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Star trek: Voyager 3.01b - Flashback

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In this tribute to Star trek's 30th anniversary, Tuvok (Tim Russ) repeatedly suffers a frightening hallucination. When the Doctor (Robert Picardo) cannot help the Vulcan, Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) volunteers to participate in a hazardous mind meld. The experience takes them 80 years into the past, to the time of Captain Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) and the USS Excelsior...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien .... Kes
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • George Takei .... Captain Hikaru Sulu
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... Commander Janice Rand
  • Jeremy Roberts .... Lieutenant Dimitri Valtane
  • Boris Krutonog .... Helm Officer Lojur
  • Michael Ansara .... Kang
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Yay! Sulu takes centre stage!

While the means is dodgy we can forgive it for the end. Back we go to the explosion of Praxis, the Klingon moon used for energy mining. This is the same time that the last of the old guard films (The undiscovered country) was based in: the (ostensible) end of Klingon/UFP hostilities. What we get to see is what happened in the background, on board the Excelsior.

Remember the Excelsior? White carpet, cups of tea, chunky uniforms, Commander Rand, "Shields, man! Shields!" Ahhh, those were the days. Now we get to see it from the point of view of the junior officers (a bit like The next generation episode Lower decks), in this case Ensign Tuvok and (via a judicious mind meld) Janeway. The whole Talochian Schism (Tuvok has a mental problem, therefore the meld) is pretty much irrelevant in view of the fun and games that the cowboy diplomats got up to. Watch, enjoy, live long and prosper.

Here's to absent friends.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September 2004

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Janeway and Kim's conversation
Janeway: Those were very different times, Mister Kim... Captain Sulu, Captain Kirk, Doctor McCoy - they all belonged to a different breed of Starfleet officer. Imagine the era they lived in: the Alpha Quadrant was still largely unexplored, humanity on verge of war with the Klingons, Romulans hiding behind every Nebula. Even the technology we take for granted was still in its early stages: no plasma weapons, no multiphasic shields. Their ships weren't half as fast...

Kim: No replicators....

Janeway: .... No holodecks... You know, ever since I took Starfleet history at the Academy I always wondered what it would be like to live in those days. Space must have seemed a whole lot bigger back then. It's not surprising they had to bend the rules a little. They were a little slower to invoke the Prime Directive, and a little quicker to pull their phasers... Of course the whole bunch of them would be booted out of Starfleet today. But I have to admit, I would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that.

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