Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 9

Tattoo (6 Nov. 1995)

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Finding a familiar cultural symbol on an away mission, Chakoaty connects with an experience he had as a child and tries to contact his spirit people.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Nancy Hower ...
Joseph Palmas ...


While on an away mission, Chakotay finds symbols and structures similar to ones he saw when he was 15 on an expedition with his father on Earth, 70,000 light-years away. When the weather, plants and animals of the planet seem to be opposed to the presence of Voyager and it's crew, Chakotay seeks a way to gain the trust of the inhabitants by embracing the teaching of his father and his tribe. Meanwhile, The Doctor programs himself with flu symptoms in order to empathize with his patients. Written by Meribor

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2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

"Me and my brother were talking to each other about what makes a man a man..."

Chakotay ventures to a rain forest-like planet where he meets a tribe of natives similar to American Indians. This triggers a series of flashbacks to an expedition he'd made with his father, who was sort of a cross between Graham Greene and Indiana Jones.

It seems that Humans (read: Americans) have gotten a bad reputation throughout the galaxy: the Natives fear them as murderous conquerers, looking to steal their land and abuse their resources. Chakotay convinces the natives that the Voyager crew means them no harm by laying down his weapon, stripping off his clothes, and singing "Lean On Me" while playing the harpsichord. Okay, I made up the harpsichord part but the rest is all true...

Just in case you forgot this was Voyager and were missing your weekly nightmare moment Neelix gets his eyeballs pecked out by a vicious eagle patrolling the skies. The episode reaffirms the Native American culture: humility before nature, respect for animals and the land... the flashbacks are nice, and do a wonderful job of fleshing out Chakotay's culture and beliefs while never being preachy.

The only problem here is that it's a rather unengaging affair: the finale, with the ship being caught in a cyclone, feels tacked-on and contrived. Otherwise a good show.


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