Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Distant Origin 

A superior race, descended from Earth dinosaurs, discovers Voyager, but living proof of the controversial Distant Origin Theory goes against widespread doctrine.


David Livingston


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Henry Woronicz ... Forra Gegen
Christopher Liam Moore ... Tova Veer
Marshall R. Teague ... Haluk
Concetta Tomei ... Minister Odala
Nina Minton Nina Minton ... Frola Gegen
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Two Voth scientists find the remains of Voyager crewman Hogan, who died on the Hanon planet where the crew was exiled by the Kazon during the two-part episode "Basics." DNA analysis of the remains shows links to their own DNA. While tracking and studying the Voyager crew, they are discovered. Pooling their knowledge, they conclude that the saurian are an evolved species of dinosaur that left Earth more than 65 million years ago. The main scientist is thrilled to be able to prove his Distant Origin Theory (proposing that his race originated elsewhere in the galaxy), but the rulers of his society place him on trial for heresy against the doctrinal teachings of their heritage, the central tenet being that they originated in the Delta Quadrant. The outcome of that trial threatens the Voyager crew as well. Written by Jeff L.

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Early in this episode Janeway and Chakotay mention that Earth's hadrosaurs were cold-blooded, but today most scientists believe they were warm-blooded. See more »


In Star Trek: Voyager: Fair Trade, Neelix uses a canister of Voyager's warp plasma to draw out criminals at Bahrat's space station (who desire its purity over the "contaminated" plasma of the station). This is the canister that Gegen and Veer obtain in order to track down Voyager; however, Neelix put space station plasma in the canister so the criminals would not have any chance of getting Voyager plasma. Using space station plasma, Gegen and Veer can't possibly track down Voyager. (Note: warp plasma, it would seem, is not be the same as plasma exhaust, as the later is a waste product of the impulse engines.) See more »


Gegen: [examining a human skull] Did your eyes see the planet of our origin, the true home of our race? Was it... beautiful? Was it covered by oceans, by sand? Were there nine moons above your head? Were there none?
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What a bizarro plot
13 November 2020 | by grotsky_afSee all my reviews

You would think "Voyager finds a race of super-smart dinosaurs who left Earth millions of years ago" would end up being dumb or corny like so many of the other more out-there episodes of the show, but everyone involved really went off. The writing is relatively grounded, there's a clear ethical message (trust science!!), and the acting and prosthetics are both killer. Also, is this the best Chakotay episode? The only other one that comes to mind is "Shattered", from season 7, which I also love. And "The Fight", of course (jk kimora).

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30 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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