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 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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11 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2375. See more »


Naomi Wildman appears to be about six or seven years old; and, in the episode, Seven of Nine mentions a time when she was six, to which Neelix replies "...about Naomi's age...". Naomi can be no more than four years old at this point. She was born towards the end of the second season, and it is stated in prior episodes and episodes immediately following that Voyager has only been in the Delta Quadrant for four years. See more »


Flotter T. Water III: You know, for a monster, you're very polite.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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25 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Little Naomi Wildman has grown and spends quite a bit of this episode in some holo deck children's story interacting with some characters that are annoying but which have really good costumes/make-up. Throughout the show, her godfather Neelix spends a lot of time with her--in and out of the holodeck because her mother has been lost on an away team mission with Tuvok and Paris. Naturally, you KNOW that the last two must survive but whether Ensign Wildman will is uncertain-- especially since she's been injured when the shuttle crashed.

You know that the episode cannot be that good when the big conflict is whether or not Neelix has the guts to tell cute little spiky foreheaded Naomi that her mother is lost. That and the annoying children's book characters make this one a bit tough to take at times. Definitely one of the lesser episodes of season 5--and a bit embarrassing to watch.

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