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Mon, Sep 5, 2016, 12:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

First time commenting here, but I felt I really needed to get this out there, and this seemed to be the most logical place.

While watching "TIMELESS" for the first time with my daughter (both of us being ST and NASA groupies..) I found myself trying to figure out the significance (if any) between this episode and the name of the Galaxy class starship, "Challenger". The air dates did not line up to any anniversary, so I was a little baffled. Then it hit me. While I have no way of knowing if this was intentional in any way, the emotional effect was rather extreme and really seemed to bring the future Harry Kim much more clearly into focus, for me anyway.

Those of us who sat glued to their television screens that January morning, staring in utter disbelief at what was unfolding, will forever be scarred with the deep sense of loss, followed by the usual stages of grief - guilt, anger, and so forth. But I am sure I speak for many when I note that so many 'what if' scenarios continually nag at our conscience even today. And I am sure I am not the only one who would imagine being able to go back in time - or even send a message to the right person - to stop the launch. Or even to jettison the SRB's at the right moment, anything that would prevent the loss of the Shuttle and her crew. Did the engineers at NASA, Thiokol, and other contractors continually run and re-run calculations, desperately trying to find the flaws? How many hours of sleep were lost, how many tears were shed, wishing over and over that that one little piece of information would be found, heard and acted upon?

If this is not the hidden story behind the episode, then perhaps it should have been. How better to immerse the viewer into the world of 'method acting' than to re-live that sense of connection and unimaginable loss that Harry Kim would have no doubt experienced, to the point of complete obsession?

Just an observation.....
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