Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 1998 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 52143.6
When Voyager uses new quantum slipstream technology in an attempt to get home, a miscalculation causes the ship to crash into an ice planet. Fifteen years later, the sole survivors, Chakotay and Kim, steal theDelta Flyer in an attempt to send a message back in time and avert the disaster.


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  • Timeless

    Timeless was a perfect and entertaining episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character depth and development. Harry Kim makes a mistake when working with a slipstream and time travel and tries to fix it. There were some pretty cool action scenes as well as good character scenes. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Chakotay and Kim are investigating crash site of Voyager. It has been 15 years since Voyager crashed. How did it happen? Voyager has installed a technology known as the slip stream drive. Janeway and the crew believe it will take them home in a few hours.moreless

    Chakotay and Kim are investigating crash site of Voyager. It has been 15 years since Voyager crashed. How did it happen? Voyager has installed a technology known as the slip stream drive. Janeway and the crew believe it will take them home in a few hours. The Crew have a celebration on this achievement, Paris has doubts. Paris says Voyager will never make it due to the phase variance. What will work is sending the Delta flyer ahead of Voyager to relay course corrections. It fails. Voyager crashes on an icy planet. Chakotay and Kim are going to change history.moreless
  • All around good.

    I thought that this was a well written episode. It certainly was well acted and the storyline was great. I think it was great to see the reverse kind of plot where an action already happens and the characters work to try to prevent the beginning from happening. Chakotay and Harry were really good as they stole the show. It was very much an interesting concept and made an entertaining episode great. I liked the fact that they tried everything possible and almost gave up, but they hung in there. Overall, I have to give this episode a good rating. Thank you.moreless
  • A pretty flawless episode combining suspense and accurate character depictions.

    The story starts with two people uncovering Voyager frozen in an ice glacier. The crew is dead. We soon learn the two explorers are Chakotay and Kim, fifteen years in the future from the usual Voyager storyline. They have come to change the past.

    There is an excellent mix of flashbacks to the "Voyager accident" as well as the present story. This creates a very exciting tale. In Voyager time, the crew had felt they perfected the "slipstream" drive (See Season 4, "Hope and Fear"), that could take them quickly back to the Alpha quadrant. Simulations though show the effort will fail. Harry Kim proposes the Delta Flyer fly in front of Voyager to anticipate the phase variances and transmit them to Voyager so they can compensate for the variations. Chatkotay and Kim will be in the Delta Flyer Based on the story line, the data Kim transferred from the Delta Flyer to Voyager was wrong. He therefore feels guilty for the crash of Voyager and the death of the crew. He's also feels guilty because he and Chatkotay survived the accident and made it home.

    To change the time line, they steal a Borg communication device so they can communicate through time to Seven of Nine. They need to recover the Doctor from the Voyager wreckage (his halo-emitter) and the body of Seven of Nine for the time of her death and the frequency needed to communicate to her. Starfleet is hot pursuit with Captain Geordi LaForge (from SNG) in charge. Kim makes the communication of the correct phase variance but, once again, the accident happens. He recalibrates and sends commands which take both the historic Voyager and the Delta flyer out of the slipstream. The past is changed and everyone is reunited. I enjoyed the episode and the excitement. However, I still have two "plot related" problems. First, wouldn't Janeway ask for significant simulations of Kim's idea to use a shuttle running in front of Voyager?

    Second, the "Hope and Fear," the slipstream journey home would take three months. In this episode, they seem to expect it in minutes. In fact, the Voyager wreckage is found in the Alpha quadrant. And, Janeway remarks at the end that whatever happened, it took ten years off their journey. I won't let those problems interfere with my completely enjoying this story.moreless
  • To aid an honourable thief, or to spend eternity in cybernetic oblivion? ...Let's tempt fate!

    This is not only the best time travel episode but maybe even the best Voyager episode! its breath taking!

    Harry and Chakotay make it home! they did it! they reached the alpha quadrant...but all it took was killing everyone they cared about!

    This episode is brilliantly written, superbly directed (levar burton of course) Garrett Wang was brilliant.

    It had 'titanic' feel to it where they keep going back and forth from the past with all the crew happy about the thought of getting home to the present where they lie deceased in a frozen ice pit!

    The scene where voyager hits the planets surface was amazing, it cost a lot of money for that one scene alone but it was worth every penny.

    The 100th episode certainly was special!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 (2)

    • Goof: Voyager crashes onto the planet at "full impulse" while inertial dampeners are offline. As such, the crew's bodies should not be intact.

    • Goof: During his conversation with Kim in Engineering, the amount of confetti on Paris's shoulders keeps changing between the shots facing him and those facing Kim.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Janeway: Four years, two months, eleven days - that's precisely how long Voyager's been in the Delta Quadrant. During that time, we've advanced the frontiers of exploration, and more importantly, we've survived. Now it's time to go home.

    • The Doctor: And how did you get involved with Bonnie and Clyde here?
      Tessa: I've been interested in Voyager for a long time.
      Kim: They're having sex.

    • Kim: Shield Generators?
      Chakotay: Online.
      Kim: Plasma flow?
      Chakotay: Stable.
      Kim: Comm. link?
      Chakotay: Secure.
      Kim: Lunch?
      Chakotay: Salami sandwiches.

    • The Doctor: To aid an honorable thief or to spend eternity in cybernetic oblivion... (pause) Let's tempt fate.

    • Kim: Wait a second. If I sent a message from the future and changed the past... then that future would no longer exist, right? So... how could I have sent the message in the first place? Am I making any sense?
      Janeway: My advice in making sense of temporal paradoxes is simple: don't even try.

    • LaForge: I'm asking you again: Stand down, and return the transmitter.
      Chakotay: You know I can't do that.
      LaForge: And you know I have to try to stop you.
      Chakotay: Yes, I know. Good luck!
      LaForge: Same to you!

    • The Doctor: Seven?
      Seven: My visual processors and motor cortex... they are malfunctioning.
      The Doctor: Sounds like a problem with your cortical implant. We'd better have a look. Hold still!
      Seven: I can not comply.
      The Doctor: You are intoxicated.
      Seven: Impossible.
      The Doctor: Your blood-synthohol level is point zero five percent. How many glasses of champagne did you consume?
      Seven: One...
      The Doctor: Obviously the Borg can't hold their liquor.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The Doctor: And how did you get involved with Bonnie and Clyde here?

      This is an allusion to the late 1920's early 1930's outlaws Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, primarily known for robbing banks.