Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 16

Learning Curve

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 22, 1995 on UPN



  • Trivia

    • This episode appears to be the point when friction between the Maquis and Starfleet crews is finally reconciled.

    • Trivia: Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field. The term originated during World War II when British ships would degauss their hulls in order to avoid mines.

    • Nitpick: Tuvok says he's arranged for Deck 13 to be free of personnel during their run. However, he and the Maquis crew members clearly run past several other crew members while on Deck 13.

  • Quotes

    • Dalby: Lieutenant, if you can learn to bend the rules, I guess we can learn to follow them.

    • (Neelix explains Tuvok's difficulties by comparing flexible flower stems to rigid ones)
      Tuvok: You are saying the Maquis crew is rigid and infelxible, that they will never adjust to Starfleet rules!
      Neelix: No, Mr Vulcan, I'm saying that you are rigid and inflexible. But maybe if you learned to bend a little, you might have better luck with your class.

    • B'Elanna: Chell! What are you doing?
      Chell: Mister Tuvok ordered me to degauss the entire transporter room.
      B'Elanna: But you're using a micro-resonator.
      Chell: I know.
      B'Elanna: Why don't you use the magneton scanner? You'd be done in five minutes.
      Kim: Tuvok told him to use the micro-resonator.
      B'Elanna: But he'll be at it for hours!
      Chell: Mister Tuvok estimated 26.3 hours.

    • (while climbing a ladder)
      Tuvok: Crewman Gerron. What is the problem up there? Keep going!
      (Gerron continues and Chell sighs)
      Chell: Maybe he'll slip and plunge to his death.

    • Tuvok: We'll be taking a ten kilometer run. I've cleared Deck 13 of personnel for the evening. Make sure your packs are secure to avoid chafing.
      Chell: Couldn't I just carry Henley? She weighs about the same.

    • (talking about a bio-neural gel pack)
      The Doctor: The patient is sick.
      B'Elanna: Can you be more specific?
      The Doctor: To discuss the patient's condition in front of the patient would be a serious breach of professional etiquette. (gets a look from B'Elanna) It's been suggested that I cultivate a greater sensitivity to my patients needs. (to the gel pack) Don't worry, my little friend!

    • B'Elanna: Get the cheese to Sickbay. The Doctor should look at it as soon as possible.

    • Neelix: What tells me what's making you miserable is that cloud of doom that's rising from you like a ground fog.
      Tuvok: I cannot imagine that there are visible emanations which allow you to determine my mood.

  • Notes

    • The character of Mariah Henley was named for Sue Henley – Kate Mulgrew's stand-in and the actress who played Ensign Brooks.

    • Lt. Tuvok reports that there are 47 bioneural gel packs left.

      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.

  • Allusions