Star Trek: Voyager (2001): S07E17 – Workforce, Part 02


Introduction

Workforce is a two-part episode from the seventh and final season of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager.

Part one was directed by Allan Kroeker, and part two by Roxann Dawson.

The crew of the USS Voyager finds themselves working on a planet, but troubling memories are resurfacing.

Outline

With Neelix’s help, Torres begins to remember her life as a starship engineer. On the planet, Chakotay (who has managed to escape capture thus far) approaches Janeway, but is unable to overcome her scepticism.

A young doctor begins to become suspicious of so many people of the same species having the apparently rare “dysphoria syndrome,” and almost all of them getting jobs at the energy plant at the same time, and none of them having any previous file references. After gentle inquiries result in an official “hands-off” warning from local law enforcement, the doctor approaches Annika Hansen, who is initially sceptical, but begins taking Tuvok’s rants seriously.

What the Efficiency Monitor discovers breaks the spell: the workers at the plant were diagnosed with dysphoria syndrome (and treated with mind-altering drugs), specifically so they could be placed in the plant to alleviate a labour shortage. Examining the files of the plant’s newest “employees,” she discovers they are all Voyager officers and crew, and begins to launch a deeper investigation.

Meanwhile, Chakotay, Kim and the Doctor discover the planet’s own government is unaware of the kidnappings. Working with the plant’s doctor, Annika unmasks the conspiracy and frees Voyager’s crew, and the planetary government pledges to end the forced-labour practices begun by plant staff.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Roxann Dawson.
  • Writer(s): Kenneth Biller and Bryan Fuller.
  • Release Date: 28 February 2001.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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