Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 5

Once Upon A Time

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1998 on UPN
6.8
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Stardate: Unknown
Neelix is caring for Naomi Wildman while her mother is on an away mission. When the Delta Flyer is forced to make an emergency landing, and it isn't known whether Tuvok, Paris, or Ensign Wildman survived, Neelix struggles with how to shelter Naomi from the bad news.

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  • Naomi works better with Seven, not Neelix

    3.0
    I love Naomi Wildman but hate this episode. And the reason isn't because of the annoying holodeck characters, or the contrived plot. It's Neelix. Nothing's wrong with Neelix and Naomi being close, of course they would be. But their relationship doesn't make for very interesting storytelling. Naomi was always at her best when playing off of Seven of Nine.



    If you're a fan of Naomi Wildman, you're far better off with "Infinite Regress," "The Voyager Conspiracy," or This episode is only interesting in terms of showing Naomi's everyday life. (Oddly, it's one of the only times you see her and her mother onscreenmoreless
  • Bedtime stories, fairy tales in the holodeck, Neelix as a godfather, hampered by the memories of the deaths of his family members, all combine for a saccharine sweet interaction with Naomi as they await word on her mother's fate. Not Star Trek material.moreless

    5.0
    Paris, Tuvok and Samantha Wildman are lost in an ion storm, forced to land on a planet that buries them deep under the surface. Neelix, babysitting Naomi Wildman, cannot tell her the truth and hides the facts. She finds out anyway and feels betrayed. The only legitimate Star Fleet story is the rescue attempt combined with the lost crew's last messages to their loved ones. These messages are stilted, with Tom unable to tell Torres he loves her and Tuvok willing to only put his thoughts in written form. Only Wildman is sincere and loving in what she believes to be her final message to her daughter. Perhaps this is a revealing moment about men who have trouble expressing their innermost feelings and a mother who expresses it so well. With oxygen in the Delta Flyer depleted, the rescue succeeds just seconds ahead of another ion storm which would have destroyed the Flyer and perhaps the rescue team.

    Neelix heals the rift with Naomi and all is well. A nice filler story, but hardly up to Star Trek standards.moreless
  • A boring waste of time that tries the same emotional trick over and over.

    4.6
    This entire episode is a cheap, poorly written attempt to provoke an emotional response to the potential death of ensign Wildman and the impact it would have on her daughter. The fact that ensign wildman is injured - supposedly severely - in the crash is a perfect example. She's hurt, and might die ! Those injuries mysteriously play no part in the rest of the episode. But then, the shuttle is going to run out of air, and she might die ! Think of the children ! It's the same gimmick, repeated. The best part of the episode is seeing CSI's David Hodges (Wallace Langham) dressed in a full-body blue costume.moreless
  • Neelix tries to prepare Naomi to the possible death of her mommy.

    1.0
    OMG! I will never be able to understand how writers can to write things like this one. Sorry but I am a bit biased on this. I really hate children in Sci-fi movies/series. Can't remember even a good scene in any one of the so many series I've seen in al my so despectable, almost human life. From Battlestar Galactica original series or Lost in Space to this.



    And hey, I am not the kind of hot shot guy that care only for action. The "Night" episode is mainly character driven and I loved it as many other char driven a well!



    Well, sorry, forget what I said. Just watch and judge for yourself.moreless
  • Once Upon A Time

    8.0
    Once Upon A Time was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode. This was definitely a filler episode but with a good story, a fairytale or folk story which many are familiar with. There was a lot of character driven scenes as Neelix tried to keep Naomi occupied while her mother was away. This was a fun episode but I definitely look forward to watching the next one!!!!!

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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

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Trevis

Guest Star

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

Flotter

Guest Star

Nancy Hower

Nancy Hower

Ensign Samantha Wildman

Recurring Role

Scarlett Pomers

Scarlett Pomers

Naomi Wildman

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Paris: I never thought it would come down to this - suffocating beneath kilotons of rock on some nameless planetoid...
      Tuvok: Did you envision a more heroic death?
      Paris: I didn't envision dying at all!
      Tuvok: In accepting the inevitable, one finds peace.
      Paris: If that's another Vulcan saying, Tuvok, I'll stick with, 'Live long and prosper'.

    • Ensign Wildman: (worried) Who's going to look after Naomi?
      Tuvok: You should not concern yourself with that now.
      Ensign Wildman: How can you say that?
      Tuvok: My youngest child has been without a father for four years... yet I am certain of her well-being; that I conveyed my values to her before leaving, and I have confidence in the integrity of those around her. You have been an exemplary mother to Naomi and she is in the hands of people you trust. She will survive, and prosper, no matter what becomes of us.
      Ensign Wildman: Thanks, Tuvok.

    • Neelix: Coffee, anyone? Captain?
      Janeway: No thanks. I've had enough. One more cup and I'll jump to warp.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When the Delta Flyer has crashed on the planetoid, Paris proclaims, "The Flyer has landed."


      This comment refers to the proclamation made by Neil Armstrong during the 1969 lunar landing by Apollo 11.

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