Star Trek: Voyager (1999): S06E01 – Equinox, Part 02


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

Seven has encrypted the codes accessing the Equinox warp controls, delaying their plan to murder another 63 aliens for fuel. After learning the Doctor in their sickbay is from Voyager, and erasing his ethical sub-routines as they did with their EMH, they tell him to probe Seven’s brain to obtain the codes, despite the fact this may permanently incapacitate her. During his examination, he sings “Oh My Darling, Clementine” with the partially unconscious Seven, much dismaying Ransom as it seems to make his probing go more slowly.

Janeway starts taking the objective of stopping Ransom to extremes when she orders torpedoes to be fired on the Equinox, nearly kills an Equinox crew member during an interrogation, tractor beams an Ankari ship, and relieves Chakotay from command when he questions her orders.

Ransom starts to realise the error of his ways and orders the crew to return the Equinox to Voyager, but the remaining crew, except for Ensign Marla Gilmore, attempt to mutiny against this. With Gilmore’s help, Ransom transports part of the crew, as well as the Doctor and Seven, back to Voyager, while the remaining mutineers are killed by the aliens. After transporting Gilmore to Voyager, Ransom stays behind, sacrificing himself to the nucleogenic creatures while moving the ship far enough away from Voyager to protect it from the resulting explosion.

As Voyager resumes its journey home, Janeway reinstates Chakotay to Commander and strips the five surviving Equinox crew members of their ranks while integrating them with the rest of her crew. Seven promises to help the Doctor secure his ethical sub-routines from being deleted in the future.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky.
  • Release Date: 22 September 1999.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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