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Title : Caretaker Rating : 3
First Aired : 16 Jan 1995 Stardate : 48315.6
Director : Winrich Kolbe Year : 2371
Writers : Jeri Taylor, Michael Piller, Rick Berman Season : 1
Rating : 4.3333 for 3 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : BJH Rating : 5
Review : Wonderful start to a wonderful series. Probably the best series opener of the franchise, with DS9 a close second. Good set up to the plot, and the characters are wonderfully drawn out. Regarding the YATI: the reason that didn't happen is because to set up the program to send Voyager home would, as Tuvok said, take several hours. That is several hours Voyager had to survive being battered by superior Kazon forces.
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : My impressions on first viewing: After being cooped up on DS9 for six months, it's good to be back out in space again where we should be. On later viewing, I'm not so sure. It was a promising start, which reminded me vaguely of "The Cage" in some areas, but it the subsequent series failed to live up to it for some time. Janeway rather reminded me of my old headmistress as played by Katharine Hepburn, while of the other characters, nobody really stood out. I was a bit sceptical about the EMH, little knowing that he would develop into one of the most remarkable characters in Trek. On the Voyager herself, I began calling her 'USS Cuttlefish'. She seems rather out of proportion, and the v/g warp nacelles are a bit silly. They should have been double the size and permanently in the up position, which would have balanced the bulk of the saucer much better. Overall verdict, promising, but would have needed more work to settle down better.
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 5
Review : IMO this is the best opener in Trek history. We've got a beautiful new ship, a crew made up of interesting characters - for example, this is one of the few times we see Chakotay being a badass, and Tom Paris is in prison when the episode begins! We also get a brief crossover with DS9, continuting the trend with one series "handing over" to another. While there are numerous flaws in the plot, which seems to be a habit for some of the bigger Voyager episodes, at least it doesn't involve time travel or having to explain human values to "superior" beings. The action sequences are very well handled and while climbing a ladder to the surface seems low-key, it pushes the characters hard and puts Paris under Chakotay's protection. The space battle with Chakotay yelling "NOW!" and getting beamed out even as his ship rams the Kazon battleship is excellent. Every member of the main cast gets something to do and we learn a lot about them. Despite its plot faults, I think of this as one of the best-executed episodes.
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