Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 8

One Small Step (17 Nov. 1999)

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Voyager encounters a graviton ellipse, a phenomenon that emerges from subspace on rare occasions. The anomaly engulfed a manned vessel during a Mars mission in 2032 and Chakotay is ... See full summary »



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Voyager encounters a graviton ellipse, a phenomenon that emerges from subspace on rare occasions. The anomaly engulfed a manned vessel during a Mars mission in 2032 and Chakotay is determined to retrieve the debris from inside the ellipse. Chakotay, Paris and Seven take the Delta Flyer in, but when an asteroid strikes, Chakotay, obsessed with retrieving the module, disobeys Janeway's order to leave. The collision renders the Flyer flightless as the ellipse prepares to return to subspace. Written by Meribor

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47 Reference, in reverse - While Seven is complaining to wounded Chakotay that he disobeyed the captain and caused the current situation, the system status display behind her shows panel 2471-0. See more »


In the opening scene, John Kelly is referred by rank twice. The first time, they call him "lieutenant". A few sentences later, they call him "commander". See more »


[Seven, Chakotay and Paris are trapped inside an anomaly while searching for a ship of 300 years old]
Chakotay: I made a mistake. I put the mission at risk.
Seven of Nine: You put our lives at risk!
Chakotay: Well, if we don't make it out, someone's bound to come looking for us in a few hundred years.
[Seven gives him a funny look]
Chakotay: Defusing a tense situation with humor. Remember?
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Misunderstood Themes
14 September 2011 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

This is a misunderstood episode. One reviewer has said it would be expected if Tom acted irrationally but not Chakotay. It was explained that the Mars missions were a passion of his so yes he would be wanting the module and put it ahead of their well being. Meribor another reviewer says "And Seven brings the body back all for them to bury him in space. I think Kelly would've rather stayed with his ship, his dream." Anyone who has been in the service will know that the burial at the end is a high honor. The speech shows that seven is growing as an individual and connected with someone else. This episode is deep on many levels. You have to have some sort of analytic mind rather than "oh it's a show that makes you think. I won't like it." These people are explorers and will put their lives in danger to gain knowledge.

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