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Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 8

Year Of Hell (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 1997 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 51268.4
The Krenim Imperium is attempting to return to its former glory by using a temporal weapon ship that can erase entire species of their enemies from existence. When the Krenim leader learns that Voyager's presence in the quadrant has thrown a wrench into his plans, Voyager becomes his next target.


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  • Year of Hell (1)

    Year of Hell (1) was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as the crew finally encounter the Krenim who challenge Voyager. I liked the way the story unfolded though I wonder why neither the Captain or any of the crew remembered the warning given by Kes. Did it have some thing to do with time? Other than that the story was pretty good and interesting. I liked the Krenim leader Annorax and his scenes. There was lots of action, intrigue and drama in this episode. I look forward to seeing how things work out in the next episode!!!!!!!

  • Entertaining but lots of tech and plot flaws

    Entertaining is the best I can say regarding this episode and the following. You won't regret watching both. But, don't take the tech issue seriously. Oh, not again that time travel plot! This time unfortunately it's full of flaws. To start with, after the so many warnings Kess gave the captain regarding to avoid contact with those bad guys (the Crenan or whatever they are called) with time phase torpedoes, Puff! All crew seem to have gone on amnesia to throw themselves straight in the wolf's jaws. Also, all the time changing theory is completely absurd. So, if you think that all those inconsistencies will bother you, don't even care to try this one.moreless
  • good idea, but MASSIVE plot error!

    12 episodes earlier 'before and after' Kes travels through time and witnesses the Krenim attack, when she returns to the present she warns voyager of the race they will meet in the near future,Tuvok agrees to gather all information he can on them ....then 12 episodes later Voyager meets the Krenim Imperium yet the crew seem to have forgotten all about them and don't even recognise the name, poor kes!

    A good double episode and the time travel eps are always special, but as far as storyline goes..if you miss this episode then it doesn't matter, because technically...it never happened. (not that you wasted two hours tho...save that one for Endgame)moreless
  • Interesting.

    When I watched this episode for the first time, I wondered what in the world was happening to Voyager? It was getting dismantled and nothing the crew did made any difference. It kept on getting worse and worse and the deaths piled up faster and faster. It was a well written episode with great action, good acting, and a great plot with a nice storyline. It was also very refreshing to see the ship actually have a dire problem and have to do unheard of things in order to get moving again. It also should the vulnerability of the ship and the crew. Thank you.moreless
  • Worth waiting 3 seasons for. Kurtwood Smith is even more evil/insane than he is as 'Red' on That 70's show.

    Well, this was pretty awesome.

    Let's start with the negative. According to the notes, a scene with Janeway mentioning Kes' premonition about the Kremin was cut from the episode. I felt like this was a huge mistake; It's a critical point and numerous allusions to Before and After are made, most importantly the undetonated torpedo. A few scenes felt incomplete due to this.

    That's about it. Everything else is great. Kurtwood Smith is super creepy as Annorax, a deranged Kremin perfectly willing to obliterate entire races to restore his own. It's pretty wild seeing Voyager so badly damaged, and the crew - particularly Tuvok - so injured. I'm assuming this story arc will conclude with a timeline alteration, restoring Voyager, but I've been wrong before.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)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Janeway's speech to the rest of the crew)
      Janeway: Each of you has done your best, but determination alone isn't going to hold this ship together. It's time we faced reality. We've lost nine decks, more than half the ship has been destroyed, life support has nearly gone, Voyager can no longer sustain it's crew. I promised myself that I would never give this order, that I would never break up this family, but asking you to stay...would be asking you to die. You will proceed to the escape pods and evacuate this vessel. Set your course for the Alpha Quadrant. Along the way, try to find allies, secure faster ships if you can, anything to get home. The senior staff and I will remain onboard as long as possible. We will try, somehow, to rescue Tom and Chakotay. The escape pods are equipped with subspace beacons, that's how we'll keep track of you. When we find each other again, and we will, we will find each other again, I expect all of you to be in one piece with some interesting stories to tell. Good luck!

    • (Tuvok and Seven are walking down the corridor when they bump into Neelix)
      Neelix: Mr. Vulcan, sir. A tactical question if I may?
      Tuvok: You may.
      Neelix: We're just about done rebuilding the internal security sensors, and we're ready to program the audio signal. Do you want it to say "Intruder Alert", or shall we try something a little more dramatic like "Warning, Intruder Alert" or "Intruder's among us! Danger! Danger! Intruders among us!"?
      Tuvok: "Intruder Alert" will suffice.
      Neelix: Go with the classic, understood sir!
      (Neelix walks away. Tuvok continues to talk to Seven)
      Tuvok: And you believe you have difficulties?

    • Ensign Brooks: Seven.
      Seven: Ensign.
      Tuvok: A friend of yours?
      Seven: My... cabin-mate. As a Borg I was accustomed to co-habitating with thousands of other drones, but I it significantly more difficult to live with a single Human.
      Tuvok: In what way?
      Seven: Ensign Brooks is negligent. She leaves her equipment lying around the quarters and her clothing on the floor.
      Tuvok: Indeed. I have found that most humans are less than meticulous when it comes to their domestic habits.
      Seven: Indeed.

    • Chakotay: Thank you all for coming. We've got a lot of work to do so...
      The Doctor: I'd like to say a few words if I may? I have prepared a speech for this occasion. When I was first activated on stardate 48315, and I found myself mono a mono with the Delta Quadrant, I didn't think we'd survive a week, let alone three years! There was strife, there was discord, you were all at each other's throats, but over time I have had the pleasure and pride of watching this crew learn to work together as colleagues, even friends.
      Paris: Here, here
      (Tom claps as everyone starts to walk out of room but stops as The Doctor begins to speak again)
      The Doctor: Who would have thought that this eclectic group of voyagers would actually become a family? Starfleet, Maquis, Klingon, Talaxian, Hologram, Borg, even Mr.Paris; granted we've had our share of difficulties, one might say we've seen the best of times and the worst of times. I'd now like to recount some of the those times from my unique perspective. Under the category of category of "Best of Times", I invite you all to recall-
      Crewman over comm: Bridge to the Captain.
      Janeway: Janeway here.
      Crewman over comm: We're being hailed - a vessel off the port bow.
      Chakotay: On our way.
      The Doctor: Well perhaps we can all reconvene later?
      (Nobody answers)

    • Annorax: Time is patient, so we must be patient with it.

    • Janeway: All hands, battle stations. This is turning into the week of hell...

    • Janeway: I promised myself I would never break up this family, but asking you to stay would be like asking you to die.

    • Seven: I offered to help you with your personal grooming. You are risking further damage.
      Tuvok: Shaving is hardly a life threatening activity.

    • Janeway: With all due respect, unless you've got something a little bigger in your torpedo tubes I'm not turning around, but I'm certainly willing to discuss this issue with you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Cut from the episode due to time was Janeway mentioning Kes when she first hears that that they have entered Krenim space and thus connecting the dots regarding this species being the same one she was warned to avoid.


    • Paris: (to The Doctor) Physician, heal thyself!

      Referencing Luke 4:23 in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

    • The Doctor: One might say, we've seen the best of times and the worst of times.

      A reference to a line from Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities.

    • Neelix: Danger, danger, intruders among us!

      Neelix's recommendation of this as a warning alert is a nod towards Lost in Space, in which the character of The Robot would usually state "Danger, Will Robinson!" when warning another member of the crew of the Jupiter Two in the series.