Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 1

Caretaker (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 1995 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 48315.6
While in pursuit of a Maquis ship in a region of space known as the Badlands, the starship Voyager, under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway, is transported 70,000 light years from home into the uncharted region of the galaxy known as the Delta Quadrant.

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Alicia Coppola

Alicia Coppola

Lt. Stadi

Guest Star

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Guest Star

Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald


Guest Star

Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Lt. Carey

Recurring Role

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: The shuttle that takes Tom Paris to Deep Space 9 changes its registry number; it initially reads "71325", then changes to "1701-D", and finally to "74656".

    • Goof: After it was decided to change Janeway's hairstyle, numerous styles were tested. Throughout the course of the episode, Janeway's hairstyle and hair color changes several times which caused minor continuity issues. At several points her hair is ginger in color styled in a curly loose bun. At other points her hair is brown and styled in the tighter bun she would wear for the rest of the first season.

    • When Torres introduces herself to Kim, she pronounces her first name BAY-lanna. However, her name is typically pronounced BEL-Lanna during the rest of the series.

    • Trivia: When Janeway is talking to Mark from her ready-room, she is drinking coffee out of a see-through cup, and it can be clearly seen that the coffee has milk or cream in it. However, for the entire series from this point on, Janeway only drinks black coffee.

    • Nitpick: On the array, Kim says he's detecting several humans and one Vulcan. However, as the crew of Voyager and the Maquis ship were there, he should be detecting lots more; Klingon (Torres), Bolian (Chell, Golwat), Bajoran (Gerron, Tabor, Celes, maybe even Seska), Betazoid (Suder, Jurot) and more than one Vulcan (Tuvok, Vorik).

    • Goof: Lt. Tuvok mistakenly wears Lt. Commander pips in this episode.

    • Goof: When Janeway is walking to Engineering after being transported by the array, she makes a left to go inside. The next shot shows her coming out of the Engineering turbolift instead.

    • Trivia: The scenes inside the Ocampa underground complex were filmed at LAX (Los Angeles) airport. Both the escalator and an exit sign are signs indicative of this.

    • Nitpick: When Janeway and Tuvok walk through the Array; it is clear because of the sunlight through the windows, that Janeway's shots were done on a different day to Tuvok's.

    • Goof: When B'Elanna tries to break out, her white jacket is quite open in several scenes, but then a few shots later it's closed again, which is not possible as she is restrained.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (finding Paris flirting with resident)
      Kim: Paris, she's only a hologram.
      Paris: No need to be rude.

    • Paris: Stadi, you're changing my mind about Betazoids.
      Stadi: Good.
      Paris: Oh, that wasn't a compliment. I've always considered Betazoids to be warm and sensual.
      Stadi: I can be warm and sensual.
      Paris: Just not to me.
      Stadi: Do you always fly at women at warp speed, Mister Paris?
      Paris: Only when they're in visual range.

    • The Caretaker: Oh, why have you come back? You don't have what I need.
      Janeway: I don't know what you need and frankly I don't care. I just want our people back and I want us all to be sent home.
      The Caretaker: Oh, now, aren't you contentious for a minor bipedal species?
      Janeway: This minor bipedal species doesn't take kindly to being abducted.

    • (Standing in front of a replicator)
      Paris: Tomato soup.
      Computer: There are 14 varieties of tomato soup available from this replicator: with rice, with vegetables, Bolian with pasta, with...
      Paris: Plain.
      Computer: Specify hot or chilled.
      Paris: Hot! Hot, plain tomato soup!

    • Quark: Here am I, trying to be a cordial host, knowing how much a young officer's parents would appreciate a token of his love on the eve of a dangerous mission and what do I get for my trouble? Scurrilous insults. Well, somebody's going to hear about this!

    • B'Elanna: Our fuel line has ruptured. Attempting to compensate. Damn it! We're barely maintaining impulse. I can't get any more out of it.
      Chakotay: Be creative.
      B'Elanna: How am I supposed to be creative with a 39-year old rebuilt engine?!

    • Paris: Didn't they warn you about the Ferengi at the Academy?

    • Janeway: Mr. Kim, at ease, before you sprain something!

  • NOTES (12)


    • Paris: The ghosts of those three dead officers came to me in the middle of the night and taught me the true meaning of Christmas.

      This is an allusion to A Christmas Carol, a Charles Dickens story involving a grouch who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas eve who convince him to be nicer to other people.