Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Basics: Part I 

The Kazon take over Voyager and strand the crew on a desolate primitive planet. Only Tom Paris, Lon Suder, and The Doctor are left to retake the ship.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Brad Dourif ... Crewman Lon Suder
Anthony De Longis ... First Maje Culluh
John Gegenhuber John Gegenhuber ... Tierna
Martha Hackett ... Seska
Henry Darrow ... Kolopak
Scott Haven ... Kazon #1


The Kazon take over Voyager and strand the crew on a desolate primitive planet. Only Tom Paris, Lon Suder, and The Doctor are left to retake the ship.

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24th century | cliffhanger | See All (2) »


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20 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Landscape shots of the primitive planet were modified by adding active volcanoes in the distance. See more »


The whole crew is displaced onto a planet and is shown to be made up of only about 30 individuals, though later in the episode the number appears to grow to closer to 60. Still this is far short of any of the official numbers for the crew, which vary around 140 to 160. See more »


The Doctor: Projecting the illusion of a large, three-dimensional object has been a trick of magicians for centuries.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: We'll just do it with mirrors!
The Doctor: Mister Paris' predictable attempts at humor notwithstanding, that is precisely what I would suggest.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Can the crew be this dumb? Apparently so.
16 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although "Basics" is an enjoyable episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", it's also one that strains common sense. After all, to believe it, you must also believe that the Federation folks are amazingly dumb!

When the show begins, Mr. Suder (the murderer from several episodes back who is confined to his quarters) is frustrated. Now that he's learned some self-control through the help of Tuvok, he wants to give back something to help the crew--but the Captain is apprehensive considering his track record. This will become important later in the episode as well as in the second part of the show.

Soon Voyager hears from Seska. She indicates in a distress call that she and Chakotay's baby are in trouble and the message cuts off. Although EVERY SINGLE #*@$ing time they deal with her she lies and tries to destroy the ship, Voyager responds to what obviously must be a trap and gets itself trapped. Why? Because Chakotay went on some spiritual journey to talk to his dead father and dead daddy told him to! Is that any way to run a starship?!?! This is insultingly stupid and I also assume most Native Americans would also be insulted that their culture would be represented this way.

Soon the Kazon easily take the ship and transport the crew to a desolate planet where they dump them. Why not kill the Federation crew?! Additionally, Paris escapes in a shuttle to look for help and aboard the ship are Suder and the Doctor. Can these three possibly do anything to help regain the ship?!

As I said, this show has some major logical problems--too many. Because of this, I'm knocking off a few points. But it is watchable and enjoyable nevertheless.

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