Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Basics: Part I 

Seska knows Voyager, and her Kazon cohorts want it, so the Voyager crew wonders what to make of her distress call announcing the birth of Chatotay's son.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 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
Brad Dourif ... Crewman Lon Suder
Anthony De Longis ... First Maje Culluh
John Gegenhuber John Gegenhuber ... Tierna
Martha Hackett ... Seska
Henry Darrow ... Kolopak
Scott Haven ... Kazon #1


Seska's distress message announcing the birth of Chakotay's son puts the Voyager crew in a bind. Both Seska and the Kazon-Nistrim she's allied with are highly devious and untrustworthy. Is the message genuine or an opening gambit towards seizing Voyager. Chakotay must decide whether or not to accept the baby as his son, as sperm for its conception was taken against his knowledge. As Voyager gears up for confrontation with the Kazon, murderous Mr. Suder (still confined to quarters and under therapy with Tuvok) begs Capt. Janeway to allow him to bio-engineer improved vegetables for the ship's garden. Written by statmanjeff

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20 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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This takes place in 2372. See more »


When two Kazon shuttles attack Voyager 22:08 into the episode, the ship is at warp while firing on the Kazon vessels; however, while at warp the nacelles are in the down position instead of the usually angled warp position. See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: [the problem with Seska allying with the Kason] She knows you, Chakotay. She knew how you'd react when you saw your son in danger.
Commander Chakotay: I have a duty to this crew. I can't just leave and go looking for the child.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: And I'd never consider letting you go into a Kazon-Nistrim stronghold by yourself. If we do this, we do it together. That's something else Seska would know, too.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Entertaining Certainly/But Some Really Bad Judgment for People With Their Abilities
21 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Chikotay becomes the fulcrum in this final episode of Season Two. Once again, Ceska, one of the biggest rats in any setting, pretends she is in grave danger, showing Chikotay "his son." He is not his son. He is a product of deception and is used to play on human sympathies and good will. When that Kazon guy comes on board, it should have been obvious that there was something up. Funny, the Doctor didn't notice his planted device. I am tired of the Native American stuff and the literal appearance of spirits on demand. I think this is a bit insulting. Did anyone notice how the father didn't let his son tell him a few more details. Did anyone ever weigh the value of the entire crew over Chikotay's forced paternal being? But all the foolishness of Janeway and the rest, we are left with a cliffhanger going into Season Three. The crew is on a prehistoric planet. By the way. Why did the Kazon not just kill everyone? They would have eliminated a lot of trouble. They are a bloodthirsty lot and it would have been in character.

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