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Stardate: 53447.2 As the Voyager crew takes some “down time” on a planet, several attend the popular game of Tsunkatse there. However, they are shocked to see Seven of Nine as one of the fighting opponents in the ring. She and Tuvok were suppose to be on an away on a separate mission to investigate a nearby micro-nebula. However, Voyager’s attempts to beam her off the planet are met without success, as her physical presence appears to be being projected from another location. Seven must reluctantly fight in these matches, as Tuvok was injured during their capture, and his medical treatment is contingent on her participation in the games.

As Voyager struggles to locate Seven and Tuvok, Seven is forced to fight in a Tsunkaste match in which only one fighter can leave alive.

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x15
Production Number: 232
Airdate: Wednesday February 09th, 2000

Director: Mike Vejar
Story: Gannon Kenney
Teleplay: Robert Doherty

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Jul 17, 2000
United Kingdom Jul 17, 2000

Guest Stars
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
As Champion
J.G. HertzlerJ.G. Hertzler
As Hirogen Hunter

Tarik ErginTarik Ergin
As Lt. Ayala
Main Cast
Kate MulgrewKate Mulgrew
As Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert BeltranRobert Beltran
As Commander Chakotay
Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
As Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeillRobert Duncan McNeill
As Lieutenant/Ensign Thomas Eugene "Tom" Paris
Robert PicardoRobert Picardo
As The Doctor
Tim RussTim Russ
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Tuvok
Jeri RyanJeri Ryan
As Seven Of Nine
Garrett WangGarrett Wang
As Ensign Harry Kim
Episode Notes
Jeffrey Combs and J.G. Hertzler return to the Star Trek Universe in this episode. Combs had previously played the Vorta Weyoun and J.G. Hertzler had previously played the Klingon General Martok in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, appears as a fighter in this episode. During his fight with Seven of Nine, he displays the character trademarks of his World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) persona, including the "People's Eyebrow" and the "Rock Bottom" finishing move.

The Stardate for this episode sets its before the Stardate in "Virtuoso" and, while the few previous episode's stardates are unknown, "Tsunkatse" takes place quite a few episodes earlier. According to the atlas Star Trek: Star Charts by Geoffrey Mandel, the events of this episode are set before "Fair Haven" where the crew of Voyager must ride out a wave from the collision of two neutron stars. The production number for "Tsunkatse" is 232 and it does fall before the events of the previous three episodes. However, "Fair Haven" has a production number of 231, which should set the latter before the former. According to the atlas, this does not appear to be the case.

The writing around the ring is based on Japanese katakana or "block script." Among many other uses, it is used to write out non-Chinese foreign words that the Japanese language lacks such as "news" and "computer." Japanese influences in a fighting ring have been seen before in the Star Trek Universe. In the season two episode "The Icarus Factor” of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander Riker and his father, Kyle, participate in an Anbojitsu ring that has Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) decorating the ring.

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