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 credited cast:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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Hugh Hodgin ...
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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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47-reference: Automated Personnel Unit 3947. 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 »


Automated Personnel Unit 3947: You have terminated the prototype.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Yes. I have.
Automated Personnel Unit 3947: You will build another.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Never.
Automated Personnel Unit 3947: Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, I told 6263 you were not our enemy.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: I never wanted to be your enemy. I'm sorry.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

A very good episode. Finally what Voyager is supposed to be: the wide-eyed sci-fi premise from TOS without the PC liberalism of TNG... moral complexity in the face of the unknown.

B'Elanna becomes obsessed with a robot found floating in space and restores it to working order. The robot is from a race of robots whose creators no longer exist, and he asks B'Elanna to help him create a new prototype so that the droids can "reproduce" and perpetuate. When she refuses the robot reveals his true nature by kidnapping and demanding her assistance, and B'Elanna soon learns that robots- innocent but amoral- can be just as dangerous as living people. When the prototype reveals its capacity for evil, posing a legitimate threat to humanity she destroys her own creation, and the dark and strange moment had me wondering how TNG would have handled the same storyline without chickening out.

I see Picard handing out Enterprise coffee mugs and sending the 'bots on their way, wishing them good luck and continued success in their travels and conquest of the galaxy. "Voyager" has the balls to face the situation's inevitable dark conclusion, and it makes for a very good episode.


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