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Star trek: Voyager 5.12b - Relativity

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Episode propaganda

In an episode that revisits Janeway's (Kate Mulgrew) first day aboard USS Voyager and then fast forwards 500 years beyond it when her ship is destroyed, Captain Braxton (Bruce McGill) of the 29th century Federation Timeship Relativity contacts Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) to go back in time to solve the mystery of who planted the temporal disrupter which ultimately destroyed the USS Voyager. But when the new starship Captain, Janeway, catches the mysterious Seven aboard the brand new USS Voyager, she detains her, an interference that could contaminate the timeline.

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Bruce McGill .... Captain Braxton
  • Josh Clark .... Lieutenant Carey
  • Dakin Matthews .... Admiral Patterson
  • Jay Karnes .... Lieutenant Ducane
  • Nick Sagan .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Bryan Fuller .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Eastman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Oo-weee-oo... talk about special effects to stop your heart!

The opening scene of Relativity is a quick pan through the Utopia Planitia shipyards over Mars. The Utopia Planitia shipyards over Mars! It is simply breath-taking. Then, casually, the shot flows toward an Intrepid class ship, registry number NCC 74656: USS Voyager. Cut to the interior and who materialises on the transporter pad? Captain Kathryn Janeway and the bun of steel. You know that this is going to be a fun episode.

Then to make the show even more interesting, Admiral Patterson takes Janeway on an inspection of her new baby: class nine warp drive, tricyclic input manifold... sigh... the technobabble co-efficient of half the planet just jumped twelve points. You also get to see why no-one thought much of the EMH when it was first activated in the Delta Quadrant (to quote Janeway, "Its personality could use some work.") - it's all the history stuff you wish you could've seen in Caretaker.

But you want to know about the story. Well, fasten your seat belts, there's a few zillion temporal anomalies ahead. Relativity revisits everyone's favourite time traveller, Captain Braxton, the hard headed Starfleet officer who lost his ship to Bill Gates... oops, I mean Henry Starling... and ended up being stuck in the 20th century for 30 years until Janeway destroyed the timeline.

From this point you get a whole heap of 29th century technobabble to drool over (including LCARS workstations to die for), plenty of running around and a pretty good mystery that you won't solve until about half way through, at which point you want to know how they manage to catch the miscreant given the plethora of new timelines that are being created.

While Timeline episodes are almost as dodgy as Holodeck episodes (I said almost), Relativity is better than par. The effects alone make it worthwhile but the story is well crafted, the histories and future histories are fascinating while Seven of Nine puts on a Starfleet uniform and takes off her implants. Even without the catsuit she's still a babe.

My final opinion: this is a good episode that's well worth watching, so do.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 2 December 1999

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