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The Road Not Taken 

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The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision.


Gary S. Rake (as Gary Rake)


Seth MacFarlane (created by), David A. Goodman | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn (as Kai Di'Nilo Wener)
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)
Halston Sage ... Alara Kitan
Chris Marroy ... Rebel


In a parallel universe, Ed and Gordon run a pirate shuttle. They are confronted with a spaceship captained by Kelly, who explains with another part of the crew she returned from another time line because they need to set straight the disastrous future resulting from her younger self's return to its past (previous episode) because her memory sweep failed, so doc must follow there to do it properly. First they must deal with the state of humanity reduced to rickety rebels to prepare everything, under Kaylon attack. Written by KGF Vissers

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The masks that are worn in the beginning of the episode are from Captain America: Winter Soldier. See more »


When escaping the Kaylon, John suggests "hiding just below the event horizon" of a black hole, because "light won't escape it", and therefore, they'd escape the view of the Kaylon. Black holes are massive vacuums of matter, and light can only escape them outside of the event horizon, so going below the event horizon with the big ship they're flying would make it beyond impossible to escape it (in addition to making their light impossible to escape it), because they themselves are matter, which the black hole attracts so much harder than just light. An advanced engineer such as John would know this. See more »


Lt. Gordon Malloy: One Twinkie.
[the food synthesizer creates a Twinkie]
Capt. Ed Mercer: Really?
Lt. Gordon Malloy: What?
Capt. Ed Mercer: We almost got killed gettin' this thing and you're having a Twinkie?
Lt. Gordon Malloy: I wanted a Twinkie. You want half?
Capt. Ed Mercer: *Yes* I want half.
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Spoofs Star Trek: Voyager: Timeless (1998) See more »

User Reviews

Best episode of season!
26 April 2019 | by safeJSee all my reviews

This episode appears to "borrow" as much from Star Wars as it does from the Star Trek universe, mainly in the space chase scenes and the great music accompanying these and other parts of the episode. Really quite similar to John Williams' scores for a number of action and sci-fi movies, including the Star Wars sagas. The CGI was 100% better than used in previous episodes this season. The bridge(s) didn't look like cartoons for a change!

I really expected there to be a cliffhanger at the end of this episode, but agree because of the renewal of series unable to foresee, it was felt best to not leave the series hanging in midair. Good blend of humor and other emotions present here. Lot of technical terms used, no doubt mixing pseudoscience with current known scientific principles. Good job Seth, writers and rest of crew.

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Release Date:

25 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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