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Star trek: Voyager 3.08a - Coda

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Captain Katherine Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) finds herself in a time loop with ever more terrifying consequences. Chakotay (Robert Beltran) is with her and they repeatedly crash their shuttlecraft on a planet. Her father, Admiral Janeway (Len Cariou) appears to her to gently explain that she has died and that she must let her crew pick up their lives and continue without her at the helm...

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
  • Len Cariou .... Admiral Janeway
  • Jeri Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Nancy Malone .... Director

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Oh yeah!

This is an intense, dramatic and emotional episode that literally made me cry. It's not perfect, time loops not being my preferred plot device, but the effects of Janeway's death on the crew are a must-see. The acting is really, really good; it's intense as all buggery, wonderfully so.

Of course, we all know that Janeway isn't dead - Star trek is innovative, but not that innovative - so how can she think she's dead? How can her dead father appear to her? Either she's delusional, or her father isn't what he seems. Given that there's no point in writing a story about someone who's delusional, that means her father is someone or something else...

This one of the best Voyager episodes so far.

FYI: A coda is the closing section of a musical composition, often seen in the score as a little piece of music tacked on the end...

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September 2004

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