On Hanon IV, the scientist Forra Gegen and his assistant Tova Veer excavate the remains of Voyager Crewman Hogan. They find a genetic pattern related to their own race, the saurian-like Voth. This is the keystone to the theory that the Voth actually evolved on a planet far away from the Delta Quadrant - on Earth. Gegen tries to get the support of the Voth Ministry of Elders to find Voyager, but his request is declined because his Distant Origin Theory does not comply with the doctrine that the Voth are indigenous to their region of space.
Gegen and Veer manage to locate Voyager on their own and beam aboard under cloak. When Harry detects their cloaking devices, Gegen manages to beam away with Chakotay, while Veer is apprehended by Voyager's security. Chakotay affirms Gegen his support to prove his theory right. In the meantime, Janeway and Tuvok reconstruct the common family tree of humans and Voth on Earth, confirming the Distant Origin Theory. But Voyager gets impounded aboard the huge Voth City Ship, where a trial against Gegen is to take place. When Minister Odala threatens to imprison Gegen and the crew of Voyager, Gegen has no other choice but to rectract his claims.Odala assigns Gegen a new job, and orders Voyager to leave Voth space forever. Before departing, Chakotay gives Gegen a globe of the Earth, which Gegen acknowledges that someday, the Voth will accept as their home world.
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- The human remains found at the beginning are those of the crewman killed collecting the bones on the planet. The Kazon marooned the Voyager crew on the planet at the end of season 2. Prior to marooning the crew, the Kazon removed all technology from the crew, as punishment for not sharing technology with the Kazon. The skeletal remains however were found with a communicator badge and tricorder. It is explained later that the comm badge and tricorder were recovered after they gathered additional information from merchants who helped them "Clarify certain details" regarding information about Voyager, and with this new information they were able to "acquire other items and new evidence". This is how they found the tricorder and comm badge.
- Veer analyzes the marking on the uniform insignia and deduces that not only is it the name of a vessel, but also the correct pronunciation. However, there was no context to lead him to conclude the nature of the marks, or, assuming they did correspond to a language, whether each symbol represented a sound (as in English) a syllable (as in Amharic) or a word (as in Chinese). The same error was made in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, in which the alien probe deduced the pronunciation and meaning of the Earth probe Voyager on the basis of four letters. Either a lucky guess, or trial and error.
- Steve Oostrom on Thursday, February 11, 1999 - 10:33 pm: Can anyone reasonably believe that a species advanced enough to develop warp drive would not be a global civilization and would not leave even a single clue behind? I don't think so. Strgzr 47 on Tuesday, May 30, 2000 - 11:31 pm: Did anyone actually come out and say that the pre-Voth dinosaurs left in spaceships? From what I saw, that was just their theory. The Preservers very well could have played a part in their exodus, but nobody thinks of it.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 50873.
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