Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Capt. Janeway recalls her ancestor, Shannon O'Donnell, with great reverence, but historical records don't back up the family story.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway / Shannon O'Donnell
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
Kevin Tighe ... Henry Janeway
John Carroll Lynch ... Gerald Moss - Millenium Gate Spokesperson
Bradley Pierce ... Jason Janeway
Christopher Curry ... Automobile Driver
James Greene James Greene ... Passerby
Kristina Hayes ... Marci Collins


The Voyager crew swaps stories of family history. Janeway is most proud of her ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, who has been celebrated by the Janeway clan for generations as an astronaut and pivotal member of The Millenium Gate and several Mars projects that followed. When research and history-buff Tom Paris prove the stories wrong, that O'Donnell wasn't the hero Janeway made her out to be, the crew points out that her inspiration made Janeway join Starfleet - and that is an accomplishment in itself. Written by Meribor

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In the opening scene, Neelix says that the Great Wall of China is one of the few human-made objects visible to the naked eye from space. Contrary to popular myth, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space by the naked eye. See more »


Captain Janeway remarks that, ever since she was a child, she's been fascinated with her ancestor Shannon O'Donnel and her work on the Millennium Gate in 1999. In Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End, when Janeway is on Earth in 1996, she remarks that she had no idea what her ancestors were doing. See more »


Shannon O'Donnell: Half the town is out there, you're on the news, maybe you'll even go down in history; you have made your point.
Henry Janeway: Well, obviously I haven't, because if I had, you wouldn't be asking me to sign my life away.
Shannon O'Donnell: Maybe, if you'd looked up from your books once in a while, you'd see what's in front of you.
Henry Janeway: Oh, please, no more speeches about the future.
Shannon O'Donnell: As long as I don't have to hear you pontificate about the past.
Henry Janeway: It's a deal. Glad we had this chat. Goodbye.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Carbon Creek (2002) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Worst Episode Ever

Another review here made every point I would so I will keep this short and bitter. Boring, pointless, meaningless... The dialogue is trite and really difficult to endure. I watched this episode once and won't bother again. The premise about the millennium, I guess at the time was supposed to be involving, but considering the millennium didn't start for another two years (2001) this really was out of place, technically. It drudges on and there is no real point to the story. It lifts out completely and ads nothing at all to my appreciation of Janeway. Feel free to skip without missing anything. Its not like they even make a connection to Janeway, or tell us how it has any real significance to her; maybe if they linked it and showed a real unique or unexpected time-connection that could have made it better, or ad some mystery to it. Its just not there... fire whomever wrote this tripe. I can hardly remember what it was about; a bookstore or something. Just like I don't care for the 'Fair Haven' or really any major 'Holodeck' based episode on TNG or any of the them. I watch Star Trek to see spaceships and exploration of the 'Trek' galaxy. Not to see something that would have been rejected from 'Masterpiece Theatre' for being too dull.

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