Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Blink of an Eye 

Voyager is trapped in orbit above a strange planet where time passes thousands of times faster than in the surrounding galaxy. As the population of the planet evolves Voyager becomes an ... See full summary »


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
Daniel Dae Kim ... Astronaut - Gotana-Retz
Obi Ndefo Obi Ndefo ... Protector
Daniel Zacapa ... Astronomer
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Cleric
Jon Cellini ... Technician
Kat Sawyer ... Astronaut - Tureena (as Kat Sawyer-Young)


Voyager is trapped in orbit above a strange planet where time passes thousands of times faster than in the surrounding galaxy. As the population of the planet evolves Voyager becomes an integral part of their culture. Eventually they develop technology that allows them to send someone to the "Sky Ship". Written by Jonathan Stevenson

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19 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was being prepped for shooting under the title "Wink of an Eye" when production realized that there was already a show called Star Trek: Wink of an Eye (1968). Furthering the coincidence, both stories feature aliens existing at a much faster rate who visit the ship and see the slower crew apparently "frozen". See more »


When the medieval Protector is dictating his letter for the "Sky Ship" (Voyager) to the Elder, the words are written in perfect English. While it's common for Star Trek aliens' speech to be rendered in English for the benefit of the audience, this rule is not supposed to apply to visual symbols. (Except for everyone's mouth movements: technically all Star Trek aliens should have their voices out of sync like a badly dubbed foreign film, but this would be too distracting and irritating to the audience.) It would have been more interesting and logically consistent if the letter were written in some alien script. In fact, this was done later in Star Trek: Voyager: Memorial #6.14. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Paris: That's one planet that never showed up on the multiple choice exam.
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References Star Trek: Wink of an Eye (1968) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Blink of an Eye
15 September 2006 | by ewaf58See all my reviews

A very good episode although it appears to have its roots in an excellent book called 'Dragon's Egg' by Robert Forward. This concerned the discovery of a life on a Neutron star whose development was (compared to the orbiting Earth ship) hyper accelerated. The inhabitants (The Cheela) went from being a primitive civilisation to one that was far more advanced than the Earth ship in the space of a few days.

This is mirrored by the Voyager episode. Perhaps the Star Trek writer did acknowledge Forward in some way just a Gene Coon did for TOS episode 'Arena'.

Still it is very well done and at least the Doctor got to experience a long life down on the planet.

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