Voyager encounters a graviton ellipse, a phenomenon that emerges from subspace on rare occasions. The anomaly engulfed a manned vessel during a Mars mission in 2032 and Chakotay is ... See full summary »



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Voyager encounters a graviton ellipse, a phenomenon that emerges from subspace on rare occasions. The anomaly engulfed a manned vessel during a Mars mission in 2032 and Chakotay is determined to retrieve the debris from inside the ellipse. Chakotay, Paris and Seven take the Delta Flyer in, but when an asteroid strikes, Chakotay, obsessed with retrieving the module, disobeys Janeway's order to leave. The collision renders the Flyer flightless as the ellipse prepares to return to subspace. Written by Meribor

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Directed by Robert Picardo. Who plays voyagers doctor/E.M.H. See more »


In the opening scene, John Kelly seems to be referred by rank twice. The first time, they call him "lieutenant". A few sentences later, they call him "commander". Kelly was the mission commander, holding the rank of lieutenant. Both forms of address are accurate. Whether or not one would be used more than the other is another matter. The rank of Commander is derived from this. See more »


Lieutenant John Kelly: Mission Control... Dad... whoever finds this... do me a favor. Take all the data I've collected... put it to good use. I hope you don't look at this as a failure. I don't. Actually, I do have one regret: I never found out... who won the World Series.
Lieutenant John Kelly: [breathing heavily] I'm tired. I can't...
[transmission ends]
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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Misunderstood Themes
14 September 2011 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

This is a misunderstood episode. One reviewer has said it would be expected if Tom acted irrationally but not Chakotay. It was explained that the Mars missions were a passion of his so yes he would be wanting the module and put it ahead of their well being. Meribor another reviewer says "And Seven brings the body back all for them to bury him in space. I think Kelly would've rather stayed with his ship, his dream." Anyone who has been in the service will know that the burial at the end is a high honor. The speech shows that seven is growing as an individual and connected with someone else. This episode is deep on many levels. You have to have some sort of analytic mind rather than "oh it's a show that makes you think. I won't like it." These people are explorers and will put their lives in danger to gain knowledge.

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