Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 20

Good Shepherd

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2000 on UPN
7.8
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Stardate: 53753.2
When an efficiency report reveals that three of Voyager's crew members are failing to meet expectations and integrate into the rest of the crew, Janeway decides to take them on their first away mission. However, what awaits the Delta Flyer on that mission will present a formidable test for them all.

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  • Good Shepherd

    9.0
    Good Shepherd was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a good story and examined crew members of Voyager who are hardly noticed or mentioned which was interesting. This was almost a day in the life type episode only it wasn't as matter of fact. It was interesting to watch the Captain interact with the crew members. There was some action, intrigue, and character development in this episode. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • A ho-hum story that includes some preposterous characters and events…

    5.0
    A ho-hum story that includes some preposterous characters and events…



    After 6 years, Janeway dredges up three crewmembers who are "misfits." There's only about 150 people on board, so you'd think after all this time, Janeway would have ran across them sooner and done something about them years ago. And, I'm sure there are some nice niche jobs on Voyager they could have done. After all, someone has to vacuum the place once in awhile or take out the garbage…



    One of the misfits is a hypochondriac. Another misreads data all the time. The third prefers theoretical to practical science. In other words, not a totally incompetent group at all except they've never been on an away mission. Janeway decides to take them on one herself. She wants to be the Good Sheppard; looking for the lost sheep and hence the episode title. I guess the idea of sending them out individually as part of other groups is too much to ask. Better to get her out in space with all three of them so they can be menaced by some anti-matter sucking aliens. That is exactly what happens. Naturally, Janeway gets to pontificate a whole lot of things to each one of them which really doesn't do a whole lot for the story or add to any suspense. And, she gets to do the "willing to die for my crew" routine and each one of them gets to support her one way or the other. I suppose we're to assume there's hope for all them when they finally get back to Voyager even though two of them will never be seen again.moreless
  • Janeway, has it all?

    9.0
    janeway, the best captain in the ST series? could be. think about it, she has the knowledge of most of the scientist on board (she started her career as a scientist). She has great leader capabilities. and above that she has the cool and heroics in her. compare with sisko and archer and you see how complete she is. Picard is the natural biggest competition for her, and i feel like she are in the same league as him. comparing the two would be more suited in a forum. but, its great character development for janeway. you really see, for the first time his clear, that janeway is a bourne leader with a nobel prize scientist mind.moreless
  • Seven does an efficiency evaluation on all the crew. Seven finds that three of Voyager's crew members are unable to perform their jobs at acceptable levels.

    9.2
    Seven does an efficiency evaluation on all the crew. Seven finds that three of Voyager's crew members are unable to perform their jobs at acceptable levels. Normally a crew member who is unable to perform at an acceptable level is transferred to a less challenging Federation ship. Since Voyager is halfway across the Galaxy. This is not possible. Janeway decides to take them all on an away mission aboard the Delta Flyer. Meet them. Celes is a astrometrics assistant. Crewman Mortimer is an expert in Theoretical Cosmology. William Telfer is a security officer, who is constant complainer of his health. I rate this episode a 9.2moreless
  • Another look at the lower deck crew.

    9.1
    This episode may bring people to think of "Learning Curve" which wasn't too exciting and "Lower Decks" from TNG. But I would say that this episode showed off the guest stars greatly. Underwood is a fantastic actor. His performance really wants you to hate him. McLellan and Reisz had great chemistry. Reisz always panic in this episode and was the comic relief along with McLellan not able to calculate correctly.



    This is a unique episode with the main focus on the three guest stars and Janeway. It's also a reminder of how we have people in our school or work that we don't talk to or care about. It does show the cliques even on a crewship. Good episode.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Jay Underwood

Jay Underwood

Crewman Mortimer Harren

Guest Star

Michael Reisz

Michael Reisz

Crewman William Telfer

Guest Star

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

Tal Celes

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: In the season 5 episode "Relativity", Janeway tells the Admiral that she can walk Voyager's corridors blindfolded, yet in this episode, she needs a crew member's help to find Crewman Harren on Deck 15.

    • Nitpick: The Tal Celes character is referred to by her given name (Celes) as opposed to her family name (Tal) as is customary for Bajoran characters on Star Trek.


       

    • Nitpick: When Janeway hands the tricorder full of data to the crewman she says "download this into the main computer" - the correct verb is "upload" not "download".

    • Goof: The Okudagrams in this episode twice betray the fact that they're being generated by 20th century technology. At the end of the episode, while Harren is in the escape pod, a Macintosh mouse pointer is seen darting across the display. Additionally, when Telfer has just been calmed down by Celes after being infected by the dark matter life form, Mac OS's status bar and two contextual menus are on the biobed screen.

    • Goof: When Harry points out Seven's astrometrics efficiency score, the screen behind her flickers badly for some reason but stops the instant there is a close shot.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • B'Elanna: What does our Borg Queen want now?

    • Paris: Oh, poor guy. Rotting away down on deck fifteen, counting the years till we get out of this godforsaken quadrant. It's a shame he doesn't have a superior officer who cares.
      B'Elanna: It's not my job to make everybody who works for me happy. Some people just don't want to fit in.
      Neelix: I'll bet you haven't said two words to him.
      Paris: Two words, exactly. We collided in the corridor during a Borg attack. I said, 'Excuse me.' Since we were at red alert and about to be destroyed, I think it was very considerate of me.

    • The Doctor: The devil finds work for idle hands.
      Seven: Religious metaphors are irrelevant. Perhaps you should consider assigning them additional tasks.

    • Celes: Shockwave approaching. Contact in four... three... two... one. (Nothing happens) More or less.

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