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Star Trek: VOY episode
"Tsunkatse"
ST-VOY 6 15.jpg
Seven gets ready to fight
Episode no. 135
Prod. code 232
Airdate February 9, 2000
Writer(s) Robert Doherty
Director Mike Vejar
Guest star(s) Dwayne Johnson as Champion
Jeffrey Combs as Penk
J. G. Hertzler as Hirogen Hunter
Year 2376
Stardate 53447.2
Episode chronology
Previous "Memorial"
Next "Collective"

"Tsunkatse" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 15th episode of the sixth season.

Plot

While on shoreleave, Chakotay and Torres attend a Tsunkatse match in a nearby alien world. In the meantime, Captain Janeway is off touring a planet in a neighboring system. However, before Chakotay can attend another match, he first must get another crewmember to cover his duties. Meanwhile, Seven of Nine and Tuvok ask Chakotay if they can study a micro-nebula on an away mission. Chakotay grants them permission, telling them that they can spend their shoreleave in whatever manner they choose.

While in the shuttle, Seven of Nine and Tuvok are captured by an alien vessel. An alien named Penk welcomes Seven of Nine to Tsunkatse, telling her that she is going to be a very popular attraction. Seven demands to see Tuvok, who was injured when their shuttle was hit.

While attending to Tuvok, Seven of Nine tells Penk that she has no intention of participating in his game. However, Seven agrees to fight for Tuvok in exchange for his medical care.

Back on Voyager, Chakotay, Kim, Paris and Torres engage in a conversation about boxing and fighting matches. And the Doctor tries to get Neelix to go with him to the Norcadian Museum of Entomology instead of attending the Tsunkatse matches with Chakotay.

At the match, Chakotay, Kim, Paris and Neelix are shocked to discover that Seven of Nine, dressed in an alien fight suit, is the challenger of the Tsunkatse match. Seven tells her opponent in the ring that she doesn't want to fight. Meanwhile, Chakotay leads the others through the crowd, struggling to get closer to the pit.

From Voyager, Torres calls Chakotay looking for an update on the match. Chakotay tells her what's going on and instructs her to beam Seven out. However, Torres is unsuccessful because she thinks that Seven's lifesigns are masked somehow.

Torres tells Chakotay that the figures in the pit are photonic, or holographic projections that are being transmitted from a different location. Drawing back his arm, the Champion swings at Seven who falls to the ground.

In the meantime from the Delta Flyer, Captain Janeway asks Chakotay and Torres for an update. And while Seven of Nine is nursing her injuries, Penk tells her that he is entering her in the Red Match, where only one of the opponents leaves the ring alive. Penk's sidekick The Hunter promises to train Seven for the match. He reminds her that there are no individuals in Tsunkatse, only prey.

Continuing the effort to rescue Seven of Nine, the Norcadian Ambassador tells Neelix that he will begin an immediate investigation. However, Neelix is not convinced that the Ambassador has nothing to do with the fact that friendly aliens are being forced to compete in Tsunkatse matches against their will.

Torres tells Chakotay that they were having trouble isolating the source of the transmissions because they never seemed to be coming from the same place. They realized that the transmissions are emanating from a ship that is protected from neutronic weaponry.

Back on the alien ship, Seven is instructed to rest before her match. Just as the match is about to begin, Seven is shocked when The Hunter enters the ring. The Hunter tells Seven that he was training her so that she could kill him and give him an honorable death.

Meanwhile, Voyager finally tracks down the Tsunkatse Vessel. Chakotay tells Penk that they only have 30 seconds to return Seven and Tuvok before Voyager begins firing. Back in the ring, Seven tries to convince The Hunter that they both should refuse to fight. Voyager and the Tsunkatse Vessel begin to exchange fire, allowing the crew to beam Tuvok over. However, they are unable to get a lock on Seven's individual positioning, and instead beam both Seven and The Hunter onto Voyager.

Back on Voyager, Paris instructs The Hunter to step away from Seven. Chakotay tells The Hunter that a Hirogen hunting party has agreed to meet with them. The Hunter discloses his gratefulness to the crew and tells them that he plans to look for his son.

Casting

This episode featured former WWE wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as one of the fighters, a Pendari, in full make-up, but still retaining mobility enough in his face to identify himself with his trademark raised eyebrow. During his match against Seven of Nine, he performs one of his signature moves from his WWE career, the 'Rock Bottom,' as well as a more standard wrestling move called the 'clothesline.'

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Star Trek: VOY episode
"Tsunkatse"

Seven gets ready to fight
Episode no. 135
Prod. code 232
Airdate February 9, 2000
Writer(s) Robert Doherty
Director Mike Vejar
Guest star(s) Dwayne Johnson as Champion
Jeffrey Combs as Penk
J. G. Hertzler as Hirogen Hunter
Year 2376
Stardate 53447.2
Episode chronology
Previous "Memorial"
Next "Collective"

"Tsunkatse" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 15th episode of the sixth season.

Plot

Seven of Nine and Tuvok's shuttle is attacked, and an explosive device is transported on board. Tuvok sets it off when he attempts to defuse it, and the resulting explosion causes them to lose consciousness. When Seven later regains consciousness, she finds that they are held in captivity on an alien vessel. Tuvok has sustained heavy injuries resulting from the explosion on the shuttle, and Seven is forced to compete in an alien kickboxing sport called Tsunkatse to earn the right for medical treatment in order to save Tuvok's life.

Seven is scheduled to compete in a "red" match (a match to the death) and a fellow Hirogen prisoner offers to train her. Seven is forced to make a choice to succumb to her own reservations and fears about killing her opponent, or giving in to her survival instinct and eliminate her opponent (the Hirogen who trained her) in order to survive.

Seven and Tuvok are eventually rescued by the combined effort of the Voyager crew and Captain Janeway in the Delta Flyer before the Tsunkatse match can be concluded, resulting in the unexpected rescue of the Hirogen prisoner with whom Seven had been fighting.

Casting

This episode featured former WWE wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as one of the fighters, a Pendari, in full make-up, but still retaining mobility enough in his face to identify himself with his trademark raised eyebrow. During his match against Seven of Nine, he performs one of his signature moves from his WWE career, the 'Rock Bottom,' as well as a more standard wrestling move called the 'clothesline.'

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