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The Thaw
Star Trek: Voyager, episode 39 (2.19)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

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:
Thomas Kopache   IMDB   Viorsa
Carel Struycken   IMDB   Spectre
Patty Maloney   IMDB   Little woman
Tony Carlin   IMDB   Kohl Physician
Shannon O'Hurley   IMDB   Kohl Programmer
Michael McKean   IMDB   The Clown
Tarik Ergin   IMDB   Lieutenant Ayala
David Bell   IMDB
Marvin V. Rush   IMDB
Joe Menosky   IMDB
Richard Gadas   IMDB
Voyager Teaser #039: The Thaw

Thanks to a complex sensory system controlled by a computer, Kim and others are literally held hostage by fear.
Voyager picks up an automated message from the Kohl settlement, whose members survived an environmental catastrophe by going into artificial hibernation. The crew beams their hibernation pods on board and finds two humanoids dead and three in deep stasis, their minds connected to a sensory system controlled by a computer. The Doctor reveals that the two victims died from heart failure, brought on by mental stress - or extreme fear.

Hoping to learn how to revive the survivors, Kim and Torres enter two pods and are attached to the computer, which allows them to enter the colonists' dream state. They're thrown into an environment that resembles a bizarre carnival run by a malevolent Clown, whose followers quickly drag Kim to a guillotine.

Although the Clown spares Kim, the pair suddenly understand how the Kohl could literally be frightened to death. Because the Clown's survival depends on the colonists' minds remaining linked to the sensory system, the Kohl - and now Kim and Torres - can't awaken because the Clown won't allow it. The computer has manifested the worst fears of their subconscious minds into the persona of the Clown; they are now prisoners to that fear.

The Clown allows Torres to leave so she can warn the Captain that if the hibernation pods are deactivated, everyone will die. While Janeway contemplates how to negotiate, the Clown torments Kim mercilessly. The Doctor is sent to discuss the release of the hostages but the Clown refuses to cooperate, so Janeway decides to mount a rescue mission to free Kim and the Kohl settlers.

Her first plan fails when the Clown catches on to Torres' attempts to disable his program. Infuriated, he puts a colonist in the guillotine, where the frightened man succumbs to heart failure. To prevent more deaths, Janeway orders Torres to stop.

The Captain comes up with a final offer for the Clown: trade the current captives for Janeway herself. The Clown agrees, only to discover that his prize is only a holographic image. With no one alive left to torment, "Fear" is conquered and he disappears forever.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:10:26
Very dark and surreal. Harry kim gets a lot of screen time, Wang may not be a great actor but it's good to see his character get a little deeper. The evil clown is perfect and the whole mood of it all is great. The plot is reminescent of The Matrix (without the gun fights and martial arts), but a civilization living in a virtual environment.

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