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Star trek: Voyager 5.03a - Once upon a time

Stardate around 52140
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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Battling the demons of his own dead sisters, Neelix (Ethan Phillips) is left to look after Naomi Wildman (Scarlett Pomers), daughter of an engineer [sic - they probably mean Ensign; Samantha Wildman (Nancy Hower) is a Science Officer] seriously wounded and dying on board the crashed Delta Flyer. Fortunately, Neelix has some unusual friends to help him: a holographic water sprite, Flotter (Wallace langham), and his tree monster friend, Trevis (Justin Louis)...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Nancy Hower .... Samantha Wildman
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi Wildman
  • Wallace langham .... Flotter
  • Justin Louis .... Trevis
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • John kretchmer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Baby grew up!

Remember when Ensign Samantha Wildman announced that she and her Ktarian spouse (back on DS9) were Expecting a baby? Then that baby was Born? Well, she's all growed up! And if she looks a little old for four, just put that down to those crazy Ktarian genes.

Meanwhile, back on the Delta Flyer (and isn't that getting a workout since Tom et al Built it?) Tom, Tuvok and Sam are slowly dying, from injuries sustained in their crash (because of a Level 8 ion storm) and from life support failure. Wouldn't it be comforting to have a computer voice constantly telling you that your oxygen is depleted and exactly how long you have left to live? The way the characters face this impending doom is both touching, dramatic and insightful.

So, what do you do when you're the godfather of a child whose mother is not expected to return from an away mission? You take her to the holodeck! The adventures of Flotter is an interactive children's program designed to entertain as well as educate (aren't they all?) and Neelix uses it to distract Naomi. But there's only so much distracting you can do, especially when children know how to get to the bridge where they can see what's wrong for themselves. This part of the episode is particularly good for showing Voyager in action from Naomi's point of view: lots of great big grown-ups rushing around looking terribly important. Scarlett's performance is exactly the way children behave. I know this because the day before watching the episode I witnessed a child being reunited with her mother at the train station. Very touching.

This is a good episode for showing the workings of the ship from an outsider's point of view, as well as some important Human (and Vulcan) interaction. Neelix remains pretty annoying, but Naomi (who will return in later episodes) is an interesting new character. Well worth the 44 minutes it takes to watch.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 March 1999

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