Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 1

Caretaker (1)

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • The following scenes were cut for time:
      * Paris flirting with Lt. Stadi aboard the shuttle.
      * Snippits of the scene of Harry Kim and Quark at the bar.
      * Kim being pierced by the needle aboard the Caretaker's array and screaming in pain.
      * Kes guiding them through an opening in a dangerous force field
      * Jabin's hail to Janeway at the end of the battle.

    • Due to the cost of building Voyager's bridge, converting the old Star Trek: TNG sets, reshooting the scenes shot with Geneviève Bujold and the ones after Janeway's hairwas altered, some very ambitious special effects scenes and a substantial amount of location filming, this episode had a final budget of $23 million, making it the most expensive television episode in the history of the Star Trek franchise. When adjusted for inflation, it proved even more expensive than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and more than twice as expensive as Enterprise's "Broken Bow", the episode with the next-highest budget.

    • The appearance of Quark in the beginning of this episode continued the tradition of a character from a previous series appearing as a sort of "send off". DeForest Kelly is seen in "Encounter at Farpoint", the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Patrick Stewart appears in "Emissary", the first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    • Scott Jaeck (Lt. Cmdr. Cavit) previously appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Inner Light" in June 1992 in a different role.

    • The episode starts with scrolling text to set up the first scene; this technique was originally seen in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Emissary".

    • This episode uses same filming location for Ocampa home world desert that was used in The Next Generation episode "Final Mission", most noticeable in the background mountain range.

    • Bruce French, who plays the Ocampan doctor here, also played Sabin Genestra in The Next Generation episode "The Drumhead" and appears next as a Vulcan elder in the Enterprise episode "The Andorian Incident".

    • Awards and Nominations
      1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects (won)
      1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series (nominated)
      1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) (nominated)
      1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series (nominated)

    • Geniveve Bujold was the first actor chosen to play Captain Nicole Janeway and several scenes were filmed with her. She was later replaced with Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway. There is some controversy over the reasons for this - Bujold herself states that she quickly found the schedule for shooting serial television too demanding. Others say that Paramount found her performance unsatisfactory and dropped her. Several pieces of Bujold's filmed scenes can be found on the season one DVD extras. The role of Janeway was the most sought after role, with Linda Hamilton, Nicola Bryant, Erin Gray, Lindsay Wagner, Patty Duke, Carolyn McCormick and Joanna Cassidy all vying for the role.

    • Armin Shimerman (Quark) is the only actor to appear in the pilots of both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) can be seen in both episodes, but is not officially credited.

    • Ethan Phillips (Neelix) and Jennifer Lien (Kes) do not appear in the syndicated version of this episode, as they are not seen until the second half of the original feature-length episode.

    • This is the only episode in the history of Star Trek for which the hairstyling cost more than visual effects. Most of the Janeway scenes had to be reshot after the studio requested that Janeway have a different hair

  • Allusions

    • 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.