Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 1996 on UPN
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Stardate: 49548.7
An accident in a plasma cloud creates a duplicate Voyager after they are attacked by the Vidiians.

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  • Schrodinger's cat paradox comes to life

    This fast-paced action-packed ensemble piece is an ambitious story that borrows the "Mirror, Mirror" idea and takes it to the next level by linking the twin Voyagers forcing the two crews to work together to escape.

    The true brilliance of the story lies in the execution of the narrative structure, which begins with all hell breaking loose (and the longest damage report in Star Trek history) before seemingly hitting the reset button... only to subsequently pull the rug out with a mind bending conclusion. It's a roller coaster ride with twists and turns only Brannon Braga could up with, and yet the wild, implausible story is so intelligently laid out, it's easy for the casual fan to follow without getting confused. (David Livingston deserves credit as well, giving the opening and close a frantic pace while slowing things down for the explanations in the middle).

    As "Deadlock" approaches its climax, it becomes Janeway episode, with Mulgrew even getting a scene one on one with herself.. Trek has done the twin thing in the past, but here it comes across as less of a gimmick and more as an organic part of the plot. Just as another episode might need a curmudgeon old man to tell its story and the part is appropriately cast, this one needs another Janeway, and Mulgrew generously guest stars on her own series. The result is awesome squared.

    Like DS9 and Enterprise, VOY never gets a chance at a feature film, but this one comes pretty close. With big battles and little character moments that utilize the entire cast, it's easy to imagine how a few more scenes could have turned "Deadlock" into a satisfying Star Trek movie experience. Instead, it serves as a delightful hour of science fiction television that somehow makes Schrodinger's cat paradox accessible to the masses.

  • Deadlock

    Deadlock was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this action packed suspenseful episode because it had Captain Janeway dealing with another version of herself when Voyager finds itself in a Spacial Scission. This was an intense episode with many twists and dramatic turns. Ensign Wildman had her baby during all the commotion and this lead to an interesting turn of events. The Vidiians attack Voyager during all this and the other Captain Janeway makes a fateful decision. Just another day on Voyager! I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Great episode… Very worth watching.

    In a season of mostly "clunker" episodes, this one stands out as one of the best of the series. Coming out of a plasma cloud, where they were attempting to hide from the Vidiians, Voyager is duplicated in the same space/time. However, only matter has been duplicated. The two Voyagers continue to share the same anti-matter and are draining that from each other. The action is spectacular from start to finish. The intensity and stakes are constantly rising throughout the episode. The science fiction is great. The characterization is suburb. We have two Janeways, each committed to the crew of her own Voyager but each realizing that the duplicate crews are equally important.

    One ship is severely damaged. The other has escaped damage. Efforts to re-merge the two ships are unsuccessful. Both Janeways are inclined to sacrifice the more damaged duplicate so that the stronger can survive. A true Siamese twin dilemma. That is, until the Vidiians attack and board the lesser damaged ship (whose weapons are offline). The prospect of being captured and having their organs harvested by the Vidiians is not acceptable. Thus, the Janeway on the lesser damaged ship orders its destruction which also destroys the Vidiian ship. However, before destroying her ship, Janeway told Harry to take a newly born baby (both Harry and the baby did not survive on the highly damaged ship) through a riff between the two ships and thus create at least one full complement of a Voyager crew. The second, highly damaged Voyager, survives.

    This is simply a great episode. You can't ask for more intensity or balance between plot and character. If you ever compile a list of best episodes to watch from the Voyager series, pick this one as part of the group.moreless
  • The Best episode of the series to date. Actually manages to keep you surprised throughout.

    This is a really entertaining episode. After the whole 'multiple voyager' thing became clear, I was sure the severely damaged ship would either have to merge back with the other one, or eventually be destroyed. It was a definite surprise when it was the last ship standing, although I really felt like they glossed over the obvious massive damage the ship took at the beginning. It seemed that Voyager was almost completely destroyed, but then was up and running in a couple days - tough to do with limited crew, supplies and a hole in the hull. Nice to see the series finally picking up some steam.moreless
  • I could of sworn Hideo Kojimo wrote it, because the plot twists in this were amazing.

    I just got done watching this off my DVR. and wow this episode is currently my favorite of all time on Voyager. Voyager has always been an underrated Star Trek series IMO, due to how the original series, and the amazing Next Generation, followed by Deep Space Nine. but in this episode.. lets cut to the chase.

    Voyager tries to hide itself from the enemy, and in the process, they get caught in a dimensional flux. Which causes 2 Voyagers, and each action affects each other. and the twists in this were like a short movie, it was just beautiful, and shocking, and the ending was the most shocking of the episode by far IMO.

    If you love Star Trek, or never given Voyager a chance, watch this episode, i might not be good at reviewing things. but this is one you just need to see to believe.moreless
Robert Clendenin

Robert Clendenin

Vidiian Surgeon

Guest Star

Ray Proscia

Ray Proscia

Vidiian Commander

Guest Star

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Vidiian No. 1

Guest Star

Simon Billig

Simon Billig

Ensign Hogan

Recurring Role

Nancy Hower

Nancy Hower

Ensign Samantha Wildman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: For the second time this season, Janeway initiates the self-destruct sequence without the concurrence of any other senior officers, contrary to the established procedure in both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    • Goof: After the fetal transport, Ensign Wildman's baby appears with legs extended. Transporters materialize people in the same position in which they were dematerialized, and there's no way a baby at term could have its legs fully extended in utero.

    • Goof: In one shot as the Vidiian ship closed in on Voyager, her Bussard collectors were not lit their usual red colour, but were in all previous and later shots.

    • Nitpick: After seeing the ghostly image of herself, Janeway tells Kim to scan the bridge. Kim replies that there was something there "for a millisecond", but it took longer than a millisecond for the ghost to walk to the turbolift door.

    • Trivia: Kes calls Hogan "Lieutenant", whereas before he had been either Crewman or Ensign; this may be a mistake, or it may be that he has since been promoted.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Janeway #1: Captain, I think you should return to your ship and run a metallurgical analysis. Find out the precise phase modulation of your hull. I'll do the same here. Maybe we can find a way to realign the phase displacement.
      Janeway #2: You're going to self-destruct your ship.
      Janeway #1: What makes you say that?
      Janeway #2: Because that's what I would do if your Voyager were intact and my Voyager were crippled, my crew wounded or dead. I'd sacrifice my ship so that yours could survive.

    • Janeway: (regarding Ensign Wildman's baby) In a way, this child belongs to all of us. It is the first baby born on Voyager. I'm just not sure whether I should be welcoming it on board or apologizing.
      Chakotay: Captain?
      Janeway: Voyager isn't exactly anyone's idea of a nursery and the Delta Quadrant isn't much of a playground.
      Chakotay: My father had a saying, Captain-- 'Home is wherever you happen to be.'

    • Tuvok: Repair efforts are underway. Lieutenant Torres estimates we'll be able to return to the bridge within three days.
      Janeway: Good. I'm not sure how much longer B'Elanna can tolerate my standing over her shoulder in engineering.

    • The Doctor: Increase the osmotic... (explosion) That's not helping.

    • (talking about the Vidiians)
      Chakotay: Sounds like we are headed right into their territory.
      Janeway: And I'm in no mood to donate any organs today.

    • Paris: (sighs) This is ridiculous, it's been seven hours. How long does it take to deliver a baby?
      Janeway: As long as it takes, Mr. Paris.

    • Neelix: If this thing doesn't get fixed soon, we'll all be eating cold leftovers for dinner, and who do you think the crew will blame?

    • Janeway: Something wrong?
      Kim: I'm not sure. I mean-- this isn't really my ship. And you're not really my captain. And yet, you are, and there's no difference, but I know there's a difference. Or is there? It's all a little weird.
      Janeway: Mr. Kim, we're Starfleet officers. Weird is part of the job.

  • NOTES (1)

    • "There's a large plasma drift, Bearing 4-0 mark 7"


      Writer Joe Menosky (and those he inspired) began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, which Menosky attended.