Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 13

Prototype (15 Jan. 1996)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
3947 / Cravic 122
Hugh Hodgin ...
6263 / Prototype


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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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 »


(at around 15 mins) When B'Elanna Torres comes around the table in Engineering, you can see her wearing white shoes, not the standard black boots that go with the Starfleet uniform See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: This is your show, Lieutenant. Whenever you're ready.
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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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Robot Wars!
14 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Voyager finds a broken robot floating in space B'Elanna is determined to get it working again, at first she can't think what to do, as its power supply is very different to anything she is used to dealing with. After a late night she discusses it with the Doctor and comes up with a solution. Once working again the robot seems grateful and explains that only 'The Makers' can create or repair power cells. He tells her how their makers are now extinct so he, and robots like him, can't be repaired when their power units fail. He asks B'Elanna to help them create a prototype for a new robot that they will be able to repair themselves. She is keen to help but Captain Janeway refuses as it would be a breech of the Prime Directive. When told the Robot kidnaps B'Elanna and takes her to its ship where it demands that she builds the prototype or they will destroy Voyager. While Voyager is making repairs after an engagement with the Robot ship another ship come and attacks the first. Robots also man this one; it turns out that the two groups of robots have been fighting ever since they killed their creators because they had tried to end the war. When B'Elanna realises that she has created a robot that will give one side the ability to create as many robots as they wish she must destroy her work.

This was a pretty good episode with plenty of action and some moral dilemmas. I quite liked the robots' primitive appearance; it gave then a classic sci-fi look one might expect in a film from the '50s. Roxann Dawson but in a good performance as B'Elanna, making the viewer empathise with the choices she had to make.

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