Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Eye of the Needle 

When the Voyager crew encounters a wormhole and makes contact with a Romulan ship on the other side, it raises the crew's hopes of getting back to Earth.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix (credit only)
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Vaughn Armstrong ... Telek R'Mor
Tom Virtue ... Lieutenant Walter Baxter


The Voyager crew detects a wormhole in the Delta Quadrant, and immediately changes course with hopes it will provide passage home. Upon reaching the opening, the find it to be too small for the ship, but large enough to establish contact with a ship in the Alpha Quadrant. Written by JDH

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20 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title references the biblical metaphor from Luke 18:25: "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." See more »


At 14:10 Janeway orders soup and spinach juice from the replicator. The style of the glass containing the juice changes from shot to shot. See more »


[Telek R'Mor has admitted to not having seen his family for over a year]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: You must miss your family very much.
Telek R'Mor: I knew, when I accepted this assignment, that there would be a price to pay. Perhaps I didn't realize how high that price would be.
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Featured in Star Trek: Voyager: Parturition (1995) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A superior episode
12 July 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

This episode is such a gem. Ensign Kim discovers a wormhole and its discovery raises the hopes of the crew that they will be able to return home assuming the wormhole leads to the Alpha Quadrant. The good news is that the hole does indeed lead to the Alpha Quadrant; the bad news is that it is way too small for the Voyager to get through. The pace of this story is terrific – B'Elanna Torres thinks she knows a way to transport the crew to the Romulan science ship at the other end of the wormhole. Will it succeed? Even though we know it is unlikely to succeed since there will be about another 165 episodes, the writers had us almost believing it. Then the crew's hope is that they can convey messages to their families and friends through the wormhole and that the captain of the science ship will deliver them. We're left with a kind of lady or the tiger ending. I often prefer the secondary story lines to the main storyline. And this one is exceptional – Kes speaks to Captain Janeway on the Doctor's behalf; the crew are treating him badly by not even acknowledging his presence. The captain is somewhat surprised but promises to look into it. Kes and the Doctor are my favorite characters so any episodes that feature them prominently are usually winners. So main story and secondary storyline are both good which makes this a superior episode.

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