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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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.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Seven, we could use a little of that Borg efficiency right about now.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Captain's log, Stardate 51268.4 - This morning's attack destroyed the power grid on deck eleven. No casualties this time. But the replicator system was badly damaged. We've gone to emergency rations. As a result, the situation has gotten a little worse. Environmental controls continue to fail. Seven decks have been rendered uninhabitable, and we've had to relocate the crew. Quarters are close, nerves are frayed, and I'm not sure what's more difficult to maintain - Voyager's systems or the crew's morale. What's important is that we're together, working towards a single goal: survival.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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): Tom Paris makes an incorrect statement when discussing the steamship Titanic with Captain Janeway & Chakotay. 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.
  • 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 (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 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.
  • 47 references: like previously in "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) {Before and After (#3.21)}, the temporal variance of the chroniton torpedo lodged in the ship is 1.47 microseconds. Coincidentally, Seven determines that variance on day 47.
  • The third-season show "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) {Before and After (#3.21)}, in which Kes travels through time, gave a preview of this show by showing a time-line in which Voyager had already been through the "Year of Hell".
  • The events of this episode take place between March 16th and May 28th, 2374, ending on day 73. Day 65 = May 20.
  • The Astrometrics lab is unveiled in this episode.
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