Hirogen hunters have boarded Voyager and are now running deadly games on the holodecks, with the Voyager crew being their prey. The safety protocols are off. After she has been wounded in a Klingon battle simulation and treated in sickbay, Janeway is transferred to a World War II scenario, in which she impersonates Katrine, the owner of Le Coeur de Lion, a night club in the town of Sainte Claire in German-occupied France. Like Tuvok, Seven of Nine, B'Elanna and Neelix, who are also part of the program, she is not aware of her true identity because of a neural interface. Their characters all secretly work for the French Résistance and want to prepare the American invasion with acts of sabotage against the German occupiers. B'Elanna, whose character Brigitte is pregnant with a child from an SS officer, scouts the Nazi headquarters, where they plan to plant a bomb in the communications office.
It is the plan of Karr, the Hirogen Alpha, to use the holodeck as a surrogate technology for a real hunt, in order to allow his people to "rebuild their civilization". However, Turanj, the Hirogen second-in-command, is tired of not finishing the hunt and shoots at Neelix and Seven against his orders. The two are taken to sickbay, where the Doctor manages to disable Seven's neural transmitter. He and Ensign Kim, who is one of the few crew members outside the holodecks and working on the expansion of the system to encompass the whole ship, plan to disable the transmitters, for which the holodeck control has to be accessed from inside. Seven is taken back to the Sainte Claire program, now fully aware of what is going on.
The American troops, among them Tom and Chakotay, prepare to take Sainte Claire. Tom's character has a special motivation because he knows Brigitte from the time before the war. Meanwhile in the Nazi headquarters, Katrine notices how Seven's character, Mademoiselle de Neuf, operates the holographic control instead of placing the charges. She points her gun at Seven, but then the Doctor and Kim manage to disable the captain's neural interface too. The two barely escape an artillery barrage that obliterates the headquarters but also blows a huge hole into the holodeck wall, thereby exposing the decks of Voyager.
Errors and Explanations
- Cableface on Saturday, December 05, 1998 - 12:22 pm: Janeway and Neelix get surgically altered to look like a Klingon in the Klingon simulation.But when Neelix gets put into the Human simulation, the Hirogen don't alter him.Or Torres, Seven ,Tuvok or themselves for that matter. And the holo-Klingons don't react to the Human looking Doctor any different. So what was the point? Omer on Sunday, December 06, 1998 - 1:05 am: I think that the alterations are like masks - you wouldn't take anything 'off' the characters, you just add stuff. that's why Neelix still had his 'unusual' head Aaron on Monday, December 07, 1998 - 6:05 am: I was under the impression that the Klingon foreheads and accessories were holographic, like B'Elanna's "baby."
- Vicky on Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 1:31 pm: I noticed something interesting. When Seven and Neelix are gunned down, they are taken to sickbay. The Doctor tells the Hirogen that Seven has bullet fragments loged in her head. If the bullets were only holograms, they should have disappeared the moment she left the holodeck. Also, I thought matter that existed on the holodec, couldn't exist outside it? Lolar Windrunner on Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 10:35 pm: Replicated matter can be utilized on the holodeck to create real items that can exist outside the deck. Look at the picture of the ship Moriarity drew and Geordi took with him in Ship in a Bottle. Holodeck matter cannot exist outside the controlling matrices of the holodeck grid.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 51710.
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