Once Upon a Time (Star Trek: Voyager)


"Once Upon a Time"
Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 5
Directed byJohn T. Kretchmer
Written byMichael Taylor
Featured musicDavid Bell
Production code199
Original air dateNovember 11, 1998 (1998-11-11)
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"Once Upon a Time" is the 99th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the fifth episode of the fifth season.

Neelix tries to protect Naomi Wildman from the knowledge that her mother is in danger and may be lost on a mission.

This episode is noted for featuring the holodeck, and a story about Neelix.[1]

It was written by Michael Taylor and directed by John T. Kretchmer, and aired on UPN on November 11, 1998.[2]


Due to an ion storm, the Delta Flyer crashes on a planetoid becoming buried under three kilometers of rock. Ensign Samantha Wildman is seriously injured, and Lieutenant Tom Paris and Lieutenant Commander Tuvok attend to her as they wait for Voyager to locate and rescue them. The ship's attempts are hampered due to more storms.

Meanwhile, on board Voyager, Wildman's young daughter Naomi awaits her mother's return. The crew is unsure of how to explain to her that her mother is lost, and dreads the possibility that Sam may have died. The ship's morale officer, Neelix, takes it on himself to spend time with his little god-daughter as they wait for news. He distracts her with the popular children's fairy holo-tale The Adventures of Flotter. Later Naomi learns more about the incident by accident. Neelix finds her in the Flotter program and tells the tale of how he lost his own family.

With only minutes to spare, the crew finds the Delta Flyer and beams everyone to safety. Samantha Wildman survives her injuries, and, once sufficiently recovered, enjoys the holo-tale along with Naomi and Neelix.


Den of Geek included this episode on a binge watching guide that included a roadmap of episodes, that although not typically achieving high ratings, might still be entertaining.[3]

In 2020, ScreenRant ranked this episode as one of the top ten worst episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.[1]

In 2021, Tor.com gave it 8 out 10, remarking, "it works because it’s mostly there as a vehicle for dealing with issues of loss and parental responsibility" and was good introduction to Naomi Wildman (played by Pommers).[2]


On November 9, 2004, this episode was released as part of the season 5 DVD box set of Star Trek: Voyager.[4] The box set includes 7 DVD optical discs with all the episodes in season 5 with some extra features, and episodes have a Dolby 5.1 Digital Audio track.[4]

On April 25, 2001, this episode was released on LaserDisc in Japan, as part of the half-season collection, 5th Season vol.1 .[5] This included episodes from "Night" to "Bliss" on seven double sided 12 inch optical discs, with English and Japanese audio tracks for the episodes.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Star Trek: Voyager - The 10 Worst Episodes, According To IMDb". ScreenRant. 2020-08-02. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  2. ^ a b DeCandido, Keith R. A. (2021-02-02). "Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: "Once Upon a Time"". Tor.com. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  3. ^ "Star Trek Voyager: an episode roadmap". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  4. ^ a b "DVD Talk". www.dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  5. ^ a b "LaserDisc Database - Star Trek Voyager: 5th Season vol.1 [PILF-2458]". www.lddb.com. Retrieved 2021-02-23.

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