Caretaker

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48315.6: A starship controlled by the Maquis mysteriously disappears in the Badlands, a charged energy field near the demilitarized zone, after being pursued by a Cardassian ship. U.S.S. Voyager, commanded by Captain Janeway, is dispatched from DS9 to the Badlands to find out where the Maquis ship went, especially since a Starfleet security operative, Vulcan Lt. Tuvok, was aboard. Arriving in the Badlands, the Voyager is scanned by an unknown presence and then ripped out of the Alpha Quadrant by a subspace phenomenon that causes heavy damage and kills many of the crew. Voyager ends up in an unexplored part of the galaxy where the first thing the crew sees is an enegry collection array. While repairs are being made, Janeway and her crew are kidnapped from the ship via transporter and deposited in a virtual reality, the inhabitants of which conduct experiments on the Alpha Quadrant visitors and then return them – minus helmsman Ensign Kim. Making contact with the Maquis crew commanded by Chakotay, Janeway discovers that the same tests were forced upon the renegades and that one of their number has also been abducted. A tenuous truce is arranged so that both crews can recover their missing comrades. Ensign Kim and Maquis engineer B’Elanna Torres, in the meantime, have been beamed to the planet Ocampa, a barren wasteland of a world whose short-lived inhabitants live underground. There they are attended to by the Ocampa, who have been instructed by the Caretaker to look after the two visitors since they have somehow become infected with a terminal illness. Voyager’s crew track their missing comrades to Ocampa and encounter the scavenger Neelix, who offers to be the crew’s guide through this part of space. His knowledge of the local area is invaluable, such as the revelation that water is a rarity and is valuable currency here. The crew is also introduced to the Kazons, who roam the surface of Ocampa foraging a meager existence. They hand over a captive Ocampa named Kes in exchange for some water from Voyager. Shortly after Kes leads the crew to Kim and Torres, the energy array shuts down after transmitting a final burst of power to Ocampa.

The Kazons make a gambit to claim the array for themselves, but Chakotay and Tom Paris, a dishonored former Maquis member aboard Voyager, battle the scavengers off with their respective starships as Janeway and Tuvok beam to the array and find the elderly and dying Caretaker, whose race accidentally destroyed the Ocampan ecosphere and then built the subterranean habitat and the power array so the Ocampa could survive. The Caretaker must be succeeded by another and has been trying to find a replacement for decades, but so far all of those tested for their suitability – such as Kim and Torres – have not proven adequate to the task. The Caretaker decides to set the array to self-destruct to avoid allowing the Ocampa to be enslaved by the Kazons. In the fierce battle with the Kazons, Chakotay’s Maquis ship is destroyed when he rams it into the lead Kazon ship, which then collides with the array, disabling the self-destruct sequence. Janeway beams back to the Voyager and destroys the array herself, though it could have sent her and her crew back to the Alpha Quadrant. The Kazons swear vengeance should they encounter Voyager again. With the surviving members of the Maquis and Starfleet crews both safely aboard Voyager – and with Kes and Neelix in tow – the ship sets a course back home, E.T.A.: 75 years…

Season 1 Regular Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Biggs-Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim)

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story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway
series theme by Jerry Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Basil Langton (The Caretaker), Gavin O’Herlihy (Jabin), Scott Jaeck (Commander Cavit), Angela Paton (Aunt Adah), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alicia Coppola (Lieutenant Stadi), Bruce French (Ocampa Doctor), Jennifer Parsons (Ocampa Nurse), David Selburg (Toscat), Jeff McCarthy (Human Doctor), Stan Ivar (Mark), Scott MacDonald (Rollins), Josh Clark (Carey), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Keely Sims (Farmer’s Daughter), Eric David Johnson (Daggin), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: This was easily the most troubled Star Trek series pilot since The Cage was rejected in 1965 by NBC. Internal problems in mounting Paramount’s new network made the show’s future uncertain as to whether it would be a network production or syndicated. (An earlier attempt to launch a Paramount network, with Star Trek: Phase II starring William Shatner and much of the original crew as the network’s cornerstone program, was aborted in the late 1970s.) Academy Award-winning French Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold then accepted the role of Janeway, only to resign from the show three days into filming due to the hectic pace of TV production and, according to some sources, a disagreement with director Winrich Kolbe. At this point, forces within Viacom tried to exert pressure to make Janeway a male character, having resisted the suggestion of a female lead all along. Other voices in the executive ranks suggested – since the other shows comprising Paramount’s new network were even further behind schedule than “Voyager” – that the ever more problematic gestation of the fifth network should be ended, lest the network take to the air and fail, taking dozens of new affiliate stations with it. In the space of a week, Kate Mulgrew was cast for the role as production continued with the cast and crew trying to maneuver around the lack of a captain in the meantime. The theme for the show’s opening titles was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who had scored the first and fifth Trek movies, the theme from which was also adapted to serve as the score for Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Goldsmith’s latest entry into Trek’s otherwise drab musical canon later won the Emmy for main theme music in September 1995.) The show premiered on schedule on UPN.

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Parallax

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48439.7: B’Elanna Torres faces the prospect of a court-martial after hitting Carey, the senior surviving member of Voyager’s engineering crew, and Janeway balks when Chakotay nominates Torres for the position of chief engineer. Before a choice can be made, Voyager encounters a quantum singularity that appears to have trapped a ship. After an attempt to snag the distant derelict with the tractor beam, Voyager is forced to back off as the crew hatches alternate plans to retrieve the other ship. At Chakotay’s insistence, Janeway includes Torres in the process, and B’Elanna manages to come up with a working theory that the other ship is Voyager, already trapped in the singularity. If she can manage to free the ship from the phenomenon, B’Elanna may prove herself adequate to the task of becoming Voyager’s chief engineer.

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story by Jim Trombetta
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Martha Hackett (Seska), Josh Clark (Carey), Justin Williams (Jarvin)

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Time And Again

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Exploring a planet which has very recently been rendered uninhabitable by a global disaster, Janeway and Paris are separated from the rest of their away team and somehow find themselves in the same place, but hours before the cataclysm that consumed the planet’s entire civilization. Their attempts to remain anonymous while trying to find a way back to their own present land them in the middle of a protest against a polaric energy plant, which may be the cause of the world’s destruction. At first, Janeway is adamant that the Prime Directive be adhered to, but when she discovers the possibility that her presence may have caused the disaster in the first place, the captain decides to set aside Starfleet’s first rule.

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story by David Kemper
directed by Les Landau
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Nicolas Surovy (Makul), Jeff Polis (Nitot), Brady Bluhm (Atika), Ryan MacDonald (Shopkeeper), Steve Vaught (Officer), Jerry Spicer (Guard)

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Phage

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48532.4: Searching for deposits of refinable dilithium, Voyager stops off at a moon, where Chakotay, Kim and Neelix beam to the surface. It turns out that this moon is not uninhabited. A group of aliens there seem to have left a dilithium trail, and one of them attacks Neelix. When the others come to his aid, Neelix’s lungs have been removed, and only some innovative but risky gambles taken by Voyager’s holographic doctor can keep him barely alive. The aliens flee the moon in their own ship, and Janeway orders a pursuit. It turns out that the attackers are simply trying to survive themselves, their species all but wiped out by a deadly disease. Their only hope for survival is to take working organs from others – and they cannot return to lungs to Neelix, for they have already been used.

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story by Timothy de Haas
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Cully Frederickson (Deleth), Stephen B. Rappaport (Motura), Martha Hackett (Seska), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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The Cloud

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48546.2: Investigating a nebula whose energy currents could replenish the ship’s engines and other systems, Voyager penetrates the gases of the nebula, which turns out to be a huge life form. The ship’s entry injures the creature, and Voyager barely makes it back into open space intact. Though it will further deplete the ship’s energy reserves, Janeway feels that the crew is obligated to return to the nebula-entity and repair the damage caused by Voyager’s intrusion.

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story by Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Angela Dohrman (Ricky), Judy Geeson (Sandrine), Larry A. Hankin (Gaunt Gary), Luigi Amodeo (The Gigolo)

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Eye Of The Needle

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48579.4: Harry’s sensor sweeps for space anomalies detect a wormhole which Janeway diverts Voyager off course to investigate. Though a probe is able to determine that the wormhole leads homeward to the Alpha Quadrant, the wormhole is too small to travel through. When the probe is scanned by a ship on the other side, the crew begin using it as a relay satellite and make contact with a Romulan ship. Though the Romulan captain is skeptical of Janeway’s claim that Voyager is in the Delta Quadrant, he eventually realizes the truth and offers to help transmit messages home. Later, B’Elanna discovers a possible way to beam through the wormhole to the Romulan ship, but this method of returning to the Alpha Quadrant is halted by an unforseeable problem.

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story by Hilary J. Bader
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Telek), Tom Virtue (Lt. Baxter)

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Ex Post Facto

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Kim returns alone in a shuttle from a trip to Benea which he made with Tom Paris. After getting entangled with a scientist’s wife, and by all accounts murdering the scientist in question, Paris has been sentenced to relive the crime from the victim’s point of view every 14 hours. Janeway, despite Tom’s admittedly less-than-exemplary record, needs to know for herself if Tom is guilty of the crime. When it turns out that the Benean punishment is reacting badly to Tom’s human physiology, he is taken back to Voyager. Mysteries begin to pile up – why are the neighboring warlike Numiri attacking Voyager? And who really committed the murder? The answers can only come from one source – Tuvok must mind-meld with Paris to experience the forced reenactment of the incident himself.

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story by Evan Carlos Somers
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Robin McKee (Lidell), Francis Guinan (Minister Kray), Aaron Lustig (Professor Ren), Ray Reinhardt (Benean Doctor), Henry Brown (Numiri Captain)

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Emanations

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48623.5: Investigating the possibility of a new element detected in the rocky bodies comprising a planet’s ring system, an away team beams down to one of the asteroids and finds the ground littered with dead bodies encased in a residual shell. As the away team conducts a visual survey – at Chakotay’s request to avoid desecrating the ritually-disposed-of deceased – a subspace phenomenon occurs, prompting an emergency beam-out. But when the away team transports back to Voyager, Kim doesn’t return, his place taken by a newly-arrived body. Harry finds himself among a race of ritualistic people who believe he has returned from their afterlife, and is constantly besieged with questions about “the next emanation.” An alien named Patera, in the meantime, is revived aboard Voyager. She finds herself losing faith in the possibility of the next life, while Harry is the subject of intense curiosity and study by Patera’s people.

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directed by David Livingston
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Guest Cast: Jerry Hardin (Dr. Neria), Jefrey Alan Chandler (Hatia), Cecile Callan (Patera), Martha Hackett (Seska), Robin Groves (Hatia’s Wife)

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Prime Factors

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48642.5: Voyager is intercepted by a ship from Sakarris, an planet with an advanced culture renowned for its hospitality; Sakarran magistrate Gath offers an extended visit to his planet, which Janeway accepts. During this visit, Harry finds out that the Sakarrans have developed transportation technology that could send Voyager at least halfway home, if not all the way. But the Sakarrans have their own rule – much like Starfleet’s Prime Directive – that will not permit them to share this technology with less advanced cultures. However, a faction on Sakarris is willing to exchange a sample of their trajector with Voyager’s crew in exchange for something only the outsiders can offer. Janeway will not conduct an unofficial or illegal exchange, but she finds out that there are those among her crew who will.

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story by David R. George III and Eric A. Stillwell
directed by Les Landau
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Ronald Guttman (Gath), Yvonne Suhor (Eudana), Andrew Hill Newman (Jaret), Martha Hackett (Seska), Josh Clark (Carey)

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State Of Flux

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A visit to the surface of a habitable planet becomes less than routine when a Kazon ship is detected nearby. All away teams are recalled to Voyager, but Seska can’t be found. Chakotay finds her in a cave nearby, where the two of them are attacked by Kazons but escape. The Kazon ship is sending a distress signal, and despite her own misgivings and Neelix’s warnings, Janeway sends an away team to the ship. It is discovered that the Kazons somehow acquired some Federation technology and suffered a fatal accident while trying to install it on their ship. Other Kazon ships are on the way, and Janeway faces the possibility that someone aboard Voyager has decided to ally themselves with the enemy.

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story by Paul Robert Coyle
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Martha Hackett (Seska), Josh Clark (Carey), Anthony DeLongis (First Maje Kuloff)

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Heroes and Demons

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48693.2: As Voyager passes near a protostar, Janeway and Torres try to beam some samples of its photonic material aboard. When they try to enlist Harry’s help in studying it, they find that he has disappeared from the ship. Chakotay and Tuvok go to where Harry was last found – the holodeck – and try to learn what happened to their comrade by interacting with Harry’s Beowulf holodeck program. Even Chakotay and Tuvok vanish when Grendel comes to ravage the Hall Heorot. Someone needs to venture into the holodeck to find where the missing crewmen are going, or if they’re still alive. Into Hrothgar’s keep steps a new warrior, the only member of Voyager’s crew immune to the threat of being snatched out of the holodeck. The affair of Grendel was made known to him on his native soil; space travelers said that this hall, best of holo-scenarios, stands empty and useless to all warriors after the evening light becomes hidden beneath the cover of the sky. Therefore his people – or specifically Captain Janeway – advised that he should investigate because they know what his strength can accomplish…but can the holographic doctor grapple with something other than a medical emergency?

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Guest Cast: Marjorie Monaghan (Freya), Christopher Neame (Unferth), Michael Keenan (Hrothgar)

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(featuring a paraphrase from the 1966 English translation of “Beowulf” by Prof. M.H. Abrams, based on F. Klaeber’s third edition in 1950)

Cathexis

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48734.2: Tuvok and Chakotay barely survive an alien attack within a dark matter nebula they were exploring. Chakotay is returned to Voyager in a brain-dead state, but Tuvok recovers. After numerous acts of sabotage prevent Janeway from taking Voyager into the nebula to investigate, it becomes evident that an alien consciousness is loose aboard the ship, moving from person to person in order to keep Voyager out of the nebula. Another presence then makes itself known, this one hell-bent on taking the ship into danger.

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story by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Brian Markinson (Durst), Michael Cumpsty (Lord Burleigh), Carolyn Seymour (Mrs. Templeton), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Faces

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48784.2: An away team left to explore a planetoid has been captured by the phage-ravaged Vidiians, who are seeking alien genes resistant to the disease for incorportation into the Vidiians’ own genetic structure. In one experiment, Vidiian surgeon Sulan splits B’Elanna into two entirely separate beings, one Klingon, the other human. B’Elanna’s human side is timid and weak compared to her powerful warrior half, who escapes from Sulan’s lab. A gamble by Chakotay pays off in rescuing the surviving crew members from the Vidiians, but B’Elanna – despite her desire to be free of her hot-tempered Klingon half – will die unless she is reintegrated.

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story by Jonathan Glassner and Kenneth Biller
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Brian Markinson (Sulan/Durst), Rob LaBelle (Talaxian Prisoner), Barton Tinapp (Guard #1)

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Jetrel

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48840.5: An alien ship contacts Voyager and asks for Neelix by name; when the party seeking Neelix turns out to be a Haakonian named Jetrel, Neelix reacts badly. Jetrel was a scientist who developed the metreon cascade, an immensely powerful weapon that destroyed 300,000 Talaxians – including Neelix’s family – during a war with the Haakonians fifteen years ago. Jetrel announces that Neelix could be suffering from a terminal condition resulting from minimal exposure to the metreon cascade, and offers to try to study him to find a cure. But Neelix wants no part of easing Jetrel’s conscience.

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story by Scott Nimerfro & Jim Thomton
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: James Sloyan (Jetrel), Larry Hankin (Gaunt Gary)

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Learning Curve

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48846.5: After a Maquis officer named Dalby breaks with procedure and replaces a faulty bioneural circuit without reporting the malfunction, Janeway assigns Tuvok – himself a former instructor at Starfleet Academy – to bring Dalby and a handful of other problematic Maquis up to speed on Starfleet protocol. This task proves more daunting than Tuvok could have imagined, since even the most worrisome Academy cadets at least wanted to be in Starfleet. Despite an order from Chakotay to learn the Starfleet ropes, Dalby and his fellow trainees are determined not to learn a thing – until their lives depend on it.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Armand Schultz (Dalby), Derek McGrath (Chell), Kenny Morrison (Geron), Catherine MacNeal (Henley), Thomas Dekker (Henry), Lindsey Haun (Beatrice), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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