Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 8

Year of Hell: Part 1 (5 Nov. 1997)

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Voyager comes across a Krenim timeship that is wiping whole species from existence by changing the existing timeline.

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The third-season show Star Trek: Voyager: Before and After (1997), in which Kes travels through time, gave a preview of this show by showing a time-line in which Voyager had already been through the "Year of Hell". See more »

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In his inaugural address, the Doctor says that he was first activated on stardate 48315. However, previous on the series, his activation date has been established to be on 48308, most notably Star Trek: Voyager: Projections. See more »

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Obrist: Temporal incursion is complete. All organisms and man-made objects have been eradicated.
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Excellent Temporal Causality Loop Episode
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This episode was previewed in "Before and After" -But we really get to see the results of the Krenim's Time-Incursions here, in this excellent 2-parter.

Some say that 7-of-69 being there instead of Kes, is some kind of Inconsistency, but it really is not, if you consider the entire storyline - These Krenim are changing TIME. Ergo, they must have been changing time for the entire Voyager series, up to now. Therefore, we got to see a version of Year of Hell where Kes discovered the time displacement instead of 7-of-69. But since then, the Krenim's own meddling has changed that original story, and this is completely consistent with "Before and After".

The Kremin attack Voyager with Torpedoes which have a time variance, much the same as how the Enterprise D destroyed the Microcentrum Lifeforms on Dividia Two. Voyager must needs make a defense against these, and this required someone to see one of these torpedoes and scan it with a tricorder. In Before and After, this was Kes. Here, it is 7- of-69.

But the result is the same - After Voyager is protected from further Timeline Incursions, their internal Timeline remains the same. This prevents Janeway and Torres from being killed in this version of events.

Kurtwood Smith is 'Annorax" - a Krenim Time-Scientist who has been performing these Incursions for 200 Years - But he has an ulterior, personal Motive. I suppose this story is much like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" where Annorax becomes Nemo as well, as well as "Captain Bligh" - There is a very Nautical Theme underlying these episodes.

Another thing we can discard as "Inconsistency" is that if Annorax was doing this for 200 years, he may indeed have started sometime after the very last scene in this two-parter. He could have built his Time Weapon at any moment after the Magic Reset Button Phenomenon. But the ending of this dual episode shows, maybe he made a different decision within that timeframe- And this explains how he could have been doing it for 200 years of his internal time, because the Time Weapon was not existing and operating within our concept of time. What I garner from the ending, is that he decided not to build it in the first place. So, he built it but he also did not build it. Quantum Theory explains how both and neither could have happened.

In the Original Trek Universe, Timeline Incursions always get the "Magic Reset Button". It is only since 2009's Trek, where the changes were not set back. This same concept was used in Fringe Season 4. But time always has some kind of "Rubber band Effect" where at least one person becomes aware of changes - In Next Generation, this was Guinan, in Fringe, it was Peter Bishop.

But we can see here, not all of the Voyager timeline was reset back to Pre 7-of-69. If that had happened, then 7-of-69 would not have been on Voyager, and Kes would have returned. Obviously, this could not happen because Jennifer Lien had been unceremoniously and cruelly FIRED from Voyager, which caused that actress to quit acting.

This is how Politics can affect Time.


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