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.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

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?

Order the DVDswritten by Naren Shankar
directed by Les Landau
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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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The 37s

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48975.1: Voyager follows a trail of spaceborne rust, where the crew finds a centuries-old land vehicle from Earth drifting through space. When Paris manages to start the old truck, Harry’s curiosity about its AM radio uncovers an equally ancient S.O.S. coming from a nearby planet. Janeway, hoping that whatever brought the truck and the source of the distress call to the Delta Quadrant could be found and used to send Voyager home, orders a landing. A vintage airplane is found on the surface with an alien power supply keeping the S.O.S. on the air, and eight alien-abducted humans are found in stasis chambers also constructed by an alien intelligence. The 20th century humans are revived, and Janeway finds that among them is the long-lost pioneer female aviator Amelia Earhart. Also living on the planet are the descendants of other abducted humans, now masters of their world since they overthrew their forebears’ kidnappers. Once all parties are convinced that the Voyager crew are who they claim to be, the opportunity to settle down on this Earthlike world is offered to the wayward travelers.

Season 2 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 James Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Sharon Lawrence (Amelia Earhart), David Graf (Noonan), James Saito (Japanese Soldier), Mel Winkler (Jack Hayes), John Rubinstein (John Evansville)

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Absolute Zero

Nowhere ManPhotographer Tom Veil is a nervous wreck at a showing of his work in his Chicago studio. He convinces his wife to leave the show early to slip out for dinner, but when he goes to the rest room and returns, she is nowhere to be found. The maitre’d doesn’t remember her being there – or Tom himself, for that matter. Tom takes a cab home and finds that another man has taken his place in his home – and that his wife and even his dog apparently have to memory of him.

Tom takes refuge in his studio for the night, finding that the locks have been changed in just a few hours of his absence, and he also finds that one black and white photograph, titled “Hidden Agenda,” has been stolen, and all evidence of his existence has been erased. He tracks down his wife and she confesses that she has been forced to deny his existence by an unknown agency. But when she’s pulled over – a convenience store owner noticed Tom sneaking into her car and called the police – she tells a police officer that she’s never seen Tom before, and Tom is hauled off to a mental hospital. A Doctor Bellamy asks him for a list of people to contact to verify his identity, and a fellow patient who identifies himself only as Eddie seems to know exactly what is going on, but is afraid to tell Tom the truth – and later is subjected to a lobotomy so his knowledge dies with him. Tom kidnaps Bellamy and escapes to his studio, where he uses his photographic expertise to alter Bellamy’s driver’s license so he can avoid being tracked, if only for a little while.

Bellamy offers a handful of hints as to what is happening, but the conversation is cut short when armed mercenaries – working for whoever is out to erase Tom’s existence – storm the studio, and an explosion sparked by darkroom chemicals destroys the building. However, Tom has the master negatives of “Hidden Agenda,” and he escapes again. He finds that his best friend – whose name he gave to Bellamy – has been murdered, and fearing for his mother’s life (since he also gave Bellamy her address), Tom books a flight with Bellamy’s credit card and leaves for Iowa, but has duplicate prints of “Hidden Agenda” made before leaving Chicago. Tom’s worst fears are realized when he arrives at his mother’s home, finds her on life support, and is told by a live-in nurse that his mother suffered a stroke less than a week ago. The nurse’s boyfriend – who happens to be a policeman – arrives and demands that Tom produce identification. Mrs. Veil’s church pastor shows up, temporarily defusing the situation – but he’s not the man who was behind the pulpit the last time Tom was in town. Tom grabs the police officer’s gun and escapes again, holding the nurse at gunpoint, even though there isn’t necessarily any evidence that she, her boyfriend, or the priest are involved in whatever conspiracy seeks to destroy Tom.

Order the DVDswritten by Lawrence Hertzog
directed by Tobe Hooper
music by Mark Snow

Cast: Bruce Greenwood (Thomas Veil), Megan Gallagher (Alyson Veil), Ted Levine (David “Eddie” Powers), Bernie McInerney (Father Thomas), Michael Tucker (Dr. Bellamy), David Brisbin (Driver), Mary Gregory (Mrs. Veil), John Hillard (Cop), Murray Rubinstein (Larry Levy), Rebecca Hayes (Woman #1), Heather Paige Kent (Woman #2), Alexandra Kenworthy (Woman #3), Marian O’Brien (Nurse), Steve Restivo (Gina), Greg Wrangler (Husband), Jay Arlen Jones (Inmate), Lisa Rafel (Attractive Woman), Robert Kempf (Oscar)

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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.

Order the DVDswritten by Kenneth Biller
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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Turnabout

Nowhere ManContinuing his search, Tom is still relying on Dr. Bellamy’s credit cards and ID to get from one place to another, but eventually his enemies track him down – but not in the way he expects. In fact, they assume from his ID that Tom is Bellamy, and take him back to their headquarters, where they expect him to perform the same conditioning on a new victim as he once did to a man named Thomas Veil.

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directed by Tobe Hooper
music by Mark Snow

Cast: Bruce Greenwood (Thomas Veil), Mimi Craven (Ellen Combs), George Del Hoyo (Supervisor), Phil Reeves (Doctor Haynes), Tobias Anderson (Monk)

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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.

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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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The Incredible Derek

Nowhere ManTom enlarges “Hidden Agenda,” searching for clues he may have missed in the two years since it was taken. On a hunch, he travels to Georgia, but finds help in the unexpected form of a ten-year-old blind boy who travels as a circus sideshow act as a psychic – but the boy’s psychic reading of Tom reveals more information than expected.

Order the DVDswritten by Joel Surnow
directed by James Darren
music by Mark Snow

Cast: Bruce Greenwood (Thomas Veil), Zachery McLemore (Derek Bartholomew Williams), Mike Starr (Bart Williams), Tim DeZarn (Harry Corners)

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Elogium

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48921.3: A strange energy disturbance detected by the crew turns out to be a swarm of space-dwelling life forms whose electrophoretic emissions cause sudden hormonal maturation in Kes. She spontaneously enters the Elogium in preparation to have a child, which she desperately wants. Neelix is troubled by the thought of becoming a father and seeks the advice of Tuvok. Kes’ condition causes Janeway to wonder about the implications of raising families aboard Voyager, but the crew’s immediate concern is the dominant member of the swarm, which views the ship as a rival for mates.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller and Jeri Taylor
story by Jimmy Diggs and Steve J. Kay
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Nancy Hower (Ensign Wilder), Gary O’Brien (Crewmember), Terry Correll (N.D. Crewmember)

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Something About Her

Nowhere ManJust as Tom is trying to hunt down the conspiracy that has destroyed his life, “they” have moved Tom’s capture to the top of their list of tasks to accomplish. Eventually, the two objectives collide and Tom is captured, drugged, and subjected to a controlled environment where his captors force him to live out a fictional relationship with a woman he is conditioned to trust and love. They hope that Tom will reveal his secrets – including the secrets of “Hidden Agenda” – to his new love, but even in his vulnerable state, Tom has taken enough pictures to feel that things are too picture-perfect with this new scenario.

Order the DVDswritten by Lawrence Hertzog
directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
music by Mark Snow

Cast: Bruce Greenwood (Thomas Veil), Carrie Ann Moss (Karin Stolk), Raphael Sbarge (Dr. Moen), Kent Williams (Mr. Grey)

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Non-Sequitur

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 49011.0: Harry Kim wakes up in San Francisco where he finds himself in bed with his fiancee. He is a bright young Starfleet engineer, and his friend Ensign Danny Byrd got his slot on the Voyager which disappeared several months before, yet the last thing Harry remembers is piloting one of Voyager’s shuttles in the Delta Quadrant. His efforts to make sense of the situation make his superiors suspect that Harry is a Maquis spy. He discovers that he is in an alternate timeline and finds allies in strange places as he tries to return to his own reality.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Louis Giambalvo (Cosimo), Jennifer Gatti (Libby), Jack Shearer (Admiral Strickler), Mark Kiely (Lt. Lasca), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: Jennifer Gatti had previously appeared as Worf’s love interest in the Next Generation two-parter Birthright.

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Paradise On Your Doorstep

Nowhere ManNeeding to earn money without drawing attention to himself, Tom puts his talents to use in a small town photo store. But an unusual situation develops along with a customer’s roll of film when Tom sees a picture of his wife. Trying to find out where the picture was taken, Tom finds himself in a community where others like himself whose identities have been stolen seek shelter from the conspiracy. But something tells Tom that this unlikely aggregation of fellow victims could be a trap meant just for him…

Order the DVDswritten by Lawrence Hertzog
directed by Tom Wright
music by Mark Snow

Cast: Bruce Greenwood (Thomas Veil), Saxon Trainor (Dierdre Coltrera), Stephen Meadows (Paul)

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Twisted

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: On Holodeck 2, Kes’ second birthday party is interrupted by the news of a spatial distortion. As the crew scatters to their duty stations, they discover that something has affected the inside of the ship and the corridors seem to be shifting. It becomes impossible to reliably get anywhere by standard means. Captain Janeway makes physical contact with the anomaly and is rendered unconscious, leaving Chokotay in command as an implosion ring continues to crush the ship. After exhausting all other courses of action, the crew is left with the most unlikely option of all.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller
story by Arnold Rudnick and Rich Hosek
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Judy Geeson (Sandrine), Larry Hankin (Gaunt Gary), Tom Virtue (Baxter), Terry Correll (Crewman)

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Parturition

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: As Tom Paris admits he’s falling in love with Kes, Neelix’s jealousy starts to get the better of him. But with the ship’s food reserves down to 30% of capacity, the feuding pair are dispatched to an inhospitable planet in hopes of procuring more food. But atmospheric storms disable their shuttle, causing them to crash-land on “Planet Hell” and cutting them off from Voyager. Trying to survive, they come upon some hatching eggs and are faced with two additional dilemmas – helping the newborn to survive and dealing with its returning mother.

Order the DVDswritten by Tom Szollosi
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Persistence of Vision

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Although Voyager is about to enter Bothan space, the Doctor orders Janeway to relax with her holo-novel to help her deal with the stress of command. But the stress is magnified when she begins to see items and characters from the holonovel outside the holodeck. Neelix reports that not much is known about the Botha except that they are extremely territorial and that many ships have disappeared without a trace in their area of space. When the Botha rendezvous with Voyager, they launch an unprovoked attack. As they maneuver to resist the attack, Voyager’s crew are overcome by hallucinations which disable everyone on the ship except the Doctor and Kes, whose nascent telepathic powers enable her to resist the hallucinations. The fate of the crew hinges on their ability to find a way to repel the psychic attack.

Order the DVDswritten by Jeri Taylor
directed by James L. Conway
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Michael Cumpsty (Lord Burleigh), Carolyn Seymour (Mrs. Templeton), Stan Ivar (Mark), Warren Munson (Admiral Paris), Lindsey Haun (Beatrice), Thomas Alexander Dekker (Henry), Patrick Karr (Bothan), Marva Hicks (T’Pel)

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Tattoo

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: While on a moon looking for polyferranide deposits to reseal the warp coils, Chakotay sees an ancient symbol. The last time he saw it was on a quest to Earth with his father, who explained it was a blessing to the land left by descendants of the ancient Rubber Tree People. Following a warp signature leads Voyager to a planet which seems to use the weather to prevent their approach. Chakotay goes alone to meet the planet’s inhabitants and meets the people worshipped by his ancestors as the “Sky Spirits.” Meanwhile, aboard the ship, Kes has noticed an appalling lack of compassion in the Doctor’s personality. She suggests that if he were ever sick, he would develop more empathy for the sufferings of his patients. He accepts her challenge, but his confidence is shaken by his experience with a 29-hour Livodian flu.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Larry Brody
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Henry Darrow (Kolopak), Richard Fancy (Alien), Douglas Spain (young Chakotay), Nancy Hower (Ensign Wildman), Richard Chaves (The Chief)

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Cold Fire

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The remains of the Caretaker suddenly begin to resonate with the life signs of another sporocystian life form and the crew begins to search for what is apparently the other caretaker. They find a smaller copy of the Caretaker’s array with over 2,000 Ocampa aboard. Kes meets with Tanis, who begins to teach her the traditions of her people. He also speaks of Suspiria, a member of the Caretaker’s race known as the Nacene, who lives in a sub-space layer called Exosia. But when Voyager finally encounters her, Suspiria wishes to destroy the ship in revenge for the death of her companion.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Brannon Braga
story by Anthony Williams
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Gary Graham (Tanis), Lindsay Ridgeway (Girl), Norman Large (Ocampa Man)

Notes: Actor Gary Graham was formerly a series regular on Fox’s well-regarded but short-lived Alien Nation series (and, at the time of this episode, was still occasionally returning to the role of Detective Matt Sykes in an intermittent series of Alien Nation TV movies); he would later play the recurring role of Vulcan Ambassador Soval in the next Star Trek spinoff, Enterprise.

LogBook entry by Paul Campbell

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