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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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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The events of this episode are referred to in the seventh season episode "Friendship One". See more »

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The Saurians have a canister of warp plasma that Neelix uses to set the trap for the bad guys on the space station, and use it to track Voyager's warp signature. However, he didn't use Voyager's warp plasma, but that of the space station. See more »

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Commander Chakotay: I know from the history of my own planet that change is difficult. New ideas are often greeted with skepticism, even fear. But sometimes those ideas are accepted, and when they are... progress is made. Eyes are opened.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
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Wow...now THIS is creative!
20 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Distant Origin" is a highly creative episode--perhaps the most creative in the series. It begins with a molecular paleontologist, Gegen, finding remains of the human killed in the season 2/season 3 cliffhanger episodes "Basics". He brings these to show his superiors on Voth--but they don't want to hear about his research and his crazy theory. What is this crazy theory? That his race and that of the body parts they found have a common ancestry--so a reptilian species and a mammalian one are, in fact, cousins of sorts.

To prove his theory, Gegen and his research assistant go in search of the ship from which this dead man originated. Soon they find Voyager and use their advanced cloaking technology to sneak aboard the ship. Unfortunately, the crew are able to detect their presence and soon an unexpected first contact occurs.

Up until this discovery, you never seen or hear anything from the viewpoint of the Federation--it's all Voth. I don't think another episode has been done like this. Additionally, what happens AFTER is something that was really creative and makes this a must-see episode. I nearly gave this one a 10, but it did seem a tad preachy late in the show.


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