“The Killing Game” is a two-part episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 18th and 19th episodes of the fourth season.
In the episode, a Hirogen hunting party has taken over Voyager and put its crew to work as living holodeck characters.
Their minds are controlled by neural interfaces which make them believe they are their characters, and the Hirogen hunt them in two holodeck programs. These are the third and fourth episodes of the Hirogen story arc.
Janeway fights off holo-soldiers and Hirogen Nazis to plant explosives in Sickbay. When it blows, the neural interfaces release the Voyager crew and they find themselves immersed in a war, or in the case of Neelix and The Doctor, amidst a group of drunken Klingons. Meanwhile, the leader of the Hirogen captures Janeway and she realises what he is trying to do. His own culture will never survive with their lifestyle of wandering in scattered hunting parties, and if he could establish holo-programmes his people could stay together and experience countless hunts of all kinds. Janeway takes advantage of his wisdom and the two establish a truce.
However, one of the other Hirogen has become inspired by Nazi ideology. He assassinates his leader and aims to conquer Voyager’s crew in the spirit of righteous domination. Just in time, Neelix and the Doctor manage to merge the holo-programmes, unleashing the murderous Klingons on the Nazis just seconds before they can execute the Voyager crew. Harry overloads the holodecks and the programme finally ends.
After days of fighting, a truce is called between Voyager’s crew and the Hirogen. The Hirogen agree to leave Voyager in exchange for holodeck technology.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): David Livingston.
- Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
- Release Date: 11 March 1998.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.