Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 18

Course: Oblivion

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1999 on UPN
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Stardate: 52586.3
After Paris and Torres tie the knot, the ship and its crew start to disintegrate on the molecular level.

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  • What the heck!

    My wife and I are working our way through the Voyager DVDs and season 5 so far had been quite good. Then all of the sudden something like this! When it started and the wedding was happening I asked my wife. OK, they've been dating but when did it get this serious? None of the preceding episodes had any inkling that they were ready for marriage. Then this crazy molecular breakdown begins and soon after Torres dies. Now how are they going to resurrect her. No need to, she is a different life form completely mimicking and living as Torres. But wait, so is everyone else including the ship. The writers for this episode and the producers much have really been reaching to come up with this scenario. Finally everything disintegrates and everyone dies, on this copy cat Voyager. And the "real" Voyager just happens by and sees the ship disintegrate never knowing their complete duplicates were aboard. How absurd can you get, this is science fiction, not total fantasy.moreless
  • My hatred. HATRED!

    This episode made made me come back to this website not only to vent but to also discover that my old account is in fact, still active. Alright so, my first thoughts where, what the hell. Ok you can make a ship out of the demon planet goop, but when did that happened? Why would they do that? Did they want to find more class y planets to make homes on? Why do that when you already have one that you have barely just discovered that you had? Did everything from the demon planet onward to this episode happened to them and there for not actually happen at all? Did harry kim did actually get laid in the last episode and then melt into goop in the next? #@#@#%$@# NO! This episode was a one time thing. Seeing that they only mention the demon episode anyway, my statement stands. . Ignore it, skip it from on your dvd player and what ever website you watch it on. You will literally miss nothing.moreless
  • Course: Oblivion

    Course: Oblivion was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it had a good story and sort of took a page out of the Matrix in some ways. It was interesting to see how the crew members reacted to the news of they discovered. This was a fun episode but by no means necessary to watch in order to get any good character or plot development. These types of episodes are good though and keep cover important questions to ask ourselves. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!

  • Let's make a sequel to an episode that didn't make sense the first time around!

    This episode is not about Voyager. It's not about the crew of voyager or their attempt to get home. It is about a duplicate crew of Voyager trying to get back to their planet so that they don't degrade into puddles of goo or something. The point is, it doesn't matter. If you turned this episode on hoping to watch Janeway and Seven and Paris doing their thing, you were most likely disappointed. This episode didn't have the crew in them, they had a duplicate crew. There was no emotional resonance. It didn't make sense to me. Reading the trivia and allusions on the show, it should have made less sense. This was a lousy episode and I felt cheated. It would be like watching an episode of Deep Space Nine and then revealing the entire episode was a training episode for the founders. Or...A TNG episode ending with Q snapping his fingers and everyone disappearing as he chuckles "that was fun." This was a pointless episode. Completely pointless and confusing is not what I like to spend my time watching. I hated this episode. The producers should be ashamed for making it.moreless
  • There's always a planet around when you need one.

    Forget about the cinematic drama created by having the "easy out" and just go with pure astrometric knowledge. Granted, there are 100 known stars within 22 light years, and we don't know whether or not there are any inhabitable planets within any of those systems, ours being the exception. If that's a reasonable "working" average for any given point in another quadrant of the galaxy, isn't it strange how there's always a planet around that exactly fits what the crew is looking for.

    At random point in a series, the crew needs a habitable planet with atmospheric needs of XYZ. Boom, "Captain, I found one, 12 ly from this position, we can be there in ABC number of hours."

    After what we've seen from astronomy lately, it doesn't seem that there's as many habitable planets out there as we might have thought...but hey, it is science fiction.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: B'Elanna is visibly breathing after dying.

    • Nitpick: In the very last lines of the episode, when Janeway orders Paris to resume course, he refers to her as "sir", a term she previously stated she does not like to be addressed as -- preferring either "Captain", or "ma'am" in a crunch.

    • Nitpick: When the duplicate Voyager attempts to land on the Class-Y planet, Janeway orders "Red Alert" rather than the normal Condition Blue for landing. The lighting, however, goes blue, suggesting that they are, in fact, at Condition Blue.

    • Nitpick: Even as the crew's appearance, and even the ship, degrade drastically due to the molecular instability, their uniforms remain in perfect condition.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kim: Seven, drop out of warp.
      Seven: The engine controls are fused.
      Kim: Then unfuse them!
      Seven: Without an isolytic converter, I cannot comply.

    • Paris: How's my old lady?
      B'Elanna: Well enough to break your nose if you call me that again.

    • (Janeway is presiding the wedding)
      Janeway: B'Elana has asked me to forgo the rigors of Klingon painstiks in favor of a more traditional ceremony.
      Kim: They're saving the painstiks for the honeymoon.

    • (after Seven catches the wedding bouquet)
      The Doctor: Congratulations!
      Seven: For what?
      Tuvok: You may not want to know.

    • "Demon" Janeway: There's only one thing I know how to be, Chakotay, and that's Kathryn Janeway.
      "Demon" Chakotay: I'd like to think I know Captain Janeway pretty well myself, and as much as she'd like to get her crew home, I don't think she'll be willing to kill them in the process.

    • (During Tom and B'Elanna's wedding ceremony)
      Seven: Given the volatile nature of their relationship, one would predict homicide rather than matrimony.
      Tuvok: When it comes to affairs of the human heart, it is wise to look beyond logic.

  • NOTES (1)