Star trek: Voyager 6.06b - Blink of an eye
Stardate around 53410
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
Episode propagandaAs the USS Voyager approaches a planet with extremely high revolutions, the ship enters a gravometric gradient, pulling it into orbit. A tachyon core has created a space-time differential, meaning that a second on Voyager is a day on the planet. On the planet, much time has already passed since the initial sighting of the "star" which was believed to be a deity.
When Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) receives a transmission from the planet, the message, now centuries old, tells the crew they have insinuated themselves into the planet's mythology. For centuries, this pre-warp society has endured ground shaking brought about by this "Sky Ship." Unwilling to throw their civilisation's belief system into chaos by making first contact, Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) sends the Doctor (Robert Picardo) on an undercover mission to gather clues that may help Voyager break orbit. His holomatrix will be unaffected by the differential. As Janeway prepares to beam him back, she loses his signal...
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
- Daniel Dae Kim .... Pilot First Rank Gotana-Retz
- Melik Malkasian .... the shaman
- Walter H McCready .... the tribal alien
- Obi Ndefo .... Protector Kelemane
- Olaf Pooley .... the Cleric
- Daniel Zacapa .... the astronomer
- Jon Cellini .... the technician
- Kat Sawyer-Young .... the astronaut
- Michael Taylor .... Storywriter
- Scott Miller .... Screenwriter
- Joe Menosky .... Screenwriter
- Gabrielle Beaumont .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
This is an homage to the original series' Wink of an eye with strong overtones of Gravity. In Wink... the USS Enterprise crew are kidnapped to be love-slaves for a species which lives in an accelerated time frame and suffers from severe under-population. In Gravity Voyager watched on as the away team passed three months in a matter of hours at the bottom of a sinkhole. In Blink... Voyager takes on the eye of god mode - literally - as the crew watches their presence obliterate the natural development of a species. Plagiarism aside it's a damned good premise, even for Star trek. The best part is that they pull it off.
Blink of an eye is the anthropologist's Trek. Take your average shamanistic culture, add a new god who actually exists, see what happens. It's the ultimate stickybeak: being able to hang around to see how everything ends up. Having a god who is actually there for all to see, learning that the god is actually a piece of technology, then going to meet those god beings would have an enormous effect on any culture. Generations would be centred on this thing hanging over everyone's heads, never moving, never altering, but always changing how people understand it.
I am thinking that this should have been a double episode so that you, the viewer, would really be able to get inside the developing culture. It would be a wonderful excuse to play with different scenarios, to see the havoc wrought by having the Wizard of Oz revealed as a charlatan. Maybe it could screen at Christmas or Easter...
Ahem, getting back on track... Blink of an eye is a great ensemble episode because it's focussed on the story rather than the characters. Everyone contributes toward the resolution from their own speciality, the way a starship is supposed to be run. You will have noticed that this sort of thing changes when it's some actor's turn to have a storyline to themselves. Actors: can't live with them, can't live without them.
Anyhoo, watch Blink of an eye and enjoy it for all you can.
Security censorship classification
PG (Adult themes)
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS rental and retail: 7 July 2000