An advanced male Drone is "born" and awaits instruction from the Collective. Also, debuting in this episode is "The Adventures of Captain Proton," Tom Paris' retro-Holodeck program that depicts him as a kitschy 1930's space hero.
Starring Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway, Robert Beltran as Chakotay, Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres, Robert Duncan McNeill as Lt. Tom Paris, Ethan Phillips as Neelix, Robert Picardo as The Doctor, Tim Russ as Tuvok, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Garrett Wang as Harry Kim.
Guest starring J. Paul Boehmer as Drone and Todd Babcock as Lt. Mulchaey.
The episode was directed by Les Landau. The teleplay is by Bryan Fuller, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky, from a story by Bryan Fuller & Harry Doc Kloor.