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Episode cast overview:
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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15 January 1996 (USA)  »

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This episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


In the opening sequence, just after Harry and B' Elana decide to insert the EPS conduit into the Prototype - The Prototype begins to follow Harry's movements around the room (this should alert their attention to the movement of the Prototype's head). Further, the Prototype ends on a monitor viewing himself in reflection - whereas his head should be skewed or turned to view himself from it's shown position on the monitor, of looking straight up at the ceiling. See more »


Ensign Harry Kim: You may think you're tougher than everybody else, B'Elanna Torres, but I can go without sleep just as long as you can.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Don't make me laugh, Starfleet. And don't make me pull rank on you, either.
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References Short Circuit (1986) 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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