On a mission to the Badlands, the USS Voyager, along with a Maquis ship, is stranded in the Delta Quadrant, more than 70,000 light-years from home by an incredibly powerful being known as Caretaker.
Air Date: 01/16/95
Director: Winrich Kolbe
I remember seeing this episode when it originally aired in 1995. For a first episode of a series the characters are remarkably well fleshed out. We are also provided with a good sense of the trouble the crew is in being 70,000 light years from home.