Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Once Upon a Time, and Timeless

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Micheal Taylor pens this episode that first aired on 11 November, 1998.

The Delta Flyer is forced into a crash landing after passing through an ion storm. Aboard is Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), Tuvok (Tim Russ), and Ensign Wildman (Nancy Hower). Wildman, it seems have been injured, and back aboard the Voyager, Neelix (Ethan Philips) has been looking after her daughter, Naomi (Scarlett Pomers).

Neelix is trying his best to look after young Naomi, who has grown quite a bit since we last encountered her. When the young girl starts to realize something more disastrous has happened she takes refuge in a child’s holonovel, The Adventures of Flotter (Wallace Langham) all while Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest try to figure out a way to rescue the Delta Flyer and her injured crew.

The episode not only introduces the new Naomi Wildman, but also establishes a blossoming relationship between her and and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan).

Overall, I felt there was some nice things at work in this story, the fact that Neelix identifies with the loneliness and loss that he is afraid Naomi is about to experience, and how parents worry about their children, even when their own lives are at risk.

It also shows that the crew of the Voyager have in fact, become a family. It’s not a typical Trek episode, as the focus is on a child, but the context and subject matter, are perfect for Trek storytelling.

onceupona voyager

Captain’s log: stardate 52143.6

LeVar Burton (who also appears as Captain Geordi La Forge of the starship Challenger) directs this fantastic episode from a script by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky, which they came up with alongside Rick Berman. The episode first debuted on 18 November, 1998.

Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) and Paris thought they had come up with a way to return the Voyager home to the Alpha Quadrant, but instead, due to a miscalculation on his part, the starship crashed on an iceworld, with all hands lost, but for Kim and Chakotay (Robert Beltran).

Fifteen years later, the pair have retired from Starfleet, and are trying to find a way to change the past, alter the timeline, and restore the crew and their ship to life, even if it means still being lost in the Delta Quadrant.

It’s a great episode, smart, fun, and of course, playing with time. Lots of fun Trek stuff, and it also makes you wonder if La Forge is a captain in the re-established timeline or not.

Of course, by episode’s end, the Voyager is restored and the journey home carries on…

The Human Adventure continues next week as Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD entertains and wows! Check it out from Paramount Canada, and boldly go…


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