Monday, August 06, 2012

My Voyager Crush

UPDATE: It appears Ensign Mulcahey was portrayed by Todd Babcock! It appears Voyager was one of his early roles, according to this IMDb page!

It all started innocently enough... I was watching an episode of Star Trek Voyager when a Transporter Operator caught my eye. Voyager was very good at reusing background extras in their proper roles. In the first season Engineering officer Hogan got a lot of screen time as well as the traitorous Bajoran-turned-Cardassian Seska, in addition to a few others. As soon as the Transporter Operator spoke, I knew he wasn't going to be one of the background extras... He'd probably have a little bit to do, since he actually had lines!

"I've got a partial lock on them, but unless the shuttle clears the nebula..." Ensign Mulcahey says, readying his hands for the move to the familiar three slider control that has been a hallmark of every Star Trek Federation Transporter Console.

"It won't, they've lost propulsion." says Commander Chakotay.

"Then it's going to be a rough transport." sighs Ensign Mulcahey. You can only see him from the side here, but he looks very cute!

"Energize." Commander Chakotay orders.

A very cool shot from the transporter platform showing Voyager's transporter effect, Mulcahey hard at work, and Chakotay looking worried. Mulcahey is very small at this distance.

Another shot of the sparkly bits still sparkling, indicating a problem with the reintegration sequence.

"I'm having trouble separating their patterns." says Mulcahey.

Chakotay orders Mulcahey to reset the pattern buffers. We get a much better shot and yes, you can clearly see this is one Ensign you do not want wearing red. And great, he's in gold! Except gold is Security, Operations, and Engineering in the 24th century. Uh-oh... I'm getting a bad feeling about this.

Mulcahey resets the pattern buffers, which to me, would indicate they've reset the patterns of the people they were transporting, but I guess Chakotay means something else. Perhaps he shouldn't be telling an Engineer how to deal with Transporter problems... Command is Chakotay's thing, not Engineering. I'm just sayin'... Ensign Mulcahey knew what to do, even if the CO was wrong.

"Their signals are clearing." More full frontal! A very handsome man indeed!

Commander Chakotay still looks worried.

Mulcahey and Torres work as the Doctor experiences a problem with his mobile emitter. Chakotay looks annoyed and worried, and a little bit like my Grandpa.

After transferring the Doctor's program back to Sickbay, B'Elanna and Ensign McCutie... Mulcahey take the mobile emitter to the Science Lab and start a diagnostic.

She tells Mulcahey to come and check on it first thing in the morning.

Mulcahey replies a bit sarcastically, "I'll be here bright and early."
First thing in the morning, Ensign Mulcahey goes to the Science Lab, where the lights have gone green. Arming himself with a Tricorder, he approaches the source of the green light and we get our best look yet at this handsome fellow! Ensign Mulcahey, I'm sounding a Red Alert! You need to report to my quarters immediately!

As Mulcahey gets closer, Borg tublues spring from the console and puncture him in the neck, like some kind of 24th century vampire. The next time we see Mulcahey is when he's unconscious on the floor of the Science Lab. And that's the end of him. I'm sure he made a full recovery as the Borg extraction tubules were sampling his DNA, rather than trying to assimilate him. Regardless, he was never seen at the Transporter controls again. Darn.

As for the rest of the episode, an advanced 29th Century Borg baby composed of Seven of Nine's Nanoprobes, the Doctor's Mobile Emitter, and Ensign Mulcahey's DNA, is developing in a home-made Borg maturation chamber. The Super Borg baby quickly develops and forges a friendship with the crew of Voyager.

Then a 24th Century Borg ship drops in to say hello and Commander Chakotay looks worried, again.
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