Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 5

Non Sequitur

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 1995 on UPN
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Stardate: 49011
Harry Kim arises one morning to find he is back in San Francisco on Earth with his girlfriend Libby. He learns that in this reality, he never served aboard Voyager, but instead works in Starship Design at Starfleet Headquarters. Desperate to set things straight, the only person who can help him is lowlife Tom Paris, who has no idea who Harry is.


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  • Kim wakes up on Earth in his hot girlfriend's arms... and tries to get back to Voyager?

    After all these years, Nomad's catch phrase (which is Latin for "does not follow") serves as the title for a good Voyager episode that takes it literally.

    This Earth-based story steps outside of the usual Voyager formula and sets for a memorable Harry Kim story that makes good use of Paramount's New York street back lot.

    Waking up in an alternate reality, Kim gets a good look at "What if?" as if he never was able to join Voyager for the ill-fated mission. They try to do the "It's a Wonderful Life" thing where Paris and the guy taking Kim's place on the ship are worse off due to the new timeline, because the writers need a reason for Kim to try to change things back. (Really, the show should have just made this a Paris episode. He could discover he's in a new reality where he's turned down the Voyager assignment and is in prison, forcing him to go on the run and try to set things right. He could still hook up with Harry, who Paris was unable to save at DS9, and the end could basically be the same).

    In a way, "Non Sequitur" a small scale version of TNG's finale, "All Good with the aliens, like Q, explaining the nature of what's going on in the middle rather than the end, and Kim, with no proof of what's going on, having to rely on his closest friends to help him set things right. That includes his girlfriend, Libby, played by Jennifer Gatti. Last seen in TNG's "Birthright" as Worf's romantic interest, Gatti plays it much the same here, giving Libby a sweetness and innocence while the writers find creative ways to show her half naked throughout the episode. Libby even gets in on the action, blocking an exit to stop Starfleet Security from chasing Kim, which you would think wouldn't work considering she weighs about 100 pounds. Fortunately for her, the security personnel seem to be Star Trek's equivalent of the Keystone Cops, bumbling their way through the whole episode.

    Like first season's "Emanations", it's a bit surprising that this ambitious episode isn't a two parter, letting it dig deeper into the plot and spread out the cost of the unique environment. As a standalone episode, however, it works fine (making good use of some stock Starfleet shots from the movies) and is one of the more fun episodes of the season.

  • We'll always have Paris (get it?)

    Harry has a life in this reality, which puts him back on Earth with hot fiance, sexy apartment and bright future ahead. So, he wants to go back to not having a life and being a low ranking ensign in the Delta Quadrant. Huh. These types of episodes where everyone except one person knows the "truth," are so cruel to actors having to perform all these cliched scenes: "But I"m not supposed to be here!" "This isn't right?" etc etc etcmoreless
  • Leave Him There

    Oh Harry how your episodes are dull and ridiculous. We don;t care about your longing for home. we don;t care about your lonely heart and we don't care to hear you whine anymore. Grow up for chrissake your a Starfleet Officer and need to stop whining about everything.

    This is another one of those "Back to Earth" episodes that just stink to high heaven. Star Trek needs to just stop doing this and never ever strand people back on earth in another time or reality. It's lazy mans writing and just shoddy work altogether.moreless
  • Non Sequitur

    Non Sequitur was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode which focused on Ensign Harry Kim. There was a lot of character development as we saw a glimpse into what Harry's life was like back home. The story of this episode is not necessarily unique however it was well played here and I enjoy psychological thriller mysteries. It was interesting to see the other version of Paris. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Due to an accident on board a shuttle he was piloting, Harry finds himself in an alternate future, one which shows just what he left behind when Voyager got lost so far out in space. In essence he's left with a choice: Should he stay, or try to get back?moreless

    This was an excellent episode. Not only did it focus primarily on one of the most underused and underdeveloped characters of the show, it showed just what exactly Harry had left behind when Voyager got lost. The situation gave him a choice, and his answer showed his character: although he could have had his life back the way it may possibly would have been if he'd never been assigned to Voyager, he couldn't just abandon his friends and his ship to wander somewhere out in the Delta quadrant. Though no one in that reality would know, he himself would have had to live with the knowledge he'd abandoned them all, and his real post.

    I also liked the way that he seemed able to get through to that reality's Tom Paris, just like he'd been able to make friends with him in his own reality. I have a feeling the two of them would have been friends in any reality once they'd met.

    Getting to see Jennifer Gatti in the role of Libby was just another side bonus. I'd liked her in her guest role as Ba'el on Deep Space Nine, and wish they could have brought her in as a regular somehow, but... Voyager left a lot of unfulfilled wishes. At least with this episode, we got to see a lot deeper into Harry in some ways than we did in many of the others.moreless
Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Garrett Wang

Garrett Wang

Ensign Harry Kim

Robert Duncan McNeill

Robert Duncan McNeill

Lt. Tom Paris

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Voyager loses a second shuttlecraft, the Drake, in this episode.

    • When Harry comes up out of the subway, there are three colored shapes on the railing: a circle, triangle and square. These were the original logo shapes for UPN; Star Trek: Voyager was one of the first flagship shows of that network.

    • Nitpick: When Kim is running away from Starfleet Security, he's wearing his communicator. Why didn't they just have him beamed to Security Headquarters instead of chasing him on foot all through San Francisco?

    • Trivia: Non Sequitur is a Latin phrase meaning "does not follow". It is one of two Star Trek: Voyager episodes titled in Latin ("Ex Post Facto" being the other).

    • Nitpick: Just after beaming aboard the runabout, Kim says he's "overriding initialization codes", yet he shouldn't have been able to do anything as his console is still dark, meaning there are no active buttons (not that he would have been able to see them anyway).

    • Nitpick: As the footage of the Runabout Yellowstone is mostly comprised of reused shots of the USS Rio Grande and USS Ganges from Deep Space Nine, the Yellowstone is shown to have a roll bar several times.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Kim: (coming home to find Starfleet Security waiting for him) What's going on?
      Lt Lasca: Harry, just relax.
      Kim: Why does everyone say 'relax' when they're about to do something terrible?

    • Libby: Where are you going?
      Kim: Marseille, France.
      Libby: What for?
      Kim: I've got to see Paris.
      Libby: But you just said you're going to Marseille.
      Kim: It's a long story.

  • NOTES (5)