Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 6

The Cloud

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 1995 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 48546.2
In the search for omicron particles to boost the ship's energy supplies, Voyager inadvertently injures a space-faring life form.

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  • A whole episode about uploading to the Cloud! Okay, maybe not.

    This episode dances all over the place, with an A story that takes forever to get going and B and C stories that wander aimlessly.

    The main story features the titular cloud, a Nebula-like thing, which Voyager investigates. After beginning as a mystery, it turns into a medical drama of sorts, but it's a weak story all around filled with more technobabble than substance. To fill out the episode, Paris creates a pool hall and Chakotay teaches Janeway how to find her spirit animal. It's all about as memorable as one of the redshirts from the Original Series, though it is rather funny to see the Doctor give a description of Dr. Zimmerman and jokingly throw out the idea of programming a family, both the subject of future episodes. Truth be told, however, the episode's story lacks much of a story. It does not, however, lack extras, probably because the episode's director, David Livingston, is also Voyager's supervising producer, the guy in charge of how many are allowed for each episode!

  • the plot is cloudish

    weak weak plot, this should be unacceptable in the Star Trek universe, but we see it more often than we'd like to admit...

    maybe it was on purpose so that they could focus on character development, which they did, but there' no better way to get to know a character than by their actions in an engaging storyline

  • The Cloud

    The Cloud was a superb episode of Star Trek Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of character growth and development and the characters truly make this show great. Captain Janeway is a force to be respected and I really like howEnsign Harry Kim invited the Captain to join him and the other at the end of the episode. The main story about the Nebula was interesting and enjoyed the crew trying to solve the mystery of what was going on and what to do about it. Neelix provided some great comic relief and he is a great character. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek Voyager!!!!!!!moreless
  • When they are not so busy on board, Voyager is usually at its best.

    I enjoy these sort of episodes, where relationships on board are explored and we get to know the crew. There is so much that could be written, just of normal stuff going on in their day to day job on board Voyager. There shouldn't be any need to constantly be in danger to keep viewers interested.

    Sadly though they mix in with this another identity, and hard to believe that of the first few episodes they have now entered two "nebula" of sort. What is explored here is the confusing state they are all in. Kathryn is struggling with her mixed feeling of leadership. Does being inaccessible almost stand offish serve her here so far away from home. Tom and Harry are wondering similar things, not sure if they should be too friendly with their captain. The friendship of Kathryn and Chakotay is starting to form via their discussion about his animal guide.

    Neelix is a bit more confusing though, as he seems to swing between happy and unhappy within minutes. Lovely episode that allowed itself to look at the crew. Hope there will be many of those.moreless
  • The new series takes a decided tumble with this convoluted mess of an episode…

    The new series takes a decided tumble with this convoluted mess of an episode…

    Hard to believe but after a great opening and three great shows, they serve up this rather horrid story. It's simply impossible to tell what they were trying to do.

    On a plot level, Voyager encounters a nebula which might allow them to collect energy. However, it turns out to be a "space creature" of some kind and they've damaged it. It's bleeding. They have to go back and fix it. Voyager itself has maneuver around in order to be its band aid. It's painfully ridiculous.

    In between the bad plot elements, character development seems to be going by. But, it's terribly inconsistent. Janeway begins by wanting to be more accessible to her crew. Then she wants Chakotay to help her find an animal guide. This is part of Chakotay's Native American belief but it seems very contrived and they end up dropping the whole thing. Neelix starts acting out and yells at Janeway to let him off the ship. Despite Janeway's wanting to be more accessible, she tells him he is dismissed which is Starfleet speak for "get out." Meanwhile, Paris wakes Kim up so they can go to a halodeck bar and hang out with some marginal people. By the time the episode winds up, you can't help but wonder how many faces these characters really wear and which ones we can expect to see/like in the future.moreless
Luigi Amodeo

Luigi Amodeo

The Gigolo

Guest Star

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Gaunt Gary

Guest Star

Angela Dohrmann

Angela Dohrmann


Guest Star

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When The Doctor is musing about having the ability to program himself, he mentions that he might "create a family," which he later does in the Season 3 episode "Real Life".

    • First Appearance: Tom Paris' "Chez Sandrine" holodeck program, based on a bar he used to visit in Marseilles, France.

    • Nitpick: When Neelix wants to leave in his ship before Voyager enters the cloud again, Janeway tells him there is no one there to prepare it. But at the end of "Caretaker (2)", when she thought Neelix and Kes were going to leave then, Janeway said that all they had to do is open the bay doors.

    • Nitpick: When Chakotay shows Janeway his medicine bundle to aid in finding her animal guide, he says she is the first person he has ever shown it to. When Torres comes in later, Chakotay says Torres is the first person to ever try and kill her animal guide. How did he help Torres with her spirit quest without showing her his medicine bundle?

  • QUOTES (15)

    • The Doctor: A nebula? What were we doing in a nebula? No, wait, don't tell me. We were 'investigating.' That's all we do around here. Why pretend we're going home at all? All we're going to do is investigate every cubic millimeter of this quadrant, aren't we?

    • Janeway: The Commander was introducing me to my animal guide.
      B'Elanna: I hope that you have better luck with yours than I had with mine.
      Chakotay: B'Elanna's the only one I know who tried to kill her animal guide.

    • Kim: I've never seen anything like it.
      Tuvok: Tuvok to Kim. Mister Kim, that is a comment we prefer not to hear from a senior officer on the bridge. It makes the junior officers nervous.

    • (talking about Marseilles, France)
      Kim: Somebody picked your pocket, on Earth?
      Paris: Oh, they just do it for the tourists. They give it back, usually.

    • The Doctor: I'm curious, Captain. Exactly what are you looking for?
      Janeway: I need to know if we did serious harm to this lifeform.
      The Doctor: I see. You ran your ship through it, fired phasers at it and blew a hole in it with a photon torpedo. I'd say it's a pretty good chance that you did...
      Janeway: Computer, mute audio.

    • Sandrine: She justs sits down and waits for you, eh, like a little puppy dog?
      Paris: I wouldn't have it any other way.
      Sandrine: Oh, really, I thought you liked your women with a little bite?
      Ricky: Everyone knows about your bite, Sandrine. It's when you start sucking blood they get scared.

    • Janeway: So, has Neelix concocted anything interesting this morning?
      Kim: There's an ancient Chinese curse: 'May you live in interesting times'. Mealtime is always interesting now that Neelix is in the kitchen.
      Janeway: We shouldn't judge him too harshly. He is helping us conserve replicator energy.
      Paris: And I'm sure the gastro-intestinal problems will go away as soon as our systems get used to his er... gourmet touch.

    • Gaunt Gary: I just don't know what the dolls see in the gigolo. Do you? Me... I got a whole different approach to women: treat a lady like a tramp, and a tramp like a lady. Never fails.
      B'Elanna: Paris... did you program this guy?
      Paris: Yeah, why?
      B'Elanna: He's a pig... and so are you.
      Gaunt Gary: Almost never...

    • Janeway: Dismissed... that's a Starfleet expression for 'GET OUT!'

    • The Doctor: Now there's an interesting concept - a hologram that can program himself. What would I do with that ability... start a family... raise an army...

    • The Doctor: I can only speculate my programmer's motives. Perhaps he thought I might be summoned for... IMPORTANT reasons.

    • Janeway: Do we have any coffee left?
      Neelix: No, but we have something even better!
      Janeway: I don't want something even better, I want COFFEE!

    • Janeway: I'm just gonna have to give up coffee. That's all there is to it.

    • Janeway: There's coffee in that nebula!

    • Neelix: KES!! Now look at what she's gotten us into!
      Kes: Do all nebulas look like that?
      Neelix: I wouldn't know. I'm smart enough to go AROUND nebulas when I encounter them.
      Kes: These people are natural born explorers, Neelix.
      Neelix: These people are natural born IDIOTS if you ask me. They don't appreciate what they have here. This ship is the match of any vessel within 100 light years, and what do they do? 'Uh, well, uh, let's see if we can't find some space anomaly today that might RIP IT APART!'
      Kes: I don't think the captain is an idiot. She cares a great deal about her crew.
      Neelix: You can't care a great deal about your crew and introduce them to the spectre of death at every opportunity!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Captain Janeway's spirit guide was a lizard. Writer Michael Piller once experienced his own spirit quest, and his spirit guide was also a lizard.

    • This episode was a "bottle show". Bottle show is a production term for episodes which take place mostly on existing ship sets and do not generally involve major guest stars.

    • Brannon Braga said, "My original notion was that a big nebula turns out to be a life form; basically Fantastic Voyage with Voyager trapped in this life form's system, and ultimately they must use the ship as a pacemaker to repair the damage they've done."


    • Jonah And The Whale:

      Janeway mentions Jonah And The Whale, a story from the Old Testament of the Bible. Found in the first four chapters of the Book of Jonah, it is the story of a man who disobeyed God. And in the process of fleeing from God, Jonah was swallowed by a whale as punishment.