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Star Trek Voy - Season 7 - Episode 17

Star Trek Voy - 7x17 - Workforce, Part II

Originally Aired: 2001-2-28

Chakotay tries to rescue his lost comrades. [DVD]

My Rating - 7

Fan Rating Average - 5.2

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- The reactors on the Quarren planet are said to use Tylium fuel. Another reference to Battlestar Galactica.

Remarkable Scenes
- The doctor outwitting the Quarren ships.
- Remarkable technobabble: "Triaxialating frequency on a covariant subspace band."
- Seven: "More than a hundred skilled employees, most of them the same species, acquired in a single day during a labor shortage?"
- Yerid investigating the conspiracy.
- Ravoc uncovering the conspiracy.
- Voyager coming under attack when they tried to rescue their crew.
- Kim outwitting the Quarren ships.

My Review
Not quite as exciting as the first part as we by now well knew exactly what was going on. Watching Ravoc so slowly (ad nauseam) uncover the source of the conspiracy was the weakest use of time yet displayed in the episode. However, the extensive guest character involvement was also still quite to the episode's advantage. I felt we really got to know Qurren well, and it was nice to see the crew's efforts to rescue their comrades finally begin to show some progress after much trial and error. And like part one, part two manages to display more spectacular graphics. Workforce was an unusual episode on any scale, but definitely a surprisingly nice treat and a gem of season seven.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Hugo on 2016-03-03 at 4:55pm:
    I liked Yerid, the Quarren investigator, reminded me of that detective in Caprica.

    The displays in the power plant looked very cheap btw...
  • From Lumzi on 2017-08-19 at 12:29am:
    The city looks like Midgard in some places.

    The wrong bat'leth is in B'elanna's quarters.
  • From Tarondor on 2019-02-01 at 9:15pm:
    I found Janeway’s regret at the sudden ending of her romantic relationship to be very touching. It really underscores the loneliness of command and was a good performance by Kate Mulgrew, as usual.

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