Voyager finds an automated life-form adrift in space. When B'Elanna Torres reactivates it, the unit realizes she may be able to help build more of its kind. The robot kidnaps Torres and ... See full summary »



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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Voyager finds an automated life-form adrift in space. When B'Elanna Torres reactivates it, the unit realizes she may be able to help build more of its kind. The robot kidnaps Torres and gives her an ultimatum: build a working prototype or Voyager will be destroyed. Written by Meribor

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15 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Unit 3947 states to have been in service 1,314,807 hours and 33 minutes. In Earth time, that translates to 149 years, 361 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes (if leap years are taken into account). See more »


While Voyager was observing the fight between the two ships, Captain Janeway assigned Chakotay to the con when Paris went to the shuttle bay but in cutaway, he is standing beside Tuvok at tactical. While it could be assumed he assigned someone to his station, it's unlikely he would have had time and no officer would abandoned the con position when in a dangerous situation when a quick exit may be needed. See more »


[last lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: It must have been difficult.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Difficult?
Captain Kathryn Janeway: To destroy what you created.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: It was necessary.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: I read your report. It was no small achievement, B'Elanna. You gave that unit life.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: You should have seen it, Captain. It was incredible. I installed that module, and the prototype looked up at me... and asked me for programming.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: As I said - it must have been difficult.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: It was necessary.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Torres is kidnapped by some really crappy looking robots.
13 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this show begins, the crew of Voyager finds a robot in space. Torres and Kim try to revive this unit but are frustrated by their lack of progress. Eventually, however, the dogged Torres is able to solve the puzzle and the robot is now 'alive'. She then learns that it was made long ago by an extinct race it refers to as 'the Builders'. And, since it also sees Torres as a new Builder, it decides to kidnap her and make her create a new prototype robot. So, it disables her and transfers to a ship run by other robots like it. When the Captain tries to rescue her, the robot ship easily overpowers Voyager and will destroy the ship unless Torres agrees to work with them. What's next?

As I watched, my oldest daughter looked at the screen and commented about what a crappy looking robot they used in the show. She said he 'looked like someone covered in aluminum foil'! Well, even if this is the case, the Builders might have cared little about aesthetics---so I don't necessarily see this as a flaw in the program.

So is the show any good? Well, the plot is VERY unique and the twist near the end is great. Because of this, I strongly recommend you see it--and mostly because the show is among the best of an otherwise sub-par second season.

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