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Lt. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan MacNeil) and Borg drone Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan)
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Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) and Lt. B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson)
7 of 9 plays in a doubles ping pong match.
The table tennis ball is caught in a time warp.
The guy to the right of the table who is being fired on is the time-traveling Captain Braxton (Bruce McGill)
Review by: Voyager Fan
Not much to say here -- a delicious cream puff episode that didn't leave me with much to chew! Although I did try to diagram a timeline and make sense of the temporal jumps and anomalies and questions I had. But after about half a second I threw my disbelief (and the diagram) out of the window and decided to just enjoy the show. I loved this episode. From the opening scene with Captain Janeway beaming on to a Voyager still at dry dock, I was hooked.
There are many interesting mysteries folded into this fluff -- we the viewers want to know what Seven is doing on Voyager three years before she is removed from the collective, minus implants and wearing a Starfleet uniform. Then there is the mystery our crew faces within the episode of strange chronoton fluxes, ill crewmen, and hovering ping pong balls. And there is the mystery the Timeship Relativity is trying to solve of who destroyed Voyager in a temporal explosion?
And the episode has lots of good character moments. Mulgrew easily recaptured the early Janeway's easy grace and confidence, her regal bearing and good nature as she addressed the Admiral and answered his questions, and her unfettered happiness as she first strolled onto the bridge of Voyager and sat in the Captain's chair -- her chair. I liked her confrontation with Seven -- she was tough, but in a very wide-eyed way, without the almost jaded edge that the Janeway of Season Five has in similar encounters. I loved seeing and hearing her reactions to Tom Paris (give the boy a second chance, he's a great pilot) and the Doctor (his program needs some work in the personality department). The fact that these stories weren't 100% consistent with what we know from Caretaker or Mosaic just didn't bother me.
The banter between Seven and Tom was a lot of fun - they had the comfortable banter of real friends as Tom goaded Seven into participating in a ping-pong match (call me a luddite if you will - I love to see those non-holodeck recreational activities). Seven was great -- unflappable, taking time travel and temporal bombs in stride, fitting in better with the crew, respecting Janeway's talents.
I did think it was hysterical that someone would detest Janeway so much -- and this from someone who adores her! My husband laughed out loud when Braxton went into his Janeway tirade. Janeway is so strong and opinionated and confident and stubborn -- it is natural she'd pick up a few enemies.
As I said earlier, I just rolled with the episode's inconsistencies with previous episodes. But I did have a slight nit -- Janeway going back in time to stop Braxton really seemed like an add-on, to avoid yet another Seven saves the ship episode.
All in all, very watchable and enjoyable - it gets a 9 out of 10.
Star Trek: Voyager
Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan
"I don't care if history itself comes unraveled; I want to know why you're on my ship!" -- Janeway, putting Voyager first (as usual)
Nutshell: Weird, labyrinthine, goofy, bordering on nonsense ... and quite fun.
The plot of "Relativity" is like some sort of comic maze. By the end, the madness has grown so absurd that the characters can barely restrain their grins of bemusement. This is Star Trek sci-fi on crack.
I liked it. It's fun.
"Relativity" begins with some suspense and intrigue; then it proceeds into an explanatory plot-revealing mode with dialog-based story advancement and manageable action; and finally it just turns into sheer lunacy, as the timeline leaping exists for the sake of itself, having little rhyme or reason.
As time-travel shows go, the attitude in "Relativity" probably most resembles TNG's "Timescape." The movement through timelines isn't used to put characters at points in history where they must save the world, Federation, etc.; it's more like an elaborate means for jumping around on the stage known as the starship Voyager. The goal: prevent Voyager from being destroyed.
You see, a saboteur of unknown identity has planted a device on the ship. But it exists in a different temporal phase that only Seven of Nine, with her special Borg ocular capabilities, can see. This leads the crew of a 29th-century time ship to recruit Seven for the mission to find the device before it causes a "temporal explosion" that will destroy Voyager. (Why not just a regular explosion? I suppose because a temporal explosion sounds more complex and interesting.)
The 29th-century time ship, the Relativity, is captained by the same man who set the events of "Future's End" in motion--one Captain Braxton (now played by Bruce McGill), who had found himself trapped in the 20th century for 30 years because of his encounter with Voyager. Perhaps to say Braxton set those events in motion is not accurate. If I've learned anything from "Relativity," it's that one cannot utilize traditional logic when it comes to timeline manipulation. This episode deals a lot with that reliable sci-fi chestnut: the time paradox, which renders obsolete our sense of cause and effect.
Do I really need to explain all of this? In a nutshell, Seven jumps back to a point where Voyager was in dry-dock and looks for the hidden bomb. It's not there, so she is retrieved through time again and sent to a point later in Voyager's time frame. While on this mission through time, Seven also must contend with what Braxton calls "the Janeway factor," which is Janeway's tendency to interact with events that are taking place across the fourth dimension, and thus causing annoying "temporal incursions" that 29th-century time ship captains like Braxton must set right.
The story's central twist is that the saboteur turns out to be a future version of Captain Braxton himself. Apparently, he's gone quite mad in the future and has decided he must destroy Voyager--thereby stopping Janeway from ever again infecting the timeline. (The subtext within the idea of Voyager damaging the timeline so often strikes me as the writers taking a jab at themselves for using so many time-travel storylines.)
A story like this depends on execution more than anything else. "Relativity" executes well. It's nothing particularly brilliant, but it's a fun yarn to watch unfold. If you have a short attention span, "Relativity" will not try your patience. The story moves along swiftly and, dare I say, confidently. There's a cavalier attitude here concerning time travel, but the writers approach the material with a light tough that seems to keep the focus on fun rather than making the story a plodding mess. That's a good thing, since any attempt to use common sense in approaching the plot is virtually useless.
Honestly, by the end of the hour's mania, there's not really much motivation behind the timeline jumping. The writers resign the game to a fairly standard chase, where the playground is simply the various timelines utilizing the standing Voyager sets. Braxton goes back to Voyager of season two; Seven follows. Braxton jumps into Voyager of season five; Seven follows. And once Seven stops Braxton, the games still aren't over. Now the damage to the timeline must be repaired as best possible, which means the time ship crew must recruit Janeway (because Seven has already jumped through time too many times and her health may be threatened) to go back in time and stop Braxton from ever having done anything in Voyager's past in the first place. (First place, last place--do these terms mean anything?) Upon Janeway accomplishing this goal, this means Seven will never have a need for visiting Voyager several times in the past and altering the timeline. That means, I suppose, that the whole episode never really happened--or it sort of did, but not really, but ... does any of this make sense?
Aw, hell--Seven's next stop might as well have been November 12, 1955. I doubt it would/would've/will made/make much a difference to this craziness. (Of course, it might matter if that date is actually the key to the space-time continuum the way Emmett Brown theorized.)
I have a question, though. If the people of the 29th century have so much control over time, why does any of this plot even matter? Why couldn't Braxton be retrieved through time before he spent those 30 years in the 20th century? (For that matter, it was my understanding, based on the concluding scene of "Future's End, Part II," that Braxton's fate had somehow been reset such that he never really got trapped in the 20th century at all--of course, I didn't really understand it then, so I suppose I shouldn't try to make sense of it now.)
For that matter, what exactly is the motivation for Braxton blowing up Voyager? To see an end to Janeway's interference with the timeline? If that's the case, why doesn't he blow up Voyager in the past (from our perspective, that is), before Voyager corrupted the timeline in the first place--rather than waiting until the point we call "late season five"? That would presumably prevent him from ever having been trapped three decades in the 20th century. You know, I could go on, but your head would explode.
I think the point of all this madness, if there is one, is that the time paradox has no discernible cause or effect, and that trying to establish cause/effect is simply pointless. Rather, what characters must do in such situations is go with the flow and hope the game plays out the way it "should." I don't know who plays God in alleging to know what the "correct" timeline is, but I would hope those people are well trained and less prone to manic treachery than Braxton. Or, at the very least, I hope they're arrested in advance for crimes they're going to commit. (Heh.)
It's probably a good thing the characters can barely keep all the paradoxes straight, so that at least we as viewers are on the same level as some of the people in the story, like Janeway, who simply wants to be done with the ordeal before it all gives her a headache.
Beyond playing with paradoxes, "Relativity" is sold on its whimsical attitude. It knows better than to take itself seriously, and has some neat scenes involving "shattered" time. My favorite has to be the ping pong tournament, where Paris slams the ball and it freezes in midair for a few seconds before continuing on its way. What does Official Scorekeeper Neelix do after this bizarre event? Why, he scores the point, natch. Hee.
This episode also brings back that long-forgotten Lt. Joe Carey (Josh Clark), unseen for four years. Where has this guy been? It's interesting to note that he appears only in scenes involving Voyager's past, and not in the present. I, for one, would like to know where this guy has vanished to. Maybe the space-time continuum simply swallowed him up.
What the space-time continuum does not swallow up in "Relativity" is the enjoyment factor. This is an episode that's fairly loony, but it embraces its illogic and moves forward with no fear of the future--or the past, or the present.
http://www.treknation.com/reviews/voy/relativity.shtmlBy Michelle Erica Green
See Also: 'Relativity' Episode Guide
Voyager is in spacedock at the Utopia Planitia shipyards, where Janeway (wearing her hair up) boards and greets an admiral who gives her a final inspection tour. He tells her that Tuvok is apparently safe on Chakotay's ship, and she suggests that Tom Paris would make an excellent pilot for their first mission in the Badlands. On the bridge she passes Seven of Nine in a Starfleet science uniform without her cybernetic eyepiece. Seven ducks into the briefing room, reporting to an unknown party that there is no weapon on the bridge. When the captain and the admiral ask her opinion of the briefing room, she says that it appears to be efficient.
When she passes through engineering, Seven tells engineer Joe Carey that her name is Anna Jamison and she is on temporary assignment from Utopia Planitia. Then she enters a Jeffries Tube, where she finds a temporal distortion on Deck 4, Section 39. Removing a panel, she sees a temporal disruptor, but her work sets off an alarm in engineering and Janeway - who's itching to get her hands dirty - goes to see what the problem is. Seven tells her contact that she cannot deactivate the weapon as it is out of temporal phase with her own time, but they cannot beam her out because the temporal effects of the weapon are affecting their transporters. As Janeway closes in on her, reading a chronoton distortion, Captain Braxton of the Relativity orders her beamed out despite warnings from his second in command that her bionetic implants will be damaged. Seven disappears just as Janeway and the admiral access the Jeffries tube; her Borg implants fail, and she collapses and dies.
Braxton announces that they're going to have to recruit Seven again - now that they know where the weapon is, they need to figure out when it got there. He suggests taking her out just before an explosion so that no one notices she's gone. On Voyager, Seven is playing in a ping pong tournament, teamed with Paris against Torres and Kim. Several crewmembers, including the captain, have been in sickbay complaining of space sickness, but the Doctor assumes it has something to do with the inertial dampers until a ping pong ball stops in midair. Seven reads temporal distortions emanating from Deck 4, Section 39...distortions which Torres warns could destroy the ship.
As temporal problems plague the ship - Doc gets a message from Neelix before the Talaxian sent it, Chakotay appears to Janeway in slow-motion triplicate - Seven finds the disruptor with Torres, who cannot see the device because it is out of phase with this time period as well - only the cybernetic implants enable Seven to detect it. But she cannot beam it off the ship, and the hull goes out of phase just before a temporal explosion causes a hull breach. Kim detects a phase variance of .003 just as men from the Relativity beam aboard to retrieve Seven. Suddenly Janeway realizes that the flux is identical to the one she detected at the shipyards, and announces that it can't be a coincidence. But her discovery comes too late, and Voyager explodes after Seven is beamed away.
Braxton greets Seven aboard the Relativity and explains that she is on a 29th century ship. He tells her that someone his a temporal weapon on Voyager during a battle with the Kazon when the shields were down; they need Seven to find it, because her ocular implants and her knowledge of the vessel and its crew make her ideal for the job. He also explains that they have recruited her twice before, and a fourth trip will likely cause psychosis, so they need to succeed this time. During a quiz on temporal dilemmas (including the Dali Paradox or "Melting Clock" and the Pogo Paradox of causality encountered by the Enterprise in First Contact), Seven wonders how she herself will avoid impacting the timeline. She is warned by Braxton that Janeway has a habit of creating temporal problems which he has to fix, and advised to avoid the captain at all costs.
While Voyager is under attack by the Kazon, Seven sneaks around engineering to find the disruptor, but Kim gets a phase flux reading of .003 from the transporters. Janeway remembers seeing the same reading in spacedock and orders containment around Deck 4, Section 39. Meanwhile the Borg discovers that the weapon has not arrived yet, but she cannot contact the Relativity because of the forcefield. When Janeway arrives, she recognizes Seven as the ensign who called the breifing room efficient. Braxton listens to the conversation hoping that Seven will not corrupt the timeline by revealing her true identity, but when Tuvok recognizes her readings as Borg, she tells Janeway the entire story and begs the captain to trust her. The captain agrees, and the pair discover that an older Captain Braxton himself put the weapon on Voyager.
The senior Braxton agrees that he is suffering from temporal psychosis, but claims that it's Janeway's fault: all her incursions into the timeline made him end up in rehabilitation, destroying his career. Activating the disruptor, he announces that he needs to wipe Voyager out of the timeline, then beams away. Relativity tracks his readings to Utopia Planitia and Relativity sends Seven after him although both the second in command of Relativity and the ex-Borg herself know that she risks temporal psychosis by making another jump in time. This time Janeway and the admiral witness Seven chasing Braxton through the corridors of Voyager.
Cornered by Janeway's forcefields, Braxton transports to the present, where the ping pong game is in progress. Seven runs in after him, startling her own double. The time traveler collapses from the strain but asks her present-day duplicate to stop Braxton: "Your future depends on it." She is beamed back to Relativity, along with Janeway who is asked to clean up the temporal messes for which Braxton holds her responsible. The older Braxton tries to convince his younger self to join him in the destruction of Voyager, but Braxton's first officer takes command, sending Janeway to retrieve the crazy older man at the precise time he planted, or will plant, the weapon. "Let's get started before my headache gets worse," she groans.
Janeway successfully traps her nemesis in her own ship's past among the Kazon, then is beamed back to the Relativity where she learns that all the versions of Captain Braxton will be reintegrated to stand trial. The two Sevens will be reintegrated as well, but since all of Janeway's incursions were into the past, she will be allowed to remember them; she just can't ever discuss the experience with anyone. Janeway is all too happy to agree to forget about time paradoxes.
I enjoyed this story, just as I enjoyed it the first time I encountered it, in Vonda McIntyre's The Entropy Effect - the very first Star Trek novel from Pocket Books and one of the finest. In that book Spock chased a madman from the future whose double in the past had created a device similar to Captain Braxton's, causing similar chaos among past and present crews. Having read that novel, it was entirely too easy to predict all the twists and turns of this inferior copy, like Braxton himself becoming the psychotic saboteur. Still, it was fun to see Janeway wear the bun of steel again...and if it was less-than-fun to see Seven hailed again as the only person capable of setting the universe right, I guess that's the way it goes on this series.
Other than the blatant theft of a previously better-told story - hardly a new problem on Voyager, which gets most of its watchable episodes by recycling the previous Treks - my main criticisms of "Relativity" have to do with that pesky continuity issue. On the one hand, it was really nice to see Joe Carey for the first time in four years. On the other hand, the only thing we ever learned about Joe Carey (other than that Torres broke his nose in "Parallax") was that he had a wife and two sons he wanted to get home to, so badly that in "Prime Factors" he helped steal the Sikarian trajector to make an attempt. Here, he spends most of his screen time hitting on Seven of Nine. What's the point in resurrecting a character from the past if the writers are going to turn him into a different person?
One might ask the same about Captain Braxton, whose ship and uniform have changed so much that if his name wasn't hammered into our heads, I for one would never have guessed that he was the same guy from "Future's End." I liked the references to that episode and to First Contact, but if the writers think the temporal theme excuses the confusing plot circles, I'd have to disagree. My final complaint on this count is nitpicky but it's not minor. In "Caretaker" when Janeway requested that Paris accompany her on the mission to track down Chakotay and Tuvok, it was strictly as an observer: she made that point to him quite adamantly before reluctantly giving him the conn when Cavit and Stadi died. So why in heck does Janeway tell the admiral in "Relativity" that she must have Tom aboard as her pilot? It's just plain annoying that the writers couldn't read the script for "Caretaker" to remember the details I suppose we fans are meant to forget as well.
There were some nice humorous touches in here: Janeway's ongoing temporal headaches, the early, cranky Doc, Seven trying to win over her own trust. On the other hand, the speed with which Janeway trusted a Borg infiltrator on her ship before launch when she was about to head after Maquis saboteurs was almost comical itself. The pacing was good, but I'm not clear why present Captain Braxton could be arrested for crimes he hadn't yet committed - by that logic, Braxton was right to try to stop Janeway before she launched - and in general the amusing possibilities of time travel wiped out any scientific interest, since the timeline repair was turned into a joke.
I may as well admit that I had a few fantasies during this episode. Of course, one was that Seven would stay dead, but I'd be willing to concede her role on the ship if just once the writers would stop resorting to gimmicks using her Borg talents. Another was that we might actually see some second-season Janeway/Chakotay interaction during the scenes with the Kazon, but we barely saw Chakotay (other than that fun scene in triplicate) except to criticize the captain for chasing sensor ghosts which of course were no such thing. The final, specious fantasy was that we might see Kes. We COULD have seen Kes...just as we could have seen Suder, Jonas, Hogan, even Kulluh and Seska amidst the Kazon, like we saw Carey. But this was more of a throw-a-bone homage to earlier Voyagers than a genuine reunion like Deep Space Nine is in the midst of. I earnestly hope Voyager never gets back to the Alpha Quadrant to screw up all my good memories set there.
By IJD GAF
See Also: 'Relativity' Episode Guide
Admiral Patterson: 'Sup, here's Voyager five years ago.
Janeway: What's the point of this setting?
Janeway: Oh. Anyway, what's Seven doing here?
Seven: Quiet, you. You don't know me yet, remember?
Janeway: Right, right...different setting....
Janeway: So Seven -- err, I mean Ensign -- what do you think of the
Seven: I saw better when I was Bor--err, I mean, it's nice...
Patterson: Here's the EMH.
Doc: Wasn't I first activated after we were in the Delta Quadrant?
Janeway: Quiet, you. This episode has about the same amount of continuity as a campaign promise.
Carey: Hi, I'm Carey. You're hot.
Seven: Who are you?
Carey: Oh, its okay, none of the crew's supposed to know you yet. I get the act.
Seven: No, I mean who the hell are you? I've never seen you before, and I've been a regular for two years!
Seven: Found the bomb. I'm gonna try to remove it and make sure the whole crew knows it too.
Janeway: What seems to be the problem, Generic Extra?
Carey: For God's sake, I'm Joe Carey! Don't you remember me? Anyway, according to the scans, some former Borg is messing with the systems.
Patterson: Should we go check it out?
Janeway: Ehh, might as well.
Seven: Gotta go, hurry up!
Ducane: (over the comm) Trying to, but...there's...too...much....technobabble....
Braxton: Make her come back.
Ducane: Can't. The technobabble is so thick she would suffocate.
Janeway: Too late...oh well. By the way, what causes a guakitron level
Patterson: I dunno, but I bet you'll conveniently remember it throughout the episode.
Ducane: Here she comes. Oops, she died. Told you, told you. Nyaa nyaa.
Braxton: Meh, we've got the biggest reset button in the history of time travel reset buttons.
Ducane: Yeah, that's true, but isn't the technobabble a problem?
Braxton: Who came up with this stupid rule? Oh well, just get her again.
Paris: Hey Seven, let's go play ping-pong.
Seven: No. On second thought, yes.
Paris: Wow, you're boring.
Doc: What's wrong?
Janeway: I dunno, but it's not space sickness.
Doc: Lemme check...it's space sickness.
Janeway: But I don't get space sickness. Could it just be a coincidence?
Doc: This being a time travel episode...yeah, probably just a coincidence.
Neelix: Wow, ping-pong is exciting!
Paris: Has anyone told you you're annoying? Anyway, why'd the ball just stop in mid-air?
Seven: My bet is on time technobabble. Anyone else?
Neelix: Hey, Doc. Some generic extra's sick.
Doc: 'Kay, coming...where's Carey?
Neelix: Who? The generic extra is over there. Oh look, he's gagging.
Doc: Uh oh, there's a time difference. It's not daylight savings time, is it?
Chakotay: We're screwed.
Janeway: Don't worry, I have a plan that won't work.
Seven: There's the problem. It's a temporal explosion thingy.
Torres: Captain, it's a time bomb!
Janeway: Okay, that was just stupid. Oh well, we're about to explode anyway...
Kim: I'm detecting a guakitron level of .003!
Janeway: That's funny, I conveniently remember that...
Braxton: 'Sup, we need your help to make Voyager not go boom.
Seven: Just one question. Why do you look different?
Braxton: Continuity schmontinuity.
Ducane: For some reason, we can hide your implants with this.
Seven: My implants? But without my implants the fanboys...oh, you mean the Borg implants.
Kim: Reading a guakitron level of .003!
Janeway: Have you said anything else this episode? Oh well, let's check it out.
Chakotay: But aren't we in the middle of a battle?
Seven: 'Sup, you don't recognize me.
Janeway: Yes I do.
Seven: Crap! Oh well, I need your help.
Seven: Whoa! If you're planting the bomb in Season 2, how come it was
already on the ship before it was launched?
Braxton: Dunno. We figured that if we screwed up continuity with other episodes, it was okay to screw it up within the episode too. Now I'm leaving!
Seven: Lemme follow him.
Braxton: How 'bout if you chase me around the Voyager from the earlier
Seven: Why are we back at the ping-pong game? It was boring enough the
first time! Oh well, I'll shoot you a couple times, nothing will happen, and
you'll run away.
Braxton: 'Kay, I'm gone!
Seven: Hi, other Seven, gotta go! Do me a favor and chase him.
Seven: All right. This might be a little confusing, but the next scene's worse!
Seven: Seven to Seven, 'sup?
Seven: Got 'em.
Seven: That was easy...there he goes. Later!
Ducane: Finally, a non-Seven line! 'Sup Braxton, you suck, go to jail.
Braxton: Can I pass go and collect $200?
Ducane: 'Sup Janeway, we need your help to push this really big reset
Janeway: Why me?
Ducane: Don't ask me, I guess the writers thought it would be cool. Anyway, later!
Janeway: You're arrested.
Braxton: Crap, crap, crapcrapcrapcrap....
Ducane: Thanks, don't talk about this. Oh, and Braxton was right, you
Janeway: 'Kay, later.
(Janeway and Seven beam back at Ludicrous Speed)
Act 1: Seven upon seeing Janeway ducks into a the Briefing Room. She is in contact with Starfleet crew from the future (Lt. Ducane of the Relativity). They are in search of a temporal disruptor. She reports that so far she cannot find it. Soon Janeway and the Admiral enter into the briefing room and asks 7 what she thought of the Briefing room. 7, who is trying to avoid contact with Janeway, replies that it is an efficient design. Seven leaves as she tries to avoid any further contact with 7 of 9. Janeway and the Admiral continue the tour which includes visiting the Doctor in his pre-warm-type-of-guy days in the Delta quadrant. Meanwhile 7 is still trying to find the temporal disruptor runs into Lt. Carey. He basically tries to pick her up while she's working. He says that he would see her later and she responds "Unlikely." In this scene she gives her name as Anna Jameson. & moves off into a Jefferies tube where she locates a temporal signature on deck 4 section 39. She removes panel and with her Borg implants sees the temporal disruptor. She contacts Ducane and informs him that she's found it but she can't deactivate it as it is out of temporal phase. She's in the wrong timeframe. They know where the weapon is but not when it was placed there. Meanwhile Carey detects an offline EPS relay and Janeway and the Admiral goes to investigate. through the same Jefferies tube that 7 is in. The hatch is locked. Janeway and the Admiral realize that there must be an intruder when they detect a chronoton flux of .003 from inside the tube and they go on security alert. 7 realizes that they have detected her but Relativity can't beam her out as she's too close to the weapon. The Capt of the Relativity (Capt. Braxton, the same from "Future's End" then orders Ducane to beam her out despite his warning that her bionetic implants can be damaged and kill her. Her does it just as Janeway and the Admiral open the tube hatch from another location. 7 materializes on the Relativity but then collapses and dies because of the damage to her implants.
Act 2: Braxton decides to "recruit" 7 again from the time line. Ducane warns that this could harm her that she could suffer temporal psychosis or neural damage. Braxton replies that she and and all on Voyager will be destroyed if they don't. They decide to go back to the time just before Voyager is destroyed by the disruptor. The scene now switches to the present. Paris challenges 7 to a game of ping pong along with Kim and Torres. Meanwhile Janeway and a few members of the crew are coming down with a case of space sickness (maybe related to the temporal disruptor). Later during the ping pong game, the ball mysteriously freezes in mid-flight. there's a mystery to be investigates. This leads to the discovery that Voyager is fracturing in time and space because of temporal distortions. The cause is unknown but it is coming from deck 4 section 39 (the same location as in act 1). Janeway orders 7 and Torres to investigate while Tuvok tries to reinforce the force fields to keep Voyager together. Torres and 7 locates the disruptor but the crew can't beam it off the ship. Just then the hull starts to demolecularize and part of the ship "explodes" in a temporal explosion. Kim detects the chronoton flux of .003 just as Ducane and a couple of his men beam aboard Voyager to look for 7. Meanwhile 7 and Torres try to escape the time distortions that are engulfing the ship when Torres vanishes because of the temporal effects of the disruptor. Janeway then realizes that the chronoton flux is exactly the same that she detected at the shipyard 5 years ago and knows that it's not a coincidence. the effect becomes too much and Janeway orders abandon ship. The ship is destroyed just as Ducane and his men find 7 and transport her off Voyager.
Act 3: Braxton explains to 7 where she is (29th Century on board the Fed. time ship Relativity) and why he needs her (to use her implants to locate and destroy the device). He also reveals to her that she had been recruited twice before and that she had met with "accidents." They now know when the temporal disruptor was placed...during a battle with the Kazon. The saboteur infiltrated Voyager during the battle while the shields were down and the internal sensors were off line and placed the disruptor. Braxton then orders Ducane to prepare her for the mission and to educate her about different time paradoxes (including a Dali Paradox, the Pogo Paradox (7 talks about the example of this when the Enterprise goes back to stop the Borg from interfering with Zephram Cochran's flight in "First Contact.") After a final briefing, Braxton transports her in a Starfleet uniform and with her implants hidden to Voyager while the ship is under attack by the Kazon.
Act 4: Voyager is under attack by the Kazon and there is much confusion all around as 7 heads to engineering and to the location of the disruptor. Kim detects the chronoton flux of .003 as 7 is beamed aboard. Janeway remembers when she saw that reading last, two years ago in dry-dock. Meanwhile, 7 doesn't find the temporal disruptor nor the saboteur but she lays a trap in the location that it's supposed to be. Janeway orders a force field around the area that 7 is located. Seven knows she's been detected and she's been cut off from Ducane and the Relativity who can't get through to her. Janeway and security locate 7 and immediately recognizes her as the ensign who called the briefing room efficient. Janeway is very skeptical of 7's explanation. Ducane and Braxton are listening in on the conversation hoping that 7 would not reveal who and what she is. This would corrupt the time line. Tuvok realizes that she's Borg. Finally 7 tells the entire truth about how she got there. At the same time alarms go off on Relativity indicating that the time-line is corrupt because of what 7 had said. Also the trap that 7 had set is sprung. 7 and Janeway go to investigate and discover that it's and aged Capt. Braxton that has set the disruptor.
Capt. Braxton is suffering from temporal psychosis and he blames Capt.
Janeway for it. that is why he is sabotaging Voyager. 7 tries to stop him
but Braxton activates the disruptor and disappears. Relativity tracks the
older Braxton to Utopia Planitia and Relativity sends 7 after him despite
the risk to her life of multiple time transports. 7 chases Braxton to
Voyager at Utopia Planitia right past Janeway and the Admiral. All this
while Relativity is tracking multiple time line corruptions as 7 is
chasing the older Braxton. The older Braxton time jumps again to present
day Voyager. The younger Braxton orders 7 to jump to that time despite
that she's suffering from temporal narcosis. The younger Braxton is
starting to get rattled by all the time jumps and the damage to the time
line. 7 and the older Braxton run through the earlier ping-pong game
getting everyone's attention including the present day 7. At this point
time traveling 7 is dying because of the time shifting she going through.
Time traveling 7 explains the situation to her present day counter part
and dies. The younger Braxton decides that Relativity must intervene
directly because of all the damage to the time line and to the objections
of Ducane who is beginning to have deep misgivings about Capt. Braxton's
mental state. Meanwhile Paris and Kim are chasing the older Braxton to the
bridge. Janeway recognizes him. The older Braxton accuses Janeway of being
a threat to the timeline as 7 enters the bridge with a 29th Century phaser.
At this point Relativity appears from a temporal rift and Capt. Braxton
hails Voyager. The older Braxton tries to convince his younger self to
join him in destroying Voyager. Ducane then arrests the younger Braxton
for crimes that he will commit. The conflict is resolved. Later Ducane
reveals that he will take both Braxton's back to the 29th Century to face
the problems he had created. Relativity leaves but not before Janeway asks
if they would ever get back to Earth...he reveals nothing. The episode
ends with Janeway and 7 trying to figure out a time paradox which drives
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