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001. Caretaker



Overview
Production number 721
Note Two hour pilot of the series
Air date January 16th, 1995
Director Winrich Kolbe
Teleplay Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
Story Rick Berman, Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
 
Story
Stardate 48315.6
When a maquis vessel disappears in the Badlands, the new USS Voyager is commissioned under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway to search for them. Arrived in the Badlands, Voyager is hit by a powerful displacement wave and taken to the Delta Quadrant, 75000 light years away from home ...
 
Guest stars
Quark Armin Shimerman
Gul Evek Richard Poe
Mark Johnson Stan Ivar
Doctor Jeff McCarthy
Lt. Cmd. Cavit Scott Jaeck
Lt. Stadi Alicia Coppola
Lt. Rollins Scott MacDonald
Lt. Carey Josh Clark
Daggin Eric David Johnson
Toscat David Selburg
Banjo man Basil Langton
Aunt Adah Angela Paton
Farmer's daughter Keely Sims
Jabin Gavin O'Herlihy
Ocampa doctor Bruce Fench
Ocampa nurse Jennifer Parsons
 
Comment
Neat pilot for the series, which combines a thrilling, complex plot, full of action, but also emotion, with a systematic introduction into the new series and its characters. For this purpose, the episode starts in the known Star Trek universe, on the space station Deep Space Nine, however, it literally leaves it due to the power of the Caretaker. In the Delta Quadrant, loads of new planets, races and cultures are shown and the odyssey back home starts.
 
 
Star Trek Facts
The USS Voyager belongs to the new Intrepid class with 15 decks, 141 crew members, a maximum speed of warp 9.975 and bioneural gel packs.
The bioneural gel packs, which replace some of the conventional isolinear systems of Voyager, can access data more efficiently and with higher speed.
The maquis vessel that is led by Chakotay is already 39 years old. About 40 maquis are aboard.
Kathryn Janeway served under Admiral Paris aboard the USS Al-Batani. She also accompanied him on the Arias expedition.
While Tom Paris was stationed on Coldek Prime as a pilot, a tragical accident happened due to an error of Paris, leading to the death of three officers. Paris faked the reports, however, later he confessed due to pangs of conscience. Consequently, he had to leave Starfleet and joined the Maquis. Unfortunately, he was caught on his first mission and imprisoned in the penalty settlement in New Zealand, Earth.
Harry Kim has graduated from Starfleet Academy only a few weeks ago. He plays at the Julliard youth orchestra and is the only child of his parents.
The same displacement wave of the Caretaker that hit the maquis vessel also takes Voyager 75000 ly to the Delta Quadrant during her first mission. Many officers die: the first officer Lt. Cmd. Cavit, the medical officer, the transporter chief, the conn officer Lt. Stadi and others.
The Ocampa system contains a star of spectral class G. The fifth planet is the Ocampa homeworld, a desert planet which hasn't any nucleogenic particles in its atmosphere, but large Cormalin abundances under its surface. The desert is inhabited by the Kazon-Ogla, while the Ocampa live two miles under the surface of the planet, where they are supplied by the Caretaker.


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