Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 23

Distant Origin

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 1997 on UPN

Episode Fan Reviews (10)

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  • A classic example of what Star Trek was meant to be about. Taking several examples of historical events and converting it into an entertaining hour of television programming.

    You can say what you want to about Brannon Braga and what he did to Star Trek as a franchise. You can also say that a few of the episodes that he wrote for Voyager were pretty subpar. But there were instances where he was right on the mark, and Distant Origins was one of them.

    Star Trek, in its many spinoffs, has always had episodes that provide a strong social commentary and parallel to current or historical events. This episode is clearly an example of the latter. Every time there is a major discovery by a scientific mind, someone is always there to be skeptical of it, especially in this world's history.

    Like another reviewer said, Galileo and Darwin faced much opposition when they proposed their theories, especially when it went against the religious doctrine of the time. We don't necessarily see these occurences in today's world so much, but there really has yet to be a groundbreaking discovery that 'rocks the boat' in our modern history.

    The premise of this particular episode was very well thought out. One of the ultimate 'What if...' questions of science was explored and an attempt at an explanation was provided. While the science and current research wasn't completely accurate, the idea of an extremely intelligent species of dinosaurs had survived extinction and become technologically superior to humans is an incredible concept and one that will unlikely be witnessed.

    Three cheers to Braga and his team for this episode...too bad they all couldn't be this good!
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