Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 21

The Omega Directive (15 Apr. 1998)

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Voyager's sensor detect a rare particle theoretically capable of damaging subspace and nullifying warp travel. Under a classified directive known only to Starfleet Captains and above, ... See full summary »

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Voyager's sensor detect a rare particle theoretically capable of damaging subspace and nullifying warp travel. Under a classified directive known only to Starfleet Captains and above, Janeway leads Voyager on a mission to destroy all traces of the particle. Seven of Nine is hesitant to destroy the Omega particle, remembering the Borg revered it as the embodiment of perfection. Written by Meribor

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Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) went into labor during the production of this episode. That is why B'Elanna is seen in Engineering towards the beginning of the show, but is strangely absent when Captain Janeway briefs the senior officers during the special meeting about Omega. See more »

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When Janeway joins Seven in the cargo bay 11% of the particles has been destroyed. 70 seconds later and with no break in the scene, it's at 18% and Janeway says "this could take hours". However at that rate, it would take only around 15 more minutes. See more »

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Voyager Computer: 0600 hours. Regeneration cycle complete.
Seven of Nine: Daily log, Seven of Nine, Stardate 15781.2 - Today, Ensign Kim and I will conduct a comprehensive diagnostic of the aft sensor array. I have allocated 3 hours 20 minutes for the task, and an additional 17 minutes for Ensign Kim's usual conversational digressions. I am scheduled to take a nutritional supplement at 1500 hours, engage in one hour of cardiovascular activity. Then I intend to review a text the Doctor recommended, entitled 'A ...
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The Perfect Particle
8 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In this stand alone episode when the captain receives a classified message about something called "The Omega Directive" she discusses it with nobody on the crew apart from Seven of Nine who knows about Omega due to her time in the Borg Collective. Omega is a molecule which so unstable that a single molecule can explode causing major damage and destabilising warp fields for several light years. Because of this Star Fleet standing orders state that where found it must be destroyed. From her time in the Borg Seven has a different opinion, viewing Omega as perfection. As they get closer to the source they realise they they aren't dealing with one molecule but far more than they can destroy easily. Janeway briefs the senior crew and she takes an away team down to an alien research facility to take the Omega particles while Seven builds a containment device. The aliens protest that the particles are needed to power their civilisation which is on the brink of collapse, however the Omega directive requires Janeway to ignore the prime directive and destroy the particles anyway.

This was a good episode which can be enjoyed out of order. It was good to see Seven get a chance to hold a position of responsibility and for her to repay that trust by following her orders even though that means destroying what is the Holy Grail for the Borg. It was also interesting to see that there are conditions where the prime directive can be overruled.


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