"One Small Step" - Voyager averts destruction by rolling ball of deadly energy, but efforts to retrieve legendary spacecraft risks lives.
The Voyager is nearly consumed by a massive rolling ball of energy but curiosity about the rare phenomenon prompts Janeway to launch a probe to investigate and search for a missing 300-year-old U.S. spacecraft trapped inside-a risky maneuver that may cost the lives of the shuttle crew.
As Voyager shadows the powerful anomaly known as the Graviton Ellipse, Seven of Nine reluctantly joins a fascinated Paris and Chakotay on the shuttle as they look for the legendary Ares Four, the command module from an early manned mission to Mars. However, once found, the attempt to retrieve the craft and its noble dead pilot proves treacherous, and the small crew must improvise if they are to return at all before the ellipse disappears again into lethal subspace.
Starring Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway, Robert Beltran as Chakotay, Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres, Robert Duncan McNeill as 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 Phil Morris as Lt. John Kelley.
This episode was directed by Robert Picardo. The story was by Mike Wollaeger & Jessica Scott.
TV Guide online synopsis: An encounter with a powerful interstellar phenomenon leads Chakotay, Paris and Seven of Nine in search of a manned Mars probe that disappeared 300 years earlier.