Voyager finds a colony of Talaxians far from their home planet. When Neelix begins to bond with them he makes a major decision.



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Ian Meltzer ...
Commander Nocona (as John Kenton Shull)
Christian Conrad ...
Miner (as Christian R. Conrad)


Voyager finds a colony of Talaxians far from their home planet. When Neelix begins to bond with them he makes a major decision.

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Did You Know?


The song playing on the juke box in the mess hall in the opening scene is an instrumental version of Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby" which is played on the juke box in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) by Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell). The Star Trek: First Contact (1996) version had Orbison singing. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, the crew observes the 315th anniversary of First Contact Day, which is established in Star Trek: First Contact as having taken place on April 5, 2063. That would mean this episode takes place on April 5, 2378. However, the stardate later given in Captain Janeway's log, 54868.6, suggests that the episode actually takes place on November 12, 2377. (See Trivia Section for Star Trek: The Next Generation on how this was calculated.) See more »


[first lines]
B'Elanna Torres: [helping herself to a handful of cheese pierogi] Now, these are delicious!
Harry Kim: Uh, leave some for the rest of us.
B'Elanna Torres: Hey, I'm eating for two.
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References Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Farewell to Neelix
31 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While Neelix is leading the celebration of 'First Contact' day, a holiday of his own invention, the crew discovers a group of Telaxians living in a nearby asteroid field. When the Delta Flyer enters the field it is damaged my mining charges and makes a forced landing on the Telaxian's asteroid. After the landing Neelix is disappointed to find that the people there are suspicious of any non-Telaxians. As he gets to know them he grows to understand their suspicions as a group of alien miners are demanding they leave the asteroid so they can mine the minerals there. Voyager tries to help negotiations between the Telaxians and the miners but the latter are determined to mine the asteroid. It looks as if all is lost but Tuvok points out to Neelix that what the Telaxians need is a leader who can help them defend their home. Neelix then departs in his shuttle and helps them set up a shield around the asteroid. Having grown close to one of the women there he decides to stay with them and be the Federation's ambassador in the Delta Quadrant.

This was a good episode which saw the first departure of a major character since Kes left at the start of season four. Over the years Ethan Phillips did a fine job as Neelix, a character who could be a little annoying at times but overall was a fun character. This episode is also the last to feature young Naomi Wildman, to my mind the best Star Trek child as Scarlett Pomers played her as a normal child. The final scene between them was quite touching.

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