Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Distant Origin 

A Voth scientist finds the remains of a Voyager crewman who died on the planet where the crew was exiled by the Kazon during the two-part episode "Basics". An analysis of the remains' DNA ... See full summary »


David Livingston


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Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... 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)


A Voth scientist finds the remains of a Voyager crewman who died on the planet where the crew was exiled by the Kazon during the two-part episode "Basics". An analysis of the remains' DNA shows links to his own DNA. While tracking and studying the Voyager crew, the scientist and his aide are discovered; they eventually pool their knowledge and conclude that the saurian is an evolved dinosaur from a species that left Earth more than 65 million years earlier. The scientist is thrilled to be able to prove his Distant Origin theory (that his Voth 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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30 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Voyager's crew complement, as of this episode, is 149 (148 stated life signs plus The Doctor) See more »


At the beginning, the saurian scientist states that "...before we only had a theory, but now we have proof." No trained scientist would make that mistake. He would have used "hypothesis" instead of "theory," since theory in science is not a guess but an established (through experimentation) truth that guides an understanding of a phenomenon (such as "the theory of gravity"). See more »


[on the clicking sounds made by the cloaked Voth]
Lieutenant Tom Paris: Tuvok, I hope that's your stomach.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Reality in Space
27 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a really well thought out and "realistic" offering. A couple of Saurian paleontologists from Voth have theorized, with great evidence, that their race originated on Earth during the time of the dinosaurs. But because they have a leadership that doesn't allow for challenges to its dogma, they are seen as threats. They escape in a ship and locate Voyager, the inhabitants of which will provide evidence of their theories. All that said, millions of years of entrenched dogma are hard to overturn through evidence and power loves to keep power. One of the very finest of the Voyager series.

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