Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1, Episode 9

Prime Factors (20 Mar. 1995)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
The Doctor (credit only)
Gathorel Labin
Jaret Otel


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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A possible way home
17 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Voyager receives a distress call from an alien ship they are surprised to find that it doesn't need help but claims to be offering help to the crew of Voyager. These aliens, the Sikarians, invite everybody to visit their world for some Rest and Recuperation. Here they are keen to make everybody feel welcome. Harry is surprised when while on a date with one of the Sikarians he is taken to another planet using a transporter device which is vastly superior to anything he has seen before, so good that if Voyager could use the device it would knock forty years off their journey home. Janeway asks the Sikarian leader if they can have such a device to help them get home but her request is declined as they have a rule about giving technology to other races; a rule almost identical to Star Fleet's Prime Directive. The captain does all she can to persuade him but he is adamant that the law can't be bent. Another Sikarian is willing to break the rule in exchange for a copy of Voyager's literary archive. While the captain won't countenance breaking their laws B'Elanna, Seska and Lt. Carey plot to acquire the device, just as they are about to beam to the surface they are caught by Tuvok but surprisingly instead of arresting them he takes the archive of them and makes the trade himself. Of course when they get the device it doesn't work as planned and the captain is disappointed with the actions of her trusted senior officers.

This episode does not contain much in the way of action but poses some nice moral dilemmas for the crew; how can they expect other people to break their rules to help them when they are unwilling to break the Prime Directive to help others in need. It was a nice surprise when the person willing to break the Prime Directive turned out to be Tukok.

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