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Episodes

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Scorpion, Part II 4x01 169 51003.7 1997-09-03
The Gift 4x02 170 51008 1997-09-10
Day of Honor 4x03 172 Unknown 1997-09-17
Nemesis 4x04 171 51082.4 1997-09-24
Revulsion 4x05 173 51186.2 1997-10-01
The Raven 4x06 174 Unknown 1997-10-08
Scientific Method 4x07 175 51244.3 1997-10-29
Year of Hell 4x08 176 51268.4 1997-11-05
Year of Hell, Part II 4x09 177 51425.4 1997-11-12
Random Thoughts 4x10 178 51367.2 1997-11-19
Concerning Flight 4x11 179 51386.4 1997-11-26
Mortal Coil 4x12 180 51449.2 1997-12-17
Waking Moments 4x13 182 51471.3 1998-01-14
Message in a Bottle 4x14 181 51462 1998-01-21
Hunters 4x15 183 51501.4 1998-02-11
Prey 4x16 184 51652.3 1998-02-18
Retrospect 4x17 185 51658.2 1998-02-25
The Killing Game 4x18 186 Unknown 1998-03-04
The Killing Game, Part II 4x19 187 51715.2 1998-03-04
Vis à Vis 4x20 188 51762.4 1998-04-08
The Omega Directive 4x21 189 51781.2 1998-04-15
Unforgettable 4x22 190 51813.4 1998-04-22
Living Witness 4x23 191 Unknown 1998-04-29
Demon 4x24 192 Unknown 1998-05-06
One 4x25 193 51929.3 1998-05-13
Hope and Fear 4x26 194 51978.2 1998-05-20

Summary

Season four continued, and greatly embellished upon, the changes to the franchise already rung in by the middle to end of season three.

"Scorpion, Part II" saw the conclusion to the season three finale and, most crucially to the future of the series, the introduction of a new character, Seven of Nine. Just a single episode later, Kes departed from Voyager, not to return until the season six episode, "Fury".

Given that the newly-introduced Seven of Nine had lots of character development to catch up on compared to the other principal actors, season four could be described as the "Seven of Nine season", being as it was, heavy with episodes centering solely on Jeri Ryan's character. Relationships between Seven of Nine and all the other main characters needed to be quickly established, and so conflict between Seven and B'Elanna Torres was introduced in "Day of Honor", and Harry Kim's infatuation with Seven became a hallmark of the season in "Revulsion". The Doctor, for so long a student under Kes' tutelage, turned teacher to Seven in "Prey", kinship with Tuvok was explored in "Hunters", and quintessential to the remainder of the series, Seven's relationship with Janeway took center-stage in "The Gift", and the season finale, "Hope and Fear". However, with audience figures ballooning, it appeared that the producers of Voyager had finally found a character that appealed to the crucial 16-24 year old male demographic, and at this point, nobody was complaining.

Prior to season four, story writers had given Voyager six thwarted opportunities to return to the Alpha Quadrant, aside from the series premiere "Caretaker". However, as the series continued to mature, episodes presenting the Voyager crew with the possibility of returning home were absent throughout season four, until the finale "Hope and Fear". Instead, making large jumps closer to Earth became a regular occurrence. Kes' "gift" at the start of the season provided Voyager with its first big jump (knocking 10,000 light years or 10 years off their journey), and these "jumps" would continue through the following three seasons. As a consequence, relatively few opportunities to return to Earth in one "giant leap" were presented, with season five's "Timeless", season seven's "Inside Man" and the series finale "Endgame" being notable exceptions.

Alongside this change of pace, the concept of the crew as "family", and Voyager as "home" continued to gain prominence, and script writers clearly made a conscious effort to include these references into their scripts. Examples of this can be found scattered throughout most episodes in season four.

"So, how's the newest member of our family?"

- Janeway, to The Doctor ("The Gift")

"This ship has become our home, it's part of our family. As illogical as this sounds, I feel as close to Voyager as I do to any member of my crew. It's carried us Tuvok, even nurtured us, and right now it needs one of us."

- Janeway, to Tuvok ("Year of Hell, Part II")

"We do not stand alone. We are in the arms of family"

- Tuvok, to the Crew ("Mortal Coil")

"It's time to meet your new family."

- Janeway, to Harry Kim ("Demon")

Other notable developments in season four included the cementing of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres' relationship in "Day of Honor", the season three hinted at conflict with the Krenim, and the opening of Voyager's new astrometrics lab in "Year of Hell", as well as the appearance of "grey mode" in "Demon", with all Voyager's non-essential functions shut down to conserve power reserves.

However, one of the single biggest developments for the series arc as a whole occurs mid-way through the season in "Message in a Bottle", when the Doctor is transported back to the Alpha Quadrant using alien technology, and Voyager finally makes contact with Starfleet. Voyager's use of the alien technology has unforeseen consequences however, as the crew are introduced to the Hirogen, a hunting species who would re-assert themselves throughout the remainder of the season in "Hunters", and "The Killing Game". By the end of the series, the Hirogen joined the Kazon, the Borg, and the Vidiians as one of the chosen few species to interact regularly with Voyager and contribute significantly to its overall journey.

It is fair to say that by mid-season four, the introduction of Seven of Nine, the departure of Kes, and the opening of the new astrometrics lab meant that Voyager had quickly become very different from what had gone before in the previous three seasons.

Background Information

See also

Credits

Cast

Though not a regular in season 4, Jennifer Lien was credited as "Also Starring" in "Scorpion, Part II" and "The Gift".

Crew

Executive Producers
Rick Berman, Jeri Taylor
Associate Producer
Dawn Velazquez
Executive Story Editor
Lisa Klink
Music by
Dennis McCarthy
Director of Photography
Marvin V. Rush, ASC
Production Designer
Richard D. James
Editor
Daryl Baskin
Unit Production Manager
Brad Yacobian
First Assistant Director
Adele Simmons
Second Assistant Director
Arlene Fukai
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson, CSA, Ron Surma
Original Casting by
Nan Dutton, CSA
Casting Executive
Helen Mossler, CSA
Costume Designer
Robert Blackman
Set Decorator
Jim Mees
Visual Effects Producer
Dan Curry
Visual Effects Supervisor
David Takemura
Scenic Art Supervisor/Technical Consultant
Michael Okuda
Senior Illustrator/Technical Consultant
Rick Sternbach
Make-Up Designer/Make-Up Supervisor
Michael Westmore
Art Director
Louise Dorton
Set Designer
Greg Hooper
Assistant Editor
Keith Dabney
Visual Effects Coordinator
A.Y. Dexter Delara
Visual Effects Assistant Editor
Elizabeth Castro
Visual Effects Associate
Chad Zimmerman
Script Supervisor
Cosmo Genovese
Special Effects
Dick Brownfield
Property Master
Alan Sims
Construction Coordinator
Al Smutko
Scenic Artist
Wendy Drapanas
Video Supervisor
Denise Okuda
Hair Designer
Josée Normand
Make-Up Artists
Natalie Wood, Tina Hoffman, Scott Wheeler
Hair Stylists
Suzan Bagdadi, Charlotte A. Gravenor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Carol Kunz
Sound Mixer
Alan Bernard, CAS
Camera Operator
Judd Kehl
Chief Lighting Technician
Bill Peets
First Company Grip
Randy Burgess
Key Costumers
Kimberley Shull, Jamie Thomas
Music Editor
Gerry Sackman
Supervising Sound Editor
Bill Wistrom
Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Jim Wolvington
Sound Editors
Masanobu Tomita, T. Ashley Harvey, Dale Chaloukian
Production Coordinator
Diane Overdiek
Post Production Coordinator
April Rossi
Production Associates
David Rossi, Kristina Kochoff, Sandra Sena
Pre-Production Coordinator
Lolita Fatjo
Assistant to Producers
Michael O'Halloran
Stunt Coordinator
Dennis Madalone
Science Consultant
André Bormanis
Main Title Design by
Dan Curry

Companies

Main Title Design by
Santa Barbara Studios
Post Production Sound
Modern Sound
Filmed with
Panavision cameras and lenses
Motion Control Photography
Image "G"
Digital Optical Effects
Digital Magic
Special Video Compositing
CIS Hollywood
Editing Facilities
Unitel Video
Computer Generated Effects
Foundation Imaging


Previous Season:
VOY Season 3
Seasons of
Star Trek: Voyager
Next Season:
VOY Season 5

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