Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 16, 1995
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
UPN TV Network

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Star Trek: Voyager » Season 4
Star Trek: Voyager - 04x08 Year of Hell, Part I

4x08 Year of Hell, Part I

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4.5/5 (2 votes)
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.

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Main Characters in this Episode



Guest Stars

Chakotay played by Robert Beltran
B'Elanna Torres played by Roxann Dawson
Tom Paris played by Robert Duncan McNeill
Tuvok played by Tim Russ
Harry Kim played by Garrett Wang
Obrist played by John Loprieno
Annorax played by Kurtwood Smith
Ensign Brooks played by Susan Henley

Episode Quotes

Captain Kathryn Janeway: That watch represents a meal, a hypospray, or a pair of boots. It could mean the difference between life and death one day.
Annorax: You're a long way from your world. In a manner of speaking, so am I. Unfortunately, only one of us can go home again.
The Doctor: [holding a speech at the inauguration of the Astrometrics lab] Who would have thought that this eclectic group of voyagers could actually become a family? Starfleet, Maquis, Klingon, Talaxian, hologram, Borg, even Mr. Paris.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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, previous on the series, his activation date has been established to be on 48308, most notably "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) {Projections (#2.3)}.
  • 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 (anachronisms): When Kim and Torres are trapped in a turbolift, the establishing shot shows the top of the turbolift from inside of the turboshaft. This is a re-use of a shot from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {Disaster (#5.5)}, as the turbolift doors are orange. Voyager's doors are black/silver.
  • 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 (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During one of the first attacks, Chakotay checks on an injured crew member and says that she is dead. Moments later when Captain Janeway asks for a damage report, Tuvak stats that there are 15 injured but does not report any crew dead. Tuvak is very thorough and would have included the dead crew member on the bridge in an official damage report.

Trivia

  • The Astrometrics lab is unveiled in this episode.
  • Before portraying Annorax in this episode's two-parter, Kurtwood Smith previously played the Efrosian Federation President in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Thrax in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Things Past".
  • Captain Kathryn Janeway's birthday is May 20th.
  • The basic methodology of Anorax's weapon is almost exactly that used by the 'Eternals' in Isaac Asimov's novel 'End of Eternity' (1955). The key difference is that the Eternals are affecting particular centuries of Earth's history (including suppressing spaceflight) rather than the entire galaxy.
  • In one scene, Seven of Nine tells Harry Kim and B'Elanna Torres of the Borg being 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.
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