Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 23

Distant Origin (30 Apr. 1997)

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A Voth scientist finds the remains of a Voyager crewman who died on the planet where the crew was exiled by the Kazon during the two-part episode "Basics". An analysis of the remains' DNA ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Henry Woronicz ...
Forra Gegen
Tova Veer
Nina Minton ...
Frola Gegen


A Voth scientist finds the remains of a Voyager crewman who died on the planet where the crew was exiled by the Kazon during the two-part episode "Basics". An analysis of the remains' DNA shows links to his own DNA. While tracking and studying the Voyager crew, the scientist and his aide are discovered; they eventually pool their knowledge and conclude that the saurian is an evolved dinosaur from a species that left Earth more than 65 million years earlier. The scientist is thrilled to be able to prove his Distant Origin theory (that his Voth race originated elsewhere in the galaxy), but the rulers of his society place him on trial for heresy against the doctrinal teachings of their heritage, the central tenet being that they originated in the Delta Quadrant. The outcome of that trial threatens the Voyager crew as well. Written by Jeff L.

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This episode is unusual in that it is told from the viewpoint of a guest character, rather than one of the Voyager crew, who don't even appear until well into the second act. See more »


At the beginning, the saurian scientist states that "...before we only had a theory, but now we have proof." No trained scientist would make that mistake. He would have used "hypothesis" instead of "theory," since theory in science is not a guess but an established (through experimentation) truth that guides an understanding of a phenomenon (such as "the theory of gravity"). See more »


Lieutenant Tom Paris: I'll see you tonight. BYOB.
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Lieutenant Tom Paris: Bring your own bat'leth.
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Dinosaur archaeologists
12 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an archaeologist I find this, as well as many Star Trek episodes, particularly exciting. The original series had many interesting episodes that involved the research of archaeologistst. The technology that these anthropologists have is mind boggling. If we could only analyze artifacts of the past and find other human beings' names we would be ecstatic. A race of dinosaurs managed to evolve in isolation on a remote portion of some continent on Earth. Some catastrophe occurred and sent them to the Delta Quadrant. But, as always, the government of dogmatists make it impossible for the archaeologists to pursue their research unabated.

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