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=== Act One ===
 
=== Act One ===
In [[astrometrics]], [[Captain]] [[Kathryn Janeway|Janeway]] is talking to [[Starfleet]] [[Admiral]] [[Hendricks]] about the various species of of the Delta Quadrant, particulary the [[Voth]]. He instructs her to retrieve the ''Friendship 1'' probe, which Starfleet believes to be in the Delta Quadrant. She convenes a meeting in the briefing room with her senior officers. They discuss the probe's programming, and intent.
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In [[astrometrics]], {{Captain}} [[Kathryn Janeway|Janeway]] is talking to [[Starfleet]] [[Admiral]] [[Hendricks]] about the various species of of the Delta Quadrant, particulary the [[Voth]]. He instructs her to retrieve the ''Friendship 1'' probe, which Starfleet believes to be in the Delta Quadrant. She convenes a meeting in the briefing room with her senior officers. They discuss the probe's programming, and intent.
   
 
:"''Captain's Log, [[stardate]] 54775.4. We've been searching for five days without any sign of the probe. But we're not about to disappoint Starfleet on our first official assignment in seven years.''"
 
:"''Captain's Log, [[stardate]] 54775.4. We've been searching for five days without any sign of the probe. But we're not about to disappoint Starfleet on our first official assignment in seven years.''"
   
On the [[bridge]], [[Harry Kim]] reports that there are no signs of ''Friendship 1'' in the current search grid. Kim requests to move the search to [[grid 310]] as he has compensated for several solar winds and local anomalies that would have adjusted the probe's trajectory in the quadrant. They locate a titanium signal in the northern subcontinent of a planet in that grid. In astrometrics, they are unable to localize the probe as there is a large amount of [[antimatter radiation]]. Captain Janeway sends an [[away team]] to retrieve the probe. She assigns [[Chakotay]], [[Tom Paris]], Harry Kim, [[Joseph Carey]], and [[Neelix]]. They must all get [[inoculation]]s in [[sickbay]] first. [[B'Elanna Torres]] wants to go on the trip as well, but Paris talks her out of it because she is six months pregnant and she and the [[Miral Paris|baby]] would be breathing a [[toxic]] [[atmosphere]]. Torres only agrees if Paris agrees to carry the next baby.
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On the [[bridge]], [[Harry Kim]] reports that there are no signs of ''Friendship 1'' in the current search grid. Kim requests to move the search to [[grid 310]] as he has compensated for several solar winds and local anomalies that would have adjusted the probe's trajectory in the quadrant. They locate a titanium signal in the northern subcontinent of a planet in that grid, just 2 light-years away. In astrometrics, they are unable to localize the probe as there is a large amount of [[antimatter radiation]]. Captain Janeway sends an [[away team]] to retrieve the probe. She assigns [[Chakotay]], [[Tom Paris]], Harry Kim, [[Joseph Carey]], and [[Neelix]]. They must all get [[inoculation]]s in [[sickbay]] first. [[B'Elanna Torres]] wants to go on the trip as well, but Paris talks her out of it because she is six months pregnant and she and the [[Miral Paris|baby]] would be breathing a [[toxic]] [[atmosphere]]. Torres only agrees if Paris agrees to carry the next baby.
   
On the ''[[Delta Flyer II]]'', the away team is headed through the upper atmosphere of the planet, where they encounter severe turbulence. When they come through the cloud deck, they notice the planet was inhabited at one point, but it looked as though it was in the midst of a [[nuclear winter]]. As the ship sets down, a man in a suit scans the ship from rocks in the distance.
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On the ''{{dis|Delta Flyer|2377}}'', the away team is headed through the upper atmosphere of the planet, where they encounter severe turbulence. When they come through the cloud deck, they notice the planet was inhabited at one point, but it looked as though it was in the midst of a [[nuclear winter]]. As the ship sets down, a man in a suit scans the ship from rocks in the distance.
   
 
=== Act Two ===
 
=== Act Two ===
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Back on the planet, Carey is feared to have a concussion and Paris asks to treat him. A pregnant woman refuses to allow Paris to use his equipment. During the ensuing conversation, Paris deduces that she is pregnant and tells her how his wife is expecting a [[Miral Paris|baby girl]]. Paris also finds that the woman has had two boys and a girl, but they were all stillborn. Paris says that the best doctor in the quadrant is on ''Voyager'', but she stops talking to him.
 
Back on the planet, Carey is feared to have a concussion and Paris asks to treat him. A pregnant woman refuses to allow Paris to use his equipment. During the ensuing conversation, Paris deduces that she is pregnant and tells her how his wife is expecting a [[Miral Paris|baby girl]]. Paris also finds that the woman has had two boys and a girl, but they were all stillborn. Paris says that the best doctor in the quadrant is on ''Voyager'', but she stops talking to him.
   
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[[File:Flight path (Friendship One).jpg|thumb|The impracticality of Verin's plan]]
 
In astrometrics, Janeway learns the nearest M-class planet is 132 light years away. This would take seventeen trips and nearly three years to complete the relocation of the nearly 5,500 people on the planet. Janeway won't stop her trip back to Earth for that long. Tuvok states that the only other option may be to rescue the hostages by force. Janeway doesn't want to reinforce the thought that [[Human]]s are violent unless it's absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, [[Seven of Nine]] helps to treat the native scientist by extracting [[nanoprobe]]s from her bloodstream.
 
In astrometrics, Janeway learns the nearest M-class planet is 132 light years away. This would take seventeen trips and nearly three years to complete the relocation of the nearly 5,500 people on the planet. Janeway won't stop her trip back to Earth for that long. Tuvok states that the only other option may be to rescue the hostages by force. Janeway doesn't want to reinforce the thought that [[Human]]s are violent unless it's absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, [[Seven of Nine]] helps to treat the native scientist by extracting [[nanoprobe]]s from her bloodstream.
   
 
Back on the planet, a girl talks to Neelix and Paris. They want to give the girl a toy they found on the planet. Verin hears the toy and snatches it away, thinking it is a weapon. He tells the child to stay away because they're dangerous. Neelix attempts to negotiate with Verin, asking if he can talk to Janeway on his behalf. He shares that his home, the moon [[Rinax]], was destroyed by the [[metreon cascade]] and his family was killed. Verin replies, "''I'm sorry about what happened to your family. But don't compare your life to mine''," and sends Neelix back to holding.
 
Back on the planet, a girl talks to Neelix and Paris. They want to give the girl a toy they found on the planet. Verin hears the toy and snatches it away, thinking it is a weapon. He tells the child to stay away because they're dangerous. Neelix attempts to negotiate with Verin, asking if he can talk to Janeway on his behalf. He shares that his home, the moon [[Rinax]], was destroyed by the [[metreon cascade]] and his family was killed. Verin replies, "''I'm sorry about what happened to your family. But don't compare your life to mine''," and sends Neelix back to holding.
   
Janeway attempts to further negotiate with Verin. He discusses an alternative to relocating the entire planet's population. She suggests working together with the scientist in sickbay – a man named [[Otrin]] – to have a shorter-term solution as flying to the other planet was too far. Verin still doesn't believe Janeway, as she hasn't given him any reason to trust her. She offers to send a supply of food and medicine in exchange for a hostage. Verin agrees and allows Carey to set up the [[transporter enhancer|transport enhancers]] to transport him off the planet, but before the [[transporter]] locks on, Verin tells Carey that he's sorry and shoots him with a [[disruptor]], killing him.
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Janeway attempts to further negotiate with Verin. He discusses an alternative to relocating the entire planet's population. She suggests working together with [[Otrin]] to have a shorter-term solution as flying to the other planet was too far. Verin still doesn't believe Janeway, as she hasn't given him any reason to trust her. She offers to send a supply of food and medicine in exchange for a hostage. Verin agrees and allows Carey to set up the [[transporter enhancer|transport enhancers]] to transport him off the planet, but before the [[transporter]] locks on, Verin tells Carey that he's sorry and shoots him with a [[disruptor]], killing him.
   
 
=== Act Four ===
 
=== Act Four ===
 
Captain Janeway holds her ground on the bridge, telling Verin that killing one of her crewmen will not make them any more receptive to their demands. When Verin threatens to kill the others, Captain Janeway agrees to transport their people, but says she requires time because the transporters weren't designed to handle large groups. Verin gives her one hour, and ends the transmission. Janeway calls Chakotay to her [[Captain's ready room|ready room]] to begin a plan, immediately.
 
Captain Janeway holds her ground on the bridge, telling Verin that killing one of her crewmen will not make them any more receptive to their demands. When Verin threatens to kill the others, Captain Janeway agrees to transport their people, but says she requires time because the transporters weren't designed to handle large groups. Verin gives her one hour, and ends the transmission. Janeway calls Chakotay to her [[Captain's ready room|ready room]] to begin a plan, immediately.
   
Back in sickbay, the first phase of Otrin's [[nanoprobe]] treatment is working. Seven tells Otrin that the group on the planet need a change in leadership that is more open-minded.
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Back in sickbay, the first phase of Otrin's [[nanoprobe]] treatment is working. Seven tells Otrin that the group on the planet needs a more open-minded leadership.
   
The pregnant woman on the planet begins having early contractions. Paris offers to help, and she gives birth to a boy. He isn't breathing. Paris revives him using a [[cortical stimulator]]. Meanwhile, The ''Delta Flyer'' returns to rescue the crew. Verin thinks Tuvok has been captured, but his captor is actually The Doctor. The Doctor hands Tuvok his [[phaser]], and then he stuns everyone with weapons in the room, surprising Neelix and Paris (The Doctor had been dressed as a native but being a hologram protected him from the effects of the radiation and allowed him to play the part.) Tuvok and The Doctor rescue Neelix and Paris. Before they beam up, Paris convinces the mother to take her son to ''Voyager'' because he won't survive for very long in the atmosphere.
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The pregnant woman on the planet begins having early contractions. Paris offers to help, and she gives birth to a boy. He isn't breathing. Paris revives him using a [[cortical stimulator]]. Meanwhile, the ''Delta Flyer'' returns to rescue the crew. Verin thinks Tuvok has been captured, but his captor is actually The Doctor. The Doctor hands Tuvok his [[phaser]], and then he stuns everyone with weapons in the room, surprising Neelix and Paris (The Doctor had been dressed as a native but being a hologram protected him from the effects of the radiation and allowed him to play the part.) Tuvok and The Doctor rescue Neelix and Paris. Before they beam up, Paris convinces the mother to take her son to ''Voyager'' because he won't survive for very long in the atmosphere.
   
 
===Act Five===
 
===Act Five===
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[[File:Voyager descends into the atmosphere of Otrin's planet.jpg|thumb|''Voyager'' descends toward the planet]]
 
The baby is safe in sickbay. Janeway decides to transport him back to the planet along with a set of food and medical supplies. Neelix and Paris plead with Janeway to help the people on the planet to make up for what their ancestors on Earth did. In [[engineering]], Otrin performs a successful experiment to remove the antimatter radiation. Janeway offers a plan to use [[photon torpedo]]es to eliminate the radiation in the atmosphere. ''Voyager'' will be put at extreme risk because it will require low-altitude detonations of the torpedoes and the reaction would expand exponentially. Janeway orders shield modifications to help the ship survive. The procedure begins, and massive atmospheric explosions rock the surface.
 
The baby is safe in sickbay. Janeway decides to transport him back to the planet along with a set of food and medical supplies. Neelix and Paris plead with Janeway to help the people on the planet to make up for what their ancestors on Earth did. In [[engineering]], Otrin performs a successful experiment to remove the antimatter radiation. Janeway offers a plan to use [[photon torpedo]]es to eliminate the radiation in the atmosphere. ''Voyager'' will be put at extreme risk because it will require low-altitude detonations of the torpedoes and the reaction would expand exponentially. Janeway orders shield modifications to help the ship survive. The procedure begins, and massive atmospheric explosions rock the surface.
   
Back underground, Verin is becoming increasingly paranoid that the explosions from the photon torpedo explosions in the atmosphere will destroy the remaining survivors, rather than clear the pollution, and brings the antimatter warheads on-line to fight back. Otrin attempts to persuade Verin to let ''Voyager'' help, but Verin pushes him aside and continues to set the antimatter weapons. That is, until the once-pregnant woman draws an energy rifle on him. Shocked, Verin asks,"What are you doing?". The woman replies, "I won't let you ruin our only chance for survival." He asks if she would kill him just to stop him. The reasoning of the woman is clear: "To save my child, yes." Verin orders to take her weapon away, but one by one, the survivors start to reject Verin's leadership. Trying to recover the leadership that is quickly slipping through his fingers, he claims "I've kept you alive! ''ALL OF YOU!''" But Otrin counters that survival isn't enough to live anymore. Verin tries in vain to regain his leadership, but fails, and the entire group stands behind Otrin in defiance. However, the best news to the group arrives when a child comes in telling everyone to hurry outside. With Verin under guard, the group goes outside the cave to find the sky clearing.
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[[File:The atmosphere of Otrin's planet begins to be purified of radiation.jpg|thumb|The atmosphere's purification begins]]
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Back underground, Verin is becoming increasingly paranoid that the explosions from the photon torpedo explosions in the atmosphere will destroy the remaining survivors, rather than clear the pollution, and brings the antimatter warheads on-line to fight back. Otrin attempts to persuade Verin to let ''Voyager'' help, but Verin pushes him aside and continues to set the antimatter weapons. That is, until the once-pregnant woman draws an energy rifle on him. Shocked, Verin asks,"What are you doing?". The woman replies, "I won't let you ruin our only chance for survival." He asks if she would kill him just to stop him. The reasoning of the woman is clear: "To save my child, yes." Verin orders her weapon taken away, but one by one, the survivors start to reject Verin's leadership. Trying to recover the leadership that is quickly slipping through his fingers, he claims "I've kept you alive! ''ALL OF YOU!''" Otrin counters that survival isn't enough to live anymore. Verin tries in vain to regain his leadership, but fails, and the entire group stands behind Otrin in defiance. However, the best news to the group arrives when a child comes in telling everyone to hurry outside. With Verin under guard, the group goes outside the cave to find the sky clearing.
   
 
:"''Captain's log, supplemental. We've retrieved ''Friendship 1'' and resumed our course for the [[Alpha Quadrant]], but the success of our mission had a very high price.''"
 
:"''Captain's log, supplemental. We've retrieved ''Friendship 1'' and resumed our course for the [[Alpha Quadrant]], but the success of our mission had a very high price.''"
   
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[[File:The atmosphere of Otrin's planet returns to normal.jpg|thumb|The purification of the atmosphere finishes]]
 
Chakotay enters Carey's quarters, and finds Captain Janeway looking at a ship-in-a-bottle model of ''Voyager''. Carey only had one [[nacelle]] to go before finishing it. Chakotay and Janeway then have a debate about the moral implications of the launchers of ''Friendship 1''. The benefits of exploration don't justify the loss of lives – whether it's millions or just one.
 
Chakotay enters Carey's quarters, and finds Captain Janeway looking at a ship-in-a-bottle model of ''Voyager''. Carey only had one [[nacelle]] to go before finishing it. Chakotay and Janeway then have a debate about the moral implications of the launchers of ''Friendship 1''. The benefits of exploration don't justify the loss of lives – whether it's millions or just one.
   
 
== Memorable quotes ==
 
== Memorable quotes ==
"''The [[Voth]], the [[Kobali]], the [[Vaadwaur]]. You've made [[First Contact]] with more species than any captain since [[James T. Kirk|James Kirk]].''"<br />
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"''The [[Voth]], the [[Kobali]], the [[Vaadwaur]]. You've made [[first contact]] with more species than any captain since [[James T. Kirk|James Kirk]].''"<br />
 
"''Well, it helps being the only Starfleet ship within thirty thousand light years.''"
 
"''Well, it helps being the only Starfleet ship within thirty thousand light years.''"
 
: - '''Admiral Hendricks''' and '''Captain Janeway'''
 
: - '''Admiral Hendricks''' and '''Captain Janeway'''
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"''Even if I believed you, Verin never would.''"<br />
 
"''Even if I believed you, Verin never would.''"<br />
"''Then your people may need a change of leadership; Someone more open to new ideas.''"<br />
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"''Then your people may need a change of leadership; someone more open to new ideas.''"<br />
 
"''I'm not a leader.''"<br />
 
"''I'm not a leader.''"<br />
 
"''But you're a scientist; someone who can see a problem and envision a solution. The same definition could apply to a leader.''"
 
"''But you're a scientist; someone who can see a problem and envision a solution. The same definition could apply to a leader.''"
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"''It's beautiful.''"
 
"''It's beautiful.''"
: - '''Yun''', on finally seeing the sun through the sky of his homeworld
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: - '''Yun''', on finally seeing the sun through the sky of her homeworld
   
 
== Background information ==
 
== Background information ==
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* [[Bari Hochwald]] previously played [[Elizabeth Lense]] in {{DS9|Explorers}}.
 
* [[Bari Hochwald]] previously played [[Elizabeth Lense]] in {{DS9|Explorers}}.
 
* Several props, set dressings, and costumes from this episode were sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay, including the costume of [[Earl Maddox]]. {{stala|9420}}
 
* Several props, set dressings, and costumes from this episode were sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay, including the costume of [[Earl Maddox]]. {{stala|9420}}
* In this episode, when the origin of the nanoprobes used to treat him is revealed as being in Seven's bloodstream, Otrin asks if there are others like her in the crew. Seven replies no and that she is unique; however there is another former Borg drone, [[Icheb]], in the crew.
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* In this episode, when the origin of the nanoprobes used to treat him is revealed as being in Seven's bloodstream, Otrin asks if there are others like her in the crew. Seven replies no and that she is unique; however, there is another former Borg drone, [[Icheb]], in the crew.
   
 
=== Video and DVD releases ===
 
=== Video and DVD releases ===
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== Links and references ==
 
== Links and references ==
 
=== Starring ===
 
=== Starring ===
*[[Kate Mulgrew]] as [[Captain]] [[Kathryn Janeway]]
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*[[Kate Mulgrew]] as {{Captain}} [[Kathryn Janeway]]
   
 
=== Also starring ===
 
=== Also starring ===
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*[[Ken Land]] as [[Verin]]
 
*[[Ken Land]] as [[Verin]]
 
*[[John Prosky]] as [[Otrin]]
 
*[[John Prosky]] as [[Otrin]]
*[[Bari Hochwald]] as {{dis|Brin|Uxali}}
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*[[Bari Hochwald]] as {{dis|Brin|female}}
 
*[[Peter Dennis]] as [[Admiral]] [[Hendricks]]
 
*[[Peter Dennis]] as [[Admiral]] [[Hendricks]]
 
*[[Ashley Edner]] as [[Yun]]
 
*[[Ashley Edner]] as [[Yun]]
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=== Uncredited co-stars ===
 
=== Uncredited co-stars ===
*[[Pam Blackwell]] as an [[Otrin's species female 001|alien woman]]
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*[[Pam Blackwell]] as [[Otrin's species female 001|alien woman]]
*[[Bill Blair]] as an [[Otrin's species male 001|alien man]]
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*[[Bill Blair]] as [[Otrin's species male 001|alien man]]
 
*[[Tarik Ergin]] as [[Ayala]]
 
*[[Tarik Ergin]] as [[Ayala]]
*[[Tim Gilbert]] as an [[Otrin's species male 002|alien man]]
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*[[Tim Gilbert]] as [[Otrin's species male 002|alien man]]
*[[Jim Jouvenat]] as an [[Otrin's species male 003|alien man]]
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*[[Jim Jouvenat]] as [[Otrin's species male 003|alien man]]
*[[Heather Langone]] as an [[Otrin's species female 002|alien woman]]
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*[[Heather Langone]] as [[Otrin's species female 002|alien woman]]
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* [[Lalita Lauren]] as [[USS Voyager cmd officer 033|command officer]]
 
*[[Gerald Lopton]] as [[Otrin's species boy 001|alien boy]]
 
*[[Gerald Lopton]] as [[Otrin's species boy 001|alien boy]]
*[[Earl Maddox]] as an [[Otrin's species male 004|alien man]]
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*[[Earl Maddox]] as [[Otrin's species male 004|alien man]]
 
*[[Louis Ortiz]] as [[Culhane]]
 
*[[Louis Ortiz]] as [[Culhane]]
 
*[[Unknown performers]] as
 
*[[Unknown performers]] as
 
**[[Otrin's species female 001|Female alien]]
 
**[[Otrin's species female 001|Female alien]]
**[[Otrin's species male 005|Male alien #5]], [[Otrin's species male 006|#6]], [[Otrin's species male 007|#7]], [[Otrin's species male 008|#8]], [[Otrin's species male 009|#9]]
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**[[Otrin's species male 005|Male alien #5]], [[Otrin's species male 006|#6]], [[Otrin's species male 007|#7]], [[Otrin's species male 008|#8]], [[Otrin's species male 009|#9]]
   
 
=== Stunt doubles ===
 
=== Stunt doubles ===
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===References===
 
===References===
[[20 million years ago]]; [[2063]]; [[2067]]; [[2248]]; [[Alpha Quadrant]]; [[antimatter]]; [[antimatter missile]]; [[antimatter radiation]]; [[assimilation]]; [[atmospheric processor]]; [[Otrin's species Brin's stillborn|Brin's stillborn]]; [[Otrin's species Brin's baby|Brin's son]]; [[cardio-stimulator]]; [[circuit analyzer]]; {{revname|Zefram|Cochrane}}; [[computer chip]]; [[concussion]]; [[data core]]; ''[[Delta Flyer II]]''; [[Delta Quadrant]]; [[dinosaur]]; [[disulfide]]; [[Earth]]; [[environmental suit]]; [[Federation]]; [[fetal resonance scan]]; ''[[Friendship 1]]''; [[gas giant]]; [[genocide]]; [[gravimetric shear]]; [[Grid 295]]; [[Grid 310]]; [[hadrosaur]]; [[holo-camera]]; [[ionic interference]]; [[inoculation]]; [[isolytic reaction]]; [[isorem]]; [[kilometer]]; {{revname|James T.|Kirk}}; [[Klingon]]; [[Kobali]]; [[lesion]]; [[lung]]; [[magnesite]]; [[meter]]; [[metreon cascade]]; [[metronome]]; [[millijoule]]; [[Missile silo]]; [[model]]; [[nanoprobe]]; [[nuclear winter]]; [[nucleonic particle]]; [[Otrin's homeworld]]; [[Otrin's species]]; [[Otrin's species Otrin's wife|Otrin's wife]]; [[particle scanner]]; [[photon torpedo]]; [[probe]]; [[radiation poisoning]]; [[reverse engineering]]; [[ship in a bottle]]; [[solar wind]]; [[Starfleet Corps of Engineers]]; [[stillborn]]; [[stratosphere]]; [[thermal eddy]]; [[titanium]]; [[transceiver]]; [[translation matrix]]; [[transport enhancer]]; [[tricorder]]; [[troposphere]]; [[United Earth Space Probe Agency]]; [[Vaadwaur]]; [[Vivaldi]]; [[Voth]]
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[[20 million years ago]]; [[2063]]; [[2067]]; [[2248]]; [[Alpha Quadrant]]; [[antimatter]]; [[antimatter missile]]; [[antimatter radiation]]; [[assimilation]]; [[atmospheric processor]]; [[Otrin's species Brin's stillborn|Brin's stillborn]]; [[Otrin's species Brin's baby|Brin's son]]; [[cardio-stimulator]]; [[Carey's wife 001|Carey's wife]]; [[circuit analyzer]]; {{revname|Zefram|Cochrane}}; [[computer chip]]; [[concussion]]; [[contraction]]; [[data core]]; ''''{{dis|Delta Flyer|2377}}''; [[Delta Quadrant]]; [[dinosaur]]; [[disulfide]]; [[Earth]]; [[environmental suit]]; [[equipment bag]]; [[fatherhood]]; [[Federation]]; [[fetal resonance scan]]; ''[[Friendship 1]]''; [[gas giant]]; [[genocide]]; [[gravimetric shear]]; [[Grid 295]]; [[Grid 310]]; [[hadrosaur]]; [[holo-camera]]; [[ionic interference]]; [[inoculation]]; [[isolytic reaction]]; [[isorem]]; [[kilometer]]; {{revname|James T.|Kirk}}; [[Klingon]]; [[Kobali]]; [[lesion]]; [[lining]]; [[lung]]; [[magnesite]]; [[medical care]]; [[meter]]; [[metreon cascade]]; [[metronome]]; [[millijoule]]; [[missile silo]]; [[model]]; [[music box]]; [[nanoprobe]]; [[Neelix' cousin 001|Neelix' cousin]]; [[nuclear winter]]; [[nucleonic particle]]; [[Otrin's homeworld]]; [[Otrin's species]]; [[Otrin's species Otrin's wife|Otrin's wife]]; [[particle scanner]]; [[photon torpedo]]; [[probe]]; [[Prime Directive]]; [[queasy]]; [[radiation]]; [[radiation exposure]] (aka [[radiation poisoning]]); [[reverse engineering]]; [[ship in a bottle]]; [[shock wave]]; [[solar wind]]; [[Starfleet Corps of Engineers]]; [[stillborn]]; [[stratosphere]]; [[thermal eddy]]; [[third grade]]; [[titanium]]; [[toy]]; [[transceiver]]; [[translation matrix]]; [[transporter]]; [[transport enhancer]]; [[tricorder]]; [[troposphere]]; [[United Earth Space Probe Agency]]; [[Vaadwaur]]; [[Vivaldi]]; [[Voth]]
   
 
=== Unused references ===
 
=== Unused references ===
 
[[Alixia]]; [[Aurellian beef stew]]; [[Ferengi]]; [[latinum]]; {{revname|Owen|Paris}}; [[Tefler]]; [[Tongo]]; [[Uxal]]
 
[[Alixia]]; [[Aurellian beef stew]]; [[Ferengi]]; [[latinum]]; {{revname|Owen|Paris}}; [[Tefler]]; [[Tongo]]; [[Uxal]]
   
===External link===
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=== External links ===
*{{Wikipedia-quote|Friendship One (Star Trek: Voyager)|Friendship One}}
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* {{startrek.com|friendship-one|"Friendship One"}}
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* {{mbeta-quote|Friendship One (episode)|Friendship One}}
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* {{Wikipedia-quote|Friendship One (Star Trek: Voyager)|Friendship One}}
   
 
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Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)
For the space probe of the same name, please see Friendship 1.

Starfleet Command sends Voyager on a special mission to retrieve a 21st century Earth probe which is believed lost in the Delta Quadrant.

Summary

Teaser

"We, the people of Earth, greet you in a spirit of peace and humility. As we venture out of our solar system, we hope to earn the trust and friendship of other worlds."

A small craft of some kind flies by at impulse speeds, as "Friendship 1" can be read on its hull.

In a small control room on an alien planet, two people are desperately working to identify the craft. It begins transmitting a musical composition, The Four Seasons. They try to locate its position, as they realize it has just begun entering their atmosphere.

Act One

In astrometrics, Captain Janeway is talking to Starfleet Admiral Hendricks about the various species of of the Delta Quadrant, particulary the Voth. He instructs her to retrieve the Friendship 1 probe, which Starfleet believes to be in the Delta Quadrant. She convenes a meeting in the briefing room with her senior officers. They discuss the probe's programming, and intent.

"Captain's Log, stardate 54775.4. We've been searching for five days without any sign of the probe. But we're not about to disappoint Starfleet on our first official assignment in seven years."

On the bridge, Harry Kim reports that there are no signs of Friendship 1 in the current search grid. Kim requests to move the search to grid 310 as he has compensated for several solar winds and local anomalies that would have adjusted the probe's trajectory in the quadrant. They locate a titanium signal in the northern subcontinent of a planet in that grid, just 2 light-years away. In astrometrics, they are unable to localize the probe as there is a large amount of antimatter radiation. Captain Janeway sends an away team to retrieve the probe. She assigns Chakotay, Tom Paris, Harry Kim, Joseph Carey, and Neelix. They must all get inoculations in sickbay first. B'Elanna Torres wants to go on the trip as well, but Paris talks her out of it because she is six months pregnant and she and the baby would be breathing a toxic atmosphere. Torres only agrees if Paris agrees to carry the next baby.

On the Delta Flyer, the away team is headed through the upper atmosphere of the planet, where they encounter severe turbulence. When they come through the cloud deck, they notice the planet was inhabited at one point, but it looked as though it was in the midst of a nuclear winter. As the ship sets down, a man in a suit scans the ship from rocks in the distance.

Act Two

On the planet, the away team are in EVA suits. Chakotay and Kim discover antimatter missile silos, while inside a cave Paris, Neelix, and Carey find remnants of the probe. Neelix hears something, but Carey can't read any life signs on his tricorder. Just then, Paris, Neelix and Carey are ambushed and captured by the planet's natives. Chakotay and Kim return to the Flyer, where Kim is attacked by one of the natives who was searching the ship. After he stuns the intruder, the Flyer comes under attack from antimatter weapons. Chakotay has no choice but to fly the ship back to Voyager, leaving their three crewmates behind. Paris, Neelix and Carey are taken prisoner and injured by the native until their leader tells them to stop. The leader then ask who they are, what they have, and why they are here. Paris tells them that they are from Voyager and that they came to retrieve the probe. The leader responds they should have come sooner, that it would have spared his people the suffering.

Janeway is receiving an update from Chakotay when Tuvok contacts her from the bridge. Tuvok says that they are receiving a subspace transmission from the surface. A man named Verin tells a confused Janeway that she will pay for what Earth did to the planet's people. Verin wants Janeway to take him and his people off the planet to a new home or he will kill the away team. He gives Janeway three hours to begin the evacuation.

Act Three

Janeway tells Tuvok to scan for M-class planets, as just an option. Janeway and Chakotay head to sickbay where they talk to the native they stunned on the Delta Flyer. The man, Otrin, a scientist, says that he was attempting to get information from the Flyer's computers that could undo the damage Earth caused. Janeway asks the scientist to explain how they are responsible for his world's destruction. The scientist says that a containment failure in their antimatter power grid destroyed their planet. But until the Friendship One probe arrived, the natives had never conceived of antimatter. His feeling was that Earth's intent was to have their planet adapt to using antimatter technology in the hopes that their civilization would destroy itself. Otrin thinks Voyager is there to conquer their planet. Janeway assures him that Voyager is not here to conquer his world.

Back on the planet, Carey is feared to have a concussion and Paris asks to treat him. A pregnant woman refuses to allow Paris to use his equipment. During the ensuing conversation, Paris deduces that she is pregnant and tells her how his wife is expecting a baby girl. Paris also finds that the woman has had two boys and a girl, but they were all stillborn. Paris says that the best doctor in the quadrant is on Voyager, but she stops talking to him.

Flight path (Friendship One)

The impracticality of Verin's plan

In astrometrics, Janeway learns the nearest M-class planet is 132 light years away. This would take seventeen trips and nearly three years to complete the relocation of the nearly 5,500 people on the planet. Janeway won't stop her trip back to Earth for that long. Tuvok states that the only other option may be to rescue the hostages by force. Janeway doesn't want to reinforce the thought that Humans are violent unless it's absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, Seven of Nine helps to treat the native scientist by extracting nanoprobes from her bloodstream.

Back on the planet, a girl talks to Neelix and Paris. They want to give the girl a toy they found on the planet. Verin hears the toy and snatches it away, thinking it is a weapon. He tells the child to stay away because they're dangerous. Neelix attempts to negotiate with Verin, asking if he can talk to Janeway on his behalf. He shares that his home, the moon Rinax, was destroyed by the metreon cascade and his family was killed. Verin replies, "I'm sorry about what happened to your family. But don't compare your life to mine," and sends Neelix back to holding.

Janeway attempts to further negotiate with Verin. He discusses an alternative to relocating the entire planet's population. She suggests working together with Otrin to have a shorter-term solution as flying to the other planet was too far. Verin still doesn't believe Janeway, as she hasn't given him any reason to trust her. She offers to send a supply of food and medicine in exchange for a hostage. Verin agrees and allows Carey to set up the transport enhancers to transport him off the planet, but before the transporter locks on, Verin tells Carey that he's sorry and shoots him with a disruptor, killing him.

Act Four

Captain Janeway holds her ground on the bridge, telling Verin that killing one of her crewmen will not make them any more receptive to their demands. When Verin threatens to kill the others, Captain Janeway agrees to transport their people, but says she requires time because the transporters weren't designed to handle large groups. Verin gives her one hour, and ends the transmission. Janeway calls Chakotay to her ready room to begin a plan, immediately.

Back in sickbay, the first phase of Otrin's nanoprobe treatment is working. Seven tells Otrin that the group on the planet needs a more open-minded leadership.

The pregnant woman on the planet begins having early contractions. Paris offers to help, and she gives birth to a boy. He isn't breathing. Paris revives him using a cortical stimulator. Meanwhile, the Delta Flyer returns to rescue the crew. Verin thinks Tuvok has been captured, but his captor is actually The Doctor. The Doctor hands Tuvok his phaser, and then he stuns everyone with weapons in the room, surprising Neelix and Paris (The Doctor had been dressed as a native but being a hologram protected him from the effects of the radiation and allowed him to play the part.) Tuvok and The Doctor rescue Neelix and Paris. Before they beam up, Paris convinces the mother to take her son to Voyager because he won't survive for very long in the atmosphere.

Act Five

Voyager descends into the atmosphere of Otrin&#039;s planet

Voyager descends toward the planet

The baby is safe in sickbay. Janeway decides to transport him back to the planet along with a set of food and medical supplies. Neelix and Paris plead with Janeway to help the people on the planet to make up for what their ancestors on Earth did. In engineering, Otrin performs a successful experiment to remove the antimatter radiation. Janeway offers a plan to use photon torpedoes to eliminate the radiation in the atmosphere. Voyager will be put at extreme risk because it will require low-altitude detonations of the torpedoes and the reaction would expand exponentially. Janeway orders shield modifications to help the ship survive. The procedure begins, and massive atmospheric explosions rock the surface.

The atmosphere of Otrin&#039;s planet begins to be purified of radiation

The atmosphere's purification begins

Back underground, Verin is becoming increasingly paranoid that the explosions from the photon torpedo explosions in the atmosphere will destroy the remaining survivors, rather than clear the pollution, and brings the antimatter warheads on-line to fight back. Otrin attempts to persuade Verin to let Voyager help, but Verin pushes him aside and continues to set the antimatter weapons. That is, until the once-pregnant woman draws an energy rifle on him. Shocked, Verin asks,"What are you doing?". The woman replies, "I won't let you ruin our only chance for survival." He asks if she would kill him just to stop him. The reasoning of the woman is clear: "To save my child, yes." Verin orders her weapon taken away, but one by one, the survivors start to reject Verin's leadership. Trying to recover the leadership that is quickly slipping through his fingers, he claims "I've kept you alive! ALL OF YOU!" Otrin counters that survival isn't enough to live anymore. Verin tries in vain to regain his leadership, but fails, and the entire group stands behind Otrin in defiance. However, the best news to the group arrives when a child comes in telling everyone to hurry outside. With Verin under guard, the group goes outside the cave to find the sky clearing.

"Captain's log, supplemental. We've retrieved Friendship 1 and resumed our course for the Alpha Quadrant, but the success of our mission had a very high price."
The atmosphere of Otrin&#039;s planet returns to normal

The purification of the atmosphere finishes

Chakotay enters Carey's quarters, and finds Captain Janeway looking at a ship-in-a-bottle model of Voyager. Carey only had one nacelle to go before finishing it. Chakotay and Janeway then have a debate about the moral implications of the launchers of Friendship 1. The benefits of exploration don't justify the loss of lives – whether it's millions or just one.

Memorable quotes

"The Voth, the Kobali, the Vaadwaur. You've made first contact with more species than any captain since James Kirk."
"Well, it helps being the only Starfleet ship within thirty thousand light years."

- Admiral Hendricks and Captain Janeway


"An inoculation a day keeps the radiation away."

- Tom Paris


"Any bets on this one?"
"My money's on B'Elanna."

- Neelix talking with Chakotay on Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres' latest marital argument


"I'm sorry, Mr. Carey."

- Verin, before murdering Joseph Carey


"From the first time you spoke up in my classroom, I knew you'd go far."
"A little farther than I expected, professor."

- Admiral Hendricks and Captain Janeway


"Even if I believed you, Verin never would."
"Then your people may need a change of leadership; someone more open to new ideas."
"I'm not a leader."
"But you're a scientist; someone who can see a problem and envision a solution. The same definition could apply to a leader."

- Otrin and Seven of Nine


"When infiltrating a planet with a toxic environment, it helps to be a hologram."

- The Doctor, to Paris and Neelix, after single-handedly rescuing the away team.


"When I first met them, I thought they were arrogant and self-righteous."
"I suppose you're going to tell me you've changed your mind."
"Well, not completely."

- Neelix and Verin, discussing Humans


"It's beautiful."

- Yun, on finally seeing the sun through the sky of her homeworld

Background information

Voyager in a bottle

A modified Hallmark USS Voyager Christmas ornament presented as an uncompleted model "ship in a bottle" built by Joseph Carey in (VOY: "Friendship One")

  • The Friendship 1 probe's warp nacelles are reminiscent of those of the Phoenix, and the head of the probe bears a resemblance to the top of the Nomad probe.
  • This episode marks the return, and the death, of Lieutenant Joe Carey. This is Carey's first "present" appearance on the series since "State of Flux". He also appeared in "Relativity" and "Fury"; however, his scenes in both of those episodes were based in 2371.
  • The male seen at the beginning of this episode is wearing the same costume used by Cliff deYoung as Croden in DS9: "Vortex".
  • Bari Hochwald previously played Elizabeth Lense in DS9: "Explorers".
  • Several props, set dressings, and costumes from this episode were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including the costume of Earl Maddox. [1]
  • In this episode, when the origin of the nanoprobes used to treat him is revealed as being in Seven's bloodstream, Otrin asks if there are others like her in the crew. Seven replies no and that she is unique; however, there is another former Borg drone, Icheb, in the crew.

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20 million years ago; 2063; 2067; 2248; Alpha Quadrant; antimatter; antimatter missile; antimatter radiation; assimilation; atmospheric processor; Brin's stillborn; Brin's son; cardio-stimulator; Carey's wife; circuit analyzer; Cochrane, Zefram; computer chip; concussion; contraction; data core; ''Delta Flyer; Delta Quadrant; dinosaur; disulfide; Earth; environmental suit; equipment bag; fatherhood; Federation; fetal resonance scan; Friendship 1; gas giant; genocide; gravimetric shear; Grid 295; Grid 310; hadrosaur; holo-camera; ionic interference; inoculation; isolytic reaction; isorem; kilometer; Kirk, James T.; Klingon; Kobali; lesion; lining; lung; magnesite; medical care; meter; metreon cascade; metronome; millijoule; missile silo; model; music box; nanoprobe; Neelix' cousin; nuclear winter; nucleonic particle; Otrin's homeworld; Otrin's species; Otrin's wife; particle scanner; photon torpedo; probe; Prime Directive; queasy; radiation; radiation exposure (aka radiation poisoning); reverse engineering; ship in a bottle; shock wave; solar wind; Starfleet Corps of Engineers; stillborn; stratosphere; thermal eddy; third grade; titanium; toy; transceiver; translation matrix; transporter; transport enhancer; tricorder; troposphere; United Earth Space Probe Agency; Vaadwaur; Vivaldi; Voth

Unused references

Alixia; Aurellian beef stew; Ferengi; latinum; Paris, Owen; Tefler; Tongo; Uxal

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