Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Friendship One 

For the first time in seven years, Voyager gets a mission from Starfleet Command: retrieve the 21st century probe Friendship One from a nearby planet.


Michael Vejar


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Ken Land ... Verin
John Prosky ... Otrin
Bari Hochwald Bari Hochwald ... Brin
Peter Dennis ... Admiral Hendricks
Ashley Edner ... Yun
Josh Clark ... Lt. Joe Carey


Voyager is instructed by Starfleet to retrieve a probe that was sent from Earth in the 21st century and was not heard from since. Its last known whereabouts is where Voyager is now. Janeway sends some men to retrieve it but they discover that the planet it is on is inhabited, and the inhabitants believe that the probe is a weapon because it emanates an energy that is harming them. They tell Janeway to help them relocate. But Seven thinks they can cure them and remove the energy that is harming them. And when Janeway tells them, they don't believe her. They insist that Janeway relocate them and if she doesn't they will kill her people and they kill one of them to prove they're serious. Written by

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The Friendship One probe in this story is a thinly veiled approximation of the (appropriately named) Voyager I & II space probes launched by NASA in 1977. They also include records (made of gold) that have greetings from Earth in 55 languages including - no kidding - whale. There are also over 100 scenes of Earth and music from Bach to Chuck Berry. At this point in time, the probes are over 13 billion miles (21 billion km) from home, but still far from even one light year, which is 6 trillion miles (9.7 trillion km). See more »


When the origin of the nanoprobes used to treat him is revealed as being in Seven's bloodstream, Otrin asks if there are others like her in the crew. Seven replies no and that she is unique; however there is another former Borg drone, Icheb, in the crew. See more »


[first lines]
Friendship 1 Recording: We, the people of Earth, greet you in a spirit of peace and humility. As we venture out of our solar system, we hope to earn the trust and friendship of other worlds.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


Four Seasons
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Could have been a classic but ended up a missed opportunity
11 August 2020 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Voyager receives its first official Starfleet assignment to locate the historical Friendship One probe.

The concept of the probe is excellent and is an important part of the Star Trek franchise, but unfortunately the plot devised to explore Voyager's mission to retrieve it is unoriginal and not very well done.

I don't have a problem with the themes the writers incorporate nor the points of view presented in the story. I have my own opinions on most of the themes covered Star Trek but don't take the franchise as seriously as some of the more angry reviewers. Ultimately the writers have the creative freedom to incorporate whatever issues they want into the material. End of!

What I struggled with is how annoying the characters become and frustrating it is with the focus fixed solely on the probe's consequences. Personally, I think they should definitely have covered these issues, but not let it dominate the episode. There could have been a short scene or sequence that address the ethics and then concentrated the remaining time on putting it right. Rather than string out a relatively tedious hostage drama, the suspense could have been created from the crew devising and executing the solution.

Oh and the less said about Lt. Joe Carey the better!

Excellent idea, but disappointed they didn't take a different or more original approach.

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25 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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