Slave Labor

Story: Workforce
Written By: Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 2001

Voyager hits a mine and is leaking radiation onto the crew, the Doctor can stabilize the patients but the radiation will continue to do damage. So Janeway order escape pods, and they are eventually kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into working labor for some cruel alien race. Luckily Chakotay, Kim, and Neelix were on an away mission, and are able to fix up Voyager with the help of the Doctor (as the ECH) and save the day. Luckily it takes time so this can be dragged out to two episodes. The premise feels like a one episode kinda premise. I guess they were able to take their time with the story this way.
I did like that they slowly reveal what happened to the crew, and it just starts off with the crew working in these big factories. But I don’t care whether this crew is working factory jobs or screwing up the delta quadrant with it’s presence.

The cliffhanger is irritating. As Chakotay and Neelix are able to beam Torres back to Voyager, but when Chakotay needs an emergency beam out immediately after, some sparks fly on the bridge for no reason and they say the transporter is out. Fuck you lazy writers.