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Story: Rick Berman and Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor
Teleplay: Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor
Director: Rick Kolbe
Cast: Josh Clark (Carey), Alicia Coppola (Lt. Stadi), Bruce French (Ocampa Doctor), Stan Ivar (Mark), Scott Jaeck (Cavit), Eric David Johnson (Daggin), Basil Langton (Banjo Man), Scott MacDonald (Rollins), Jeff McCarthy (Human Doctor), Gavin O'Herlihy (Jabin), Jennifer Parsons (Ocampa Nurse), Angela Paton (Aunt Adah), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Keely Sims (Farmer's Daughter), David Selburg (Toscat), Armin Shimmerman (Quark)
It's the 24th Century, and a renegade band of freedom fighters known as the Maquis are operating outside of Federation guidelines. When one of their ships gets stranded in an area of space known as "The Badlands," the Federation decides to send the USS Starship Voyager, captained by Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), to its rescue. Upon arriving in "The Bandlands," both the Maquis vessel and Voyager are swept up in a bizarre phenomenon that catapults them 70,000 light years away to a previously uncharted area of space.
The two crews must band together to escape the clutches of an alien force they come to know as "The Caretaker." Along the way, the Maquis ship is destroyed, and its crew must board Voyager to survive. These two crews encounter several new alien lifeforms, and ultimately invite two -- Neelix (Ethan Phillips) and Kes (Jennifer Lien) -- to join them aboard the ship. Together, this disparate group of people must work together to find their way back home.
As they try to find their way back to known Federal Space, the crew of the Starship Voyager finds itself faced with a unique situation. They come upon a quantum singularity - a star that has collapsed in upon itself thereby creating a powerful energy field that surrounds it. They believe another ship to be in jeopardy, and begin the task of saving it from destruction.
After several unsuccessful attempts, Captain Janeway and B'Ellana Torres discover that it isn't another ship caught in the distortion, it is just a mirror-image of the Voyager. They must find the rip in the singularity that they entered through and pass out of it before it collapses, forever trapping them. Because of her efforts in helping to save the Starship, B'Ellana Torres is promoted to Chief of Engineering.
When the Starship Voyager encounters a huge shock wave in space, the crew goes to investigate and stumbles upon a planet capable of supporting human life, but that is mysteriously barren. The away team discovers that an incredible explosion has occurred, wiping out all life on the planet in an instant. During their investigation, Lt. Paris discovers a subspace fracture that allows him a glimpse of life on the planet before the explosion. After returning to his companions, both Janeway and Paris are caught in another, larger fracture, and are this time actually transported back in time to the planet right before the explosion.
Even though it goes against the Federation's prime directive, both Janeway and Paris must warn a group of dissenters that it may very well be their actions that jeopardizes the entire planet.
Their actions are ultimately successful. The planet is spared annihilation; the crew is reinserted back into the ship at the moment before they previously encounter the shock wave, and the planet is passed by because it is not advanced enough to take to an official visit.
Captain Janeway and the rest of the crew aboard the Starship Voyager are in search of a source of dilithium crystals, which are essential in the powering of the ship.
They are directed by Neelix, an alien they have allowed to join them on their journey home, to a planet that he says has a rich soource of the material. During an away-team expedition to the planet's surface, Neelix is attacked by an alien, and his lungs are surgically removed from his body. After Neelix is emergency transported directly to sick bay, Doc Zimmerman must construct holographic lungs to keep him alive.
In the meantime, Janeway and the rest of the crew go in search of the aliens, and follow them to an asteroid that serves as a base. When confronted, the aliens admit to stealing organs, be defend themselves by telling the story of the "phage", a bizarre disease that attacks people, eating away at their bodies and organs until they are forced to scavenge others as substitutes. When prodded to return Neelix's lungs, they are told that they have already transformed them for their own use.
With no alternative, Janeway is forced to let them go. The aliens, taken by this gesture of good will, agree to help Neelix, and they do so by performing an emergency lung transplant with a willing donor, Kes, who is Neelix's beloved.
When Janeway is informed that the sensors have detected a nebula emitting a high level of omicron particles, she decides to collect them and do a bit of exploring. Immediately upon entering the nebula, the Voyager gets into trouble and breaks through a barrier with hopes of escape. But they find that they are in a vastly different area. After breaking back out of the area, the crew realizes that they were actually inside of a life form and they their actions have wounded it. Risking their own safety, the crew re-enters the life form in order to repair the damage.
The crew of Voyager think they've found a possible way home when Lt. Harry Kim discovers a small wormhole, or tunnel, in space. While it turns out to be too small to travel through, a probe is sent into the hole to try and find out where it leads. The probe doesn't make it through, but it is scanned by a vessel on the other side, in the Alpha Quadrant. The vessel is a Romulan ship, and Captain Janeway opens up communication with the captain, Telek. At first suspicious, Telek eventually allows himself to be beamed aboard the Voyager. While a bizarre twist of fate keeps the crew of Voyager from transporting home, they do send messages through to their loved ones.
Harry Kim and Tom Paris visit the home world of the Baneans, a people locked in a war with the nearby Numiri. They do so in order to meet with the head of military science, Tolen Ren, to discuss potential scientific advances that may help the Voyager find a faster way back to Federation Space. While at Ren's home, Paris becomes attracted to Lidell his much younger wife, and ultimately ends up being blamed for her husband's brutal murder. His sentence is to relive the violent moment of the crime from the victim's perspective every 14 hours for the rest of his life. Upon hearing of this, Captain Janeway and Tuvok rush to his aid on the planet. Tuvok thakes the investigation in hand, and through the Vulcan Mind-Meld, discover the proof that Tom will need to clear his name, and regain his freedom from the images that are destroying his mind. At the same time, they uncover a Numiri plot to destroy the Banean people.
While exploring an uncharted planet, the crew stumbles upon the burial ground of the alien race Uhnori. During an investigation of the bodies, Harry Kim is caught up in a subspace vacuole and is transported to the alien culture's homeworld. His presence there causes many to doubt their traditional belief in the afterlife, and Kim soon realizes that the only way he can return home is the same way he came, through the Uhnori's death stations. Kim places his life in the hands of fate, trusting that the crew of the Voyager will be able to revive him upon his return.
The crew of Voyager encounters alien beings known as the Sikarians - a race renowned for their incredible hospitality. When it becomes known that the Sikarians have the technology to "fold" space and travel more than 40,000 lights years in an instant, the Voyager crew think they've found their way home. But the hospitality of the Sikarians is not all it seems on the surface, and both races' code of ethics is put to the test.
While on a routine exploration of a new planet, Voyager responds to the distress calls of a Kazon warship. Upon investigation, they find the Kazon ship hobbled by an accident caused by Federation technology... a clear signal that the Voyager may be carrying a traitor.
The Ship's Holographic Doctor must overcome his computer programmed limitations when the ship's Holodeck is taken over by an alien lifeform that transforms living crew members into pure energy. As the only Voyager member able to face this alien being, the Doctor must explore the limits of his programmed behavior and reach beyond them to save the crew from a fate worse than death.
Both Tuvok and Chakotay return from a routine expedition injured - Tuvok with minor ailments and Chakotay grievously injured. It seems that during an encounter with a black nebula, all of Chakotay's neural energy was depleted and unless it is returned in the near future, Chakotay may be doomed to a life as a brain-dead host.
While trying to return to nebula, the crew of Voyager discovers that there is an alien presence aboard that can control their efforts. As the ship nears the nebula, Janeway discovers that the alien has taken over Tuvok all seems lost as he takes command of the ship and they enter the nebula, until the spirit of Chakotay which had been trying to help all along, takes more drastic measures and saves the lives of the Voyager crew.
B'Elanna Torres and Lt. Tom Paris are abducted by the Alien race who suffer from the Phage. During an experiment, B'Elanna is literally split into two separate beings - one fully Klingon, the other fully human - by Sulan a Talaxian scientist in search of a cure for the deadly disease. Her two selves must learn to work together in order to escape the alien laboratory and rescue Lt. Paris.
When one of her personas is killed in the escape, B'Elanna is faced with the toughest decision of her life - to try and recapture her dual nature through advanced scientific technology, or to continue on as a completely singular being.
Neelix is confronted by the Haakonian scientist named Ma'bor Jetrel, the man responsible for creating the Metreon Cascade, a device that was used to annihilate a major portion of the Talaxian race, including Neelix' own family.
Jetrel is allowed to board the Voyager when he asserts that Neelix will soon fall ill from long term affects of the Metreon Cascade device. Tempers flare between the two, with Neelix instantly distrusting the man who murdered his loved ones. Ultimately, Neelix must discover Jetrel's true motive for being on board of the Voyager, before it is too late.
When several former Maquis crew members break Federation rules, it is up to Tuvok to train them in the finer points of Star Fleet protocol and discipline in order to reestablish harmony among the Voyager's crew.
Simultaneously, a strange virus invades the Ship's bio-neural circuitry, endangering the lives of all aboard. As B'Elanna Torres and The Doctor try to discover a cure, Tuvok and his unlikely "cadets" become trapped in an unstable part of the ship. As one of them lies near death, Star Fleet tenants are put to the test.
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