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) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Henry Darrow ... Kolopak
Richard Fancy ... Alien
Douglas Spain ... Young Chakotay
Nancy Hower 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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6 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Sims was responsible for hiring the trained hawk that swooped down and attacked Neelix. The fact that the bird was filmed on location became problematic during production, however, as the hawk did not do what was required of it. "Instead," recalled Alan Sims, "the hawk spotted a crow and went off after it in the opposite direction. It took hours to find him. The delay was a nightmare." See more »


After Ensign Wildman leaves Sickbay, Kes chides the Doctor for his lack of showing compassion and tells him that he doesn't know what it's like to "feel pain" or to "be hurt", but in Star Trek: Voyager: Projections he clearly felt physical pain on several occasions, and even suffered injuries. See more »


Young Chakotay: I will never make friends with bugs.
Kolopak: Maybe that's why they keep biting you.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Isn't the character Chakotay evidence that Star Trek had jumped the shark?!
12 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Perhaps I am a mean old cuss, but I always thought that the character Chakotay was a bit silly. After all, all of his pseudo-American Indian talk of spirit guides and the like sounded to me more like some white person's idea of what a native sounded like than anything else. Here, the away team lands on a planet and Chakotay recognizes symbols from a spirit journey. Does this REALLY sound like good sci-fi or just evidence that the show really had trouble coming up with good plots? I would say the latter.

What follows are a bunch of flashbacks where Chakotay remembers his childhood and his father. All of it seems to have nothing to do with sci-fi and comes off as silly filler. Overall, a rather terrible episode and one I don't ever want to see again.

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