Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Hope And Fear 

A tough coded message from Starfleet with a promise of home and a helpful alien adept at cracking language patterns. The coincidence seems too convenient for Capt. Janeway.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 more credits »




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
Ray Wise ... Arturis
Jack Shearer ... Adm. Hayes
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


An alien visitor named Arturis (virtually a living universal translator) interprets a damaged five-month-old data stream message from Starfleet Command, leading Voyager's crew to the Dauntless, an unmanned Starfleet rescue ship. Its novel "quantum slipstream drive" offers a quick trip home to Earth. This sudden all-too-convenient ability to return to Earth (and Seven of Nine's decision to stay in the Delta Quadrant) leaves Capt. Janeway wary, and her decryption of the full message proves her right to be. Written by statmanjeff

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Although the Dauntless' bridge and engineering room had to be newly constructed, the star ship's brig was merely a redress of the Voyager brig set. The console outside the Dauntless' cell was taken from the set for The Doctor's office aboard Voyager and the ship's engine core was previously used in Star Trek: Voyager: Rise (1997). See more »


In this instance, the Voyager covered fifteen light years in two days in catching up to the Dauntless. Based on that information, it would take Voyager 8000 days (21.9 years) to get home without any changes to the ship, not the larger numbers that have been tossed around in other episodes. See more »


[the crew have checked out the "USS Dauntless" as suitable to get them home]
Harry Kim: So, what're we waiting for?
Seven of Nine: Your enthusiasm is premature. Voyager is a proven vessel. It would be reckless to abandon it so quickly.
Harry Kim: Come on, where's that Borg spirit? We'll adapt.
Seven of Nine: My 'Borg spirit' gives me an objectivity you lack.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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In the Fold?
3 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a nice ending to the Fourth Season. An alien named Arturis has amazing skills. He can read and interpret numerous languages. Neelix brings him on board after a planetary shopping trip. He is seemingly kind and thoughtful. But there is a mystery. Soon a ship appears with a Starfleet signature and things go sour. This ship is the answer to their dreams (or so they think). This is a good episode because of the continuing evolution of Seven. I wonder if her conflicts with Janeway are over or she will continue to be a constructive thorn in the side. The episode is well paced and doesn't have some of the maudlin stuff that sometimes invades this series.

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20 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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