In the first act of Voyager episode "Distant Origin", we see two Voth archaeologists recover the human skeletal remains of a Voyager crew member in a cave on an M-class planet.

Strangely, the remains were never identified in the episode. Are they any clues in prior episodes how a Voyager crew member died on this planet? And why his corpse was not retrieved?


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Although the character isn't named in the episode, The Star Trek Voyager Companion (billed as the "official companion to Star Trek: Voyager") identifies the remains as belonging to Ensign Hogan, the maquis crewman who was killed in a cave in VOY: Basics

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You can see the similarity in the caves in the shots below.

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    I think the votes and the check were quite properly given. Even added one. However, I wouldn't necessarily consider reuse of the same outdoors set by the production company as incontrovertible proof that they are supposed to be representing the same place in the universe. Their budgets, while probably better than TOS, weren't unlimited.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 17:56
  • This script for Distant Origins explicitly mentions Hogan in the notes, though I don't know whether that script is canon. I marathoned Voyager a couple years ago, and I distinctly remember making the connection between the episodes even if it wasn't explicit. Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 19:29
  • @KevinKrumwiede - That isn't a script, it's a fan-written transcript
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:05
  • @T.E.D. I can understand the same location being used in two different episodes (eg, Vasquez Rocks), but also reproducing the exact camera angle, too?
    – RobertF
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 17:09
  • @RobertF - I'm with you, except.... what if that's the only angle that presents properly?
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 18:04

The remains were those of Maquis crewman Hogan, a recurring character in the second and third seasons, who died in the third season premier ("Basics, Part 2"). The Kazon had stranded Voyager's crew on a primitive planet, and Hogan fell prey to a large animal while investigating a cave. Due to the danger posed by the animal, Hogan's crewmates were unable to retrieve his remains.

Crewman Hogan

Source: Hogan (actor Simon Billig) | Memory Alpha

  • Not to seem overly harsh, but memory alpha is a fan-written wiki. Do they offer any specific evidence that this is Hogan?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 6:33
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    @Valorum - I understand; the Memory Alpha links are bonus content. I think that the settings of the primary sources (episodes Basics, Part II and Distant Origin) make it clear that this is the same person.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 6:38
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    "Hogan fell prey to a large animal" I'd more accurately characterise it as "Hogan fell prey to Neelix's incompetence" ;)
    – Muzer
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 9:24
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    @Muzer Neelix is a relatively large animal.
    – Ray
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:35

That unfortunate crewman was killed by an critter while exploring the surroundings, when the Kazon left the crew of the Voyager on a deserted planet to die.

It happened in the first episode of season three.

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    On what are you basing this?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 6:33
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    I'd Need to watch that episodes/scenes again, but i think it was quite obvious that it was the same cave. i think i should make some screengrabs Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 8:42

I agree that the remains were supposed to be Hogan, but the only issue I see is that Hogan's uniform was retrieved in Basics part 2 and used by Chakotay to make a water filtration system, including his rank insignia.

  • This appears to be a comment on earlier answers rather than a new answer to the question.
    – Blackwood
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 23:45
  • @Blackwood Users can't post comments until they have 50+ reputation. They are expected to respect this by only posting real answers until they have earned the required reputation.
    – CJ Dennis
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 6:27

In basics part 2 an unnamed character in a blue uniform was pulled off a rock and part eaten by the same creature, before they blocked the cave up so the creature would slowly starve to death.. perhaps it could have been his remains?

  • It's theoretically possible, but see my answer above. The official word is that it was Hogan
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 16:16

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