Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 2

Caretaker (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 1995 on UPN
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Caretaker (2)
Captain Janeway and Chakotay, leader of the Maquis ship band together to find their missing crewmen with the help of the Talaxian, Neelix, and the Ocampa, Kes.

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  • Caretaker (2)

    Caretaker (2) was a perfect episode and second half of the series premiere of Star Trek Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of action, drama, suspense, and great sci fi story telling. It was awesome to meet new characters such as Nelix and others and the story of how the Voyager crew ended up on the other side of the galaxy or universe was cool. This was but the first of many missions and experiences for Voyager and her crew and I really look forward to watching the rest of the series after this awesome start to Star Trek Voyager!!!!!!!!!

  • (Review for both Part 1 and 2) what an amazing start for an amazing series.

    This had to be the best episode in season one. it shows how Voyager got to the Delta Quadrant and how they were stranded. I love this episode because it does a great job in explaining a lot of the characters. (except for the Doctor.) I love how Chakotay and Janeway are reluctant to work together but they have to so they can save their crewman. The situation with Neelix and Kes just added to the already interesting situation. I thought Neelix's character gave the show the humor it needed without taking away the serious of the bad situation at hand. His rescue of his girlfriend was an interesting twist that i can't say was a disappointment.

    The scene i like the most was when the the Maquis first boarded Voyager. Having Chakotay realize that Tuvok had been spying on him and that he had to deal with Tom (former Maquis who betrayed him) was very amusing. Don't get me wrong, Chakotay is one of my top three favorite characters on the show, but that moment was so intense that i think that the episode just wouldn't e the same without it.

    Anyway, all in all, great episode!!! :)moreless
  • Part 2 of the pilot did get me more excited, as we got to meet Neelix and Kes.

    To continue from my review from Part 1 of the Pilot, I felt this one was slightly better. The introduction of Neelix which from the very start is one of the most interesting character just added that comical element that was missing. The doctor hadn't grown into his role, so he wasn't providing it yet. We see Neelix change a lot throughout the series, and as with most of these characters he gets better, more fun and more intelligent. In this episode he is played a bit on the dumb side.

    Again I found a big fault in the storyline. Now don't get me wrong, I love Star Trek, and it doesn't bother me when storyline take twists because of some space continuum disruptions or other strange phenomenon. (SPOILER) What I do on the other hand get irritated about is fault in logic. When Kathryn decides to blow up the array, there seems to be no other options explored. What about obtaining the array, and setting some devices to blow it up after it has sent them back? The requirement of having it being "her" fault that they are stranded there doesn't seem to have any reasons. But lets wait and see and watch the series till end.

    The actor that played the caretaker was brilliant and I was sad that we will not be seeing him again. On the other hand the Kazon baddies were just horrible. They are one of the worst baddies in the creation of Star Trek, and sadly we are stuck with them (and few other similarly as badly cooked up) for the rest of the series. It should have been thought out better!

    But the storyboard has been set, the pieces are in place, and it would be exciting to see where they were going to take us next.moreless
  • "Caretaker" was the first episode of Voyager and one of the best episodes.

    (Written for both Parts 1 and 2.) "Caretaker" was the first episode of Voyager and one of the best episodes. The U.S.S. Voyager NCC 74656 is an Interped Class Starship on a mission: Find the Maquis. Under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) Voyager launches and heads for the badlands, the last place the Maquis ship was seen. In the badlands, Voyager encounters a coherent tetryon beam that scans them. Then, they encounter a wave that pulls them into the Delta Quadrant, Seventy-Five Thousand lightyears from their last location, in the Alpha Quadrant. Once in the Delta Quadrant, the Caretaker pulls the Voyager crew onboard the Caretaker space station and scans/probes the crew. Afterwards, the meet the Maquis Crew, Mr. Neelix and Kes, and form One Crew: A Starfleet Crew.

    This episode is a 10 because it is one of the best!!moreless
  • The “Voyager” crew is enroute to the fifth planet of a neighboring star system. Along the way The “Voyager” crew meets Neelix, a Talaxian scavaneger. He can help them find the fifth planet in exchange for water.moreless

    The “Voyager” crew is enroute to the fifth planet of a neighboring star system. Along the way The “Voyager” crew meets Neelix, a Talaxian scavaneger. He can help them find the fifth planet in exchange for water. So Neelix and the “Voyager” crew beam down to the surface of the planet. It is a barren place. With the Kazon on the surface and the Ocampia below the surface. Why is the caretaker just helping the Ocampia? It is later learned that the caretaker is dying and plans on destroying the array. Before he does this he must send more energy.moreless
Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald


Guest Star

Bruce French

Bruce French

Ocampa Doctor

Guest Star

Gavan O'Herlihy

Gavan O'Herlihy


Guest Star

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • At least twelve USS Voyager crewmembers died during the first week in the Delta Quadrant, including Lieutenant Commander Cavit, Lt. Stadi, the unnamed chief engineer, the unnamed chief medical officer, and the unnamed Vulcan nurse; regarding senior staff, the ship lost its First Officer, Helmsman, Chief Engineer, and Chief Medical Officer, and nearly half the bridge officers.

    • Stardate: 48351.6

    • Trivia: Neelix constantly calling Tuvok, "Mr. Vulcan" originates from this episode, where Neelix misinterprets Tuvok when he says, "I am Vulcan" for his name.

    • Goof: If the Ocampan homeworld is "devoid of nucleogenics", then how could there be clouds in the sky when the away team beamed down? Clouds can only be formed by water particles in the atmosphere.

    • Goof: After the Caretaker is killed, Captain Janeway picks up the Caretaker's remains. She then talks to Voyager, but when the camera returns to the Captain, the remains are gone.

    • Nitpick: The Ocampan woman tells Kim and Torres that it would take days or even weeks to find the tunnels and reach the surface, even with tools. However, both they, and later the away team, are able to find the tunnels with great ease, and a simple phaser blast is able to open a hole to the surface.

    • Goof: When Neelix shoots the containers of water, he shoots one of them on the left side. But when the Kazon are trying to collect the water from that container, the water is pouring from the right side.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • B'Elanna: Who does she think she is to make a decision like that for all of us?
      Chakotay: She's the captain.

    • Tuvok: Perhaps you would care for a bath.
      Neelix: A what?

    • Paris: If I save your butt, your life belongs to me. Isn't that some kind of Indian custom?
      Chakotay: Wrong tribe.

    • Janeway: We're alone in an uncharted part of the galaxy. We've already made some friends here, and some enemies. We have no idea of the dangers we're going to face. But one thing is clear: both crews are going to have to work together if we're to survive. That's why Commander Chakotay and I have agreed that this should be one crew. A Starfleet crew. And as the only Starfleet vessel assigned to the Delta Quadrant, we'll continue to follow our directive to seek out new worlds and explore space. But our primary goal is clear. Even at maximum speeds, it would take 75 years to reach the Federation. But I'm not willing to settle for that. There's another entity like the Caretaker out there somewhere who has the ability to get us there a lost faster. We'll be looking for her. And we'll be looking for wormholes, spatial rifts, or new technologies to help us. Somewhere along this journey, we'll find a way back. Mr. Paris, set a course... for home.
      Paris: Aye, Captain.

    • Tuvok: Captain, any action we take to protect the Ocampa would affect the balance of power in this system. The Prime Directive would seem to apply.
      Janeway: Would it? We never asked to be involved, but we are. We are.

    • (Talking about the Ocampa)
      The Caretaker: They're children.
      Janeway: Children have to grow up. We're explorers too. Most of the species we've encountered have overcome all kinds of adversity without a caretaker. It's the challenge of surviving on their own that helps them to evolve. Maybe your... children will do better than you think.

    • Neelix: Can these replicators make clothing as well?
      Tuvok: Yes.
      Neelix: Will it make me a uniform like yours?
      Tuvok: No, it most certainly will not.

    • B'Elanna: What was Starfleet doing at that Array?
      Kim: We were looking for you actually. One minute we were in the Badlands and the next we...
      B'Elanna: You mean you were trying to capture us.
      Kim: Yeah, consider yourself captured. Oh, I know I have a phaser here somewhere.
      B'Elanna: I don't find this at all amusing, Starfleet.

    • Neelix: Wait, let me guess: you were whisked away from somewhere else in the galaxy and brought here against your will.
      Janeway: Sounds like you heard this story before.
      Neelix: Sadly, yes. Thousands of times. Well, hundreds of times. Maybe fifty times.

    • Paris: Isn't there some kind of Indian trick, where you can turn yourself into a bird and fly us out of here?
      Chakotay: You're too heavy.

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