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Star trek: Voyager 101 - Caretaker

Stardate 48315.6
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Episode propaganda

Unhappy with a new treaty, Federation colonists along the Cardassian border have banded together.

Calling themselves the Maquis, they continue to fight the Cardsassians.

Some consider them heroes, but to the governments of the Federation and Cardassia they are outlaws.

When a Maquis ship inexplicably disappears during plasma storms in the Badlands, USS Voyager (registry NCC 74656, Intrepid class, sustainable warp factor of 9.975, 15 decks, crew complement of 141, bio-neural circuitry) is assigned to investigate. To assist the mission, Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) recruits Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), a reluctant, cashiered Starfleet officer who has also acted as a mercenary for the Maquis. Whilst exploring the renegade ship's last known position, Voyager is mysteriously propelled 70,000 light years from home, by an overwhelming force. Searching this uncharted quadrant of the galaxy, they become embroiled in a centuries old environmental problem on a nearby inhabited world...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien .... Kes
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Basil Langton .... Caretaker
  • Gavin O'Herlihy .... Maje 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 .... Elder Toscat
  • Jeff McCarthy .... Starfleet Doctor
  • Stan Ivar .... Mark
  • Scott Macdonald .... Rollins
  • Josh Clark .... Lieutenant Carey
  • Richard Poe .... Gul Evek
  • Keely sims .... Farmer's daughter
  • Eric David Johnson .... Daggin
  • Michael Piller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Jeri Taylor .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Winrich Kolbe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The pilot for a really cool new Star trek show that blew the socks off everyone in my house, and that was just the opening titles!

Janeway is fabulous: hard as nails while retaining an essential femininity (political correctness aside). The moral dilemmas start piling up from the start of the episode and continue after it ends. Lots of special effects, lots of unsavoury characters, lots of dramas, lots of death and destruction. There is a lot of character introduction (and somehow, the most interesting ones seem to have died by the end: Stadi, the bitchy Betazoid; Cavit, the Paris-hating First Officer; the unnamed Vulcan nurse) but you can put up with that.

Chakotay seems a bit bland for a revolutionary but maybe he'll get better when he has more screen time: he was not very proactive during this episode. B'Elanna Torres seems pretty edgy but was over-acted; that will sort itself out in time. Kes is pretty dodgy as she is a very undefined character (nine year life span and unknown mental powers) and why is she hanging around with Neelix? Speaking of whom... what an annoying little rodent. His only saving grace is that he gets up Tuvok's nose. Tuvok is a typically snooty Vulcan, he can't get better as he's perfect already. Tom Paris seems like your standard Aryan good guy gone bad. Something tells me he likes peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Harry Kim replaces Pavel Chekov as the youngest, greenest graduate of the Academy: watch out for alien possessions, kidnappings and bad love affairs. The best character is the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), he's hugely underprepared for his job and has a great stock of dry one-liners.

I like dry one-liners.

This is how you make a pilot for TV, better than Emissary and much better than Encounter at Farpoint. Watch and enjoy.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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Janeway's final speech
We're alone. In an uncharted part of the galaxy. We've already made some friends here, and some enemies. We have no idea of the dangers we're going to face. But one thing is clear. Both crews are going to have to work together if we're to survive. That's why Commander Chakotay and I have agreed that this should be one crew... a Starfleet crew. And as the only Starfleet vessel assigned to the Delta Quadrant, we'll continue to follow our directive, to seek out new worlds and explore space. But our primary goal is clear. Even at maximum speeds, it would take seventy-five years to reach the Federation. But I'm not willing to settle for that. There's another life form like the Caretaker out there somewhere who has the ability to get us there a lot faster. We'll be looking for her. And we'll be looking for wormholes, spatial rifts, or new technologies to help us. Somewhere, along this journey, we'll find a way back.

Mister Paris... set a course... for home.

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