Star Trek: Voyager (2001): S07E26 – Endgame, Part 02


Introduction

“Endgame” is the series finale of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, episodes 25 and 26 of the seventh season and 171 and 172 in the overall series.

It was originally shown 23 May 2001, on the UPN network as a double-length episode and later presented as such in DVD collections, but it is shown in syndicated broadcasts as a two-part story.

It is the final Star Trek episode in the continuous TNG-Era (which had started with the Star Trek: The Next Generation premiere episode, “Encounter at Farpoint“).

Outline

In the year 2404, the Federation is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Voyager’s return to Earth from 23 years in the Delta Quadrant. An older Admiral Kathryn Janeway acquires a chrono deflector from a Klingon named Korath and uses it on her shuttle to travel back to 2378 in the Delta Quadrant. She pulls rank on her younger self, ordering Voyager to emit an anti-tachyon pulse that collapses the temporal distortion and prevents the Klingons from following her through.

Aboard her old starship, the Admiral tells her younger self to return to a nebula filled with Borg that they passed by a few days before. She provides advanced technologies that allow Voyager to bypass the massive Borg defences and enter a transwarp corridor. Despite spying on the ship and preparing for its attack, the Borg are unable to penetrate Voyager’s new adaptive hull armour or to capture it with tractor beams, while Voyager destroys two Borg cubes with transphasic torpedoes. Voyager then comes upon a Borg transwarp hub. Transit through the hub will save the ship sixteen more years of being stranded in the Delta Quadrant.

The Admiral’s efforts to get the crew home are hindered by the desire of her younger self to use the technology from the future to destroy the transwarp network instead of using it to return home. Trying to blast it from the inside is impossible, as the network adapts to any attack due to the control of the Borg Queen. The hub can only be destroyed from the Delta Quadrant terminus because the Alpha Quadrant contains only exit apertures. The two Janeways argue over the issue until the elder Janeway tells her younger self that Seven of Nine and 22 other crew members will die if they do not take the transwarp conduit home, and that Vulcan Tactical Officer Tuvok will become mentally unstable from a neurological condition that could have been treated in the Alpha Quadrant had they had made it back soon enough. Deeply troubled by the knowledge that she is effectively ordering the deaths of her crew, Captain Janeway discusses the issue with them, but they too decide that destroying the Borg’s transwarp hub is more important than returning to Earth, as without it, the Borg’s ability to travel across the galaxy will be severely hampered and countless lives will be saved. On seeing the crew’s selfless reaction to the plan, the older Janeway rediscovers her fighting spirit and, with Captain Janeway, comes up with a plan to both destroy the hub and possibly get Voyager home.

Admiral Janeway takes her shuttlecraft and enters the transwarp hub, finally arriving at the Unicomplex – the centre of all Borg activity and the home of the Borg Queen. Janeway appears in the Queen’s mind, claiming she wants Voyager towed back to the Alpha Quadrant (apparently in defiance of the younger Janeway’s plans) in exchange for Voyager’s armour and torpedo technologies. However, the Queen detects her shuttle and beams the Admiral to her chambers for assimilation into the Borg collective. A few minutes later, Admiral Janeway unleashes a neurolytic pathogen from her bloodstream that devastates the Borg and causes the queen’s cyborg components to fall apart. With the deactivation of the Queen, the Unicomplex suffers a cascade failure and explodes, killing the partially assimilated Admiral.

Meanwhile, Captain Janeway and her crew have entered a transwarp corridor and fired torpedoes at the unprotected manifolds while travelling back to the Alpha Quadrant. They are pursued by a Borg sphere that has managed to withstand the pathogen’s effects and assimilate Admiral Janeway’s adaptive armour upgrades. The sphere is under orders from the Borg Queen to destroy Voyager so that the Admiral (and her sabotage) will not have occurred. Unable to fight back against the sphere’s defences, Janeway takes her ship inside the sphere, where, upon its arrival one light year away from Earth’s solar system, she detonates a torpedo that destroys the sphere from the inside.

In the show’s final minutes, the crew stand dumbfounded that they have finally returned home after spending seven years in the Delta Quadrant and are greeted by a fleet of Starfleet vessels that had arrived to fight the Borg. Settling down in her chair, Captain Janeway issues her final orders with the same words she used at the start of Voyager’s journey from the Delta Quadrant: “Set a course… for home.”

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Allan Kroeker.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman, Kenneth Biller, and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 23 May 2001.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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