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Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Finding a familiar cultural symbol on an away mission, Chakotay connects with an experience he had as a child and tries to contact his spirit people.


Alexander Singer


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Henry Darrow ... Kolopak
Richard Fancy ... Alien
Douglas Spain ... Young Chakotay
Nancy Hower ... Ensign Samantha Wildman
Richard Chaves ... Chief
Joseph Palmas Joseph Palmas ... Antonio


While on an away mission, Chakotay finds symbols and structures similar to ones he saw when he was 15 on an expedition with his father on Earth, 70,000 light-years away. When the weather, plants and animals of the planet seem to be opposed to the presence of Voyager and its crew, Chakotay seeks a way to gain the trust of the inhabitants by embracing the teaching of his father and his tribe. Meanwhile, The Doctor programs himself with flu symptoms in order to empathize with his patients. Written by Meribor

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This is the second of three Chakotay-centric second season episodes, the others being Star Trek: Voyager: Initiations (1995) and Star Trek: Voyager: Maneuvers (1995). See more »


When Neelix is attacked by the "hawk", Commander Chakotay has Neelix transported back to the ship. Only moments before did they take a shuttle craft due to the inability of the transporter to lock onto a location. While Tuvok correctly surmises later that this is due to the aliens' attempts to keep Voyager's people away, and that attempts to leave would not be hindered, Chakotay has no way of knowing this when he calls for the beam-out. See more »


Young Chakotay: The Sky Spirits must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Dr to the rescue
20 March 2021 | by twanster-97655See all my reviews

The doctor really was a gem in this series. This is another episode that is mostly remembered because the holo doctor gets the scify equivalent of "manflu" and thinks he's dying. The main story is abit silly, not bad but silly, we are led to believe that these aliens visited earth 45,000 years ago and then settled on a planet that just happens to be in the path of the only other "native" from earth.. By the time voyager ends they've rewritten everything about earth from dinosaurs making spaceships and leaving earth (voth) to the origins of natives being from space aswell.. What next.. Bill Gates created the Borg?

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6 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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