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Wakey wakey!

"I wanted to help revive a civilization, not start a war."
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When a Shining City is under attack, a Vaadwuar scientist named Gedrin is forced to terminate 37 of his colleagues' stasis pods' life support, then seal himself and his wife Jisa in themselves, for five years...

Voyager is pulled through a rusty brown subspace corridor filled with debris, some ancient, when they encounter a working ship! The inhabitants, the Turei, claim that the 'underspace' belongs to them, and helpfully push Voyager out of the corridor... and follow them out! The Turei decide Voyager knows too much and demand to come aboard so they can purge her computers of any information regarding the underspace; failing that, they open fire. Voyager needs to escape, so they locate a highly irradiated planet nearby that they can lose their pursuers near. They do so, and find a decimated city similar to the one that was bombed in the teaser.

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When investigating some stasis pods underground, Seven Of Nine wakes up Gedrin, who is a bit shaken up to discover that the estimate of five years was a little off...


Contains examples of:

  • After the End: Voyager sets down on the planet after the holocaust.
  • All Myths Are True: The Talaxians had many folk tales about, essentially, a Ninja Army - one that would appear, destroy entire civilizations and then vanish... Turns out that the Vaadwaur are that army; they may be scientists, but they're also conquerors. And Gaul wants to revive that latter portion of their history...
  • The Atoner: Seven shows shades of this—after helping to assimilate others, she enjoys helping to rebuild the Vaadwaur, and even tells Janeway as such at the end of the episode. Maybe that's why Janeway ultimately doesn't come down on her too hard.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Voyager survives, but the conquering Vaadwaur do too, and though their technology is outdated, they're resourceful; Janeway doubts we've seen the last of them...
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    • Of course, they're only seen again once, in season 7, but they do make appearances in the ExpandedUniverse and Star Trek Online.
  • Call-Back: Seven mentions the Devore Imperium, who presumably haven't changed their Absolute Xenophobe ways.
  • Character Development: Seven has done a complete reversal from her time as a drone; she finds the proposition of rebuilding a civilization as opposed to destroying one 'gratifying.'
  • Crazy-Prepared: Whoever built the cryo-stasis vault deep underground.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Gaul's desire for the Vaadwuar to reclaim what they've lost has a minor problem in that the rest of the quadrant has advanced over the last 900 years, leaving the Vaadwuar obsolete.
  • Enemy Mine: Voyager and the Turei team up against the Vaadwuar.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Our heroes reawaken the Vaadwaur, who repay them by trying to take Voyager.
  • Foreshadowing: Chakotay compares the sleeping Vaadwuar soldiers to the dragon teeth sown by Cadmus in ancient Greek myth, which rose up and became soldiers. Chakotay doesn't finish the story, but if you know how it ends you have some clue how this is going to end for Voyager.
    • This episode leans a bit on this, from Gedrin momentarily insisting that Janeway "finish off" a Turei ship, to Neelix revealing the Talaxian meaning of Vaadwuar. Most of all is the ever-perceptive Naomi Wildman, who finds the Vaadwuar children mean and doesn't want anything to do with them.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Turei intend to purge Voyager of all data regarding the underspace corridors; when Janeway refuses to cooperate, they start shooting.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gedrin's sabotage of his own peoples' ships is revealed to be this, as Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Voyager crew are quite snowed by the calm demeanor of these so-called scientists; but, to the Vaadwaur, vengeance is a dish... Fortunately, Janeway recovers from this when she hears that All Myths Are True.
  • Human/Vaadwuar Popsicle: Gedrin, Jisa and the rest; unfortunately, Jisa and some of the Vaadwaur didn't make it...
    • Gaul wants to make the Voyager crew into these in the end!
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Almost; because of their makeup it's hard to distinguish individual Vaadwaur, but Gedrin and Gaul look dissimilar enough to know that the 'older-looking' one would be more set in his peoples' ways as warriors, while the 'younger-looking' one would be more willing to embrace the cultural/science side of his peoples' history.
  • Insistent Terminology: Tuvok disabled the Vaadwuar ships, even though the effects clearly showed those ships were destroyed.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Why little Naomi doesn't want to play with the revived Vaadwaur children (whom we never see); they called Neelix names and made fun of the Talaxians.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Voyager contacts the Turei to fight the Vaadwaur.
  • Ludicrous Speed: The "underspace corridors" are clearly capable of this, as they allowed contact with Talax (which is 40,000 light years back).
  • Must Make Amends: Gedrin decides he isn't a Blood Knight like the rest of the Vaadwuar, and with Tuvok's help he sabotages the Vaadwuar's attack at the climax.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The folktales that used the term Vaadwaur from which the race name was defined: The Demon with the Golden Voice, The Tale of the Deadly Stranger, The Tale of the Boy Who Lost His Head, and The Tale of the Bloody Hand.
    "Not exactly Mother Goose!"
  • Never My Fault: At the end Janeway tries to pin the entire thing on Seven for waking Gedrin, even though Janeway herself made the decision to revive and rearm the rest of the Vaadwuar.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Voyager's attempts to help the Vaadwuar sets off a potential regional conflict.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As usual; see Ungrateful Bastard.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: At least some of the Vaadwaur, somewhat like the Klingons but softer-spoken and nicer.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Gedrin and the survivors of the bombing are almost 900, actually, after being thawed out.
  • Portal Network: Voyager accidentally enters a network of subspace tunnels that will cut down their journey. Unfortunately the aliens who lay claim to the tunnels have no intention of letting anyone else use them.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Some of the Vaadwaur, led by Gaul, get it into their heads to take over Voyager and do this to all the species that had a hand in destroying them.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Well supposedly. Seven of Nine releases an alien race from a 900-year stasis only for them to turn out to be your standard Villain of the Week-types piloting obsolete spaceships rather than some terrible Eldritch Abomination.
  • Shout-Out: To The Hagakure with the walking in the rain comment.
  • Title Drop: Chakotay, when he sees the Vaadwaur fleet. He compares them to a Greek myth about a slain dragon whose teeth became warriors and continued fighting.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: To wage their war, the contingent of Vaadwaur led by Gaul, who wish to reawaken their warrior nature, are willing to take over Voyager!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Seven gets this from Janeway, twice, as Seven was the one who broke protocol and woke up Gedrin to begin with. Janeway admits that it was born of compassion and that she might have done the same in her position..... but that doesn't make it right.
  • With or Without You:
    Janeway: (to the Vaadwaur) I'm going to leave this planet in one hour, with or without you.
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