The crew encounters a hedonistic alien race with the ability to travel through the galaxy at will -- an ability that may be the key to Voyager's returning home.

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Voyager makes friends with the Sikaris, a hospitable race who values stories and literature from other races. When Janeway realizes the Sikaris have the ability to 'fold' space, instantly transporting people 40,000 light years, she is desperate for the technology, but the Sikaris law forbids it. Several Maquis on Voyager refuse to give up on this chance to get over halfway home and try to make a covert trade. Written by Meribor

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If the Sikarians would have been able to adapt their technology to Voyager's systems, they would easily be able to install it onto one of their own ships. If they brought one small enough to fit into Voyager's shuttle bay, installed the technology on Voyager, made the jump to get Voyager 40,000 light years closer to home, then dismantled the technology and transferred it onto their own ship, they could return to Sikaris with their laws intact and having still helped Voyager. See more »

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: It's the first time we've been on the other side of the fence.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: What fence?
Captain Kathryn Janeway: The one that's made of binding principles. We have our own set of rules, which includes the Prime Directive. How many times have we been in the position of refusing to interfere when some kind of disaster threatened an alien culture? It's all very well to say we do it on the basis of an enlightened principle. But how does that feel to the aliens? I'm sure many of them think the Prime Directive is a lousy idea.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
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Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Wow...the crew is actually rather morally corrupt...
4 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Prime Factors" is the second episode in a row where the Prime Directive actually seems to mean very little to some of the crew of the Voyager. This is pretty odd--especially considering what sticklers they usually are in other episodes.

The show begins with the Sikarians inviting the crew to their planet so that they can spoil them and heap lots of hospitality upon them. So far so good. However, Ensign Kim learns that these people also have the ability to fold space--enabling them to go light-years all at once. Naturally the Voyager crew is thrilled about getting their hands on this technology. But the Sikarian host isn't about to give them anything--and his motives for being so friendly suddenly bother the Captain and she insists on leaving the planet. But with a rival Sikarian who IS willing to make the trade, the Prime Directive is about to be tested--and some of the crew (with a couple surprises) seem more than willing to compromise their deepest held beliefs.

As I said, the show is inconsistent--especially as normally Janeway and the rest are amazingly touchy-feely and abide to the Prime Directive so strongly. So, it isn't that their violating it bothers me, it's the selectiveness of this and that shows indifferent writing for the show. Worth seeing but it really makes little sense when seen in light of the overall show style and structure.


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