Guy Gardener wrote:
Caretaker thought Earth was in the 1940s because he didn't compensate for the speed of light after kidnapping Janeway, since probably wanted to find out a little about about his new suitors before he romanced them, which puts Earth 430 light years from the Badlands.
Caretaker was a boob.
The Caretaker was hardly a child like Trelane. And why scan Earth for data on his latest test subjects? Easier to scan the ships' computers, something done regularly by super-aliens anyway. Why he/it picked the hillbilly bumpkin theme for his waiting room is beyond me, but, hey, why not? It kept the test subjects off balance and distracted.