Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 10

Prime Factors

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 1995 on UPN



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Janeway: I don't even know where to start. I want you to explain how you, of all people, could be involved in this.
      Tuvok: It's quite simple, captain. You have made it quite clear, on many occasions, that your highest goal is to get the crew home. But in this instance, your standards would not allow you to violate Sikarian law. Someone had to spare you the ethical dilemma. I was the logical choice. And so I chose to act.

    • Janeway: (to Torres) I don't have the luxury of throwing you in the brig for the rest of this voyage. I need you. I need every person on this ship. But I want to you to know how very deeply you have disappointed me.

    • Gath: We have offered you nothing but hospitality. Is this how you repay us? With an attack on our beliefs?
      Janeway: I'm sorry. I was just trying to illustrate the differences between us.
      Gath: I don't enjoy being judged like this. It's very upsetting. Not at all pleasurable.
      Janeway: That's all you really care about, isn't it? Your pleasure. All your hospitality, your graciousness, it was never about giving us pleasure, it's all been to gratify yourselves. We're nothing more than the latest novelty.

    • Tuvok: At least if you deal with Jaret, it is his law that is being compromised, not ours.
      Janeway: But does that matter? I told the crew when we started this journey that it would be a Starfleet crew. Behaving as Starfleet would expect us to. That means there's a certain standard I have to uphold. Principles, principles! That's what it comes down to. Do I compromise my almighty principles? But how do I not compromise them if it involves a chance to get the crew more than halfway home? How do I tell them my principles are so important, that I would deny them that opportunity?

    • Janeway: It's the first time we've been on the other side of the fence.
      Paris: What fence?
      Janeway: The one that's made of binding principles. We have our own set of rules, which includes the Prime Directive. How many times have we been in the position of refusing to interfere when some kind of disaster threatened an alien culture? It's all very well to say we do it on the basis of an enlightened principle, but how does that feel to the aliens? I'm sure many of them think the Prime Directive is a lousy idea.

    • Janeway: This is Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation Starship Voyager. What is the nature of your emergency?
      Gath: We have no emergency.
      Janeway: But you're sending out a distress call.
      Gath: Yes, we are.
      Janeway: Why?
      Gath: Because you are in distress.

    • Paris: Yeah, you know, I've been meaning to ask you. What happened when you and Jenny Delaney disappeared in that gondola?
      Kim: Nothing.
      B'Elanna: Harry, we're your friends. You can tell us.
      Kim: Nothing. We talked... and then I fell over the side.

    • Janeway: You can use logic to justify almost anything. That's its power... and its flaw. From now on, bring your logic to me. Don't act on it behind my back.
      Tuvok: You have my word. My logic was not in error. But I was.

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