Actor Tim Russ is left-handed. Throughout the series, Tuvok always wore his phaser on his right side and reached across to grab it with his left hand. When Janeway visits him in the hospital, he is writing on the floor with his left hand.
This episode is chronologically the latest Star Trek episode to appear on television, with the exception of previous episodes and certain episodes in Enterprise that show events taking place after in the far future or "alternate futures" (as in this episode itself).
Richard Herd has played Admiral Owen Paris in the Voyager episodes "Pathfinder", "Inside Man", "Author, Author", and "Endgame". He also played the Klingon L'Kor in TNG "Birthright, Part I" and "Birthright, Part II".
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Richard Herd (Admiral Owen) is a member of the Enterprise Blues Band, a musical group that writes and performs songs about Star Trek. The other members are Vaughn Armstrong, Casey Biggs, Steve Rankin, William Jones and Ronald B. Moore. Herd plays the gut box bass, kazoo, and sings some of the back-up vocals.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
"Endgame" includes the ninth and final time Janeway "dies" in the series. On this occasion, her older self dies after infecting the Borg Queen with the neurolytic pathogen, and consequently destroying the Borg Unicomplex. The events of this episode also represent the tenth time (aside from the series premiere Star Trek: Voyager: Caretaker (1995)) that the Voyager crew has a possibility of returning home. This is the only attempt that proves successful.
In the Future scenes, Admiral Janeway visits Chakotay's tombstone before she leaves on her mission. According to the tombstone, Chakotay was born in the year 2329 and died in the year 2394 - the same year in which Voyager returned to Earth from the Delta Quadrant in her time line.
Seven of Nine was originally going to die in this one; giving in to her romantic feelings for Chakotay would finally cause a fatal malfunction in her cortical implant. This idea was eventually abandoned.
The main starship classes from all three Star Trek (1966) spin-offs appear in the final shot of the episode. A Galaxy-class starship (the Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)), a Defiant-class starship (the Defiant from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)), and of course an Intrepid-class starship (the Voyager from this series).
Although dealt a crippling blow, it is unclear if the Borg have been defeated once and for all, as the pathogen may not have had enough time to spread (Michael Okuda claims in the Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Special Edition DVD that they weren't). Chronologically, though, this episode marks the final appearance of the Borg in the Trek time line, although they went on to make an appearance in the Enterprise episode Star Trek: Enterprise: Regeneration (2003) which takes place 200 years earlier due to a time travel paradox established in ST:FC.
The producers considered ending the series with Voyager and its crew still stranded in the Delta Quadrant, since the crew had already started to perceive Voyager as their real home over the past seasons. This idea was ultimately scrapped.