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Star Trek: VOY episode
"Dragon's Teeth"
ST-VOY 6 07.jpg
Voyager surfs through a subspace corridor
Episode no. 127
Prod. code 225
Airdate November 10, 1999
Writer(s) Michael Taylor
Director Winrich Kolbe
Guest star(s) Jeff Allin as Gedrin
Ron Fassler as Morin
Robert Knepper as Gaul
Bob Stillman as Turai
Mimi Craven as Jisa
Scarlett Pomers as Naomi Wildman
Year 2376
Stardate 53167.9
Episode chronology
Previous "Riddles"
Next "One Small Step"

"Dragon's Teeth" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the seventh episode of the sixth season. The episode has an average rating of 3.6/5 on the official Star Trek website (as of November 29, 2007).[1]

The episode name refers to the Greek legend of dragon's teeth, where the teeth of a slain dragon were sown into the battlefield. The teeth sprouted up into an army of warriors, who continued to fight.

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Plot

Voyager inadvertently trespasses into subspace corridors under the control of the Turei. The Turei demand access to Voyager's computers in order to wipe out all information concerning the corridors, which Captain Janeway declines. The Turei vessel respond by firing on Voyager, crippling the ship and forcing it to land on a nearby planet. The planet is the home world of the Vaadwaur, the ancient enemy of the Turei. The crew of the Voyager discover several hundred Vaadwaur in stasis tubes; they awaken the Vaadwaur and are told how the Vaadwaur were the victims of the aggressive Turei and their allies. Voyager plans a joint venture to escape the planet and the Turei fleet now orbiting it. After Neelix discovers that the name 'Vaadwaur' appears in his people's ancient language as a word for 'foolish', the crew learn of the Vaadwaur's violent past; it was in fact the Vaadwaur who were the aggressive species, and they are plotting to become the dominant species in the region once again. Captain Janeway realizes what the Vaadwaur are planning, so she decides to limit the number of armed ships they would use in the operation. The Vaadwaur reply by attacking Voyager with several squadrons of attack craft.

Voyager dodges through a wrecked cityscape while firing multiple phaser beams at its swarm of attackers.
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Battle

Voyager is forced to make a rapid ascent through the planet's atmosphere, while under heavy fire from the Vaadwaur fighters. Despite poor sensor performance and eventual battle damage to the targeting sensors—which forces a switch to manual targeting—Voyager performs amazing feats of targeting during the battle, scoring direct hits even when firing three arrays simultaneously. Voyager, although formidable, is nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of Vaadwaur vessels. Voyager contacts the Turei forces orbiting the planet and assists them in targeting the Vaadwaur ships, giving them time to get out of the planets thermosphere and engage warp drive. The Turei and Vaadwaur fleets are left to battle each other.

Aftermath

Seven of Nine noted before the conclusion of the episode that 53 Vaadwaur ships were able to avoid the Turei and escape through the subspace corridors. Captain Janeway said that given their aggressive nature, Voyager may not have seen the last of the Vaadwaur.

Trivia

  • Footage of the Turei orbital bombardment of Vaadwaur cities was later reused in the opening credits of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" to represent an attack by the Terran Empire.
  • One of the Vaadwaur vessels appears in the episode The Void.

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