Category: Season 4 Noteables


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I am not going to lie: this is one of my favorite episodes in the entire series. It has this incredible plot that I’ll try not to bore you too much with. Janeway and her crew encounter a sort of random ship that threatens them verbally but poses no real threat. Then, a Krenim ship comes into view, fires some unknown weapon of sorts, and suddenly, the first ship is gone. The Krenim ship is much larger, and Voyager is not in the best of sorts. But what could have caused this? Voyager slowly gets involved in an armed conflict with the Krenim imperium, and it doesn’t stop any time soon. It lasts over two months, and in one of Seven’s attempts at an advantage points gets them in even more trouble; they attract the attention of a Krenim time ship. It soon becomes very clear what has been going on: Annorax, “captain” of the time ship, desperately wants to rebuild the Krenim imperium, and has created this time ship to accomplish such a goal. The ship has a strong temporal influence, with the ability to change points in history. Planned out correctly, a small change can destroy an entire species from existence. Annorax feels that all destruction is very much worth it, as his family and the most of his people were destroyed the first time he used the time ship. A move to gain an advantage in his war landed him with the death (or lack of the lives) of his loved ones. Now, he only seeks to correct his mistake, constantly rewriting history in an attempt to get his family back. This has made him ruthless and desperate, unfortunately for Voyager. Paris and Chakotay have been captured aboard the ship, and it has its eyes set on destroying Voyager for disrupting its temporal abilities. Janeway orders all of the crew besides the senior staff to abandon ship, and they leave. Now, Janeway and the few remaining officers approach the difficult task of both getting their crew back and stopping the Krenim time ship from killing anyone else.

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Janeway was forced to ask the crew to abandon ship, telling them that asking them to stay would be asking them to die. Now, with only the senior officers on board, the Voyager crew has been forced to take refuge in a class 9 nebula. With practically every system in the ship failing, Voyager is like a wounded soilder.
Chakotay and Tom Paris are still on the Krenim ship, where they are invited for a meal with food from every corner of the Quadrant. Or rather, what were corners of the Quadrant. All the food came from species which the Krenim had earased from history.
Annorax offers to do some “tinkering” to make it so Voyager might end up closer to home. He educates Chakotay on how the time ship works, and they try to find a way to reach a compromise. After all, as Annorax explains, Voyager is trying to get home, and Annorax is trying to get back his home which he so mistakenly destroyed. After a series of trials and errors (on a simulation of course) Chakotay discovers the importance of small factors in the timeline of events. Even getting rid of one commet could mean total distruction of a race.
For once, Annorax has someone who simpathizes with him.
Meanwhile, Janeway tries to repair the ship as much as possible, and insists that they leave the safety of the nebula to pursue Annorax, even though they are not opperating at peek efficiancy.
Paris is eager to start a mutiny on the time ship, knowing that Annorax is the only member of the crew who hasn’t lost his motivation to continue the mission. Desperate, Annorax ignores Chakotay’s pleas to avoid any and all further distruction of races. Chakotay tries to be diplomatic, but Paris becomes impatient. Tom finds a crew member that is willing to help him, and Paris plans to send a message to Voyager. The harder part will be disabling the temperal core, thus bringing the time ship back into “real time” so Voyager will stand a chance.
Janeway has formed alliances with two neighboring species, who have agreed to help them disable the ship. All goes according to plan, and the time ship and Voyager go into battle. Voyager’s allies are quickly destroyed, and Voyager is soon rendered defenseless. In a desperate move, Janeway rams Voyager into the time ship like an angry bull, destroying it and earasing it from history. Thus, Annorax’s family is back, Voyager and its crew is restored, and all is well. Back one year again, the Voyager’s meeting with the Krenim is a friendly one, as everyone goes about their lives, not knowing that the other future ever happened. As Janeway says, this seems to be a good year upandcoming.

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Seven of Nine is able to extend the range of Voyager’s sensors, and finds an unattended alien communication network. Using the sensor stations, Seven is able to detect a starfleet vessel in the Alpha Quadrant. Hearing about this, Janeway immediately tries to send a message to the vessel, but it bounces right back to Voyager because it degraded en route. After contemplating a possible solution, the crew theorizes that a holographic message would be stronger, and not degrade as quickly. So, the Doctor is sent on an away mission – one to the starfleet vessel in the Alpha Quadrant. His mission – to inform Starfleet where Voyager is.
Transported successfully, the Doctor finds himself on the starship Prometheus, an experimental starship developed in secret by the federation. The Doctor’s first encounter is with an injured crew member, who uses his dying breath to tell the Doctor the ship has been taken over by a band of Romulans. Federation learns of this soon, and begins attacking Premetheus. The romulans use a method known as the multi-vector assault mode, which splits the ship in three.
During all of this, the Doctor is very confused, and activates the ship’s EMH for assistance. The EMH Mark II, as he was called, agreed to help the Doctor reclaim the ship. Their plan was to knock the romulans unconscious by releasing anesthetizing gasees through the ship’s atmospheric ventilation systems.
The Doctor says that there is an infection on board, and nearly fools the romulans into opening the ventilation. However, he is captured and interrogated. Fortunately, this created enough of a diversion for the EMH Mark II to open the ventilation himself. The romulans are rendered unconscious, and the EMH Mark II and the Doctor (being holograms with no need of the atmospheric systems) are now in control of the ship. Unfortunately, before either one of them can even sit down, three more romulan ships approach, thinking that the ship is open for their taking.
Of course, neither EMH is very familiar with the helm control, so they both randomly say attacks in hopes of defeating the romulans. Remembering it from before, the Doctor proposes using the multi-vector assault mode. Soon enough, three starfleet vessels show up to reclaim the ship, thinking the romulans still control the vessel. The Doctor and the EMH Mark II manage to inform starfleet that they are in control before being destroyed.
So, with all the romulan trouble resolved, the Doctor fulfills his mission, informing starfleet that the Voyager crew is in fact alive, and their whereabouts.
Back at Voyager, the crew learns that the communications network was not abandoned, but in fact owned by Hirogens. They insist that Voyager cease usage of the system, but the Doctor is not back yet. Seven manages to distract them with a feedback loop long enough to get the Doctor back.
Back on Voyager, the Doctor tells the crew that Voyager has been taken off the list of destroyed ships and that all families are being informed of Voyager’s situation. The crew look foward to more word from home.

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This is the episode where the Hirogens and species 8472 meet. A lone 8472, left behind by its mates, is found by a Hirogen on the hunt. Seeing it as a great, rare beast, he tracks it in hopes of using its skull as a trophy. However, though the 8472 is wounded, it still proves to be a very difficult prey to catch. The hirogen is wounded and recovered by the Voyager crew. However, he is not a happy patient. He is eager to get back to the hunt.
The Voyager crew soon finds out that this “prey” is 8472, and they of course start to worry. Before they can even begin to think, it is discovered that the prey has boarded Voyager. The Hirogen wants the beast killed, but 8472 telepathically pleads with Tuvok for help and safe return to fluidic space. Janeway hears of the alien’s desires and agrees to help.
Before long, more Hirogen ships surround Voyager, demanding 8472 be beemed aboard. What’s worse, the Hirogen on board is insistant on finding 8472 as well.
Janeway asks 7 of 9 to help return the alien home, but she is resistant; she doesn’t believe the life of the 8472 is worth saving if it meant that the Hirogens would destroy Voyager. When she finally finds 8472, the Hirogen has already found him and is attacking him. Seven doesn’t comply with Janeway’s orders and instead beems them both to the Hirogen ship. With that, the Hirogens leave.
Janeway immediatly reproaches Seven for disobeying direct orders, restricting her to the Cargo bay and limiting her access to the computers.

The episode begins with Captain Janeway dressed as a Klingon, fighting a hirogen on the holodeck. But this is no ordinary program; Janeway and the crew are all linked to the programs through nural links, making them think they’re part of the program. Neelix is hanging out on holodeck 1, with Klingons, and the rest of the crew is stuck on holodeck 2, in a WWII program. The hirogens have taken control of the ship and play as the nazis in the WWII program. The crew is part of the resistance, but not just in the program.

Eventually, one of the crew “snaps out of it.” The Doctor is forced to treat all the crew’s injuries and send them back into the program. By a lucky chance, he was able to revive Seven of nine and explain to her what is going on. He programs her nural implant to disable the hirogen device linking her to the system after about ten minutes in the holodeck.

So, Seven wakes up right in the middle of singing a song, telling the pianist, “we’ll have to continue this activity at a later time.” She knows nothing about WWII, so she does her best to blend in. This, to say the least, is not an easy task. Janeway and Tuvok begin to think Seven is a Nazi spy, and plan to kill her at the first sign of betrayal. Meanwhile, Seven tries to disable the crew’s nural interfaces from within the holodeck. She manages to disable the Captain’s just before Janeway was going to kill her. Talk about a close call. Part I ends there.

With Janeway finally out of the Hirogens’ “spell,” she and Seven go on a mission to end the holodeck program causing all this mayham. Now the entire ship has become one huge holodeck, with holo-soldiers pouring out constantly. What’s worse, most of the crew is still convinced they are part of the WWII program.

Janeway manages to plant some explosives – courtesy of the holodeck program – into sick bay. When they are set off, the neural interfaces in all the crew are terminated. Everyone wakes up in the middle of WWII, not knowing what is going on. B’ Elanna wakes up with a holographic baby in her womb which even kicks, and Neelix wakes up among a bunch of Klingons. From there, things only get worse.

Captain Janeway is kidnapped by the Alpha Hirogen on the ship, where they have a rather long conversation on why all this is happening. As he explains, the whole pan was to use Voyager as a prototype for a new future of Hirogen society. All he wanted to do was keep his species alive by discontinuing the need to spread out in hunting parties. Their thirst for the hunt could be met on holodecks, and, with the safeties off, there would still be that risk that made it interesting. Keeping his people together would keep them alive. As he points out, no species survives by refusing to change. Janeway tells him that she can see his point of view, and proposes a compromise. She will give him the technology to create their own holo-imaging devices, as long as he leaves Voyager alone. The Hirogen agrees, but his “buddies” aren’t so keen on the idea.

One of the other Hirogens has taken the Nazi philosophy to heart, and believes that there should be no change. He kills the Alpha Hirogen out of spite and hate, and plans to capture the entire Voyager crew. His only goal is complete domination. Just as he is about to have the Voyager crew executed, a band of Klingons come in to save the day. Turns out, Neelix and the Doctor managed to merge the two programs, unleashing a Klingon army on the Nazi soldiers. It was definetly one for the history books.

Harry manages to finally end the program by overloading the holodeck, so all the Nazis are gone. Fortunately for the Voyager crew, the other Hirogen are not as radical as their friend. They accept the technology Janeway offered, leaving Voyager alone. With that, Voyager heads towards home, with a new truce between them and the Hirogen.

Voyager is met by possibly the most terrible thing in all the quadrants combined: the Omega particle. In the beginning, Voyager is jolted by a far-off explosion, which did not cause any damage. Rather, it caused a lock-out on all the sensors, leaving the image of Omega (Ω), the last letter in the greek alphabet, on every screen. Janeway assures the crew that everything is alright, but won’t tell them what just happened. Janeway cancels the lock-out and orders the computer to send all sensor data to her ready room. During all this, she doesn’t tell a soul what is going on.

Janeway soon calls in Seven of Nine, still not revealing any information. When the door is safely sealed behind Seven when she enters Janeway’s ready room, Janeway finally speaks. She tells Seven that the explosion was caused by Omega particles, and that she will have to initiate the Omega Directive (to learn more about this directive, look under Misc.-Directives on this site). The only reason she told Seven was because the borg had encountered Omega before, and knew that of which it was capable. Janeway requests that Seven join her on a shuttle with the intent of destroying the particle. Seven reluctantly agrees.

Before leaving, Janeway calls a briefing, so as to inform the crew she will be leaving. She tells Chakotay that he will be in command, andexplains the only thing she feels she can: “can tell you this: One of two things is going to happen… either Seven and I will succeed on our mission, and return within a few days… or your long-range sensors will detect a large explosion in subspace. If that occurs, you’ll have less than ten seconds to jump to warp, and get the hell out of here. Head for the Alpha Quadrant and don’t look back. Understood?”

Of course, Chakotay doesn’t understand, and neither does the rest of the crew. He is just short of demanding an explanation when Seven urges Janeway that it would be best to include the rest of the crew in this situation. So, Janeway explains. The explosion was caused by the omega particle, a particle that all Starfleet Captains and Admirals are ordered to destroy. Omega is very unstable and even the destruction of one particle can nullify subspace for many light years around it, rendering faster-than-light travel impossible. Only Captains and a special Omega Team are educated on the particle, because if anyone else knew, word could get out and someone may try to create Omega, causing disasterous effects. As Janeway explains to the crew, becuase they are a long way from starfleet and therefore lack an Omega team, the Voyager crew will have to do.

The crew agrees to aid Janeway in fulfilling the Omega Directive, and Tom sets a course for the coordinates at which the explosion occured. There, they encounter the alien race which caused the explosion. As one of the survivors explains, they were trying multiple methods to stabilize and harness Omega, so as to save their people from economic downfall. Janeway sympathizes but explains that she will have to destroy it. Seven, however, is interested in the methods the alien was using. She believes the particle represents perfection, the one thing the borg were always trying to achieve. With infinite parts working together as one, Omega is like the Borg God, a symbol of perfection. It is for this reason that Seven constantly tries to persuade the Captain to stabilize, rather than destroy, the particles.

All the particles are safely collected in one location, where they are to be sent out and detonated, thus destroying them. Seven puts off the detonation as long as she can, trying to stabilize Omega. Chakotay tries to stop her, but hesitates when Seven explains, that if Chakotay had a way to contact his spirits, wouldn’t he do everything he could to do so? Chakotay gives Seven a few more minutes. Soon, Janeway comes in, and orders the detonation. Seven had somehow (she could not later explain how) stabilized Omega just before it was destroyed, and she got her chance to  “witness perfection” for 3.2 seconds.

After all the particles are successfully destroyed, the Voyager crew continue their journey home, with Seven’s mindset drastically impacted by the memories of Omega.

700 years in the future, Voyager’s meeting of the Kyrians in the 24th century has been twisted and distorted like a fish story. As Quarren, the Kyrian curator, shows students at a museum their versions of events, things are more than just a little off.

For starters, everyone (including Neelix, by the way) is wearing black turtle necks, black gloves, and lack rank insignias. Janeway’s hair is like that of a man, Chakotay’s tattoo has spread to half his face (and everyone mispronounces his name), Tuvok has a sense of humor – a sinister sense of humor, the Doctor is an android, and Seven is a full borg. In addition, Janeway and the whole crew is convinced that “the star fleet way” revolves around violence. All of this is the exact opposite of the real Voyager crew.

Quarren, and many other Kyrians like him, believe that Janeway agreed to help the Vaskans win a war against the Kyrians because Daleth (a Vaskan) promised her a way home. This is the belief that Vaskans deny and Kyrians avidly believe. All this comes into question when Quarren discovers another artifact from some Voyager rubble – a back-up of the EMH.

The Doctor comes into the Voyager “reenactment,” saying it’s all wrong. He creates his own program, as a way to tell what really happened. His story is very different. As the Doctor explains, Janeway did meet with Daleth, but not about war. The Captain had agreed to provide the Vaskans with medical supplies in exchange for dilithium crystals. The only mention of war in that meeting was Daleth cautioning the Captain to make the trade quickly, becuase “war could break out any day” between the Vaskans and the Kyrians. Within minutes of that meeting, Janeway hear that a Kyrian ship is firing at them, and one of them has boarded Voyager.

This Kyrian was Tedren, a “martyr” amoung his people, was not as humble as Quarren’s reenactment portrayed him. He tried killing one of Janeway’s crew because he believed Janeway was aiding Daleth in an attack plan. Of course, this was not true. In Quarren’s story, Tedren died by Janeway’s hand, and she had previously kidnapped him in an attempt to make him surrender. At that time, she had already committed countless  cases of genocide, and Tedren refused to surrender.

The Doctor’s story makes a lot more sense, showing that Daleth shot Tedren with his own gun. In both stories, there is one constant: the Doctor (whether it be the cyborg or hologram) scanned Tedren’s dead body with a tricorder, just to see if he was indeed dead. That tricorder held the weapon signature of the gun which ended Tedren’s life. Fortunately, that same tricorder was found among the Voyager artifacts, and was on display at the museum. The Doctor explains that, if he can re-activate the tricorder, he could prove his story. Unfortunately, he might not get his chance.

The locals (both Vaskans and Kyrians) got word of the Doctor’s appearence, and riots instantly broke out. The Kyrians thought the Doctor was a mass murder, and should be “killed” (in the hologram sense of the word, terminated), whereas the Vaskans believe the Doctor’s story, as it finally lifts the blame from the Vaksans for the war. One of the riots took place in the museum, destroying everything. The museum turned to shambles, and the Doctor begins to wonder if it would be worth it to find the tricorder, or if he should just commit holographic suicide by terminating his program. Quarren explains the importance of finding it, and expresses that he believes the Doctor’s story, and that his version of events could lead to a necessary revolution. The Doctor finally agrees, saying, “let’s find that tricorder.”

This is where the camera shifts, showing yet another group of students, lead by one Kyrian peering through the Voyager window. Turns out, the whole episode up to that point was part of a history presentation some hundreds of years later, telling about how their two species finally found peace. For a while, the Doctor stayed on the planet, serving as a surgical chancellor for many years. Eventually, he heads for the Alpha Quadrant on his own shuttle, saying he “had a longing for home.”

In this episode, the Voyager crew find yet another promising way home. Before the episode began, Voyager had recieved a message from star fleet headquarters, but the transmition was sent through the hirogen relay system. As a result, the message is encrypted, and B’ Elanna has not been able to decipher it. In fact, nobody has decoded the entire message, only a fuzzy image about one second long. That’s all they could make out; That is, until Arturis came aboard.

Arturis was on a nearby planet, and helped Neelix obtain necessary suplies for the ship. Janeway welcomes him aboard, and soon learns that Arturis’ people have a knack for foreign languages. When Neelix encountered an unknown species back on the planet, the Universal Translator couldn’t make any sense of what they were saying. Arturis, even though he was not familiar with the language, used his talent to decode the language. He did a remarkable job. When Arturis learns of the encoded message from star fleet, he instantly offers to help, saying he is familiar with some translator codes that might do the trick.

The message is decoded successfully, and tells of a nearby location where a way home has been provided for Voyager by star fleet. The crew is overjoyed, all except Seven. She still remains suspicious, considering the borg have never assimilated Arturis’ kind before. When Voyager arrives at the said location, the crew discovers a starship, known as Dauntless, which is uninhabited. An away team explores its interior to discover that it uses slip stream technology, which is much faster than even Warp 10. They also discover another message, not encoded this time, saying that Dauntless was a prototype for slipstream technology which proved successful upon each test. It was for this reason that star fleet sent it to the Delta Quadrant as Voyager’s “getaway car” in a sense.

The crew is ecstatic, even Janeway. However, even she is hesitant. If she were to get home this way, she’d have to abandon Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Voyager had become as much as part of the crew as any living crew member. Tuvok, of course, does not understand, but Janeway still feels some kind of affection towards her ship. In addition to this, it all seems too easy.

An encoded message that was so easily decoded by someone else. A ship, fit to hold all the crew, just waiting for them. And a method of transportation faster than ever, that could get them home in a few months. It’s all too good to be true, as the crew soon discovers.

Janeway and Seven go back over the encoded message and the one Arturis produced. As it turns out, his was a fabrication, and they discover the real message by applying another translator code. The real message is basically just a “hello, we’re working on a way to get you home, but haven’t come up with anything yet. Good luck!” Sad, but very different from the other message. Seven and Janeway go aboard the Dauntless to investigate, only to betrapped by Arturis. As it turns out, the ship was his ship which he disguised to look like a star fleet vessal. With them on board, he goes into slipstream, headed straight for a borg cube. His plan was originally to get the whole crew on the ship, and send them on an irreversable autopilot destination in borg space. Since he was discovered, Arturis believes two will be enough. Janeway and Seven both inquire why, so Arturis tells them.

Arturis’ people were evading the borg for ages successfully. When they got word of species 8472, his people cheered them on. They praised the species that meant the death of the borg. Voyager took that chance away, and formed an alliance with the borg, Arturis’ enemies. Soon, his people were assimilated, one by one. He evaded them, vowing to get revenge. His revenge was leading Voger straight to assimilation.

Meanwhile, Chakotay manages to use an experimental slipstream drive they had installed on Voyager to catch up with Arturis. Soon, Voyager is within transporter range, and beams Janeway and Seven back. Voyager creates a different slipstream, going the other direction, just before hitting borg space. Within a few moments, Dauntless arrives in borg space, with only Arturis aboard. He knows resistance is futile.

Voyager could not stay in the slipstream for long, so it soon exits it, traveling using the warp drive once again. Even that little bit of travel, though, took many years off their journey home.