Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 2

Flashback (11 Sep. 1996)

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Captain Janeway participates in a mind-meld with Tuvok reliving his experiences on the SS Excelsior under the command of Captain Sulu at the time of the "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" movie.



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Episode credited cast:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jeremy Roberts ...
Helmsman Lojur (as Boris Krutonog)
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Captain Janeway participates in a mind-meld with Tuvok reliving his experiences on the SS Excelsior under the command of Captain Sulu at the time of the "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" movie.

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Michael Ansara is cast as 'Kang' in this episode. This is the third Star Trek series that features him in the same role. The first was in Star Trek (The Original Series) Season 3 Episode 7, Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968); the second was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 2 Episode 19, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blood Oath (1994). See more »


Lieutenant Tuvok says "I felt an obligation to fulfill it." A Vulcan would not *feel* an obligation. See more »


[first lines]
[Neelix has made Tuvok a glass of juice]
Neelix: Enthraxic citrus peel, orange juice with just a hint of papalla seed extract. An experimental blend.
Lieutenant Tuvok: The success rate of your culinary experiments has not been high.
Neelix: Ensign Golwat tried some yesterday, and she thought it was delicious. In fact, she had a second glass, and she never has seconds.
Lieutenant Tuvok: Ensign Golwat is Bolian. Her tongue has a cartilaginous lining. It would protect her against even the most corrosive acid.
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Features Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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Beautifully Made Homage to Star Trek VI
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of COURSE this was a Brannon Braga script. Sometimes he got it, sometimes he missed. Mostly here in this episode, he got it, and I applaud this. But I say Mostly - Because he did blow it with wrong details.

So this episode was produced at the same time the great Homage to Trouble with Tribbles was being made for Deep Space Nine. As a Voyager episode, it is above average, as a 30th Anniversary(?) Trek Celebration, it is acceptable. A few story elements were slightly out of alignment, but overall, the whole episode was very well done.

So Tuvok is being buffeted by a recurring past memory - A Memory he never had. But what does this memory have to do with his memories of being on The Excelsior 80 years earlier, during the time of the Khitomer Conference and Kirk's incarceration by the Klingons? Well for that you would have to watch it.

What I will state here regards the recreation of the Excelsior Bridge. This is not the same huge Bridge Module that James B Sikking sat at the command chair of in "Star Trek III: The search for a better actress to play Saavik" - This is a Bridge with Captain Sulu in the chair. The Production Crew magnificently recreated the Hexagonal Pedestal which held Sulu's Coffee Cup - But now, we get to see that it was actually Vulcan Tea poured by Tuvok.

George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney reprise their roles as Sulu and Rand, who is now doing what Uhura used to do. We also have some of the rest of the same actors who were on that Bridge in Star Trek VI - Including Jeremy Roberts as "Lt. Valtane" and the Helm Officer, Helmsman Lojur (Boris Lee Krutonog) - We even have a visit from our old friend Micheal Ansara as KANG- Sitting comfortably on the Bridge of a Klingon D-7 Battle Cruiser recreated in all of it's glory. Except now, as in Deep Space Nine, he has his Brow Ridges like Worf- Who ever DID explain why some had ridges and some didn't in "Trials and Tribbleations".

So that Excelsior Bridge, merged with a few outtakes of the explosion of Praxis, gave us a believable recollection. Except that Valtane was standing on the Bridge with the rest of Sulu's Crew at the end of Star Trek VI, and not dead as he was in this episode. So I'll just assume Braga was writing Voyager as another Alternate Universe story like he liked to write about, one in which Valtane got Killed by an exploding conduit.

Other than that, well - We have to find a "Delta Quadrant" conundrum in which to explain why Tuvok must needs Mind Meld with Janeway - And as we had never seen a memory recollected by a Vulcan IN Mind-Meld-Mode, perhaps this is what it looked like. The Delta Quadrant Conundrum was pretty weak, but the Excelsior Backstory was not. But I won't remove any stars for Braga's Botching up of Canon Events. Overall, this was a better offering than some of other Voyager plots, which mostly involved some kind of "Plasmatic Energy" - Of which I wonder, is this Energy caused by Listening to "Butcher Baby" by The Plasmatics? I must have laughed myself silly the first time I heard this term used in Voyager.

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