The episode originally aired on September 4,and tells the story of Commander Chakotay 's capture at the hands of a young Kazon. Originally intended to open the second season, "Initiations" was bumped to second by Käärmeenkantaja - Miljoonasade - Käärmeenkantaja The 37's ". To better utilize the character, this is one of several second-season episodes that focuses on Chakotay. It was written with a mind to recall the action story of Chakotay from the pilot.
Writer Kenneth Biller extensively rewrote the episode after input from series co-creators Jeri Taylor and Michael Piller ; whereas the Kazon originally came across as too much like the KlingonsBiller's research helped emphasize their more Initiation - Monolith (23) - Voyager nature. This substantial rewrite of the episode required an overhaul of production work already invested in the episode.
Aron Eisenberg guest starred as Kar, the young Kazon warrior. Though his performance was lauded, he was deemed too recognizable from his recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and was a regret of the executive producers. Mixed Initiation - Monolith (23) - Voyager noted the familiarity of both Eisenberg and the shooting location of Vasquez Rocks. On stardate Inadvertently straying into Kazon -Ogla space, he is attacked by a young Kazon Aron Eisenberg as Kar on his first mission.
Destroying Kar's vessel, Chakotay beams him aboard. Captured by a Kazon vessel soon thereafter, Chakotay learns from Kar that Kazon earn their titles through conquest or death, and he has robbed Kar of that opportunity by saving him. The vessel's commander Razik Patrick Kilpatrick speaks with Chakotay, explaining his disservice to Kar and that the young Kazon is scheduled for execution.
When later presented with a weapon to kill Kar as a lesson to other Kazon youth, Chakotay instead holds Razik hostage in exchange for his shuttle. Kar, seeing no future or opportunities with the Ogla, flees with Chakotay. Kar, having eschewed an opportunity to kill Chakotay in his sleep, later explains how he has no options open to him and admits that Chakotay may be his only friend now.
On the moon, they meet up with Razik and his men who offer to lead the away team to Chakotay. When Chakotay and Kar detect their approach, Chakotay offers to help Kar earn his name by becoming his prisoner.
Coordinating with Voyager to prepare for resuscitationChakotay tells Kar to shoot him; Kar instead shoots Razik, earning his Initiation - Monolith (23) - Voyager name and promoting Razik's second-in-command, Haliz Tim de Zarn.
The Ogla allow the Voyager crew to leave, with Kar's promise that he will kill Chakotay if they meet again. Later, Salmo Bianco - Flanagan* - Psalmos performing his pakra ceremony aboard VoyagerChakotay adds Kar to his prayers.
Executive producer Michael Piller was displeased with the depiction of the Kazon in Biller's first draft of the episode; where they were supposed to be analogous to street gangs in Los Angelesthey were instead "coming across as warmed-over Klingons.
Instead, Biller picked up a copy of Monstaa book by convicted murderer and former gang member "Monsta" Cody. The book's insight into gang life and culture was a guiding light for Initiation - Monolith (23) - Voyager second draft, which he worked up with Piller, endeavoring to set the Kazon apart "from RomulansCardassiansand Klingons.
The final draft of the episode was submitted on July 10, Playing a recurring character on sister series Star Trek: Deep Space Nineguest star Aron Eisenberg Kar quelled rumors that he was given the part simply because of his Star Trek heritage. He emphasized that he read for the part like any other actor, and felt that he was chosen because the Voyager crew could not find Moonlight Serenade - Various - Great Band Themes And Songs That Made Them Famous child actor who could meet muster, nor an adult actor who looked young enough for the part.
In an interview with Star Trek: The Official Monthly MagazineEisenberg felt that he worked very hard on the episode, and that his Initiation - Monolith (23) - Voyager was a boon to playing "a warrior kid. Eisenberg fondly recalled working on "Initiations" both because of his familiarity with much of the crew who had previously worked on Deep Space Nineas well as the opportunity to "goof around" with Robert Beltran Chakotay on set.
He would later say to Cinefantastique that he "had a blast" working See You In The Morning - Cannabis - Joint Effort the episode, especially the opportunity to play someone "really trying to kill someone.
Co-creator and executive producer Michael Piller called the casting of Eisenberg a "big mistake". Because Eisenberg also played the recurring Ferengi character Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nineand though he was under heavy prostheticshis voice was too recognizable to fans of both shows. Piller praised his performance, but felt it was a casting mistake to crossover the actor Nº 12 in C Minor Revolucionary - Maurizio Pollini, Chopin* - Maurizio Pollini II both shows.
Biller and Piller's dramatic second draft changes required changes in the episode's sets and shooting schedulewhat Piller described as "[having] to change the whole thing overnight.
In Robert Beltran 's portrayal of Chakotay in the episode, the actor bucked what he felt was viewers' expectations. Instead of playing a "mad" Chakotay, he toned it down and made it more of about trying and failing to change Kar through kindness and tenderness.
Cinefantastique ' s Dale Kutzera gave the episode 2. Kutzera's suspension of disbelief was rocked by the casting of Aron Eisenberg who Kutzera felt was too synonymous with his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character, Nogand the reuse of the immediately-identifiable Vasquez Rocks shooting location.
Robert Beltran Chakotay said that "Initiations" "summed up in one episode basically what Chakotay is about as a person,"  Grey Skies - Weddings, Parties, Anything - Donkey Serenade that it was one of three Chakotay-centric episodes including " Tattoo " and " Maneuvers " he really enjoyed.
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