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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[Engineering's attempt to secretly use the trajectory matrix has failed]
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: We're not going to cover this up.
Seska: Are you crazy? We don't have to take the blame for this!
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: But we're going to. We disobeyed orders, gambling it would pay off. It didn't. And now we just can't pretend like nothing happened.
Seska: I don't understand. There's no need for this.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: I'm sorry if you don't get it, Seska. But it has something to do with, um... with being able to live with yourself.
Seska: That doesn't sound like you. You've ...
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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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