Both the Voyager crew and the Maquis have to deal with the powerful alien - the Caretaker - who transported them 70,000 light-years across the galaxy, to see if he will send them back home. At the same time, a group of warrior aliens called the Kazon strive to gain control of the Caretaker's space station and become the most powerful force in the region.Written by
Scott MacDonald has appeared in all of the Star Trek television spin-offs. His most frequent Star Trek role was that of the Xindi-Reptilian Commander Dolim during the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise. He has also played the roles of Tosk on DS9 "Captive Pursuit", Goran'Agar on DS9 "Hippocratic Oath", Sub Commander N'Vek on TNG "Face of the Enemy" and Ensign Rollins on Voyager "Caretaker". See more »
At the start of the series the crew is seen using phaser and tricorder models from The Next Generation, however the models for these change to the First Contact designs later in the series. If the ship is lost in the Delta Quadrant with no way of contacting Starfleet, these updated models would not be available. See more »
As a pilot, Caretaker works reasonably well. Each new character is introduced adequately and also familar settings and characters are thrown in to support the plot.
Introducing the Kazon's was always going to be a bad move. However, the Neelix/Kes relationship was strong from the very start, and Mulgrew convinces as a new captain.
As he does throughout the series, the Doctor provided the humour elements which have become a trademark of ST: Voyager over the years. Its a shame Chakotay had to replace the demised 1st officer as he looked just right for the part.
Caretaker does not however grip you like the pilots for the other three Trek series', and although I think as a whole ST: Voyager outshines the lot of them put together, this TV movie demonstrates how they had to scrape away the mud before reaching the gold.
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