Eye of the Needle
Episode 6 of 15 within Season One. Item 6 of 171 overall.
Production number 40840-107.
Hilary J. Bader - Story
Jeri Taylor - Teleplay
Winrich Kolbe - Director
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Stardate: 48579.4--The Voyager crew think they've found a way home when Kim discovers a small wormhole in space. 

However, their way home is blocked by a stubborn Romulan, and a time rift disrupts their attempts to call for help.

original airdate--February 20,1995       rating--7.7 million

network--UPN           Alien Races: Romulan

music--theme by Jerry Goldsmith

Goofs: The small dog belonging to Lidele Ren is referred to as a "she". Yet when the dog playfully stands up on its hind legs near the end of the episode, it is clearly male.

  • When Tuvok is interrogating Mrs. Ren, they identify Tuvok's rank as Lieutenant. However, according to his collar pips, he has the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Trivia: The Emergency Medical Hologram was in the middle of preparing a culture to test Lt. Hargrove for Arethean flu when Ensign Kyoto deactivated him.

  • B'Elanna Torres has not seen her father since she was five, when her parents separated and he went back to Earth; she does not get along very well with her mother, who she thinks is on the Klingon homeworld. 
  • All of the external shots of the Banean world are a reused matte painting from various episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, most prominently in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {Angel One (#1.13)}.
  • The title, "Ex post facto" is a Latin term meaning "from a thing done afterward" that legally refers to a law that applies retroactively which is illegal in the United States.



"Unhappy with a new treaty, Federation colonists along the Cardassian border have banded together. Calling themselves 'The Maquis' they continue to fight the Cardassians. Some consider them heroes, but to the governments of the Federation and Cardassia, they are outlaws." 

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005 The Cloud
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007 Ex Post Facto

regional titles

Eye of the Needle
Par le chas d'une aiguille
Das Nadelöhr
La cruna dell'ago
El hoyo negro