Hunters (Star Trek: Voyager)

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Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 15
Directed by David Livingston
Written by Jeri Taylor
Featured music Jay Chattaway
Production code 183
Original air date February 11, 1998 (1998-02-11)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Tiny Ron - Alpha Hirogen
  • Roger W. Morrissey - Beta Hirogen
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"Hunters" is the 83rd episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 15th episode of the fourth season, and the first episode of the Hirogen story arc.

While attempting to use an ancient relay network to retrieve messages from home, Voyager and crew must contend with the Hirogen who claim ownership of it.


Starfleet, having recently learned that Voyager is far away in the Delta Quadrant, begins sending messages to the crew. The data is being forwarded to the ship via powerful Hirogen transmission arrays, which are run on the energy of micro-singularities (miniature black holes). The crew is excited to receive letters from home, but frustrated when the Hirogen demand they stop using the communications array. Captain Janeway defies the Hirogen as many more letters from home are still in its database.

Letters continue to be downloaded, spreading good and bad news alike. Vulcan tactical officer Tuvok learns there is another addition to his family, while Janeway learns her fiance has married another woman, having given her up as dead for three years. First Officer Chakotay and Chief Engineer Torres learn that a large majority of their Maquis friends have been imprisoned or killed by the Cardassians and their new Dominion allies. Helmsman Tom Paris, facing the possibility of a difficult letter from home, realizes his own problems pale in relation to Torres' news. Tuvok and Seven of Nine go to the array in an attempt to retrieve more of the data, however, they are soon captured by the Hirogen.

Many of the "lower decks" crew are shown by name and face as "postmaster" Neelix delivers the letters around the ship, and Ensign Harry Kim spends much of the episode wondering if he will get a letter at all, due to data loss. Tuvok and Seven undergo questioning and torture by the Hirogen, and the Voyager crew attempt to devise a way to rescue their comrades.

By the end of the episode, Tuvok and Seven are rescued, but their link to home is destroyed.

Production notes[edit]

This episode began a four episode arc of the Voyager crew dealing with the Hirogen.[1] While this episode and "Prey" were "stand-alone" episodes in their own right, when included with the two part episode "The Killing Game," the Star Trek franchise ventured into a story-arc genre that was also seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise. The "arc" was interrupted between "Prey" and "The Killing Game" by the episode "Retrospect." The death of the Maquis and B'Elanna Torres' reaction to her Maquis comrades' is developed even further during season 5 episode "Extreme Risk."[citation needed] The CGI effect used during the opening scene was also used in the opening segments of the season 2 episode "Deadlock."[1]


There appear to be some similarities between the Hirogen and the Hunter species from the first season episode of Deep Space Nine, "Captive Pursuit", although they come from the Delta and Gamma quadrants respectively.


  1. ^ a b "Star Trek Voyager: Episodes". CBS Paramount. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 

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