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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 5 E 4 In The Flesh

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Janeway's decision in "Scorpion" comes back to haunt her, in one of the strangest ways you can imagine.

And yes, that is Boothby!
Voyager detects a Species 8472 outpost with a simulation of Starfleet Headquarters inside - they are preparing for an invasion of Earth based on their earlier, negative experiences with Voyager and the Borg, but can Janeway talk them down?

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  • Analogy Backfire: The Doctor tells Seven about how weapons of mass destruction have been designed as a deterrent measure without the intent to actually use them. Seven responds with the fact that such weapons killed 600 million people in World War III.
  • Boldly Coming: PG version when Chakotay twice makes out with Archer, who is really of Species 8472. Top that, Kirk.
  • Call-Back: Paris makes a gallows joke regarding Harry's first encounter with 8472; it almost dissolved him from the inside, but Tom says it was just trying to get to know him; can't fault a person for that!
  • Chekhov's Flower: A certain flower grown in the real Starfleet Academy and tended by Boothby becomes a symbol of 8472's alliance with Voyager, and their friendship.
  • Continuity Nod: It's Boothby! Known as the longstanding groundskeeper of Starfleet Academy and mentor to cadets and captains alike, he, or rather an 8472 wearing his form, is now the mouthpiece for his species.
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  • Cue the Sun: Boothby orders this to more easily track Chakotay.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Admiral Bullock's introduction at the beginning sounds like this, but it's not that harsh.
    "Welcome to Earth. I am Admiral Bullock, and I will be your Commanding Officer for the next six months. Questions, comments, bring them to me. Problems, talk to Lieutenant Kinis." (indicates the Vulcan next to him)
  • Easily Forgiven: Conditionally; while this contingent of 8472's has forgiven Voyager their collusion with the Borg, their superiors may not feel the same.
  • Fantastic Racism: Though it's somewhat justified, as the Borg have definitely burned 8472 in the past; it's wrong, though, when "Boothby" refuses to believe Seven has ceased being a drone; she is a big part of his species' mistrust of the humans.
  • Fan Disservice: Archer's partial reversion from human form, but it doesn't last too long.
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  • Heel–Face Turn: Archer and Boothby undergo this by the end, but Bullock is a holdout; he comes around eventually.
  • Honey Trap: Archer seduces Chakotay, whom she suspects of being human, to get at his DNA to confirm it.
  • Involuntary Suicide Mechanism: The captured "ensign" releases a toxin into his bloodstream to prevent further interrogation from Janeway.
  • Meaningful Echo: After 8472 agree to a truce, Admiral Bullock repeats his Drill Sergeant Nasty-lite introduction to visitors from Voyager, only altering it to the truth.
  • The Mole: Chakotay and Tuvok are this in 8472's simulation.
  • The Nudifier: Chakotay tells Archer a story about a Teleporter Accident doing this to him.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Both humanity and Species 8472 to each other (unfortunately the latter makes Janeway's decision to align with the Borg Harsher in Hindsight).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Though it's in character for 8472, it's definitely out of character for the kindly old groundskeeper to indulge in Fantastic Racism and designs on conquering Earth.
  • Plot Hole / No Sense of Distance: Somehow, Species 8472 were able to obtain enough info about Starfleet Headquarters to even get the groundskeeper right, but couldn't judge just how far Earth actually is from fluidic space.
  • Shout-Out: To the "closed cities" of the USSR in the early 20th Century.
  • Simulated Urban Combat Area: The spy version.


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