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Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Cloud 

Voyager becomes trapped in a strange nebula when the crew searches for a new power source for the ship.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Angela Dohrmann ... Ricky
Judy Geeson ... Sandrine
Larry Hankin ... Gaunt Gary
Luigi Amodeo ... The Gigolo


With power reserves running low, the crew of Voyager alters course to enter a nebula in which there is a usable power source or "coffee" as Captain Janeway puts it. However, once they enter the nebula they encounter numerous problems including being attacked by an unknown substance which cripples every defense system on the ship. The crew discovers the nebula was not a real nebula, but was in fact, a life form, and Voyager returns to help the creature recover from the damage they caused whilst trying to escape from it. This episode is the first time viewers are introduced to 'Sandrine's', a holodeck program created by Tom Paris. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The eight-ball that Janeway sinks was performed by Kate Mulgrew herself. See more »


When Harry and Tom are in Sandrine's pool room, Tom challenges Harry to a game of pool. The camera shows Tom starting to rack the pool balls, then pans up. His hand movements from start to finish only account for him placing 5 or 6 balls in the rack. He then removes the racking triangle and moves to the opposite end to break. The next camera cut shows all 15 balls are in place for the break. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Personal log, stardate 48546.2 - Our journey home is several weeks old now, and I have begun to notice in my crew, and in myself, a subtle change, as the reality of our situation settles in. Here, in the Delta Quadrant, we are virtually the entire family of man. We are more than a crew, and I must find a way to be more than a captain to these people. But it's not clear to me exactly how to begin. At the Academy, we're taught that a captain is expected to maintain a certain distance...
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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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Depleting interest reserves
2 March 2017 | by jurificSee all my reviews

A rather weak episode that is as nebulous in its 3 disjointed story concepts as in subject matter. Healing the cloud entity as a plot relies almost entirely on technobable and limited low budget visuals which diminish the already low stakes low interest plot line. Paris' bar begins one of the many terrible holodeck segments voyager cycled through between seasons. With seemingly endless possibilities, a seedy bar with holographic prostitutes simply cannot be the place you invite your crew-mates to hang out in. Lastly the chakotay section was actually alright, if a but fluffy, and constantly tight-roping the line between offensive and tasteful.

Janeway comes across so far this season as a talented scientist with inconsistent command ability. In the same episode she puts down Neelix's whining with authority, and then later allows him to disrupt all bridge operations with a snack and a proclamation about his new self-appointed ship officer position. Others have already touched on her questionable decisions to risk everyone's life, ship power, and fuel reserves on a humanitarian detour.

All in all, a Pretty weak and disjointed episode that never really impressed and leaves the viewer a little frustrated by the characters.

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13 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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