of personality. (chronological viewing also results in this episode being back to back with the VOY episode that features Brad Douriff, who plays the guest character on B5) -Labor disputes attempted to be resolved "by any means necessary" via enforcers. -A main alien character becomes more human through a drastic physical change. -The main enemy of the series (Shadows/Dominion) attempt to destabilize opposing forces by inciting war between factions by controlling/manipulating/allying with the rulers of one (or both) sides. -The advanced alien race worshipped as holy figures have a cast-off (or opposing) faction/race villified by the same races (Vorlons/Shadows; Minbari, Narns, etc).