Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 12

Blink Of An Eye

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2000 on UPN

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  • Trek at its best

    This is exactly what a great ST episode should be like. I love the whole setup and it was touching to see how Voyager inspired the planet's inhabitants. The story is a perfect, beautiful wrap-up of science fiction in general and reminds me of my TNG favourite, 'Darmok'. Great acting as well and the end got me in tears.
  • Blink Of An Eye


    Blink Of An Eye was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I really enjoyed watching this episode because the story was awesome and sort of took on the Ancient Astronaut Theory which was cool. It was fun to watch a civilization grow so fast and that Voyager stuck in it's own time frame was the main topic of discussion on the planet below. It was great to see more cameo appearances from actors I recognize from other shows. The last scene was beautiful. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • Brilliant Idea!

    the writers deserve a pat on the back for this one this isn't your average mid season filler like 'latent image' or 'concerning flight' this episode blows you away on a whole new level. it could have been a movie! they could have extended it to a two,three,four part episode if they wanted, the idea was brilliant, the plot almost genius. Theres so much you can do with this story, Hard to believe the writers just wrote it one day, its so original, its such an imaginative well written story that it feels like it was a classic novel from centuries ago remade for the big screen

    the storyline captivates the audience, a sky ship that has always been there, generations of people always wondering what it was, who was up there, spending lifetimes trying to contact it, its a fascinating concept

    yet with a star trek time travel twist

    when the end credits roll you are sat there with that special feeling and 'wow what a special episode' type feeling similair to that experienced in timeless, or DS9 the visitor, or that Desmond time travel episode from season 4 of lost. I'm not joking...this episode is absolutely totally amazing!
  • Thought provoking and simply great Science Fiction…

    Thought provoking and simply great Science Fiction…

    Voyager is caught in orbit over a planet where time on the planet is running faster than Voyager time.

    This means that the "Sky Ship" (Voyager) is a part of the planet's overall development. It's part of its history and culture. It's part of its myth and legend. It propels the inhabitants to reach out into space. At first, only to learn more about the "Sky Ship." The time element is handled well without being overly intrusive. In fact, it continues to add the suspense. Eventually, the society advances to understand Voyager's dilemma and to affect a rescue.

    This is a great story. It's well paced and extremely satisfactory in its resolution.
  • It's an episode more befitting the late, great Arthur C. Clarke; a wonderfully imagined and meticulously detailed plot involving two timelines that exist at completely different speeds, and how they come to interact.

    Of all the episodes in Voyager, this one deserves its own book or even an ambitious movie. It's a tricky subject with tricky logistical problems, and the writers handle it masterfully. I would have liked to see the man from the planet actually become a sideline character on Voyager, but the ending was just as poetic. The idea of a "ship in the sky" that has always existed for as long as humanity can remember, but has never been contacted, is something like a fantasy novel set in a sci-fi series. My only wish is that we'd been allowed to glimpse the doctor's foray onto the planet and see what his son looked like. But that's something that would be better in a novel or film based on this episode, and on that note they could redo parts of the plot to provide more interactions between the crew and the planet citizens. Since this likely won't happen, I'll conclude that this episode is as near-perfect as they come for a sci-fi series. No "crazy aliens." No Borg. No spirits taking over crew members. No silly romances. Just a truly original and imaginitive idea, fully realized.
  • "Blink of an Eye" is one of the best Voyager Episodes!!

    "Blink of an Eye" is one of the best Voyager Episodes!! It starts out with Voyager encountering a planet, very odd looking in shape. The planet is a planet were time moves faster than it does on Voyager. For every Voyager second, nearly a day goes by on the planet. Voyager becomes a part of the planet know as the "skyship". As time goes by on the planet, they get more advanced, finally sending a rocket up to explore Voyager. After learning about Voyager, he returns to the planet and they help Voyager to escape the force pulling the ship with the planet.

    10.0 for exciting, top-notch episode. Could watch over and over again!
  • voyager gets to play god.

    great. just true great. star trek at its best. once or twice every season they outdo theself and the whole franchise with an original and great episode. this is one of them. Voyager in the middle of a whole culture! briliant. this is an episode that makes you think a bit too, about religion and other beleifs. Could be one of the best writing of the whole franchise. fun to see the guy from LOST in an early part too...

    Critique? well, they could have done a two parter of this one! how did Lost-gut convince everyone on the planet, and i would love to see more of the doctors time on the planet, for example. if they had stretched out (and evolved the "makes you think")story, this episode could have been one of the best in ST history.
  • This show reached an all time high with this episode based on an unusual concept.

    Voyager enters the orbit of a planet when the civilization on the surface is living in a pre-industrial society.

    However, years go by on the surface in a matter of minutes or even seconds in Voyager's time frame. The inhabitants are able to see Voyager high in their sky as Voyager has become unable to escape orbit from the planet.

    Hours pass on Voyager while centuries pass on the surface. The planets inhabitants become intensely affected by centuries of seeing Voyager in their sky; first as an angry deity , then as an influence to rapid scientific advancement. The "Sky Ship" orbiting above them is absorbed into the entire mythos of the planet's culture.

    Contact via spaceflight is finally made with a tragic side effect to one crew member due to an inability to adapt to the rapid change in time. The other crew member survives and returns back to the planet who have began attacking the ship because it's orbit inflicts severe seismic disturbances on the surface. After the crew member returns to the surface and the planet learns Voyager is not an enemy, spacecraft from the surface guide Voyager out of orbit safely with tractor beams.

    This episode was beautiful and poignant. It caused me to think about how time has flowed along in my life, how it has ebbed and flowed in my past and how "elastic" the nature of time can seem. Seeing the growth of this planets culture throughout many of their centuries was like watching a child grow to adulthood - this entire civilization changed so much in so little of "normal" time...whatever that might be. And that certainly was what the the message of this episode seemed to be.
  • Voyager approaches a planet with a tachyon core. Janeway want to go in for a closer look. Voyager tries to achieve a high orbit of the planet. By doing so, Voyager causes quakes on the planet.

    Voyager approaches a planet with a tachyon core. Janeway want to go in for a closer look. Voyager tries to achieve a high orbit of the planet. By doing so, Voyager causes quakes on the planet. The Voyager crew notices seasons are changing right before their eyes. It seems as if a season lasts a second. How could this be? The planet life is running at a faster pace than the rest of the galaxy. Some radio transmission is sent into space from the planet. Later, we learn these people have seen Voyager in the sky for centuries. I rate this episode a 10.0
  • Quite simply, the best Voyager episode and one of the most fascinating science-fiction stories ever written.


    *** Excellent plotline! Albeit not entirely original (see the Trivia section on the episode's main page), it is developed beautifully and conscientiously. The episode is thoughtful, poetic, and almost perfectly timed.

    *** Bucketloads of spiritual and humanitarian meanings. This is the story of our planet and our relationships with the gods and monsters of our past and future. The episode is a metaphor for knowledge, science, and religion. When things are not understood, they are attributed to divinity (the "Sky Ship"); then comes fanaticism (all the influence Voyager has on everyday people); then disillusionment after failure to make contact with God, and hence the uncaring God must die (shooting down the Sky Ship); and finally enlightment, and we are on our way to finding ourselves (the "true" first contact). So the authors summarized the history of humanity in 44 minutes. That is no small feat.

    *** Superb writing and direction. The plot focuses on a serious, stimulating conflict that gives birth to a great blend of action and introspection. Excellent role for the Doctor, albeit too short of one. No character is out of context, and even Chakotay truly shines. Think about it: how come two of the best episodes in the series (the other being "Distant Origin," about evolution and creationism) more or less focus on one of the least developed character? I wish the authors hadn't forgotten so often that Chakotay is an anthropologist, and had given him good episodes to fulfill that role.


    *** The most open violation of the prime directive ever. It was unintentional, granted, and the resolution adopted is the best possible given the scenario--but to talk of prime directive as of something to avoid halfway through the episode is ludicrous.

    *** Too fast! With so many complex themes to examine, this should have been a two-parter.

    *** Suspension of disbelief is a must. Time references are not always consistent with the "one second = one day" axiom stated at first. Also, the evolution of the civilization on the planet is erratic: from warp tests to time ships in a few years? And no prior space travel after the first contact with the Sky Ship? Hmmmm...

    This episode does have its flaws, hence the score of 9.7 and not 10--but it's as close to perfection as any Voyager episode has ever gotten, hence the score of 9.7 instead of a lower one. A true gem, and like all great classics it takes a couple of viewings/readings before it is fully understood.