Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 13

Fair Trade

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 1997 on UPN
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Stardate: 50437.8
Voyager encounters a region of space named the Nekrit Expanse. Since Neelix has no knowledge about the space after this point, he tries to make himself useful to the crew by trying to obtain a map from an old friend named Wixiban, who in exchange, asks for Neelix's help with some less-than-reputable dealings.


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  • Neelix, feeling his usefulness is at an end because he has no knowledge of the Nekkrit expanse, resorts to criminal acts to obtain a map of the region, and is involved in illegal drug trade and a murder, thanks to an association with a former comrade.moreless

    I had not seen this episode since it first aired in 1997, and I wish I had avoided it this time. Despite support from Janeway, who went out of her way for more than two years, to make Neelix feel he is a vital part of the crew, Neelix is insecure and paranoid and gets involved with drugs and murder to get a map of a region he doesn't know. He fails to get the map, lies about what happened and before coming to his senses almost condemns two members of Voyager's crew to punishment for his actions. When he finally does come clean, he puts himself into a situation where he very likely could be killed, almost a suicidal mission, because he is still sure he is not welcome on Voyager. When things finally resolve and he is released to Voyager, Janeway reassures him, but gives him a punishment detail to get her point across. He is happy again, that same insufferable cheer that grates on Tuvok and me.moreless
  • Fair Trade

    Fair Trade was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development for Neelix. I thought it was interesting that Neelix was starting to feel like his usefulness may soon be over for Captain Janeway and goes to extremes to insure his place. I like the exploration of humanoid behavior. Voyager is entering a new region of space in the Delta Quadrant which was neat. The station they stopped at for supplies was an interesting place full of unique beings. I like how Captain Janeway handled what Neelix in the end as it shows her true leadership abilities. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Voyager reaches an area of the Delta quadrant called the Nekrit Expanse. Neelix has never been this far in the Delta quadrant, so he feels useless. There is a space station close to edge of the Expanse.moreless

    Voyager reaches an area of the Delta quadrant called the Nekrit Expanse. Neelix has never been this far in the Delta quadrant, so he feels useless. There is a space station close to edge of the Expanse. The Voyager crew stop at the space station which is run by Bahrat. Neelix meets Wixiban, an old Talaxian friend. Neelix tells his friend he feels useless on Voyager. Wixiban offers Neelix a job transporting medical supplies Wixiban assures Neelix that he will get paid well. Neelix takes the job. As it turns out the job is really a smuggling deal. All of this for a stupid map of the Nekrit Expanse. I rate this episode a 9.3.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: In the final scene, Neelix is shown laying flat on a biobed in sickbay regaining consciousness when Janeway asks to speak to him alone. While she's speaking to him, he sits up and then stands up. When she's done, she dismisses him, and he leaves the sickbay. But he was a patient there and hadn't been medically discharged by the doctor. So it wasn't for her to dismiss him, especially so soon after he wakes up.

    • Nitpick: Tom Paris tells Neelix that the reason he wound up in prison, was because he didn't tell the truth when he got in trouble. But in the first episode of the Star Trek Voyager series, when Harry Kim asks him what he did to get himself in prison, he answers that it was just because he told the truth!

    • Nitpick: Although the space station is referred to as a major trading hub, no ships other than Voyager are seen orbiting or docked.

    • Nitpick: When Neelix enters the bridge, the turbolift doors don't close all the way. They close and bounce back open slightly.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The Biomimetic gel storage container # is L647X7. 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.

    • This is the first appearance of Alexander Enberg as Vorik. This character was written for use in the episode "Blood Fever" but was introduced a few episodes earlier so that he would be familiar to viewers.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series.