Voyager rescues the crew and eight "passengers" of a Nygean prisoner ship, all of which are condemned to death because of capital crimes. While Joleg, an overall kind and pleasant person, who is a member of the Benkarans, a discriminated species, doesn't seem to belong there, Iko shows violence without any reason. When Iko, however, gets beaten up by the guards, the Doctor performs a surgery that not only saves his life but inadvertently activates synapses in his brain that were missing until then, thereby causing his violence in the first place. Iko now feels sorry for all he has done, and when Joleg and his comrades try to escape, he helps the guards to recapture them. Seven and the Doctor plead for Iko's life, but it is in vain, since the family of his victim does not agree on releasing him.

Meanwhile, Neelix becomes friendly with Joleg, who persuades Neelix to get a letter through to his brother, but this turns out to be a ruse - Joleg has hidden Voyager's coordinates inside the letter, and the ship is attacked by others of Joleg's race. Joleg has organized a prison break so his co-conspirators can free him, but the plot is foiled by the Voyager crew. Neelix, who understands he was being manipulated, turns his back on Joleg.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Corey Hines on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 6:58 pm: Thought Seven's nanoprobes were located in her injestion tubes on her hand. Jwb52z on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 7:29 pm: The tubules are just a passage way for nanoprobes like they are in the male testicles for sperm. The only difference is that they are stored in the testicles. The nanoprobes are also throughout Seven's body.
  2. Why do they design force fields to hurt of you touch it for a long time. I thought they were just artificial walls. The pain from prolonged contact may be intended to deter any further contact.
  3. Aaron Dotter on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 8:00 pm: Why didn't they just keep the prisoners sedated or in stasis? Then the possibility of them escaping would have been eliminated. It may not have been possible for any number of reasons - lack of available stasis tubes/physiological incompatibility/prisoner reluctance etc.
  4. Spornan on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 8:01 pm: What reason did they have to go at impulse? PaulG on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 8:59 pm: Impulse does make sense here. Since they are meeting up with an alien ship while heading in the opposite direction, they should go slow. They are also delaying the executions which is probably intentional. inblackestnight on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 8:19 pm:I would think the crew of Voyager would want to rid themselves of these passengers ASAP, so what makes sense is for them to be meeting the other ship halfway at warp speed. If they wanted to delay the executions why not take the time to help repair the damged ship while waiting for the other?
  5. Shane Tourtellotte on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 8:20 pm: Can The Doctor make only part of himself insubstantial? Tuvok's phaser shot passed through him, but Iko still had a grip around him. Shouldn't Iko's arm have passed through at the same time? Not if the insubstantiality – is that even a word? - only affects the torso, and not the neck.
  6. On Neelix's menu tonight: liola rice pilaf. Now, liola was a root, not a rice, right? (Or is liola the pilaf part of the recipe?) Or it’s a pilaf with leola and rice!
  7. All the while Paris is complaining to Neelix that he's famished, he's one foot away from a bowl of fruit, but doesn't think to grab anything. He knows better that to take something without Neelix giving him permission.
  8. At one point while Iko's still considered dangerous, The Doctor leaves a padd in the surgical bay. According to my old ST-TNG manual, padds can be used to interface with the ship's computer, and are capable of even steering the ship remotely. Is that something you want to leave in the hands of a hardened criminal? This could be a restricted access/read only version.
  9. D.W. March on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 10:31 pm: Does no one in the 24th century know how to build a proper jail cell? Voyager was obviously able to put those jail cells together pretty fast so why not put some mechanical restraints over the door? If the jail cells had bars in front of the entrance, the prisoners wouldn't have been able to get out! It may not have been possible to produce strong enough bars in the time available.
  10. At the end, Seven feels guilty about killing people. But IIRC, the Borg don't kill their victims, they assimilate them. All she really did was invite a bunch more people to the biggest party in the galaxy! You call that a party? Assimilation subjects it’s victims to a living death!
  11. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 1:42 am: The food hole in the forcefield seemed ridiculous. MarkN on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 4:16 am: I thought that was actually kinda cool. The food could be passed to the prisoners without the prisoners being able to attack the person giving them the food and making a break for it. I just wondered why they didn't come up with it sooner, especially as I was watching a rerun of Thirty Days right after this ep.PaulG on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 9:50 am: Now that I think about it, the feeding hole in the force field is dangerous if used improperly (which it was, of course). The prisoner could easily have grabbed Neelix's hands and wrists, especially since the dimwit put his hands through the hole instead of forcing the prisoner to reach for the food. The criminal could then test the force field with Neelix's face, arms or body while using the force field and Talaxian's body as shields against the phasers. The only way to stop the prisoner (other than letting Neelix get beat up unmercifully until the prisoner tired or Neelix died) would be to lower the force field which is exactly what a criminal bent on escape would want. Jackknight on Sunday, February 04, 2001 - 7:26 pm: There are dozens of better ways to feed prisoners than the hole-in-the-force-field method, e.g. (off the top of my head)
    1) Guard points phaser at inmate and lowers the field, then tells him to back into the corner; Neelix sets down bowl in opposite corner; field goes back up
    2) Bowl placed in front of cell by Neelix, Neelix and guards stand at farthest end of corridor and release inmate's field; inmate ordered to take bowl into his cell or else; field put back up
    3) Data's cascade scan phase from Brothers: force fields shrink cell to half its depth; bowl placed inside cell; field expands to original depth 4) "One bowl to beam in—energize!" Seniram 21:20, August 7, 2018 (UTC) 1) Wouldn’t it make sense to order the prisoner to back into the corner BEFORE the field is lowered and Neelix puts the bowl down? With your method, the inmate would be close enough to jump Neelix and the guard as soon as the field was lowered! 2) This would increase the risk of the inmate making a run for the end of the corridor. 3) The force field could contaminate the food when it expands across the bowl. 4) The force field would surely be designed to inhibit transporter operation.
  12. Brian Lombard on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 5:11 am: As of TOS, the Federation still makes use of the death penalty, for those who would journey to Talos IV. Maybe it's been lifted by the 24th century, but it's not that foreign a concept to these folks. They sound very hypocritical. Hans Thielman on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 12:10 pm: Did the Federation abolish the death penalty for visiting Talos IV? PaulG on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 12:52 pm: Hans: IIRC, I believe it was revoked in The Menagerie. Rene on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 1:03 pm: No it wasn't. They just ignore it for that one occasion.Brian Lombard on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 1:49 pm:It was still in place by the time of Turnabout Intruder 2.5 years after The Menagerie.Seniram 21:20, August 7, 2018 (UTC) it could still have been abolished after that.
  13. I'd like to take a moment to examine Paris's comment about never believing inmates claims to being innocent. Since he's been in the Delta Quadrant, he's been framed for three different crimes. (Ex Post Facto, Investigations, and Fair Trade). You'd think a guy with that track record would be a little more sympathetic. Jackknight on Sunday, February 04, 2001 - 7:26 pm: Tom was also framed in The Chute, wasn't he? Well, he and Harry were unjustly imprisoned, anyway. Seniram 21:20, August 7, 2018 (UTC)Maybe his experience of having his innocence constantly ignored has made him slightly cynical about claims of innocence from others.
  14. Alleycat on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 11:42 am: I guess I'm the first to realize this, but why was the Warden carrying a Federation Phaser (which of course taken away by the 'nice' prisoner)? Isn't that against the Prime Directive too? I guess if they give away replicators technology, they feel that they can give anything away too… PaulG on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 12:52 pm: The aliens were probably only borrowing the weapons. With eight murderers on the loose, Tuvok probably asked the alien guards for help and gave them the nearest available weapons. I doubt they would be allowed to keep them.
  15. The Undesirable Element on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 2:25 pm: Didn't anybody check the letter before transmitting it to this guy's brother? Scanner on Thursday, February 01, 2001 - 3:12 pm: The letter was traced, it wasn't the contents of the letter that gave away Voyager's position.
  16. Interesting how Iko makes his personal plea in front of the entire bridge crew. I think I would have preferred to do that in private. It's interesting how he wasn't too passionate about his release. It is consistant since he said that he deserves to die and that he can't live with the guilt. At least he has independent witnesses to confirm what he said at a later date.
  17. The guy welded the door shut with a phaser. How did the phaser know to melt the door and not cut through it? he obviously figured out how to adjust the settings to allow this.
  18. Jackknight on Sunday, February 04, 2001 - 7:26 pm: Tuvok calls for a transport of some loose inmates and is conveniently informed the transporters are offline. He could've used shuttle transporters (as Riker would've done in Power Play). They may be offline as well.
  19. ScottN on Monday, February 05, 2001 - 1:10 am: At the beginning, Janeway says they can't interfere because of the Prime Directive. Doesn't that only apply to non-warp capable societies? Spornan on Monday, February 05, 2001 - 2:13 am: Prime Directive means a lot of things. It means they cannot CONTACT pre-Warp societies. It also means they can't get involved with the internal affairs of another culture. That's why they couldn't get involved with the Klingon Civil War.

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. Bernd Schneider: Neelix says the Federation has clear guidelines concerning the treatment of prisoners, implying that they have the right to get a good meal. But this obviously didn't apply to Tom in "Thirty Days", where Neelix obeyed Janeway's order to bring Tom no more than "water and bread". The diet restrictions imposed on Tom in Thirty Days were part of the punishment.


  1. According to the episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 54474.

Voyager Season 7
Unimatrix Zero Part 2 I Imperfection I Drive I Repression I Critical Care I Inside Man I Body and Soul I Nightingale I Flesh and Blood I Shattered I Lineage I Repentance I Prophecy I The Void I Workforce Part 1 I Workforce Part 2 I Human Error I Q2 I Author, Author I Friendship One I Natural Law I Homestead I Renaissance Man I Endgame
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