4x08 Year of Hell, Part I
First Aired: Nov. 05, 1997 on UPN
Summary: Stardate: 51268.4
Voyager becomes ensnared in one man’s obsession to change history, in order to restore the past he wants, and the wife he lost.
Main Characters in this Episode
Annorax: If I told you to count the stars in the cosmos - would the task ever be complete?
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Erased from history.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Seven, we could use a little of that Borg efficiency right about now.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In his inaugural address, the Doctor says that he was first activated on stardate 48315. However, in previous episodes, his activation date has been established to be on 48308, most notably in second season's "Projections" (#2.3).
- Goof (plot holes): After erasing the Garenor civilization from history, Obrist reports that the Krenim Imperium has reverted to a pre-warp state. If that were true, the Krenim warship Voyager had been dealing with at that time should have vanished completely, not just diminished in size. Unless the Krenim in that timeline are so bold to venture into deep space in primitive vessels without warp drive, to confront other, more powerful ships, which seems unlikely.
- Goof (plot holes): Emergency escape pods are designed for use only in an emergency. They do not have warp drive so they could never reach another star in less than a few decades. They have limited propulsion and extremely limited food, water, and oxygen supply. At best they could keep their crew alive would be for days or perhaps a few months. The plan to use them to fly toward the alpha quadrant is actually worse than staying on voyager.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Tom Paris makes two incorrect statements when discussing the steamship Titanic with Captain Janeway & Chakotay. First, he tells them that the Titanic's transverse bulkheads were designed to "drop into place" should the ship sustain damage. Not true - these bulkheads were secured steel walls built directly into the ship and were not designed or capable of moving in any way. Second, he tells them that the Titanic's transverse bulkhead design would allow the Titanic to stay afloat even if "half the ship" was full of water. Not true - the Titanic was designed to stay afloat with any two of its 16 watertight compartments (separated by the aforementioned bulkheads)fully flooded, or even the first four forward compartments fully flooded (the Titanic sank because at least five of the forward compartments were opened to the sea). Obviously, "half the ship" represents much more area than five watertight compartments and so Tom Paris' statement is way off.
- Captain Kathryn Janeway's birthday is May 20th.
- 47-references: like previously in "Before and After", the temporal variance of the chroniton torpedo lodged in the ship is 1.47 microseconds. Coincidentally, Seven determines that variance on day 47.
- This was originally supposed to be the third season finale. There were some minor rewrites, with many of Kes' lines given to Seven of Nine.
- In one scene, Seven of Nine tells Harry Kim and B'Elanna Torres that the Borg were present when Zefram Cochrane launched his first warp-driven starship. She claims it is "complicated" when they ask her to elaborate. This is an acknowledgment of the events of Star Trek: First Contact, in which the Borg travel through time to assimilate Humans and remove their resistance.
- This episode (together with "Year of Hell: Part 2") was inspired greatly by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea". The name of the character Annorax was derived from the main character of that story, Pierre Aronnax.