Counterpoint (Star Trek: Voyager)
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|Star Trek: Voyager episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Les Landau|
|Written by||Michael Taylor|
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Original air date||December 16, 1998|
"Counterpoint" is the 104th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the tenth episode of the fifth season. In this space science fiction television show, a spacecraft, the Federation's USS Voyager is stranded on the wrong side of the galaxy as Earth it must slowly makes its way home. In this episode, Voyager and its crew encounter the Devore aliens, posing particular difficult choices for the ship's captain, Starfleet Captain Kathryn Janeway.
It was aired on the United Paramount Network on December 16, 1998.
Voyager is travelling through Devore space, where telepathy is illegal. The crew had encountered a small group of telepaths, and has offered them transport to a wormhole that will allow them to escape the sector. As Voyager continues, they are continually stopped by Devore ships, led by inspector Kashyk, demanding to inspect the ship for telepaths. Kashyk, who is fascinated by human culture, takes a very forward approach, taking control of the ship and playing Mahler's first symphony to relax the crew, appearing to be aware of the refugees. To hide the refugees, along with their three telepathic crew members, the crew stores their patterns in a transport buffer during the period of inspection, but this is found to ultimately have cumulative deleterious effects on the refugees. It is decided the method should be avoided if at all possible.
Voyager is surprised when Kashyk arrives in a private ship, and claims to be interested in defecting and helping Voyager transport the refugees to safety. Captain Janeway is highly suspicious of Kashyk's actual motives, but allows him to help with the Brenari's approval. The Brenari point the crew towards Torat, a scientist that has studied the random appearance of the wormhole, and convince him to share the data. Janeway and Kashyk work together to try to identify a pattern in the wormhole's appearance, coming closer together as they make the discovery. The next appearance, deep in Devore space, passes by a large sensor array that Voyager is unable to avoid. With their presence in the sector known, Kashyk prepares to leave the ship, kissing Janeway goodbye and wishing her luck.
Soon, the Devore inspectors arrive, and Kashyk takes on his former forward demeanor. He sends his inspectors out of earshot, upon which Janeway reveals the use of the transporter buffer to hide the refugees. Kashyk relays this to inspectors, revealing himself as a counter-agent for the Devore. However, when the Devore re-materialize the transporter buffer, they only find mundane shipping containers filled with vegetables. The Devore become aware of two of Voyager's shuttles en route to the wormhole, containing the telepath refugees, and are unable to catch up to them in time. Janeway reveals she never completely trusted Kashyk's motives, and created this deception. Kashyk and his inspectors, unwilling to have such a failure on their records, are forced to leave the ship alone and unreported, allowing the crew to continue their journey and reunite with their shuttles outside Devore space.
In 2012, Den of Geek ranked "Counterpoint" as one of the top ten episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. The romance between Janeway and the Kashyk (the Devore alien) was praised by ScreenRant as one of the couples the helped the show, noting the tension between their emotions and duty to their respective morality. ScreenRant noted that although there may have been real emotions, there was also deception.
- "Top 10 Star Trek: Voyager episodes". Den of Geek.
- "Star Trek: 10 Couples That Hurt Voyager (And 10 That Saved It)". ScreenRant. 3 September 2018.
- Holodny, Elena. "The 31 most underrated 'Star Trek' episodes". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
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