Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 18

Course: Oblivion (3 Mar. 1999)

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A slight respite seems to be in order but some mysterious force is affecting the very fabric of Voyager itself. To solve the mystery this crew must retrace their steps to see what went wrong.



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Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres tie the knot. The enhanced warp drive is up and running and promises to deliver Voyager home in 2+ years. The honeymoon is put on hold when the new core radiation starts breaking down the molecular cohesion of the ship and it's crew. When B'Elanna dies, Tuvok and Chakotay realize everyone and everything are not the originals; they are the silver-blood copies left behind on the "Demon Class" planet ten months ago. As the crew continues to die, Chakotay tries to convince Janeway to return to the Demon planet, reminding her that Earth is not their home. Written by Meribor

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Except for the final scene, the entire episode takes place on the biomimetic copy of Voyager. See more »


At the end of this episode, Captain Janeway says, "Mr. Paris, resume course." To which Ensign Paris replies, "Aye, Sir." It was established early on in the series that Janeway is addressed by the crew as "Captain" or "Ma'am in a crunch." Paris would never intentionally address her as "Sir". See more »


[first lines]
Neelix: [At Tom and B'Elanna's wedding] Are you sure this rice isn't supposed to be cooked? Steamed? Fried...
The Doctor: The idea is to shower the couple with a symbol of good fortune, not garnish them like a roast chicken.
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Wedding March - piano ([Performance Track])
Performed by Praise Hymn Tracks
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Anybody can die
11 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When this episode opens it is likely that the viewer will think they must have missed a few episodes as Tom and B'Elanna are getting married and Voyager appears to have been using an advanced warp drive that will mean they will soon be back on Earth... then something goes terribly wrong; Voyager is starting to lose structural integrity, and further investigation shows that it isn't just the ship that is degrading; the crew and everything that has been on the ship more than a few months is also decaying. Obviously they will find a solution before any main cast member dies, or so one would think. When B'Elanna dies it comes as quite a shock. As the crew look back at the planets they have visited over the last few months they come to believe they were some how effected when they visited the Demon Planet (Season 4, Episode 24: Demon). It turns out it wasn't the crew of Voyager that was effected as this ship isn't Voyager, this ship and its crew are replicas of the original crew who had no idea what they were until things started to go wrong. Once it becomes clear that this isn't the real Voyager the viewer knows that nobody is guaranteed survival as they try to get back to the Demon planet before the ship disintegrates.

This was a good episode, the fact that is wasn't about the "real Voyager" meant there was a greater sense of danger as anybody could die. The final scene where the real Voyager responds to their distress call was quite tragic; not only did the replica crew not survive but nobody would ever get to know what they had done in their brief lives.

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