Seska's distress message announcing the birth of Chakotay's son puts the Voyager crew in a bind. Both Seska and the Kazon-Nistrim she's allied with are highly devious and untrustworthy. Is the message genuine or an opening gambit towards seizing Voyager. Chakotay must decide whether or not to accept the baby as his son, as sperm for its conception was taken against his knowledge. As Voyager gears up for confrontation with the Kazon, murderous Mr. Suder (still confined to quarters and under therapy with Tuvok) begs Capt. Janeway to allow him to bio-engineer improved vegetables for the ship's garden.
Did You Know?
This episode and its conclusion, Star Trek: Voyager: Basics, Part II
(1996), were the last Voyager (and Star Trek) episodes written by series creator Michael Piller
before he left to pursue other projects (although he remained on as creative consultant, and returned to the franchise to write the feature film Star Trek: Insurrection
(1998)). Piller stated that he the title "Basics" was chosen for a number of reasons: "It wasn't by chance that it was about some fundamental issues confronting this Starfleet crew, because it was my message to the franchise to say... the key for success, the way to make this show work, the way to make this franchise fresh, is to stay with the basics that Gene Roddenberry
set forth to us to begin with, to do the stories that have themes, to always ask, 'What is it about?' [...] That's what Roddenberry taught me and that was my last message to the staff of Voyager." See more
At 12:41 in the briefing scene when discussing the possibility of projecting holographic ships to fool the Kazon, Janeway orders Torres to "Work on The Doctor with it" instead of "Work with The Doctor on it." See more
[accidentally projected into space
Help! Man overboard!
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more