"Tsunkatse" is the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. The episode first aired on the UPN network on February 9, 2000. Directed by Mike Vejar, it was developed from a story by Gannon Kenney and turned into a teleplay by Robert Doherty. The episode featured Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a guest role as a Pendari fighter, and former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actors J. G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Combs. In this episode, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) is abducted, along with Tuvok (Tim Russ), while on a survey mission and forced by her captors to fight in an arena for the entertainment of others. The episode had originally been called "Arena", and it had been intended for Tuvok to be the one involved in the fighting instead of Seven of Nine. The crossover between Voyager and the UPN wrestling show WWF Smackdown was described as a "clever marketing ploy" by Russ, but received a negative fan reaction on broadcast. It received the highest ratings of the season, watched by 4.1 percent of all Nielsen households during sweeps month. It received mixed reviews by critics, with praise reserved for Combs and Hertzler. The fight scenes were praised by Black Belt magazine.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based in the Star Trek franchise and completes the story arc begun two films earlier. The former crew of the USS Enterprise finds Earth in grave danger from an alien probe attempting to contact humpback whales. After directing The Search for Spock, cast member Leonard Nimoy was asked to direct, and given greater freedom regarding content. Nimoy and Harve Bennett conceived a story with an environmental message and no clear-cut villain. Dissatisfied with the first screenplay, Paramount hired The Wrath of Khan writer and director Nicholas Meyer. The Voyage Home was shot extensively on location; many real settings and buildings were used as stand-ins for scenes set around and in the city of San Francisco. Special effects firm Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) assisted in postproduction and the film's special effects. The Voyage Home premiered on November 26, 1986, becoming the top-grossing film in the weekend box office. The film's humor and unconventional story were well received and it was financially successful, earning $133 million worldwide. The film earned several awards and four Academy Award nominations for its cinematography and audio.
Up until the time I was cast in Star Trek, the roles were pretty shallow—thin, stereotyped, one-dimensional roles. I knew this character was a breakthrough role, certainly for me as an individual actor but also for the image of an Asian character: no accent, a member of the elite leadership team. I was supposed to be the best helmsman in the Starfleet, No. 1 graduate in the Starfleet Academy. At that time there was the horrible stereotype about Asians being bad drivers. I was the best driver in the galaxy! So many young Asian Americans came up to me then—and still do today, although they're not that young anymore—to tell me that seeing me on their television screen made them feel so proud. I lobbied to develop the character.