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Title Episode Production number Stardate US release date
"Basics, Part II" 3x01 40840-146 50032.7 1996-09-04
"Flashback" 3x02 40840-145 50126.4 1996-09-11
"The Chute" 3x03 40840-147 50156.2 1996-09-18
"The Swarm" 3x04 40840-149 50252.3 1996-09-25
"False Profits" 3x05 40840-144 50074.3 1996-10-02
"Remember" 3x06 40840-148 50203.1 1996-10-09
"Sacred Ground" 3x07 40840-143 50063.2 1996-10-30
"Future's End" 3x08 40840-150 50312.5 1996-11-06
"Future's End, Part II" 3x09 40840-151 50312.5 1996-11-13
"Warlord" 3x10 40840-152 50348.1 1996-11-20
"The Q and the Grey" 3x11 40840-153 50384.2 1996-11-27
"Macrocosm" 3x12 40840-154 50425.1 1996-12-11
"Fair Trade" 3x13 40840-156 Unknown 1997-01-08
"Alter Ego" 3x14 40840-155 50460.3 1997-01-15
"Coda" 3x15 40840-158 50518.6 1997-01-29
"Blood Fever" 3x16 40840-157 50537.2 1997-02-05
"Unity" 3x17 40840-159 50614.2 1997-02-12
"Darkling" 3x18 40840-161 50693.2 1997-02-19
"Rise" 3x19 40840-160 Unknown 1997-02-26
"Favorite Son" 3x20 40840-162 50732.4 1997-03-19
"Before and After" 3x21 40840-163 Unknown 1997-04-09
"Real Life" 3x22 40840-164 50836.2 1997-04-23
"Distant Origin" 3x23 40840-165 Unknown 1997-04-30
"Displaced" 3x24 40840-166 50912.4 1997-05-07
"Worst Case Scenario" 3x25 40840-167 50953.4 1997-05-14
"Scorpion" 3x26 40840-168 50984.3 1997-05-21


Season three begins with the departure of the Kazon. The Doctor gains freedom from sickbay in "Future's End", by way of an autonomous mobile emitter. The same episode also has Harry Kim taking command of Voyager for the first time when the four ranking bridge officers beam to 1996 Earth.

Voyager enters the Nekrit Expanse in "Fair Trade". This area of space marks the farthest extent of Neelix' knowledge and the end of his usefulness as Voyager's guide to the Delta Quadrant.

Three episodes later, "Blood Fever" features a brief introduction of the Borg to the series, the inclusion of which would have serious and far-reaching ramifications for the franchise from this point onwards. "Blood Fever" also introduced the very real possibility of a romantic interest between Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, a relationship of singular importance not only to the development of the two characters involved, but also to the other crucial evolutionary step taken by the series in season three – the crew of Voyager as family. It is towards the end of "Fair Trade" that Janeway, while disciplining Neelix, first mentions this notion of familial allegiance.

"I'm prepared to leave the ship, captain."
"Oh no, it's not that easy. You can't just run away from your responsibilities because you made a mistake. You're part of a family now, and you have obligations."

- Neelix and Janeway

It is also around this midpoint in the season that other, more subtle changes were being made to the overall look and feel of the franchise. Stage lighting underwent significant changes, most notably in "Macrocosm" where for the first time, darkened or blacked out set pieces were used to add tension to scenes. Prior to this, Voyager's decks and corridors were always largely flood-lit except in times of emergency.

While attending a Sacramento, USA, Convention in 2003 (uploaded onto YouTube), Kate Mulgrew commented that by early season three, she felt as if she had successfully married the actress to the character, to the extent that the writers were able to "back-off."

"And when they finally allowed Mulgrew to inhabit Janeway, she took off. I'd say that was about the end of the second/beginning of the third season. Every nuance that I could give to her, all those subtle endowments that were mine, that Mulgrew brought to Janeway. That's when you fall in love. I couldn't do it without her, and she couldn't do it without me." : – Kate Mulgrew

It would therefore appear that the writers, producers, and performers had begun to find a direction and with it came a developing continuity. The Borg, introduced in "Blood Fever", popped up again in "Unity", and throughout the remainder of the series. John de Lancie returned as Q in "The Q and the Grey", providing continuity back to the suicide of Quinn in the second season episode "Death Wish". Also, the events of "Distant Origin" linked not only "Fair Trade", but also the season two finale "Basics, Part I". Writers also used events to tease the audience with what was to come in season four, namely "Before and After" and the "Year of Hell".

Possibly most significant is the season three finale "Scorpion", which sees Voyager entering a war-torn Borg space. As Voyager came of age, audience figures leaped through the roof, and within half a season the show's writing and cinematography was largely unrecognizable from its previous seasons. Certainly, once Voyager entered the Nekrit Expanse in "Fair Trade", and later traversed Borg space in "Scorpion", the franchise was never the same.

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Executive Producerss
Supervising Producers

Line Producer: Brad Yacobian
Creative Consultant: Michael Piller
Theme By: Jerry Goldsmith
Associate Producer: Dawn Velazquez
Story Editor: Lisa Klink

Music By

Director of Photography: Marvin V. Rush, A.S.C.
Production Designer: Richard D. James


Unit Production Manager: Brad Yacobian

First Assistant Director

Second Assistant Director: Arlene Fukai

Casting By

Original Casting By: Nan Dutton, C.S.A.
Casting Executive: Helen Mossler, C.S.A.
Costume Designer: Robert Blackman
Set Decorator: Leslie Frankenheimer
Visual Effects Producer: Dan Curry

Visual Effects Supervisor

Scenic Art Supervisor / Technical Consultant: Michael Okuda
Senior Illustrator / Technical Consultant: Rick Sternbach
Make-Up Designed and Supervised By: Michael Westmore
Assistant Art Director: Louise Dorton

Assistant Editor
Visual Effects Coordinator

Visual Effects Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Castro
Visual Effects Associate: Cheryl Gluckstern
Script Supervisor: Cosmo Genovese
Special Effects: Dick Brownfield
Property Master: Alan Sims
Construction Coordinator: Al Smutko
Scenic Artist: Wendy Drapanas
Junior Illustrator: Jim Magdaleno
Video Coordinator: Denise Okuda
Hair Designer: Josee Normand

Make-Up Artists
Hair Stylists

Wardrobe Supervisor: Carol Kunz
Sound Mixer: Alan Bernard, C.A.S.
Camera Operator: Doug Knapp, S.O.C.
Chief Lighting Technician: Bill Peets
First Company Grip: Randy Burgess

Key Costumers

Music Editor: Gerry Sackman Supervising Sound Editor: Bill Wistrom
Supervising Sound Effects Editor: Jim Wolvington

Sound Editors

Visual Effects Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Castro
Production Coordinator: Diane Overdiek
Post Production Coordinator: April Rossi
Production Associate: David Rossi
Pre-Production Coordinator: Lolita Fatjo

Assistants to Producers

Stunt Coordinator: Dennis Madalone
Science Consultant: Andre Bormanis

Main Title Design By

Post Production Sound: Modern Sound
Filmed with PANAVISION® Cameras and Lenses
Motion Control Photography Image G
Digital Optical Effects: Digital Magic
Special Video Composting: CIS, Hollywood
Editing Facilities: Unitel Video
Computer Generated Effects: Foundation Imaging


  • Emmerson Denney – Voice/Dialogue Coach for Albie Selznick ("Macrocosm")
  • Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi – Makeup Artist ("Displaced", "Worst Case Scenario", "Scorpion")
  • Jo Ann Phillips – Hair Stylist ("Fair Trade")

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