Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 18

Course: Oblivion

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1999 on UPN
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Episode Summary


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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  • Moving and compelling episode

    I'm puzzled by the negative reviews of this episode. They almost caused me to skip it, but it was one of the most ... human episodes of the whole series, analogous to the episode of Next Generation where Picard encounters a probe which causes him, in only a few minutes of actual time, to live a full life on an alien planet that had been destroyed long before. This episode has a complexity and even nobility that only a few of the other episodes have.moreless
  • LOVE IT/HATE IT Episode, But NOT One You Should Miss

    Fact: Course: Oblivion was ranked #66 out of 695 total episodes (top 10%), and #7 (top 4%) in the Voyager series on the recently created list: Every episode of every Star Trek series ever, ranked. Some disagree with the rankings but sometimes the best episodes are the ones that have the fans arguing about it.

    Plot: The cloned crew of Voyager (from "Demon") has somehow made it into space, and happens to be somewhat near the actual Voyager ship. In this cloned ship, the crew and the ship itself begin to disintegrate at an alarming rate, killing off our favorite characters, or so it seems at first. The episode has a very disturbing ending, and may be a tear-jerker for some.

    Why some people hate it: Not only fails to advance the storyline, but also doesn't feature our beloved characters(save for the last minute of the episode), and doesn't make complete sense. Some fans are too caught up in these miniscule details. They aren't allowing the episode to do what it's meant to do, which is make you feel something for someone besides the Voyager crew.

    Why this episode actually ROCKS: It has emotion, tragedy, and an innate ability to make you think about it for days afterwards. Some think the fact that it has nothing to do with the real Voyager is the episodes biggest flaw, but I think that's why I enjoy it so much. It's like we are watching from the POV of the alien of the week and they have a very tragic story to tell.

    Don't skip it! Sure, you won't be missing any 'productive' storylines about our Voyager ship, but you WILL be missing out on a thought-provoking and heart-wrenching episode. Aren't those the best kind?moreless
  • One of the best

    This is one episode that makes me cry. Sob. ALWAYS. At multiple points. I don't even know what else to say about it, except that it's amazing.

    The only way it might be better is, if the writers REALLY had balls, they'd have addressed Naomi Wildman, and "Ensign Harper's new But that might've made the story a little *too* depressing.
  • 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
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 (5)

    • Nitpick: In the episode "Demon" when Voyager landed on the demon planet, the duplicated Harry Kim explains that now that the "silver blood" has become sentient, they want to populate the planet. The entire crew agrees to allow themselves to be duplicated but the ship was not. At the end of the episode, the duplicate crew is shown standing on the planet as Voyager takes off and flies away. So how did the duplicate crew end up in space on a duplicate Voyager?

    • 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)