Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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One Small Step 

Voyager crosses paths with a rare spatial anomaly that swallowed an Earth ship orbiting Mars in 2032 (a discovery that calls for an away mission).


Robert Picardo


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Phil Morris ... Lieutenant John Kelly
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Voyager encounters a graviton ellipse, a phenomenon that emerges from subspace on rare occasions. The anomaly engulfed a manned vessel during a Mars mission in 2032 and Chakotay is determined to retrieve the debris from inside the ellipse. Chakotay, Paris and Seven take the Delta Flyer in, but when an asteroid strikes, Chakotay, obsessed with retrieving the module, disobeys Janeway's order to leave. The collision renders the Flyer flightless as the ellipse prepares to return to subspace. Written by Meribor

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Buck Bokai, mentioned briefly in one of the baseball discussions in this episode, is the fictitious baseball player who broke Joe DiMaggio's record within the context of the Star Trek Universe. Although first mentioned in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), he is best known as a recurring gimmick in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). This is a rare Buck Bokai reference within "Star Trek: Voyager." See more »


In the opening scene, John Kelly seems to be referred by rank twice. The first time, they call him "lieutenant." A few sentences later, they call him "commander." Kelly was the mission commander, holding the rank of lieutenant. Both forms of address are accurate. Whether or not one would be used more than the other is another matter. The rank of Commander is derived from this. See more »


Lieutenant John Kelly: I guess this is John Kelly's last flight. This time, I can't blame it on pilot error. This time, no regrets. What I've seen... proves... we were right to come out here. We're not alone. I know that now.
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References Dune (1984) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Misunderstood Themes
14 September 2011 | by hour4chrisSee all my reviews

This is a misunderstood episode. One reviewer has said it would be expected if Tom acted irrationally but not Chakotay. It was explained that the Mars missions were a passion of his so yes he would be wanting the module and put it ahead of their well being. Meribor another reviewer says "And Seven brings the body back all for them to bury him in space. I think Kelly would've rather stayed with his ship, his dream." Anyone who has been in the service will know that the burial at the end is a high honor. The speech shows that seven is growing as an individual and connected with someone else. This episode is deep on many levels. You have to have some sort of analytic mind rather than "oh it's a show that makes you think. I won't like it." These people are explorers and will put their lives in danger to gain knowledge.

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17 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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