Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Once Upon A Time 

Long-traumatized by the loss of his own family, Neelix balks at telling Naomi that her mother and others have gone missing on an away mission.


John T. Kretchmer (as John Kretchmer)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 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
Louis Ferreira ... Trevis (as Justin Louis)
Nancy Hower ... Ensign Samantha Wildman
Scarlett Pomers ... Naomi Wildman
Wallace Langham ... Flotter T. Water III
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


The Delta Flyer crash lands after encountering an ion storm. Voyager desperately tries to contact and rescue Tuvok, Paris, and a badly injured Ensign Samantha Wildman. Meanwhile aboard ship, Neelix attempts to distract young Naomi Wildman, who is eager to hear from her mother. Finding out the truth, Naomi escapes into a popular children's holo-novel. Written by Meribor

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Harry Kim, Samantha Wildman, and Captain Janeway mention that they thoroughly enjoyed the Flotter "holostories" when they were children, with Janeway claiming to have flooded the entire Forest of Forever when she was six. This suggests that some form of holographic technology was in use as a recreational device for children long before holodecks were in use on starships. See more »


The number of Naomi Wildman's cranial ridges has changed. She now has four, when previously she had three. Since they are most likely made of bone-like material, it is highly unlikely that their number would change so suddenly. At least this would be true for humans; however, Naomi is part-alien and the number of ridges might well change as the child ages. Compare with human teeth: children have a total of 24 milk teeth, whereas adults have a total of 32 teeth. See more »


[Ensign Wildman has been injured in a crash landing]
Tom Paris: [examining her] You'll be all right. Minor concussion, a few fractures - nothing I can't handle.
Ensign Samantha Wildman: You're a great nurse, but you're a lousy liar.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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This should have been a video game
19 May 2020 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

There we go again, thinking that Voyager is about us, well it is, but in this episode it's about Naomi Wildman, who makes her premier with the actress that played the role throughout the end of the series. The character had appeared before but the first time only as an infant and the second time as a much younger girl.

So the story has to be told from her level, which appears to be approximately an 8 to 12-year-old child (Naomi of course grows fast being half Katarian). And I think this episode captures how a child would perceive events occurring on voyager at the time.

But the character of "Flotter T Water" played by the great character actor Wallace Langham, isn't just here for Naomi's benefit.

Because this holodeck program was used (and abused) by both Naomi's mother Samantha and Captain Janeway when they were both kids. And of course by Ensign Kim. In fact, the character of Flotter appears to be something that most of the crew of Voyager is familiar with.

Which is a very human thing, how many of us grew up watching certain cartoons or played certain games, only to see that when we grew up and had kids of our own, they loved the same games and cartoons that we did? Beanie and Cecil... Clutch Cargo... Fireball XL-5... Thunderbirds (And Jon Frakes directed the remake)...?

The B story behind this, the Delta flyer in jeopardy and we have our old friend the "ion storm" to blame, Naomi's mother on the flyer, and Neelix being Naomi's godfather is only doing what he thinks best to shield Naomi from some bad news during a time when he felt she didn't really need to know it.

Of course, this was a mistake.

Getting back to the holodeck program of the episode, if I were a kid I would have loved it. But the holodeck program is a parallel to what is occurring with Naomi's mother, who of course is being pursued by a real "ogre of fire".

As an adult, I see a child's program that has colorful characters that are somewhat funny, in a juvenile way of course, but is also designed to teach the child certain rudimentary things about how the world works.

But of course children like Naomi, and Janeway when she was a child, as being more inquisitive had to tweak the program...

I don't consider this a weak or a substandard episode at all, it in fact deals with something that is very sensitive, how do you talk to a child when their parent is in jeopardy?

Of course Naomi lives in an enviable environment, on a starship. But being the only child makes it difficult. Eventually that issue is remedied somewhat, albeit temporarily.

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