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Star trek: Voyager 3.12a - Distant origin

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Trying to prove that his lizard-like people are actually descended from a race of warm-blooded bipeds from a distant sector of the galaxy, the Voth scientist Professor Forra Gagen (Henry Woronicz) stumbles across the perfect piece of evidence to take back to his superiors: a Human called Chakotay (Robert Beltran)...

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
  • Henry Woronicz .... Professor Forra Gagen
  • Cristopher Liam Moore .... Tova Vir
  • Marshal Teague .... Hulak
  • Nina Manton .... Frola
  • Concetta Tomei .... Minister Odala
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Oh yeah!

Imagine a race that's been in space for so long that it doesn't know which planet it started on. Imagine a race that's been in space for so long that their technology includes transwarp drive and beaming entire starships into a Cargo Bay! If that's your sort of thing, then watch this episode and wet your panties.

Now despite Distant origin having Chakotay in it (whose panties have always seemed a little bit loose to this Trekkie), it's still brilliant. The plot is not as simple as it might appear - it positively writhes with the power struggles that drive it along. The ethics are impeccably difficuLieutenant The effects are stunning. Hello? Who could possibly think of beaming Voyager into a cargo hold? How could anyone possibly have a brain that large?

One of the more subtle joys of this episode is that it isn't really centred on Voyager (or even Chakotay - yeehar!), they are a mere aside in the real game - discovering the origin of the species - which turns out to be dinosaurs! Oh yes! Star trek: the jurassic generation! But hang on, you shout, dinosaurs could never have made it into space! They all died! Ah yes, I replie, but the dinosaurs you know are just the ones who got left behind.

What a joy it is to be a Trekkie!

FYI: The bones discovered in the cave belonged to... Ensign Hogan, who was killed by the cave creature after the crew were deposited on Hanon IV by the Kazon.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September 2004

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