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 ...
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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 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 »


Veer analyzes the marking on the uniform insignia and deduces that not only is it the name of a vessel, but also the correct pronunciation. However, there was no context to lead him to conclude the nature of the marks, or, assuming they did correspond to a language, whether each symbol represented a sound (as in English) a syllable (as in Amharic) or a word (as in Chinese). The same error was made in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, in which the alien probe deduced the pronunciation and meaning of the Earth probe Voyager on the basis of four letters. See more »


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Great Day In Space
2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Finally, a Trek-like episode of Voyager!

A Voth scientist learns his dinosaur-like species originated on Earth, but the bureaucracy of his government will not allow the truth to come out. We begin the episode following the Voth, a nice narrative change from the traditional episode- and done gently enough that it's not a jarring shock. Watching the two scientists explore Voyager is a nice return to the sense of wonder and open-mindedness upon which Trek was built. When WE'RE the aliens, everything looks different...

This story also plays well as a metaphor for a government cover-up of alien existence and for humanity's own question of origin. Strange how the show gets better when they lay off the horror and death and focus on sci-fi and story... think they'll remember that for future episodes?

This is as good as Voyager has gotten.


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