Star Trek: Voyager (1997): S04E09 – Year of Hell, Part 02


Introduction

“Year of Hell” is a two-part episode from the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager which aired on UPN in November 1997.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they were stranded in the Delta Quadrant far from the rest of the Federation.

In this episode, Voyager is subjected to several changes in their timeline as an alien ship commander attempts to re-sequence history to his liking.

Outline

After a brief interval spent hiding from the time ship in a nebula, Captain Janeway makes an alliance with two species known as the Nihydron and the Mawasi to attack the Krenim time ship. The remaining crew members move to the allied ships while Janeway remains behind alone on Voyager to pilot the heavily damaged ship herself. With the help of a dissatisfied crew member, Chakotay and Paris take the time ship’s temporal core offline, rendering it vulnerable to attack, and beam to the nearest allied ship. Even vulnerable and without temporal weaponry, the powerful time ship disables the allied ships. Voyager is badly damaged when one of the ships collides with her primary hull. Theorising that the true timeline will be restored if the Krenim ship is destroyed by its own weapon, Janeway orders the fleet to drop their temporal shields and rams Voyager into the time-ship while it is powering up for another temporal incursion. Voyager is destroyed which causes the Krenim time ship’s temporal core to destabilise and explode. This erases the time ship from history in a massive temporal incursion thereby resetting the timeline.

In the new timeline, Voyager ventures into Krenim space. This time, the captain of the Krenim warship is moderate: He advises Voyager that “this area of space is under dispute” and suggests they avoid it. Janeway remarks to Chakotay that she’s thinking of replicating a bottle of wine for Voyager’s re-dedication ceremony, saying the vintage is a “good year”. In this timeline, Annorax is seen working diligently in his study. His wife (Lise Simms) enters and asks him to enjoy the day with her. Annorax hesitates for a moment, and then decides that he can “make the time” for her. They leave while his work remains behind on his desk, depicting the calculations for his original alteration of the timeline.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Mike Vejar.
  • Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
  • Release Date: 05 November 1997.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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