The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Dragon’s Teeth

After failing to negotiate passage through a network of subspace corridors, Voyager is forced to hide out on an uninhabited planet – only to discover thousands of stasis pods beneath the surface. Upon awakening the aliens, Voyager discovers that they are the original owners of the subspace corridors, and forms an alliance to help them find a new home.

Dragon’s Teeth is an episode that suffers for showing up so late in Voyager’s run. By now, we viewers are no longer wide-eyed and innocent – we know full well that when Voyager makes alliances with seemingly friendly and civilised “people like us”, they always turn out to be morally reprehensible villains. So it is here, where the Prime Directive is utterly thrown out the window as Voyager first attempts to altruistically help an alien species, before ultimately unleashing a new hostile alien race upon the galaxy. Nice going, Janeway – how many more lives will you ruin before you make it back to the Alpha Quadrant?

Points of Note

  • If the subspace corridors stretch all the way back to Neelix’s homeworld, does that mean that Voyager could have travelled all this way within a single season if they’d known about them?
  • What databases is Neelix using to research the ancient myths about the Vaadwaur? I presume they must either be from his original ship, or information that Voyager has traded for along the way. Fortunately, the Voyager computer has indexed all that data in preparation for this day.
  • Apparently, 900 years ago, the Borg were far more simplistic and less of a threat than they are now – in addition, few Borg records survive from that time. However, the Borg do have time travel, which they could potentially use to reinforce their past selves and crush all resistance. But if they did that, it just wouldn’t be fair, would it?
  • Although this episode makes it seem as if the Vaadwaur are going to be a major recurring villain, they actually only make the briefest of appearances in The Void, and are otherwise never seen again.
  • Janeway complains about the lack of a Betazoid whom she can use to see if the Vaadwaur are lying. Back in Counterpoint, there was one Betazoid aboard, Ensign Jurot. Presumably Jurot has since perished.
  • Besides, if Janeway is that concerned about telepathically obtaining the truth, just get Tuvok or Vorik to perform a mind meld.
  • B’Elanna seems much more accepting of being greeted in Klingon than she might have done even a few episodes previously. Is she coming to accept her heritage? Of course not, we still have Lineage to come.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 16

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 10

Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3

Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5

Summary – Dragon’s Teeth: In which Voyager’s new allies prove to be the bad guys. Again.

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