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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 7 E 15 Workforce

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Voyager's crew has been Brainwashed yet again, this time into a work force in a prosperous city. The only crewmembers to escape abduction are Chakotay, Harry and Neelix. Oh, and a special returning hologram from the past...


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  • Abandon Ship: This results in the crew's capture by Quarrens and touches off the plot.
  • Afraid of Hyposprays: Brainwashed!Tuvok. Turns out that they bring back memories of his brainwashing.
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  • Alien Lunch: The meat nectar that Harry drank off-screen isn't doing his stomach any favors. Neelix's leola bark tea doesn't help.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: The Doctor brandishes a phaser and doesn't hesitate to use tough tactics to fend off Salvage Pirates. Clearly the ECH program supersedes the Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath of an EMH.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" the Doctor asked for a program to be developed so he could be made captain in case of a catastrophic emergency. Reality proves to be not as fun as his fantasies in that episode.
  • Big Blackout: Janeway nearly triggers one by accident early on. Becomes a Chekhov's Gun when she does so intentionally during the climax.
  • Brainwashed: Yeah, seems so, at least from a flashback we briefly see of an injured Tuvok being restrained and injected by several aliens. Everyone acts pretty much like they do already, with the exception of Tuvok himself; his emotions run free, presumably because repressing them is part of Vulcan philosophy, which he no longer remembers.
    • But since Chakotay and Neelix volunteered (the former with a little alien disguise), they are not brainwashed, and can help the others escape.
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  • Call-Back: The Emergency Command Hologram makes a return, for real this time!
  • Captain's Log: With Janeway brainwashed on Quarra, Chakotay and the Doctor do the honors.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Out of everyone, Janeway is the happiest in her new role as Cubicle Drone, released from the stress of her role as captain. She's even able to enjoy a romantic relationship for the first time in years, and specifically balks at the idea of taking on more responsibilities.
  • Cliffhanger: Janeway agrees to move in with Jaffen. Great, the last thing she needs is more attachment to this false life.
  • Company Town: Quarra one-ups this by being a company planet.
  • Conflict Ball: The Doctor versus Harry Kim re who outranks the other.
  • Crew of One: And the Emergency Command Hologram doesn't do badly either, fending off an attempt by Salvage Pirates to seize Voyager.
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  • Critical Staffing Shortage: The Quarrens appears to suffer a civilization-wide shortage for reasons unknown, and are desperate to acquire skilled workers.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Dammit, Tuvok! Don't ruin Jaffen's joke!
  • Escape Pod: We finally see Voyager's escape pods in action.
  • He Knows Too Much: Doctor Kadan's assistant, Ravoc, learns of the "Dysphoria Syndrome" conspiracy and threatens to report Kadan. The next we see of Ravoc, he's now a patient with "Dysphoria Syndrome."
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Chakotay, after being shot.
  • How We Got Here: The Doctor (in ECH mode) explaining to Chakotay what happened to Voyager that forced the crew to Abandon Ship.
  • Insult Backfire: The story that Jaffen tells in the tavern has someone insulting his father, to no effect. Apparently, Norvalans don't have fathers. So then where the hell did he come from?
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Jaffen learns the truth about Janeway being abducted and brainwashed, he helps her shut down the conspiracy and recover her crew, even though he'll never see her again once she returns to her real life.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The form of the brainwashing; the Doctor has his work cut out for him with B'elanna! Fortunately, Neelix helps out a little.
  • Love Transcends Spacetime: Despite their memories being wiped, B'Elanna and Tom still form a connection.
  • Mind Meld: Well, more like Mind Rape, but it's necessary to make Seven remember herself.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Kadan, who treats the Voyager crew's "Dysphoria Syndrome;" he deliberately aids in the involuntary erasure of over a hundred identities (that we know of, and the Quarren Minister of Health claims he's operated on several thousand) in favor of improving the Quarren workforce, claiming the labor shortage is a public health issue he's working to improve.
  • Not Himself
    • Tuvok laughing.
    • Tom saying that space travel makes him sick. He also reverts to his Casanova Wannabe self from season 1, since he doesn't know that he's Happily Married.
    • B'Elanna crying for help when she's being kidnapped (actually rescued) instead of beating the crap out of her abductors.
    • Janeway is perfectly happy living on just one planet.
  • Not So Stoic: Tuvok, even before the brainwashing—when Janeway (his captain and friend) is in real danger, he drops all pretense of being Vulcan. He also acts like this after his "Dysphoria Syndrome" (his actual life) is "cured."
  • Reality Ensues: The Doctor finally gets to be the ECH for real when the crew has to evacuate, but he spends most of it rushing from place to place trying to single-handedly maintain a ship meant to be crewed by 150 people.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Seven as Chief Efficiency Officer.
  • Series Continuity Error: Neelix says that Commander Chakotay is a vegetarian but in the previous episode he was eating Neuvian Quail prepared by Seven of Nine.
  • Shooting At Your Own Projectiles: The Doctor disables two attacking ships by firing a torpedo and detonating it with a phaser blast.
  • Shout-Out: Two races from Star Wars Legends!
  • Stealth in Space: The ECH hides Voyager in a nebula, and has to use an encrypted Distress Call to contact the away team.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The victims of the Quarren brainwashing.
    • Almost becomes Fanservice when Chakotay is captured, but instead becomes Special Effects Failure due to the "straps" obviously being Velcro, and barely even touching his wrists.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Tuvok after the forced Mind Meld with Seven.
    "THIS ISN'T RIGHT! WE DON'T BELONG HERE!"
  • Tactical Withdrawal:
    • The ECH destroys the engines of a salvage pirate, but has to retreat into the nebula when reinforcements arrive.
    • When the authorities refuse to hand over their crew, Chakotay flies Voyager out of the system to make it look like they've given up.
    • After taking battle damage while recovering B'Elanna, Voyager is forced to retreat and come up with a new plan.
  • Title Drop: They couldn't wait until they were out of the teaser, could they?
  • Trojan Horse: Kim tricks the oncoming attackers into thinking Voyager's abandoned ship. The escape pods, which are easily "captured" by the enemy ships, are rigged to explode.
  • We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: Quarren society is at least as advanced as the Federation, but their world is so strapped for workers that they've resorted to kidnapping and brainwashing any aliens they can find.
  • You Are in Command Now: With the whole crew abducted, the Doctor — well, technically, the ECH — is left in charge of Voyager until Chakotay gets back. He and Harry then argue about who's in charge while Chakotay's on Quarra.
  • You Are Number 6: The Chief Efficiency Officer is introduced addressing Janeway and Jaffen by their employee numbers. When asked if she whether she has a number or a name, Seven of Nine responds with her original human name, Annika Hansen.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed—Investigator Yerid is relieved of duty to keep him from investigating the conspiracy. It fails to stop him.
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