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Rise
(Stigen)
Stardate 50567.4
Star Trek: Voyager, episode 61 (3.19)

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:
Alan Oppenheimer   IMDB   Nezu Ambassador
Lisa Kaminir   IMDB   Lillias
Kelly Connell   IMDB   Sklar
Tom Towles   IMDB   Doctor Vatm
Geof Prysirr   IMDB   Hanjuan
Gary Bullock   IMDB   Goth
Tarik Ergin   IMDB   Lieutenant Ayala
Music:
Paul Baillargeon   IMDB
Director:
Robert Scheerer   IMDB
Teleplay:
Brannon Braga   IMDB
Story:
Jimmy Diggs   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:VOY VHS 3.10
Teaser
Voyager Teaser #061: Rise

The crew of the U.S.S. Voyager tries to help the inhabitants of a planet that's being bombarded by deadly asteroids.
Synopsis
As Voyager makes a less-than-successful attempt to vaporize asteroids that are assaulting the Nezu homeworld, a message comes from Vatm, an astrophysicist who has been analyzing the asteroid fragments on the surface below. Vatm wants to talk to the Nezu Ambassador, who is currently aboard Voyager.

Neelix, Tuvok and a Nezu named Sklar head for the surface, but their shuttle crashes. They find Vatm but have no way to contact Voyager. Neelix suggests they reactivate a carriage that is tethered to an orbital space station. If they can rise above Nezu's atmospheric turbulence, they'll be able to communicate with the ship. But as soon as they make the tether system operational, Vatm tries to leave by himself. He's stopped by Tuvok, and the group begins its ascent.

The upward journey is uncomfortable and dangerous. Vatm refuses to say why he attempted to leave without them and sips at water to ease his discomfort. Later, he becomes delirious and says that something is on the roof of the carriage. Then he has a seizure and dies, the result, Tuvok says, of murder; his water was poisoned.

Neelix insists they find out what's on the roof, and Tuvok reluctantly climbs up. He finds a data storage device that contains information about an alien vessel. Sklar pushes Tuvok off the roof, but the Vulcan survives by clinging to an induction coil on the bottom of the carriage. Neelix helps Tuvok back inside and in the ensuing struggle, Sklar plunges to his death.

Finally, the group is able to contact Voyager and is beamed aboard. The crew has been confronted by a ship from the Etanian Order, which wishes to claim Nezu for itself. The Etanians create "natural" disasters - like meteor showers - on the planets they covet, then take over when the residents evacuate. With the tactical information from the device Tuvok found, Janeway is able to disable the Etanian vessel, which departs. After the fact, the crew figures out that Vatm knew there was a traitor among the Nezu, which turned out to be Sklar. However, he hadn't known whom he could trust. His silence ultimately killed him.
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