Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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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 ... See full summary »



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B'Elanna Torres
Tom Paris
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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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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 »


Chakotay: Do you remember what you wanted to be before you were assimilated?
Seven of Nine: I was assimilated when I was a child.
Chakotay: I knew I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was six.
Seven of Nine: [hesitates, then sighs] A ballerina.
Chakotay: [smiles] Maybe it's not too late.
Seven of Nine: It was a juvenile fantasy.
Chakotay: Those are the ones that stick with you.
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References Dune (1984) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Rather sad and poignant at times.
1 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

The show begins in the early 21 century. A space flight from Earth to Mars is interrupted when a 'gravatron ellipse' appears and sucks the ship out of known existence. Now, centuries later, Voyager comes upon the wreckage of this old ship and Chakotay is determined to salvage the craft--or at least what's left of it. However, when the ellipse appears once again, Chakotay might just get himself and others killed.

This is a bittersweet and enjoyable type of episode with a lot of sad nostalgia associated with it. Phillip Morris stars as the fated captain of the old Nasa ship.

By the way, early in the show the Doctor talks about Arakkis Prime. Arakkis is an inside joke, as it's from Frank Herbert's classic sci- fi novel, "Dune".

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