Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1996 on UPN
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After repairing a robot she found drifting in space, B'Elanna is abducted and forced to design a new prototype or Voyager will be destroyed.

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  • Cognitive Dissonance

    Us humans are always playing God, we want to create beings, Robots in this case, that are sentient and want to live and procreate like us. We can't fully relate to android type Robots and so we imagine giving them life and then we imagine the worst that could happen: killing the hand that feeds you, which in this case is the Robots killing their humanoid makers. Okay. How do we feel about that?

    That's the moral of the story. I'm never bored with B'Elanna but these Robots as exciting as sheet metal.moreless
  • Prototype

    Prototype was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed this episode which focused around Torres as she discovered and reactivated an automated life form of artificial intelligence. This story had many implications and fun things to think about related to The Prime Directive as well as questions we must ask ourselves. There was a lot of character growth and development for Torres and it was great to see her take action. I like episodes like these that make the characters become who they are. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!moreless
  • Morality lessons abound, but at least in an interesting fashion.

    Don't get involved. That's what the prime directive boils down to, isn't it ? This episode serves as a convenient reminder of just why that rule exists. It's pretty interesting as far as the federation morality eps go, especially given the revelation that the people who created the robots were exterminated by them long ago. They do kind of look like they're made out of cheap plastic, though...

    Bottom line - another slightly above average, semi-filler episode which doesn't really progress Voyager's mission. It gets a bit annoying having characters and races introduced, then never to hear of them again (unless they're Kazon...).moreless
  • Corny 'robots', but intriguing story. We got to know B'Elanna better.

    I agreed with Johnathan Frakes that the 'robots' look corny but the episode was a good incite into B’Elanna's character. The episode conveyed B'Elanna's passion for engineering really well because up to this point she never displayed the same sort of 'engineering geekiness' we've come to expect from a StarFleet chief engineer aka Geordi & Scotty. She had some touching moments with the Captain - which Janeway responded with her usual simulated comparison.

    The story was actually intriguing. I would've liked to have heard more about the war that annilated the two warring parties... but I suppose it's better to be left to your imagination.moreless
  • Torres beams aboard a robot which is losing power. Where did it come from? How will Torres find a way to recharge the robot? Torres finds a way to recharge the robot. The robot comes online and introduces itself as Automated Personnel Unit 3947.moreless

    Torres beams aboard a robot which is losing power. Where did it come from? How will Torres find a way to recharge the robot? Torres finds a way to recharge the robot. The robot comes online and introduces itself as Automated Personnel Unit 3947. 3947 asks Torres to create more robots. Torres can’t do that due to the prime directive. 3947 then beams itself and Torres aboard the Automated Personnel ship. Janeway gets angry and tries to penetrate Automated Personnel ship shields to beam Torres out. This attempt causes the “Voyager” to be fired upon. Will Torres be saved?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Automated personnel unit 3947 has been in service for 1,314,807 hours and 33 minutes. This equals 150 years, 1 month, 3 days, 5 hours, 33 minutes.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • 3947: When it was anticipated that the war would end, the Builders no longer required our services, and they attempted to terminate us. In doing so, they became the enemy. We are programmed to destroy the enemy. It is necessary for our survival. Now that you have constructed a prototype, we will soon outnumber the Cravic units. We will achieve victory.

    • Janeway: I feel for the robots' plight, but what you're proposing is exactly the kind of tampering the Prime Directive prohibits. We know almost nothing about these creatures, or the race that built them. What would be the consequences of increasing their population, both to their own civilization and others in this quadrant? Who are we to swoop in, play god, and then continue on our way without the slightest consideration of the long-term effects of our actions?

    • Paris: I don't need a diversion. Just give me a chance. I'll get her out of there.
      Chakotay: You don't mind if the rest of us give you a little help, do you, Paris? I'd hate to lose another shuttle.
      Paris: Your concern for my welfare is heartwarming.

    • Janeway: Unfortunatly, extinction is often the natural end of evolution...

    • B'Elanna: Get some rest, Harry.
      Kim: You may think you are tougher than everyone else, B'Elanna Torres, but I can go without sleep just as long as you can.
      B'Elanna: Don't make me laugh, Starfleet.

    • 3947: According to my observations, there is sufficient reason for greater optimism.
      B'Elanna: You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • B'Elanna: It's a good idea, but warp plasma radiates at too high a frequency to alter electrochemically. Unless...
      The Doctor: Go on...
      B'Elanna: I could modify a series of anodyne relays, attach them directly to the robot's power module. They could act as a sort of regulator to make the warp plasma compatible with the robot's energy matrix!
      The Doctor: That's exactly what I was going to suggest.

  • NOTES (2)