Star Trek: Voyager

Learning Curve

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 5/22/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 48846.5In order to bring some rebellious former Maquis crew members into line, Tuvok gives them a crash course in Starfleet discipline and protocol.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Picardo

    The Doctor

  • Kate Mulgrew

    Captain Kathryn Janeway

  • Robert Beltran

    Commander Chakotay

  • Roxann Dawson

    Lt. B'Elanna Torres

  • Jennifer Lien


  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Tuvok gives Basic Training

    By Celedorian, Apr 23, 2015

  • We had it coming

    By galygaly, Feb 10, 2014

  • Learning Curve

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 04, 2011

  • They finally confront the issue of Maquis and Starfleet difficulty to work together, while ending the season in unexciting episode.

    By samrag, Jul 22, 2009

  • An enjoyable episode that plays itself more for fun than drama.

    By Calfkiller, Oct 12, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Dalby: Lieutenant, if you can learn to bend the rules, I guess we can learn to follow them.

    • (Neelix explains Tuvok's difficulties by comparing flexible flower stems to rigid ones) Tuvok: You are saying the Maquis crew is rigid and infelxible, that they will never adjust to Starfleet rules! Neelix: No, Mr Vulcan, I'm saying that you are rigid and inflexible. But maybe if you learned to bend a little, you might have better luck with your class.

    • B'Elanna: Chell! What are you doing?
      Chell: Mister Tuvok ordered me to degauss the entire transporter room.
      B'Elanna: But you're using a micro-resonator.
      Chell: I know.
      B'Elanna: Why don't you use the magneton scanner? You'd be done in five minutes.
      Kim: Tuvok told him to use the micro-resonator.
      B'Elanna: But he'll be at it for hours!
      Chell: Mister Tuvok estimated 26.3 hours.

    • (while climbing a ladder)
      Tuvok: Crewman Gerron. What is the problem up there? Keep going!
      (Gerron continues and Chell sighs)
      Chell: Maybe he'll slip and plunge to his death.

    • Tuvok: We'll be taking a ten kilometer run. I've cleared Deck 13 of personnel for the evening. Make sure your packs are secure to avoid chafing.
      Chell: Couldn't I just carry Henley? She weighs about the same.

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    Notes (2)

    • The character of Mariah Henley was named for Sue Henley – Kate Mulgrew's stand-in and the actress who played Ensign Brooks.

    • Lt. Tuvok reports that there are 47 bioneural gel packs left.

      Writer Joe Menosky (and those he inspired) began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, which Menosky attended.

    Trivia (3)

    • This episode appears to be the point when friction between the Maquis and Starfleet crews is finally reconciled.

    • Trivia: Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field. The term originated during World War II when British ships would degauss their hulls in order to avoid mines.

    • Nitpick: Tuvok says he's arranged for Deck 13 to be free of personnel during their run. However, he and the Maquis crew members clearly run past several other crew members while on Deck 13.

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