Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Good Shepherd 

Three errant crewmen. What's Janeway to do? Take 'em on an away mission to see their colors true.


Winrich Kolbe


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


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Episode cast overview:
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
Jay Underwood ... Mortimer Harren
Michael Reisz ... William Telfer
Kimble Jemison Kimble Jemison ... Engineer
Zoe McLellan ... Tal Celes
Tom Morello ... Crewman Mitchell
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


In Seven's assessment of shipwide efficiency, she brings to the Captain's attention three 'black sheep' crewmen who have slipped through the cracks. Mortimer Harren (Jay Underwood) the overly-qualified underly-enthused engineer, Tal Celes has no confidence in herself and doesn't inspire it in others, and William Telfer the resident hypochondriac. Seeking to guide her strays back to the flock, Janeway orders them all to join her on an away mission to a class 'T' nebula in the Delta Flyer. Anxiety strikes when the know-it-all Harren gets sensor data very wrong, Tal is so worried about being wrong she can't get anything right, and an intrusive alien gives Telfer his first real medical emergency. Written by Meribor

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In his capacity as guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Morello (who played the bald junction crewman) had Voyager star Garrett Wang appear briefly in their video for "Sleep Now in the Fire." Wang is seen enjoying the music at about 2 minutes and 10 seconds into the video. See more »


When the Delta Flyer was first introduced on the show, it was obvious some of the prop monitors were 20th century flat-panel LCD screens, probably connected to computers running the graphics. In this episode, when they are in the back of the Delta Flyer preparing lunch, one of these monitors appears to have a Windows 98 error dialogue box open. See more »


Tal Celes: Well, just don't trust me with the analysis. I guarantee I'll get it wrong.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Well, with that attitude, I'm sure you will.
Tal Celes: This has nothing to do with attitude, Captain. You and I are wired differently. To you, this is nothing but data. To me, it-it's a monster with-with fangs and claws.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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A Great 'Moral' Story without the usual baggage
11 September 2011 | by danaighSee all my reviews

In any large group of people some are not going to feel included and so are resigned to being on the fringe of the group. But in the soft tyranny of our age ALL must identify and 'fit in' with the group.

The mess hall scene where the 'popular' Tom Paris, and the ever self important Ms Torres are discussing the outcast status of a crew member eating alone. High school never ends, even after 5 centuries. It was a nauseous, disturbingly sad scene.

And so, via the Voyager crew, an age old religion, the group-cult, exhibiting a group-think mentality of which even the Borg must be envious is ever with us (ref: Carrie). Thus enter the religious tie-in of the Captain as a stand in for Christ himself.

On first thought this was a heart warming episode of bringing back into the fold (sheep) the lost ones. But on second thought this is merely another instance of the co-opting a religious concept to enhance the current group-think more Borg than thou mindset currently in vogue.

Great acting by the outcasts. The captain as Christ was beyond belief as either satire or black humor. It's getting hard to tell anymore.

Truly disgusting.....But I love the series anyway.

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