Just a note as you seemed to miss this. It was obvious to me whilst watching and I'm kind of confused how people didn't understand this. Mary Chieffo was listed in the credits and also discussed the episode on After Trek.
I had missed some of the bonus content and am finally getting to your coverage of S1 ep1 Caretaker. I've really enjoyed it. I have seen the first 3 or 4 seasons back when they originally aired but haven't seen any since then. I can't say that Voyager stuck with me, it's my least favorite Trek. So my question for anyone is: What are the 5-10 best episodes of Voyager?