The crew of Voyager swap stories of family histories. Janeway is most proud of her ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, who has been celebrated by the Janeway clan for generations as an astronaut ... See full summary »



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Captain Kathryn Janeway / Shannon O'Donnell
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James Greene ...
Marci Collins
Gerald Moss - Millenium Gate Spokesperson
Jason Janeway


The crew of Voyager swap stories of family histories. Janeway is most proud of her ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, who has been celebrated by the Janeway clan for generations as an astronaut and pivotal member of The Millenium Gate and several Mars projects that followed. When research and history-buff Tom Paris prove the stories wrong, that O'Donnell wasn't the hero Janeway made her out to be, the crew points out that her inspiration made Janeway join Starfleet and that is an accomplishment in itself. Written by Meribor

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5 May 1999 (USA)  »

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The image of the Millenium Gate bears a very similar resemblance to the Farpoint Station from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987). See more »


Neelix erroneously states at the beginning of the episode that the Great Wall of China is visible from space. This mistaken belief dates to well before satellites were even invented. See more »


Shannon O'Donnell: I've learned a few details about the Millennium Gate. It's a self-sustaining city, an experimental biosphere. It's never been done before.
Henry Janeway: What's wrong with the biosphere we're living in now?
Shannon O'Donnell: Nothing.
Henry Janeway: Exactly.
Shannon O'Donnell: But this project will help scientists learn more about our environment, possibly even recreate it on other worlds.
Henry Janeway: Other worlds! Don't we have enough problems on the one we're on?
Shannon O'Donnell: Yeah. Which is why I'd like to get the hell off it one day.
Henry Janeway: I think you're taking this exploring a little too...
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Why would Janeway's great-great-great-great-great-great grandma look EXACTLY like her...and who cares anyway?!
28 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

'what does this have to do with anything?'---Henry Janeway

This episode is among the slightest and easiest to skip of all the episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager". It's not necessarily bad but it does seem irrelevant and like filler.

The episode consists of folks talking about their family histories. Janeway decides to tell everyone about her great-great-great-great- great-etc. grandmother...a woman who, oddly, looks EXACTLY like Captain Janeway. I hate when movies show distant relatives who look EXACTLY like the present individuals--it's as bad a cliché as the identical cousins cliché! The story involves the woman's romance with a grumpy old guy (Kevin Tighe) and has just about nothing to do with the show in any way!

By the way, I am a stickler for details and in the beginning of the show Mr. Neelix is trying to show off how smart he is. However, BOTH things he says are wrong!! Qin is not pronounced 'kin' and the Great Wall of China CANNOT be seen from space--that's an urban legend. Two more reasons to hate well as the writer who didn't do their homework when they wrote this one.

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