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Macrocosm
(Makrokosmos)
Stardate 50425.1
Star Trek: Voyager, episode 54 (3.12)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Kate Mulgrew   IMDB   Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran   IMDB   Commander Chakotay
Roxann Biggs-Dawson   IMDB   Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien   IMDB   Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill   IMDB   Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips   IMDB   Neelix
Robert Picardo   IMDB   The Doctor
Tim Russ   IMDB   Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang   IMDB   Ensign Harry Kim
Guest Cast:
Albie Selznick   IMDB   Taktak Consul
Michael Fiske   IMDB   Garan Miner
Tarik Ergin   IMDB   Lieutenant Ayala
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Alexander Singer   IMDB
Author:
Brannon Braga   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:VOY VHS 3.06
Teaser
Voyager Teaser #054: Macrocosm

The U.S.S. Voyager comes under siege by a lethal alien macrovirus.
Synopsis
Returning from a trade mission with the Tak Tak, Janeway and Neelix are perplexed to find Voyager adrift in space. After landing their craft in the Shuttlebay, the pair notes there are no crewmembers in sight and that many of the ship's systems are off-line. While investigating the seemingly empty ship, their turbolift is halted by several lifeforms, one of which pokes a hole in the door with a large stinger. The stinger sprays Neelix with slime, but the pair is able to escape. Not long after, Neelix falls ill and Janeway goes to find an emergency kit. When she returns, he's gone.

Now on her own, Janeway arms herself with weapons and goes to the Bridge, where she is stung by one of the bizarre lifeforms. In the Mess Hall, she discovers unresponsive, ailing crewmembers and a giant flying creature, which tries to attack Janeway.

Fleeing to Sickbay, Janeway finds the Doctor holed up with a phaser. He reports that the ship is infected by a strange alien macrovirus. He explains that while Janeway and Neelix were away from the ship, Voyager responded to a medical distress call from a mining colony stricken by a virus. A few of the "bugs" migrated back to the ship when the Doctor returned, and since then, they've spread throughout the ship's systems, and ultimately to the crew. The Doctor has come up with an antigen but he hasn't had the chance to test it, since the huge, mature versions of the virus - such as the one that came after Janeway - have prevented him from leaving Sickbay. Now infected herself, Janeway volunteers to test the antigen and is cured. But there's still the problem of distributing the antigen to the ailing crew.

Janeway comes up with the idea of distributing the cure in gaseous form through the ship's environmental system. Using her arsenal, she blasts her way through the ship until she reaches the controls. But before she can disperse the antigen, Voyager is fired upon by the Tak Tak, who want to exterminate the virus by destroying the ship. Janeway tells them about the cure and asks them to stop shooting long enough for her to treat the crew. They give her an hour. Unfortunately, the environmental controls have been damaged, but Janeway figures out how to put together an antigen bomb, which destroys the virulent invaders.
Reviews

By alethea on 01 Apr 2003 00:44:55
This episode is for you if:

a) You love Captain Janeway. For the most part, she is virtually the only functioning character throughout "Macrocosm."

b) You love suspense. This episode is full of it, especially if you don't read any summaries.

c) You love action. Janeway breaks into "Commando" mode to fend off the "visitors"....

d) You love medical science. The idea proposed in this episode is truly intriguing.

e) You love Star Trek Voyager. Duh.

Personally, this is my...

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