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Star trek: Voyager 7.06a - Shattered

Stardate 54360
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Episode propaganda

A temporal anomaly strikes USS Voyager, hitting Chakotay (Robert Beltran) point-blank and splitting different areas of the ship into different time-frames from its history. After the Doctor (Robert Picardo) creates a chronoton serum to counteract the effects of the temporal bolt, Chakotay finds he is the only member of the crew that has free range of the ship. Forging alliances with crewmates from Voyager's past, present and future, Chakotay must find a way to set events back to normal.

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
  • Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
  • Martin Rayner .... Dr Chaotica
  • Martha Hackett .... Seska
  • Nicholas Worth .... Lonzak
  • Mark Bennington .... adult Icheb
  • Vanessa Branch .... adult Naomi
  • Anthony Holiday .... Rulat
  • Terrell Clayton .... Andrews
  • Scarlett Pomers .... Naomi Wildman
  • Tarik Ergin .... Satan's Robot, Lieutenant Ayala
  • Michael Sussman .... Storywriter
  • Michael Taylor .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Terry Windell .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Before and after meets Shades of grey. Shattered is not as good as the former and nowhere as bad as the latter. Thank the goddess for small mercies.

Season Seven being the final part of Voyager's... ummm... voyage... there is a lot of revisiting going on: tidying up a few loose ends, tying up a few loose threads. The original series didn't get the chance to do this on TV because it was cancelled between seasons, fortunately it managed to wrap things up with a few movies. The next generation didn't do anything, perhaps because they figured they'd have some movies in which to do it. Deep Space Nine answered almost every question that you needed to know because they had to: you can't leave a war un-won (or un-lost).

The first rule of writing fiction is to finish all wars because war is too big a question to remain unanswered. War affects whole countries, whole continents, planets, star systems, galaxies... teraquads of people. If you don't find a winner for your war there will be too many people for whom life is a mystery, even if you provide happily ever afters to all the characters mentioned in your story. "Closure" applies to the largest number, with decreasing value given to less important characters. A mere million spear carriers score higher than any handsome hero.

There wasn't much point to that rant but it did have some nice alliteration.

This is Chakotay's guaranteed episode for the season and it looks like no-one had any ideas what to write, so Shattered is what you get. It's entertaining and there are some really good points made about character's... ummm... characters... but don't expect to write home about this one.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 7 September 2001

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