Having traveled 4,000 light-years in a matter of minutes and with the Diviner left safely behind (for now), the kids find they have some downtime where they can take a breather. They discover the holodeck and its array of simulations, one of which is the Kobayashi Maru exam, which Dal is convinced he can ace as a demonstration of his leadership prowess (weak laugh).
This is the episode in which the overconfident Dal is thankfully taken down a notch, thanks to his repeated (more than 100 times) failure of the Kobayashi Maru simulation. He doesn't know that it's unwinnable, which makes every one of his efforts a potential teachable moment, except it takes him a very long time to learn the lesson at hand.
In the process, we get the ingenious idea of Dal being able to staff his holographic crew from a roster of based-on-real-Starfleet all-stars, like in an EA Sports game. So we get the bridge populated with mix-and-match characters from different shows including Spock, Uhura, Odo, and Crusher. The dialogue is pieced together from the vast library of Star Trek episodes (as well as new dialogue recorded by Gates McFadden). Dal's rescue ship is the Enterprise-D, because why not? It's a clever way of playing the nostalgia/callback card in a way that still makes perfect story sense within the larger lesson of humility this provides for young Dal.
The episode also finds time to deal with Gwyn's dilemma: She has left behind her father and everything she has ever known, and now she's sad as she contemplates her uncertain place and life aboard the Protostar. In a flashback to 17 years ago, we learn Gwyn was actually genetically engineered in a moment of the Diviner's desperation, intended to continue the search for the missing Protostar in the event of his death. (But how did the Diviner survive for so long if he was so badly weakened back then?)
Hologram Janeway's attempts to access data files that might explain how the Protostar ended up in an alien mine deep within the Delta Quadrant are met with lockout restrictions — which Gwyn is somehow able to unlock. The mystery surrounding the Protostar is intriguing, if a bit muddled. If the Protostar had already been missing for "years" as the Diviner said 17 years ago, what does that mean concerning the time frame of the revelation at the end? We learn Chakotay was captain of the ship before it was boarded and presumably lost. Does this mean poor Chakotay was somehow stranded in the Delta Quadrant for a second time? Where is he now? And for how long?
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