Episode Title: "CARETAKER"
Production Number: 801 / 802
Original Air Date: 01-16-95
Synopsis: While searching for a missing Maquis ship in the Badlands, the U.S.S. Voyager is transported to the Delta Quadrant by a powerful entity called the Caretaker, who is trying to save the Ocampa colony on a nearby planet before he dies. After the Caretaker dies, the Voyager's Captain Janeway destroys the Caretaker's space station so the hostile Kazon cannot steal its advanced technology, thus trapping the Voyager and Maquis crews 70,000 light-years from Earth; the Maquis crew joins the Voyager crew to make the long trip home after the Maquis ship is destroyed. A Talaxian trader named Neelix and his Ocampan lover, Kes, also join the crew, and Neelix parks his ship in the Voyager's shuttle bay.
Factoid: Kathryn Janeway served with Tom Paris's father aboard the U.S.S. Al-Batani. She was his science officer during the Arias expedition.
Factoid: The Intrepid-class U.S.S. Voyager has a sustainable cruise velocity of warp factor 9.975, 15 decks, crew complement of 141, and bio-neural circuitry; some traditional circuitry has been replaced with gel-packs that contain bio-neural cells; they organize information more effeciently to speed up response time.
Factoid: A Lek is a Cardassian unit of currency.
Factoid: Harry Kim played the clarinet in the Juilliard Youth Symphony.
Factoid: The Ocampa have a life span of nine years.
Guest Characters: Quark, Morn, *Lt. Stadi dies, *Lt. Joe Carey, *Lt. Commander Cavit dies, *Rollins, Gul Evek, *Mark Johnson
Alien Races: Ferengi, Cardassians, Bajorans, Vulcans, Bolians, Betazoid, Lurian, Kobheerian, *Ocampa, *Talaxian, *Kazon-Ogla, *Nacene
Starships: *U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656, *Talaxian Freighter Baxial
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance