Stardate 54868.6: A First Contact Day celebration – commemorating the anniversary of humanity’s first encounter with the Vulcans – is interrupted by an unexpected discovery. A colony of Talaxians has been detected living on a barren asteroid. Neelix is eager to visit them, as he may never get to see another of his own kind as Voyager speeds toward the Alpha Quadrant. But when the Talaxians greet the away team – including Neelix – with disdain for their weapons and “violent” way of life, the reunion doesn’t go as planned. Neelix discovers that the Talaxians have been mining the asteroid for aliens who are practically using them as slave labor – and who intend to dispose of the colony by destroying the asteroid. Neelix attempts to persuade his fellow Talaxians that this situation warrants abandoning their traditionally pacifist stance on conflict, and even helps them strike the first blow against their overseers. But this is merely the opening volley in what is likely to be an ongoing fight – and Neelix may have to leave Voyager in order to continue helping his people.
Guest Cast: Rob Labelle (Oxilon), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Julianne Christie (Dexa), Ian Meltzer (Brax), John Kenton Shull (Nacona), Christian R. Conrad (Miner)
Original title: Destiny
LogBook entry by Earl Green