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"Star Trek: Voyager" Caretaker (TV Episode 1995) Poster

(TV Series)

(1995)

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The character of Tom Paris was inspired by another Star Trek character, Cadet Nick Locarno from the Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992), who was also played by Robert Duncan McNeill. The creators decided they wanted a character "like" the cadet, and ended up with one who practically differed in name only. Ironically, McNeill was cast in the role as an afterthought.
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This is the only episode in the history of Star Trek for which the hairstyling cost more than visual effects because most of the Janeway scenes had to be re-shot after the studio requested that Janeway have a different hairstyle.
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As of this episode, Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Richard Poe (Gul Evek) have both played the same character on three different "Star Trek" series. The only other actors to do so are John de Lancie (Q), Michael Ansara (Kang), and Mark Allen Shepherd (Morn).
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Originally, Geneviève Bujold was cast as Captain Elizabeth Janeway, but she dropped the role after the first day of shooting because she claimed to not be able to handle the week-by-week shooting schedule of a show such as Star Trek.
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The role of Janeway was the most sought after role, with Linda Hamilton, Nicola Bryant, Erin Gray, Lindsay Wagner, Patty Duke, Carolyn McCormick and Joanna Cassidy all vying for the role. Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Captain Benteen on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) was originally asked to play Captain Janeway by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, but the studio rejected her, stating that she looked too young to be a captain. Scenes of her wearing a type of a command uniform (the type used on the previous shows) on the Voyager bridge were taped.
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It was planned for the EMH to be called Dr. Zimmerman. They later decided to keep the character named "The Doctor" throughout the run, however the creator of the EMH program was later named Dr. Lewis Zimmerman. Certain episodes from seasons 1-2 feature the name in the closed captions for the Doctor's part.
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Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) appears in this pilot episode as well as the pilot episode Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993).
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Ethan Phillips (Neelix) and Jennifer Lien (Kes) do not appear in the syndicated version of this episode, as they are not seen until the second half of the original feature-length episode.
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The opening scene is very reminiscent of Star Wars: A New Hope. The opening text gives the back story followed by a large ship firing on a much smaller vessel.
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Even during auditions, the creative staff was unsure whether Janeway would be female or male. They opened up the auditions to both genders. Some of the male contenders for the role included Gary Graham and Nigel Havers.
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The Voyager's engine intermix uses the same projector-based effect for the refit Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
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Stardate: 48315.6.
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This takes place in 2371.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The following senior officers were killed when the Caretaker brought Voyager into the Delta Quadrant: Lieutenant Commander Cavit (First Officer), Lt. Stadi (Conn Officer), Dr. Fitzgerald (Chief Medical Officer) and his Vulcan nurse (T'Prenna), and the Chief Engineer.
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The first and final episodes have the same last line, "Set a course, for home," said by Captain Janeway.
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