Star Trek: Voyager (1999): S05E26 – Equinox, Part 01


Introduction

“Equinox” is a two-part episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the cliffhanger between the fifth and sixth seasons.

In this instalment, they encounter another Starfleet starship, the USS Equinox also stranded in the Delta Quadrant.

The cliffhanger closed out season five, while the opener for season six was the conclusion.

The two-part episode features Captain Ransom, played by actor John Savage, as well as several other guest stars.

Part 1 is also the last episode of Star Trek: Voyager to air before the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series finale, “What You Leave Behind“.

Outline

USS Voyager’s crew is surprised to receive an emergency hail from another Federation starship, the USS Equinox, in the Delta Quadrant. They arrive to find the damaged ship under attack by nucleogenic lifeforms. Under advice from the Equinox captain, Rudy Ransom, Captain Kathryn Janeway has Voyager extend its shields around both ships, quelling the attack, though the creatures continue to bear down on the shields, weakening them over time.

Janeway and Ransom discuss how both their ships had been pulled into the Delta Quadrant, five years earlier, by The Caretaker. Ransom shares that they found a wormhole and made enhancements to their warp engines, explaining how this allowed the smaller (with a crew of 80) and slower (warp 8) Nova-class Equinox to travel the same 40,000 light years as Voyager on its return to Earth.

While salvaging, the Voyager crew finds an area of the ship they cannot access due to intentional overrides by the Equinox crew. Janeway sends the holographic Doctor to the area, where he finds the Equinox crew has been harvesting bio-energy from the nucleogenic creatures, slaughtering dozens of creatures just to enhance their warp drive, traversing 10,000 light years in two weeks.

The Equinox crew, knowing they can reach Earth within weeks (while using more murdered creatures) if they ditch Voyager, steal a shield generator from Voyager and escape, having captured Seven of Nine along the way. Voyager, unable to raise shields, suddenly finds itself under attack from the angry nucleogenic creatures.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky.
  • Release Date: 26 May 1999.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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