Voyager encounters another ship that got stranded in the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker, and hasn’t had anywhere near as easy a time with it. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch ends season five with “Equinox.”
In addition, I must sing the praises of the performances. Besides Savage and Welliver, Olivia Birkelund does an excellent job with the emotionally damaged Gilmore, as does Robert Beltran in his interactions with her as Chakotay. Roxann Dawson banters beautifully with Welliver, and Kate Mulgrew’s slow burn as she goes from rescuer to fellow captain to captain who disagrees with Ransom and has to pull rank to get him in line to his captor is a sight to see. It’s in this last mode that that slow burn turns into an inferno, as Janeway is (understandably) pissed. And Robert Picardo is superb as two different versions of the EMH. I especially love the casual way the EMH-E says that his ethical subroutines were deleted right before he knocks the mobile emitter off his counterpart’s arm.