The Void (Star Trek: Voyager)
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|Star Trek: Voyager episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Mike Vejar|
|Teleplay by||Raf Green
|Story by||Raf Green
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Original air date||February 14, 2001|
"The Void" is the 15th episode of the seventh season of Star Trek: Voyager, the 161st episode overall.
As Neelix serves a meal which Seven has prepared for Janeway, Chakotay, Tom and B’Elanna, Voyager suddenly experiences turbulence, and is pulled into a portion of space in which no matter exists, aside from that which is pulled inside via spatial funnels. This area of space has such been dubbed “the Void” by its inhabitants. Still in the mess hall, Neelix and a crew member realize an approaching ship has opened fire and that they are under attack.
Another ship approaches and fires on the attacking ship, but then proceeds to fire on Voyager, taking down her aft shields. As the attacking ship transports supplies and deuterium from Voyager, Janeway orders the attacking ship’s engines to be disabled. But it is too late, and the ship jumps to warp. Another vessel approaches, but does not initiate hostile action; instead, it hails Voyager, and the captain of the ship compliments Janeway for fighting off her attackers.
General Valen, the captain of the friendly ship, comes onboard Voyager, tells her why she was attacked, where they are, and the nature of “the Void.” He offers to trade with Janeway for Voyager 's photon torpedoes, but Janeway tells him that they do not trade weapons because they do not know how they will be used.
Seven of Nine devises a plan to propel them out of the Void and back into normal space. It is, however, risky and complicated. As Voyager implements Seven's plan and nears normal space, the ship is thrown back into the Void causing a significant amount of damage to ship systems. With the warp core offline and supplies running low, Janeway orders their attacker to be found, so that they can retrieve their stolen supplies.
When Voyager finds their attacker, the ship has been badly damaged. There are no life signs aboard and all technology and supplies have been “picked clean.” Seven of Nine states that not everything of value has been taken: the casing of the warp core is made of an element that can be converted into a power source.
Inside the casing, Seven and B’Elanna find an injured humanoid. He is taken to sickbay, but he is afraid and he refuses to allow the Doctor near him. Although hurt, he has a voracious appetite.
Voyager tracks down General Valen, the previously friendly captain, and disables his shields. When he does not return what belongs to them, Janeway contemplates taking more than what is theirs. Janeway goes to her ready room for coffee when Tuvok and Chakotay report; their inventory shows that they recovered less than half of what was taken.
Chakotay points out that they may need to start stealing to survive. Janeway attempts to find a loophole in the Federation charter condoning such tactics, but finds none. She decides against theft and suggests they form an alliance, where they would pool their resources, protect their allies, and “ultimately get the hell out of this place.”
Janeway and her officers tell a captain Garon and his Nygean crew of their strategy, noting the benefits and the rules of an alliance. She asks him to consider it and offers complimentary food and medical care to him and his crew.
Seven notifies the captain that her phase compensator has been stolen. Janeway tells her that it was not stolen, but given to a prospective member. Seven says it is inefficient to give things away. However, Janeway retorts that Seven gave up some of her replicator rations to feed Fantome. As Janeway leaves, she turns around and apologizes playfully to Seven for “giving away her favourite phase compensator.”
Seven goes to sickbay where she finds the Doctor and the now named humanoid, Fantome, listening to music. Seven realizes that he can hear and tries using sounds and instruments to instruct him to pick the instruments up. It is determined at this point that Fantome’s species is probably native to the Void.
Neelix prepares B’Elanna and Tom a meal but they are called away early when all senior staff are ordered to the bridge. The ship is set on red alert because a Hierarchy survey ship has just come into the Void and is under attack by General Valen. As Janeway orders weapons targeted on Valen’s lead ship, Valen hails Voyager. Janeway tells him they will protect the Hierarchy vessel, but Valen tells her he has a crew to feed and opens fire on Voyager. Voyager fires photon torpedoes but only reduces Valen's upgraded shields to 80%. Whilst Voyager is sustaining damage the Nygean ship approaches and fires on the other two attacking ships, forcing them to retreat. Garon hails Voyager and declares, “I have decided to accept your offer.”
The Doctor takes Fantome, now no longer a patient, to the mess hall. A prospective alliance member named Bosaal, becomes agitated upon seeing Fantome, telling Janeway his species is vermin. Janeway offers to remove those lurking on his ship and relocate them to Voyager.
Around this time Janeway notes that their alliance has produced a new benefit for Voyager. Alien technology has upgraded their replicator systems, allowing a vastly larger amount of food to be produced from the same amounts of energy.
B’Elanna and Garon run a test that does not go successfully. When all seems to be going well, a part of their makeshift polaron modulator explodes. Loquar, captain of the Hierarchy crew, and his assistant, spy on Janeway talking to B’Elanna and Garon as Tuvok walks in. He remarks that they managed to break his security code, and reminds them they should not be spying on members of the alliance; however, as members of the Hierarchy, spying is second nature to them.
Several members of the crew observe Fantome and others of his kind developing a language with small programmable devices that play music.
In engineering, Janeway learns that a functioning polaron modulator has come from an act of piracy. She orders it and Bosaal removed from her ship.
Talking to Chakotay, she realizes that they should have never allowed Bosaal to join their alliance. The two enter Astrometrics, where Loquar and his assistant reveal Bosaal and Valen talking about a prospective raid on Voyager. Janeway notes somewhat ironically that she should never have explained the value of co-operation, as the hostile aliens are forming their own alliance against Voyager. Tuvok believes they will attack within the next few hours to steal the ship’s food and supplies. Janeway prepares to leave the Void as soon as possible, so they will not have time to run a test on B’Elanna’s polaron modulator.
Janeway enters sickbay where she tells the Doctor that they will soon be leaving. She says if they would like Fantome and his kind to come with them, then they are welcome. The Doctor communicates with them, but they reply that they would like to remain in the Void. They are grateful and would like to help them now.
Janeway and the alliance fleet prepare to leave the void when the funnel begins to form. Bosaal and Valen’s ships, however, have now opened fire on the fleet. Janeway orders all ships to return fire on their designated targets. Once shields have been penetrated, the Doctor and Seven beam Fantome and his friends to the enemy ships. Janeway tells B’Elanna to hurry the modulator online.
Both enemy ships slow to a halt. Voyager receives a hail from Fantome and his friends, telling they have disabled both ships's engines. The alliance fleet activates the shield modulator, traverses the funnel, and jumps to warp, where they successfully exit the Void.
Janeway says her goodbyes to her friendly alliance, remarking to Chakotay that it was almost like being part of a Federation again.
- The Time Trap - an episode of the animated series Star Trek where the heroes' ship is caught in an assumed-unescapable region where resources are drained but escape is possible with cooperation from others.
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