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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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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Initiations

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 49005.3: Alone in a shuttlecraft performing the Pakra, a solitary ritual commemorating his father, Chakotay is attacked by a Kazon-Ogla vessel. When he destroys the attacking craft and rescues the lone pilot, he discovers that his opponent is a young boy trying to make his mark in Kazon society by killing an enemy; the price of the boy’s failure is ostracism from his culture. Chakotay is faced with the dilemma of saving his own life while righting the harm he has unwittingly done to the boy.

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directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Aron Eisenberg (Kar), Patrick Kilpatrick (Razik), Tim deZarn (Haliz)

Notes: Aron Eisenberg was already well known to fans of the Star Trek universe as Nog, the young Ferengi friend of Jake Sisko on Deep Space Nine.

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Projections

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48892.1: The holographic doctor’s day is not off to a good start. Automatically brought online by a red alert, he finds that the ship has – according to the computer – been abandoned after a Kazon attack. But this turns out to be wrong when Torres shows up to enlist the doctor’s help in aiding the injured Janeway on the bridge. Thanks to a holographic projection system that can transfer the doctor to key parts of the ship other than sick bay, he visits the bridge for the first time, and is then off to the mess hall to help Neelix fend off a lone Kazon. At this point, however, the doctor’s grip on reality is loosened when he finds that not only can he bleed, but according to every available tricorder he is the only living thing on board Voyager. He begins to believe these incredible things when a holography engineer named Barclay appears and insists that the doctor is in fact Dr. Louis Zimmerman, a holo-programmer trapped in a holodeck emergency simulation in the Alpha Quadrant.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Barclay), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: This episode marks the first of several appearances by Dwight Schultz; the former A-Team star’s Trek character originated on the Next Generation’s Enterprise in the third season episode Hollow Pursuits.

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Maneuvers

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 49208.5: While following a mysterious hail, Voyager is attacked by a Kazon-Nistrim ship. With the help of Seska, raiders steal a transporter module and escape. Embarrassed by the way Seska used him, Chakotay goes off alone to recover the Federation technology. As the Kazon sects gather for a final assault on Voyager, the crew makes a desperate attempt to rescue their first officer.

Order the DVDswritten by Kenneth Biller
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Martha Hackett (Seska), Anthony DeLongis (First Maje Jal Cullah), Terry Lester (Jal Haron), John Geggenhuber (Jal Surat), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Alliances

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 49337.4: Under continuing attack from the Kazon, Voyager seeks an alliance. But when talks with the Kazon break down, Janeway opens talks with the Trabe, who are also trying to leave Kazon space. The Trabe once oppressed the Kazon, but they seem to embody Janeway’s ideas of Federation principles and they propose a meeting among all parties – including the Kazon. The meeting goes well until a ship opens fire upon the participants, exposing a new threat and dissolving the peace process.

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directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Charles O. Lucia (Mabus), Anthony DeLongis (Jal Cullah), Martha Hackett (Seska), Raphael Sbarge (Ensign Hogan), Larry Cedar (Jal Tersa), John Geggenhuber (Jal Surat), Simon Billig (Crewman Jones)

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Investigations

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The crew sees the first episode of “A Briefing With Neelix”, an internal broadcast which Neelix hopes will improve morale. But after speaking with Harry Kim, former editor of the StarFleet Academy newspaper, he is inspired to investigate the departure of Tom Paris. Tom’s departure and his previous bad behavior were all a ruse to flush out the person who was passing information to Seska and the Kazon. But Neelix doesn’t know this and jeopardizes the whole scheme.

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story by Jeff Schnaufer & Ed Bond
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Raphael Sbarge (Ensign Michael Jonas), Martha Hackett (Seska), Jerry Sroka (Laxeth), Simon Billig (Ensign Hogan), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Basics – Part I

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager receives a message from an automated buoy sent by Seska, begging Chakotay to rescue her, and the child she conceived with his DNA, from the Kazons. The crew come up with a variety of tactical options in the likely event of a Kazon trap including holographic decoy ships and help from a nearby Talaxian colony, and Janeway decides to assume that Seska and the child are in actual danger. A Kazon life pod is discovered, carrying Tiernah, one of Cullah’s aides who has apparently fallen out of favor with the Maje. He volunteers information on a safe path through Kazon space which results in a number of minor hit-and-run Kazon attacks. Janeway becomes suspicious when all the attacks focus on one seemingly unimportant part of Voyager and orders the ship to double back on its course, only to find a well-organized Kazon ambush. Tiernah detonates a kamikaze bomb implanted in his own body, and the attacks render the ship completely helpless, unable even to self-destruct. Suder, the Betazoid crewman who has been confined for murder, goes into hiding in the ship’s ductwork. Tom Paris takes a shuttle to go back and retrieve help from the Talaxians, but contact with him is lost in the ensuing battle. Cullah and the Kazons board Voyager with Seska in tow and take command of the ship. The entire crew is left on a primitive planet without any technology, and Janeway can only watch helplessly as the crew’s only hope to reach home rises into the sky and off into space under the control of the Kazons.

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directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Brad Dourif (Suder), Anthony de Longis (Jal Cullah), John Gegenhuber (Tiernah), Martha Hackett (Seska), Henry Darrow (Kolopak), Scott Haven (Kazon #1), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Basics – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50032.7: Janeway and most of the crew, abandoned with none of their technology on the volcanic planet by the Kazon Nistrim, struggle to survive against both the elements and a group of primitive cave-dwellers. Aboard the captured Voyager, the Doctor and recovering sociopath Lon Suder form an alliance to try to wrest control back from Cullah’s boarding party while Tom Paris seeks help from a distant group of Talaxians. Suder makes the greatest sacrifice of all as he finds he must release the dark side of his psyche in order to save the ship. Chakotay establishes the rudiments of communication with the tribesmen on the planet. And Paris convinces a reluctant Commander Paxim to use his Talaxian fleet in an attack which depends on timing to avoid disaster.

Season 3 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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directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Brad Dourif (Crewman Lon Suder), Anthony DeLongis (Cullah), Martha Hackett (Seska), Nancy Hower (Ensign Samantha Wildman), Simon Billig (Hogan), Scott Haven (Tribal Leader), David Cowgill (Kazon Engineer), Michael Bailey Smith (Kazon Crewman), John Kenton Shull (Kazon Crewman), Russ Fega (Commander Paxim), Majel Barrett (Narrator/Computer Voice)

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Shattered

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A temporal anomaly stops Voyager in its path, creating dangerous feedback in the warp core – which then lashes out into engineering and strikes Chakotay. The first officer is rushed to sick bay, only to wake up to find that the Doctor doesn’t know what a mobile emitter is. A visit to the bridge proves to be even more surprising – Captain Janeway orders him arrested as a Maquis fugitive, even though she’s surprised to see him since Voyager has yet to depart Deep Space Nine on the mission to retrieve the Maquis. The cargo bay is crawling with Borg drones, including a still fully assimilated Seven of Nine. The astrometrics lab is manned by Icheb and Naomi Wildman, both adults and running the ship since the death of the command crew. And in engineering, Seska and the Kazons have taken over the ship. Time has fractured Voyager into countless splinters of past and future – but the only one who can perceive this is Chakotay, so how can he prove it to anyone else and repair the timelines?

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story by Michael Sussman & Michael Taylor
directed by Terry Windell
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Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Martin Rayner (Dr. Chaotica), Martha Hackett (Seska), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Mark Bennington (adult Icheb), Vanessa Branch (adult Naomi), Terrell Clayton (Andrews)

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