Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Helping a wounded Hirogen, Janeway finds that their prey has boarded Voyager, a member of species 8472.


Allan Eastman


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
Clint Carmichael ... Hirogen Hunter
Tony Todd ... Alpha Hirogen


Helping a wounded Hirogen, Janeway finds that their prey has boarded Voyager, a member of species 8472.

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species 8472 | 24th century | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

18 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Janeway lectures Seven of Nine that "it is wrong to sacrifice another being to save our own lives," that is exactly what she did in Season 2's "Tuvix", where she forces Tuvix to sacrifice his life to restore those of Tuvok and Neelix (of course, she defended that choice by stating that Tuvix was the result of a transporter accident, and was therefore less entitled to exist). See more »


Harry Kim stated that Seven of Nine was accessing transporter control from Deck 5. Actually - she was on Deck 11. See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: I realize it may be difficult for you to help save this creature's life. But part of becoming human is learning to have compassion for those who are suffering - even when they're your bitter enemies.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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alien vs predator

Sorry, Species 8472 vs Hirogen

I will disagree with other reviews about the sense of Cpt Janeway - species 8472, despite the peril it poses, deserves some compassion, at least as a dramatic device. Describing it as pure evil was unfair - in general, non-humanoid species are rare enough in Star Trek, and usually shown as xenophobic (probably to explain why they are not around much).

Anyway, the episode was quite good, except of course for the captain's hypocrisy (or, better, the writers' disregard for continuity): she is unwilling to sacrifice the hunted alien even if it saves the whole of Voyager, but no one is there to remind her of that time she killed a guy called Tuvix.

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