Oscars 2021: Explore the nominees, videos, photos, and more.
Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
6 user 4 critic

Basics, Part I 

Seska knows Voyager, and her Kazon cohorts want it, so the Voyager crew wonders what to make of her distress call announcing the birth of Chatotay's son.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Brad Dourif ... Crewman Lon Suder
Anthony De Longis ... First Maje Culluh
John Gegenhuber John Gegenhuber ... Tierna
Martha Hackett ... Seska
Henry Darrow ... Kolopak
Scott Haven ... Kazon #1


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. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

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 »


The Doctor: [accidentally projected into space] Help! Man overboard!
See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
See more »

User Reviews

Can the crew be this dumb? Apparently so.
16 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although "Basics" is an enjoyable episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", it's also one that strains common sense. After all, to believe it, you must also believe that the Federation folks are amazingly dumb!

When the show begins, Mr. Suder (the murderer from several episodes back who is confined to his quarters) is frustrated. Now that he's learned some self-control through the help of Tuvok, he wants to give back something to help the crew--but the Captain is apprehensive considering his track record. This will become important later in the episode as well as in the second part of the show.

Soon Voyager hears from Seska. She indicates in a distress call that she and Chakotay's baby are in trouble and the message cuts off. Although EVERY SINGLE #*@$ing time they deal with her she lies and tries to destroy the ship, Voyager responds to what obviously must be a trap and gets itself trapped. Why? Because Chakotay went on some spiritual journey to talk to his dead father and dead daddy told him to! Is that any way to run a starship?!?! This is insultingly stupid and I also assume most Native Americans would also be insulted that their culture would be represented this way.

Soon the Kazon easily take the ship and transport the crew to a desolate planet where they dump them. Why not kill the Federation crew?! Additionally, Paris escapes in a shuttle to look for help and aboard the ship are Suder and the Doctor. Can these three possibly do anything to help regain the ship?!

As I said, this show has some major logical problems--too many. Because of this, I'm knocking off a few points. But it is watchable and enjoyable nevertheless.

19 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Site




Greek | English

Release Date:

20 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed