A Voyager sensor scan reveals what seems to be a previously undiscovered chemical element in a group of asteroids. Some of the asteroids support a class M environment so, an away team is dispatched to investigate. The away team discovers the asteroid to be a burial ground for an unknown culture. Chakotay, a Native American, advocates a respectful, unintrusive perusal of the bodies and their bizarre web-like enclosures. The unknown new chemical apparently is a bi-product of the bodies' decomposition process. The away team detects a peculiar phenomenon developing and activate their tricorders to investigate. Chakotay calls for a transport off of the asteroid. Before all of the crew can be evacuated Ensign Kim is redirected to another planet and an alien is beamed aboard Voyager instead. A peculiar "First Contact" offers a chance for Kim to learn about another race, while the Voyager crew is faced with an even more challenging First Contact of their own.
Did You Know?
This episode was the first of Star Trek: Voyager to have five acts (rather than eight or four) and was one of the most affected by act formatting changes, specifically the decision - made in the first week of January 1995 - to return to the idea of regular episodes each having five acts rather than four. See more
It took Voyager 5 seconds to move .5 light years away at warp 7. This means at warp 7 Voyager can return to the Alpha quadrant in 7 hours. Not 75 years. See more
Captain Kathryn Janeway
Captain's log, stardate 48623.5 - There are 246 elements known to Federation science. We believe we have just discovered the 247th, inside the ring system of a class D planet.
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more