Episode Title: "ALLIANCES"
Production Number: 831
Original Air Date: 01-22-96
The Voyager is severely damaged in a battle with the Kazon, and Crewman Kurt Bendera is killed. Captain Janeway decides to form an alliance with a Kazon sect; she contacts 'Seska' to discuss an alliance with the Kazon-Nistrim, while Neelix takes a shuttle to Sobras, where he knows a Kazon-Pommar contact, but Neelix is thrown into a Kazon prison with a group of Trabe, who formerly oppressed the Kazon on their home planet. First Maje Jal Culluh is unreasonable and Janeway's negotiations with the Kazon-Nistrim fall apart. Neelix and his fellow prisoners are liberated by other Trabe, who return Neelix to the Voyager and propose an alliance.
At the suggestion of the Trabe, Captain Janeway calls for a peace conference with the First Majes of each Kazon sect, to be held on Sobras. Neelix subsequently learns that the Kazon-Pommar have arrested a member of the Takrit -- a band of merceneries -- who was making a sketch of the conference site. The conference is attacked by the Trabe, trying to kill the leaders of the Kazon, and Janeway terminates her alliance with the Trabe.
Voyager crewman Michael Jonas secretly contacts Rettik on 'Seska's' Kazon-Nistrim ship and offers to give them information about the Voyager.
Factoid: Kurt Bendera was a friend of Chakotay and once saved B'Elanna Torres's life near the Cardassian border.
Factoid: All the ships the Kazon use were stolen from the Trabe. The Kazon overthrew the Trabe around 30 years ago. Before the uprising, the Trabe were known as a highly evolved species; they produced scholars and artists who were widely admired, and their technology was among the finest in the Delta Quadrant.
Guest Characters: 'Seska', *Michael Jonas, *Ensign Hogan, First Maje Jal Culluh, *Rettik, *Crewman Kurt Bendera dies
Alien Races: Cardassian, *Trabe, Kazon-Hobii, Kazon-Nistrim, Kazon-Oglamar, Kazon-Mostral, Kazon-Pommar
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance