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"Star Trek: Voyager" Caretaker (1995)

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

A really good pilot episode

10/10
Author: Dark Eye from London, England
22 March 2002

Voyager's pilot episode is just as great and gripping as The Next Generation's pilot Encounter at Farpoint, but the Caretaker earns an extra brownie point because it establishes each character's basic traits clearly to the viewers. When all the principal characters' crossed paths at the Ocampan underground tunnel, you really feel that the show is really off to a great start on creating an ensemble show (well until Seven of Nine comes in halfway in season four, then the show becomes a rather one-sided affair). Bon Voyage, it has been a great seven seasons and all of its characters will be sorely missed.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A great beginning to a long journey.

9/10
Author: ecksdei from United States
25 August 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Caretaker: Part 1" - This episode starts with a Maquis (a group of rebels) ship fleeing from Cardassians into the Bad Lands. Shortly after entering the Bad Lands, there is a flash of light.

A week later the Voyager is on a mission to find them as one of the people on the Maquis ship was the Voyager's Security Chief, whom was undercover.

Once they get to the Bad Lands they experience the same conditions as the Maquis ship. The ship gets damaged, killing the first officer and the doctors, leaving them only with the EMH (Emergency Medical Hologram) for treatment. Not only that but they also find that they have been sent into the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years from the federation and are right next to the Maquis ship.

Everyone from both ships gets teleported to the array without warning. It would appear that is what brought them there. It isn't long before they are greeted by an old woman and her neighbors.

But who are these people? And what do they intend to do with their guests?

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A good introduction to the series

8/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
8 June 2010

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This feature length episode serves well to introduce the regular characters that will feature in the series and to set up the situation they find themselves in. In the opening scene a Maquis ship is chased into the Badlands by the Cardassians and find themselves caught in a wave that throws them across the galaxy. One of the people on that ship was an undercover Star Fleet officer so a ship is dispatched to the Badlands to find him; that ship is the USS Voyager. We are quickly introduced to the crew we will be spending the next seven years with: Captain Catherine Janeway, Tom Paris a pilot currently in prison and Harry Kim, an ensign on his first mission. Soon after getting to the Badlands Voyager also finds itself flung across the galaxy to the Delta Quadrant. Several crew members are killed in the process this of course leaves several key positions unfilled so when they are forced to join forces with the Maquis there are important positions for them to fill and as the Doctor was killed we get to see Star Trek's first major character who is a hologram. After a visit to the array that brought them to the Delta Quadrant one member of each crew is kidnapped and transported to a nearby planet. In order to get them back they get help from local trader Neelix and Kes. As well as making two new friends in the Quadrant they also make an enemy of the Kazon, the species that appears to control that area of space.

This episode was a good opener as it successfully introduced a full cast of characters, obviously it will take more episodes to really get to know them but this was a good start. It also showed that even though they were on the other side of the galaxy they wouldn't allow harm to come to others to help them get home. While a lot of time is spent introducing the characters there is still plenty of action including a tense scene where the crew attempt to escape from the Ocampa's underground city though tunnels where the stairways are starting to collapse due to an earthquake and a space battle with the Kazon to prevent them gaining control of the array.

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Good Start to a great Star Trek series!

Author: (ceiny2000@yahoo.co.uk) from Isle of Wight, England
25 May 2001

After watching this episode of Star Trek Voyager I knew that this series of Star Trek would be one of the best. In this episode (the pilot) all the main characters are introduced. Kate Mulgrew plays a convincing role as Captain Janeway who is generally nice but when it is needed, which it mostly is, Janeway can also be a real bad-ass! The other characters have their good points and their bad points, Chekotay has his general knowledge of the outdoors and how to get in touch with his spirit guide. Tom Paris has his knowledge of 20th century history and Harry Kim has the knowledge of music (what good that will do on a star ship 75,000 lightyears from home we dont know). Tuvok being a vulcan the most knowledgeable species of them all has knowledge of well everything, constantly offering the logical way out to the rest off his crew. B'Ellana has knowledge of enginnering and is able to always have good suggestions on how to keep the ship in ship shape!! The Doctor or EMH has knowledge of medicine and how to treat anything from a stubbed toe or acute stomach pain from Mr Neelix's cooking! (One of the many jokes from Voyager's EMH). Neelix has knowledge of cooking and how to make lettuce in to a decent meal. Kes well she knows a bit of everything and is always willing to learn! Lets not forget the computer voice who has been with the Voyager crew through thick and thin always willing to answer their questions no matter how stupid or annoying they can be. So basically watch this series its full of fun and enjoyment!

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This show is a winner!

8/10
Author: Paularoc from United States
25 June 2012

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I have been a casual fan of all of the Star Trek incarnations. While I remember fondly the highly innovative and ground-breaking first Star Trek, I never re-watch that series mostly because I didn't care for William Shatner's portrayal nor for the show's (general) portrayal of women – and oh, those stupid uniforms! So to hear that a new Star Trek series was to have a woman captain was intriguing – I am pleased that Kate Mulgrew so well pulled it off. The pilot episode clearly establishes the characters and I like the cultural and ethnic diversity of the combined crew. This episode was a good start to a strong television series. One side note – in the scene where Captain Janeway tells the Caretaker that he should let the Ocampa take care of themselves etc., I was immediately reminded of Captain James T. Kirk who also expounded on the necessity and virtue of self-reliance when talking about a people who were being "taken care of."

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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

It could only get better!!!

Author: Matt Thomas from Aberystwyth, Wales
27 January 1999

As a pilot, Caretaker works reasonably well. Each new character is introduced adequately and also familar settings and characters are thrown in to support the plot.

Introducing the Kazon's was always going to be a bad move. However, the Neelix/Kes relationship was strong from the very start, and Mulgrew convinces as a new captain.

As he does throughout the series, the Doctor provided the humour elements which have become a trademark of ST: Voyager over the years. Its a shame Chakotay had to replace the demised 1st officer as he looked just right for the part.

Caretaker does not however grip you like the pilots for the other three Trek series', and although I think as a whole ST: Voyager outshines the lot of them put together, this TV movie demonstrates how they had to scrape away the mud before reaching the gold.

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3 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

OK... Could have been better...

5/10
Author: Asteri-Atypical from Orlando, FL
3 January 2001

Nice concept. Oversimplified. Good characters.

It was OK but didn't live up to the Trek legend.

Need I say more?

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3 out of 37 people found the following review useful:

Wonderful start to a bad series

Author: SpideyTerry from Ardmore, PA
25 March 2000

Caretaker was really great, but as many other Trekkers will note, Voyager went way downhill from here. With the Next Generation in the movies and DS9 not exploring space, the pilot for Voyager takes audiences where they have never gone before. The story is interesting and way above in the quality department then most of the Voyager episodes. There is good acting too. Sadly, Voyager does go down from here and loses it's creativity.

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3 out of 64 people found the following review useful:

I hated it

1/10
Author: anonymous from London, England
16 July 1999

I really hated this movie. The acting was so bad, the actors weren't "in" the story, do you know what i mean ??.

And the plot, well after ten minutes anyone can see how the movie is going to end.

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