Star Trek: Voyager

"Future's End, Part II"


Air date: 11/13/1996
Written by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Directed by Cliff Bole

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

"Divine intervention is unlikely." — Doc

Nutshell: Silly fun, but rather uneven. Not the skillfully plotted wrap-up I had hoped for.

Very rarely, it seems, does the second part of a Trek two-parter live up to the first. Such is the case with "Future's End, Part II," which has plenty of good moments but only adds up to an okay overall show. This half of the episode is, in a word, "entertaining," but it doesn't nearly display the even-handed movie-like effectiveness that part one did.

There are some amusing gags in this wrap-up, but that's about all they are—gags that prove enjoyable enough to get a few grins but add up to relatively little. That's too bad. "Future's End I" had a solid, efficient story structure, and it seemed the writers knew exactly where they wanted to go with part two. "Future's End II," however, merely delivers us a host of partly disjointed events that border on non sequitur. If the key word to the first half was "orderly," then the key word to the second half is "uneven."

Like most story resolutions, the outcome is hardly in doubt. Will the Voyager crew stop Henry Starling from causing the temporal explosion that will destroy Earth in the 29th century? Will Voyager inevitably wind up back in the 24th century Delta Quadrant? Is water wet? Admittedly, those aren't very fair questions since we know the answers, but the problem with the answers "Future's End II" supplies us is in the "how," not the "what."

This episode starts off just fine, as Starling begins interrogating Doc (after having "kidnapped" his program in part one) for information about Janeway's plans. Featured here—and long overdue—is a line actually acknowledging Doc's memory loss from "The Swarm." While I'm glad they finally mentioned it I'm still pretty irritated that this entire issue has been reduced to one mere line of dialog. Now I'm beginning to wonder why they even bothered at all. If I knew they would follow up on it later I might feel better, but Voyager continues to sorely disappoint in the show-to-show development department.

But I digress. Starling decides that now that Voyager has discovered him, he has to move fast. Using his 29th century technology, Starling has Doc wear a portable holographic device that allows him to be projected anywhere—including outside—so that Starling can hold him hostage when dealing with Tom and Raine. (If that sounds weird just read it once again and trust me.) In addition, Starling fools the Voyager crew at almost every turn. At one point Janeway actually has Starling locked behind a force field on board the Voyager—but he uses his own transporter and escapes. At another point, Tom and Raine follow a semi-truck that they think is carrying the time ship all the way into the desert—but it's all a trick, faked by Starling and his gadgets.

This is probably the most interesting aspect of the show—the fact that no matter what the Voyager crew does, Starling always seems to have another card up his sleeve—another surprise waiting to be unveiled. There's something to be said for the way the writers reveal Starling as a step ahead of the game—more than we or the Voyager crew expect. True, maybe it's all because he has the technological advantage, but that's not the point. It adds an extra element to the conflict, which attempts to keep things interesting.

This show is every bit as plot-driven as part one was. Unfortunately, the events don't flow nearly as nicely from one scene to the next. One stretch includes the unnecessary need for Starling to "get rid of" Raine (hence the botched hostage negotiation). If he's ready to go back to the future (or whatever) and the Voyager is already onto his plan, why does he even need to care about Raine?

I'll admit that's fairly minor. What is not minor, however, and really hurts the flow of the story is a pointless B-plot in which Torres and Chakotay crash-land their shuttle and are held captive by a militia of anti-establishment fanatics. What does this have to do with anything? As far as I can tell, Torres and Chakotay are captured merely so they can be rescued by Doc and Tuvok several scenes later. But in the meantime this entire idea is nothing more than a distracting digression used to pad out the episode. It's almost as if the writers ran out of material relevant to the main plot and came up with this instead.

And the main plot itself is a little overly stocked with action movie cliches. Some sequences appear to be paying homage (or satire or something) to those bad B action movies that are always filmed in and around L.A. Fine and dandy, but I still want to know what happened to the smart, efficient story of part one. Sure, some of these cliches are amusing with a twist—like the idea of a car chase with an exchange of phaser-fire. But others tend to push it—like one where Tom and Raine are in a van with an engine that conveniently dies and then refuses to start, just as the thug comes barreling down the road toward them going 50 miles an hour in a semi-truck. (I did, on the other hand, enjoy the shuttle coming out of nowhere to play deus ex machina by phasering the semi cab to pieces). And the obligatory and completely forced "Raine and Tom kiss after they barely escape death" is worth several demerits if you ask me. How many action movies has this been recycled from? Four or five hundred? These are the kind of forays into the obvious I feared when I heard Jeri Taylor's allusions to "contemporary settings" and "car chases" several months ago. (I did, however, enjoy the rather nifty sight of Starling ramming the time ship through the top floor of his own skyscraper—that was cool.)

While I don't have any major objections to the ending, it just wasn't as interesting as it could've been. I guess the main complaint I have is that after two complete episodes of setup I had hoped that averting a temporal disaster wouldn't come down to something as crude as blowing Starling and his stolen time ship to bits with a photon torpedo. (Besides, if Starling is so smart, why didn't he have his shields up?) And once the disaster is averted, along comes Captain Braxton again, who has appeared from the future to return Voyager to the 24th century where it belongs.

And when "Future's End" began toying with paradoxes this time around, my fun turned into confusion. Even though I liked part one's idea of a time loop with no discernible beginning or end, I was a tad perplexed here when Braxton showed up again, apparently now having been spared all effects of the time line manipulations from part one. (Does that mean the old Braxton on Earth simply vanished like Marty McFly in Back to the Future?) Hey, whatever. The idea of a "Temporal Prime Directive" preventing Braxton from sending Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant seemed sensible enough, and proved ironic considering how many times the conventional Prime Directive tends to pop its head up on Voyager.

Still, one thing bugs me: If people in the 29th century can truly monitor time, then why didn't Braxton just figure out what was going on and fix it in the first place? I can buy that he traced Voyager's involvement in the destruction of Earth in part one, but the idea of "time sensors" brings up a host of troubling new implausibilities—and I'm not willing to reach quite that far into the bag of tricks. If time can be so easily manipulated, then history means nothing, and I don't think I like the implications of that.

I also wonder about how "ethical" it is for Doc to keep the portable holo-emitter since it really belongs in the 29th century. While I like the idea of Doc finally getting out of sickbay, I don't see why the writers didn't just do it under the original intent of Torres and Harry's rigged holo-emitters toyed with in "Projections" and "Persistence of Vision."

Ah, but who cares? I'm probably a fool for even attempting to scrutinize the ridiculous time games presented in "Future's End." It's all in silly fun. By pure plot structure (which is about all we have to go on here, really), the first half is much more engaging than this half is—which is probably the only point I really want to stress here. Average these two shows together and you'll come up with a three-star rating. Sounds about right to me.

Previous episode: Future's End, Part I
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53 comments on this review

Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 4:09pm (UTC -5)
How the heck did Harry get Hobo Braxton's schematic when transporters were down?!
Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 4:27pm (UTC -5)
Oh yeah, and it sure was fun making fun of those silly militia guys who thought that the government was moving towards fascism, wasn't it? The '90s were a hoot! Boy, this episode really shows its age!!
Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 5:04pm (UTC -5)
LOL, after dissing Tom for saying "groovy" in part one, Rain calls Tuvok a "Freakasaurus". Also, wouldn't the militia guy's shotgun damage the Holodoc's mobile emitter? Oh, and hell the heck did Starling's minion turn that 18-wheeler around so quickly - and with a flat tire!! Also, I think that the person who made the call not to make Rain a permanent character deserves a medal of some sort. FINALLY, this episode made it clear that a "temporal integrity commission" exists in the 29th century that intervenes whenever something gets mucked up in the timeline. WHERE WERE THEY IN "ENDGAME"?? Now, thanks to Janeway violating the Temporal Prime Directive, the Federation has transphasic torpedoes, "deploy armor", and that phaser and cloaking technology that they never showed us! (Janeway should have been thrown in prison for violating the TPD, but she got a promotion!) Also, why didn't Captain Braxton make the holodoc give up his 29th century contraband? Did he also take the "20%" of Voyager's computer files off the Chronowerks mainframe and put it back into Voyager? Ok, I'm done, I promise.
Dirk Hartmann
Tue, Apr 8, 2008, 1:58pm (UTC -5)
I absolutely disliked the concept that it's already settled that there will be a "federation" in the 29th century and that they master time travel at will. Sorta takes out the tension of many things ... I have to admit that I still liked those 90 minutes on a pure "fun level", though.
Sun, Oct 18, 2009, 8:35am (UTC -5)
I'm also glad the Doctor acknowledged his memory loss. I'll have you notice that "Future's End" was filmed right after "The Swarm" (regardless of the aired order) so it makes more sense to watch the episodes in production order for that reason.
Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 6:40pm (UTC -5)
Shouldn't voyager have automatically returned to the 24th century since the past/future was altered by them? If the initial meeting with Braxon never happened then why would they be in Earth orbit?
Latex Zebra
Mon, Apr 19, 2010, 8:01am (UTC -5)
Fun episode but talk about put yourself in a corner with the invention of the 'Temporal Integrity Commission' who basically should have put a stop to all this Time Travel shenanigans a long time ago.
Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
You are somewhat right, Paul. This episode presents a different interpretation of temporal causality than "Time & Again" did. In both cases, there is a temporal paradox "loop" (A leads to B leads to C leads to A). In "Time & Again" everything was erased once the loop was averted, but here the crew retains their memories, the Doc's emitter, and their position in the space-time continuum.
Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 8:59pm (UTC -5)
In "The 37's" the crew specifically made sure to have only human crew members (or Kes, who "can easily be made to look human") present when they wake up Amelia Earhart and the others. They should have taken the same care here, instead of sending a Klingon-foreheaded woman to Earth. Or the Doctor could have surgically altered Torres, the way Dr. Crusher put Silly Putty on Paul Sorvino's nose in "Homeward."
Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Obviously the writers didn't know at this point the specific manner in which the series would end, other than "Yeah, they'll get home." But knowing what we know now -- and given what Captain Braxton surely knew from his history -- it would have been cool if his insistence on returning Voyager to the Delta Quadrant had been based not on a vague "Sorry, Temporal Prime Directive" but on a more specific "You have important work to complete in the Delta Quadrant" (i.e., the "crippling blow" they dealt to the Borg on their way home).
Fri, Oct 1, 2010, 5:00pm (UTC -5)

"Also, I think that the person who made the call not to make Rain a permanent character deserves a medal of some sort."

Was something like that actually under consideration? What, were they going to bring her back with them, a la Gillian Taylor? That would have been lame, and not only because Sarah Silverman is so annoying.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
I just wonder why Janeway didn't initiate time warp by slingshotting around the sun. It worked for Kirk and co. several times. Janeway could've had the crew home that much sooner. Oh well.
Tue, Nov 1, 2011, 12:11am (UTC -5)
You don't even need to slingshot around the sun. Just go at almost-light speeds (using non-warp drive, of course) and relativity takes care of the rest.

As for the temporal paradoxes, I assumed that they changed nothing - the piece of Voyager found in the 29th century was, of course, the torpedo. Braxton at the end could have simply been earlier in his life than when he encountered Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. I'm pretty sure I remember more episodes with Braxton, so perhaps some of this is dealt with then.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Starling was such a well conceived villain, it's a shame he couldn't have become a recurring one.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012, 6:42pm (UTC -5)
I know some people can't stand Sarah Silverman and I certainly understand why. But I like her. She's a good egg, she CAN be funny, and yes, she's got that adorable smile. Like her or not, though, the Raine character got short shrifted. Here comes Tom Paris who represents everything she's ever dreamed of - he's smart, attractive, mysterious, and shares not only her interest in science and astronomy, but her taste in pop culture as well. They have an intellectual bond and a shared attraction. And not only do they both love B-movies, but he's suddenly thrown her into the middle of one. Complete with lasers and time travel.

What I'm saying is she has 2 different motivations to do more than just shrug and say "your space ship's waiting" at the end. If the writer's really wanted to take a risk she could have stowed away on the shuttle somehow. An even bigger risk would have been Tom actually hiding her and dealing with Janeway, Chakotay, and Tuvok's fallout later.

OK, so it's far fetched and goofy, but anything's better than Neelix, right?
Sat, Apr 27, 2013, 7:15pm (UTC -5)
I'm sorry but I really don't much enjoy these time travel back to Earth stories in any Star Trek series. The only exception is City on the Edge of Forever from TOS. The reason that episode is good -- and that's an understatement -- is because it treated the past seriously. Every episode since has just been an excuse to play us for cheap grins and giggles. I found this no different.
Tue, May 28, 2013, 6:58pm (UTC -5)
I just watched this again. When Torres and Chuckles are flying around with Starling in their transporter buffer, Harry says, "We're close enough to use the short-range transporter," and so they do, beaming Starling to Voyager. Why not beam up Torres and Chuckles too, let the shuttle crash, and then return later to destroy or retrieve it? They could have at least said, "Oops, the short-range transporter crapped out after we beamed up Starling. Bummer."
Lt. Yarko
Sun, Jun 16, 2013, 12:18am (UTC -5)
>> I just wonder why Janeway didn't initiate time warp by slingshotting around the sun.

That would have ended the series. But, yeah. I kept thinking the same thing. You'd think the writers would have done something to address that option.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 10:25am (UTC -5)
I have the same issue here as I had with "Realm of Fear" from TNGS6...that a person in mid-transport can carry out activities. There, they had Barclay being able to "See" , and later, "grab" something while being transported, and here Starling is able to combat his transport while he is's all completely absurd.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
As I mentioned in my comment on the first part of this two-parter:
I ... HATE ... time travel episodes!

You guys have amply reminded me WHY I hate them - there's just no end to the things that end up make no sense ...

The mother of all time travel problems in Trek presents itself for the first time (I think?) in this two-parter: if there's a Temporal Prime Directive in the 29th cetury, why the heck haven't we seen it being enforced during all the crazy stuff happening throughout the dozens and dozens of Trek time travel episodes (the series Enterprise not really withstanding, since the Time Travel "Cops" are an integral par of that series)?

Why, oh why, can't the writers think about ridiculously obvious stuff like this before sending a script to the printers? "Oh, it doesn't really matter if it all makes sense, as long as we're having fun watching it!"

Madness? This ... is ... STAR TREK!
Thu, Mar 20, 2014, 7:23am (UTC -5)
What they should have done was to find a place that would remain undisturbed into the 24th century. Then they all go into suspended animation - they've had that technology since the time of Khan. When enough time has elapsed, they wake up and head back to Earth.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014, 8:25pm (UTC -5)
The first episode was excellent, so it's all the more painful to see how poorly written and directed the second parter was. It's just a collection of badly written, awkwardly connected sequences.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014, 1:34am (UTC -5)
I can't understand how Jammer thinks that Starling being always one step ahead is upside of the episode. I found it to be really irritating. Ok, I know he had a lot of time to learn and play around with the 29th century technology and thus, he has a lot of tricks to play.

But I think the episode just overplays it. Downloading the Doc is one thing, having him projected in a second is another. Silly silly. How easy he scapes from Voyager is also annoying.

I agree that the plot B was pointless and also badly executed. In the end, this second parter was a mess. Quite bad. But with decent ending.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 11:24pm (UTC -5)
K/Elvis that is an amazingly clever idea!
It would be great if it was adressed, only to be rejected with a reason "what if they find us, scan us somehow? it would pollute the timeline".

Of course, they would know where to hide, because they would in retrospect know which planet was not thoroughly checked in thei earth neighborhood.

Sat, Aug 2, 2014, 1:41pm (UTC -5)
"I'm sorry but I really don't much enjoy these time travel back to Earth stories in any Star Trek series."

Totally agree with that. I love time travel episodes, just not these past-earth ones. And for some reason they kept making them two-parters.

The one thing I'll give to this one is, at least they didn't just happen to bump into historical figures like Time's Arrow.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 11:47pm (UTC -5)
The second part played out here more or less as expected without offering little more in the way of ingenuity. Any sense of whimsy and adventure from the first part gives way to more Voyager-by-the-numbers plotting. The cat and mouse aspect where Starling seemed to be always one step ahead was entertaining, though, and most characterizations from the first part continued to be successful.

Enjoyable enough, but, ultimately underwhelming on follow-through.

2.5 stars.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 9:03pm (UTC -5)

"The one thing I'll give to this one is, at least they didn't just happen to bump into historical figures like Time's Arrow."

As we all know, ST:TWOK, ST:TSFS, and ST:TVH became a trilogy without the producers' intending that. I thought it was cool that they almost came full circle, because Khan was alive when the crew was looking for whales in 1986. Kirk could have said, "Hey, let's bump off Khan while we're here and none of this shit will ever have happened."
Wed, Sep 3, 2014, 8:25am (UTC -5)
@navamske - But if the Enterprise wasn't exiled on Vulcan when the probe reached Earth it would have been really, really bad. In some ways, Khan saved Earth!
Mon, Sep 15, 2014, 7:28pm (UTC -5)

"But if the Enterprise [crew] wasn't exiled on Vulcan when the probe reached Earth it would have been really, really bad. In some ways, Khan saved Earth!"

Yes, that's an excellent point, and it applies to the Jar Jar Abramsverse too. I can't see that there was anything about Nero's incursion to the past, creating an alternate timeline, that would keep the whale probe from showing up on schedule. It was a unique set of circumstances -- including Spock's reeducation after having died -- that allowed the crew to give the probe what it wanted, circumstances that aren't likely to occur in the new timeline. Old Spock should be telling Fake Spock, "You guys had better haul ass back to the twentieth century and pick up a couple of whales if you know what's good for you."
Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
When Starling finally gets into the timeship near the end of Part II, he controls it with voice commands and it replies to him. It would have been cool and maybe even a little hilarious if Starfleet/Federation ships in the twenty-ninth century were still using the Majel Barrett voice.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 9:56pm (UTC -5)
Okay, if they could scan time in the future why didn't Braxton know what he was doing before?
Later they bring him back and destroy continuity and let him remember!
Time travel episodes are really pushing the absurdity to new levels and should best be forgotton and left in the "past."
Of course, that will never happen as long as Trek continues...
Sat, May 23, 2015, 12:03am (UTC -5)
I remember watching this late at night, UPN before bed time. Voyager did not age well. 12 year old me loved it, especially when Jeri Ryan showed up in her domme suit.

This episode is every bad Voyager plot device: shuttle crash, fun with time, paper thin villains that make Snidely Whiplash seem deep, awful modern day stereotypes (courtesy of plucky white science girl and the conveniently paranoid, racist redneck militia men, ridiculous level Treknobabble and a completely disposable plot line.

One good thing: the mobile emitter giving the Doc a means to leave his confining world, though its just waaay too convenient. I would have preferred they create dramatic tension from the Doc's limitations rather than simply remove the limitations. I liked the early vibes of the Doc teaching Kes medicine because of the very real need for on-site medical care during crises the doc couldn't perform. But no---magical 29th century armband, problem solved.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 2:09am (UTC -5)
The second episode is a bit much to be sure. But, I like that the writers push the envelope. The mixture of silly action, sci-fi mumbo jumbo and witty dialogue is too irresistible for me. Sometimes a story can have too many plot points and ridiculous situations and somehow it all works. In my view, easons for the success of the spisode include: the unpretentious nature of the conceit, the enthusiastic performances of the actors and the good intentions of the characters. Good stuff.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 2:11am (UTC -5)
Sorry, I meant to type "reasons" for the success of the episode near the beginning of the last sentence, not "easons."

Sat, Jul 11, 2015, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Like you, Eli, I liked this episode a lot more than Jammer did. Some specific points of disagreement:

--I thought it was really interesting to bring in '90s politics (which have come around again, with people like rancher Bundy), even if it wasn't fundamental to the overall plot.

--I loved the Tom/Raine romance (like Justin, I'm a Sarah Silverman fan and was really impressed by how well she did outside her usual comfort zone), so I was all in for the farewell kiss.

KoshNaranek, you complained about "awful modern day stereotypes (courtesy of plucky white science girl and the conveniently paranoid, racist redneck militia men". I'm a bit older than you, Kosh, and I remember the mid-'90s. There were a lot of those types around, especially out West (I lived in Colorado and remember one guy who refused to get a drivers license and spouted some constitutional claim about a "right to travel" if he got pulled over by the cops). For that matter, we've seen a resurgence in such nutters in recent years. That rancher Bundy and all the people who came to his aid, f'rinstance; oh, and the people who are convinced Obama's using military maneuvers in Texas as a cover for a takeover and martial law.

P.S. Kind of wild how they totally killed Starling's bodyguard/truck driver.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015, 5:42pm (UTC -5)
I won't blab too much here.

Once again, "part II" doesn't live up to "part I"

I too wondered why Voyager needed to be taken back to the 24th century.

Doc get's the mobile emitter, initially named "autonomous self-sustaining mobile holo-emitter" ... lol

Tons of great lines here. This one was particularly funny:

"PORTER: They've got lasers! A black man and some bald guy.
(The EMH enters. Porter and Butch's bullets go straight through him.)
PORTER: God in heaven help us.
EMH: Divine intervention is unlikely."


Voice activated time ships. I guess voice recognition or some other type of identification isn't available in the 29th century.

All in good fun, but not as good as part 1.

3 stars for me.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015, 9:24am (UTC -5)

"autonomous self-sustaining mobile holo-emitter"

Autonomous Self-Sustaining mobile HOLo-Emitter, or ASSHOLE
Tue, Oct 6, 2015, 11:36am (UTC -5)

LOL!!!!! nice!
Tue, Nov 10, 2015, 4:31am (UTC -5)
Kosh, you wrote:

"(courtesy of plucky white science girl and the conveniently paranoid, racist redneck militia men,"

Can you tell me where in the episode the anti-government militia man is portrayed as in any way racist?
Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 3:21am (UTC -5)
When I read the Memory Alpha site regarding this two-parter it was explained it was originally supposed to be four parts! That would explain why this part felt a bit scattered. Scenes felt incomplete and/or hackneyed and didn't flow as smoothly. I noticed that myself.

The producers I guess felt that wouldn't have been good for the ep. But I don't know. Part 1 painted a pretty good picture. I think having 3 more parts would have put it in a much nicer frame than what we did get.

Not to say the episode was bad. But from what I was reading it sounds like a lot of the stuff in this ep that seemed somewhat gratuitous actually had a fleshed out story. I wished they had gone that route.

What we did get certainly filled the time slot but it felt like there were too many things that were supposed to have happened that never did or never fully explained.

In any event the Doctor gets the holo-emitter. It never occurred to me to see the acronym for the whole thing in initials. Good catch! Had to laugh at that. Reminded me of the BFG 9000 for the Doom series.

I don't know how Sarah Silverman would have fit in on the show if they had pushed to make her a regular. As Raine she reminded me vaguely of Ensign Sonya Gomez. Lycia Naff wasn't a bad fit for Enterprise but she did seem a bit...willful. Plus after seeing her in Total Recall there was no chance she would ever be recalled back to the Enterprise. Even when Jean-Luc was Locutus.

I don't think Raine would have been as bad. She wouldn't be taken for a fool but I don't think she would be so willful, either. But I still don't see that happening with the whole Temporal Prime Directive and all.

Speaking of which I had to mention poor Capt Braxton. His story would come to a sad but entertaining end in S5's Relativity. Didn't help that Janeway took it upon herself to break the Temporal Prime Directive when it suddenly became inconvenient. If only Capt Ransom knew what Janeway had done when she was busy sitting on her moral high ground judging what he had done in S5/6's Equinox. (His actions were an abomination btw. But Janeway's in Relativity could have changed time and history. Twice if you remember Endgame.) Temporal Prime Directive = the hell with it! And she still gets promoted to 3 star Admiral.

Strange that she would get promoted over Picard. I can only assume he didn't want the promotion. I still shake my head in disbelief at that scene in Nemesis where she's giving him his marching orders.

Ed Begley Jr played a pretty good self centered atypical CEO using his veil of 'willingness to help humanity' as a means to achieve global and financial power. I don't think his character would have been perceived any differently even if this was a four parter.

Overall I can give this one a mild 3 stars. I wonder what grandiose treatment it would have gotten if it had been extended to it's original four parts tho.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015, 1:07pm (UTC -5)
I love watching Chakotay talking to the militiamen, "I used to think violence was the answer". Then the next thing this ex-Maquis terrorist does is needlessly destroy a truck with his shuttle, killing the driver and, had the timeship been inside as they thought, probably blown up California as well. And let's not forget that at that time, the truck only posed a danger to Rain's abandoned VW camper. But that's what you'd expect from a man of peace isn't it? I wouldn't mind so much about what he said if it wasn't so random and disconnected from how he acts.

Also, in hindsight from "Unity" anyway, was the brief appearance of Ensign Kaplan. Nice bit of rare continuity there and I liked that she had to show the Doctor where to go, who up to now had to reason to know where anything outside sickbay was.

Don't get why the Doctor got to keep the mobile emitter, unless Braxton just time dumped Voyager back to where it was and didn't bother scanning it for any anomalies? Afterall, his ship and its goodies were intact, the mobile emitter came from the version that blew up.

And about the comment that said the part of Voyager found in the explosion was the torpedo that destroyed the Aeon; nice idea, but Braxton stated that it was part of the secondary hull he found. I doubt much of anything of a torpedo casing would survive the matter/antimatter detonation anyway.
Diamond Dave
Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 8:15am (UTC -5)
Continues in much the same vein as part one - fast moving, fun and exciting. Not every day a truck gets taken out by phaser fire. And the survivalist interlude, at least, gives us the Doctor being fired at to comic effect.

On the debit side it's still hard to credit Starling with the technological know how to be one step ahead all the time, and the time travel stories always make your brain ache if you try to work them out - so was all the 29th century tech and the Voyager database still on the computer in Starlings office or did that never happen in the new timeline.....? 3 stars.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
Starling is quite a thief. He even resorted to ripping of Berlinghoff Rasmussen's plan from "A Matter of Time". Too bad "A Matter of Time" is light years better.

2 - Mostly for the interesting backdrop and Sarah Silverman being a cute breath of fresh air.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
now tis us sci fi(****)
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 9:08am (UTC -5)
A number of people have commented about the 29th century federation being able to monitor and interact with time. I don't really see the problem with this. I imagine that the Temporal Prime Directive would be much more stringently upheld than the PD (at least I hope so).

The 29th century federation intervened because events initiated in the 24th (and 20th) century wiped out the whole solar system. This is obviously a mammoth event that they would have to try to prevent. There's no reason to assume that they are going to act as a time police force, correcting every time incursion. Indeed, from their vantage point in the future they can see that the events in other time-related episodes were rectified or caused little harm to the timeline.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 8:25pm (UTC -5)
Not a fan of this episode AT ALL. So much so I did an immediate google search to see if anyone else agreed with me.

Thank you for creating this review site.

Love Star Trek! Especially TNG and Voyager (hence going back and watching yet again)

My main problem is the ridiculous plot holes. The villain being able to have such a high level of understanding of future tech. The horrible dialog, especially the 'uh-oh' death line. I was cringing the whole time.
Paul Allen
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
"Oh yeah, and it sure was fun making fun of those silly militia guys who thought that the government was moving towards fascism, wasn't it?"

And those self-same militias are probably the same ones who just voted a Fascist into power, who will work against their interests over the next four years.

Fun indeed!
Paul Allen
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
"Divine Intervention is unlikely"

"Suffice to say, I'm making a housecall"

The Doctor steals the show every episode he's prominent in!

Wed, Dec 28, 2016, 5:53pm (UTC -5)
I have to side with the haters here--2.5 stars is far too kind for this episode. I'll just mention my nonredundant gripes:
* Ed Begley is weak as the villain. He did not convey the ruthlessness or menace that character needed to convey, nor the intelligence to master 29th c. technology.
* Allan Royal is pathetic as the muscle.
* that car chase sequence looked cheap
* usually in Star Trek when characters go up against some kind of prophecy caused by time travel, they come to realize that their efforts to avert the foretold disaster are the actual cause of it. I guess it's good this episode did not go back to that well, but resolving the situation by shooting a torpedo at Ed Begley actually seems worse.
dave johnson
Wed, Jan 4, 2017, 2:30am (UTC -5)
See, Trump supporters have been around since the 90's!!!!!

Those guys kidnapping Chakotay and Torres were hilarious in light of what we saw at Trump rallies this past year.

Best out come of this was Doc's emitter. It completely revolutionized what they could do with him, and we got a lot of great acting from Picardo in the 2nd half of the series.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 1:00am (UTC -5)
I forgot to mention last episode, but Neelix and Kes watching soap operas was the first time I actually found the two cute together. And they break up next episode.

"Look, I may be a guerilla fighter but I'm also an Indian, so I have to be all about peace and love man! Oh look, that's the truck with a ship that's supposed to blow up, shoot it!" God, Chakotay sucks.

It's fun, but way too many people acting stupid for the sake of plot. And while Starling was fun, I thought Rain was just kinda annoying. That "freakosaurus" insult was kinda funny, but still something you would expect an 11 year old girl say, not a grownass scientist.
JP White
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Yanks said

"I too wondered why Voyager needed to be taken back to the 24th century."

Well they couldn't take themselves back there, they were out of place time wise.

Having averted the temporal explosion in the 29th Century, Voyager is now in the wrong time and place. Most of the time anomalies were cleared up by Voyager by stopping the ABCA time loop from repeating itself, but clearly they can't get back to where they started on their own. Hence the time police had to give them a nudge. Staying the the 1990's would distort the past too much (and hence the future), they had to be removed from that timeline.

It was destiny that voyager break the ABCA time loop. When they did, things start to return to normal.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Makes sense JP. I guess my point was why couldn't they just pluck Voyager back by Earth?

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