Shattered (Star Trek: Voyager)
|Star Trek: Voyager episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Terry Windell|
|Teleplay by||Michael Taylor|
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Cinematography by||Marvin V. Rush|
|Original air date||January 17, 2001|
This series follows the adventures of the Federation starship Voyager, isolated tens of thousands of light-years from home. In this episode, a spatial phenomenon causes the ship to be fractured such that different parts exist at different points in time and Commander Chakotay must fight old adversaries in order to get Voyager restored to normal.
Commander Chakotay encounters Icheb and young Naomi Wildman in Cargo Bay 2, where Naomi is enjoying the puzzle the two are playing with, while Icheb is attempting to use it as a teaching tool. Chakotay tells Icheb of his cider stash and how he hopes Neelix will not find it. Icheb suggests storing it with the Borg spare parts as Neelix says they give him the creeps.
Later, a chronokinetic surge from a rift in space interacts with the warp core, and Chakotay is hit with a blast of temporal energy.
He awakens in the Doctor's Sickbay and is astonished to discover the Doctor believes it is now several years earlier. Chakotay explores the ship and realizes that it is fractured into many differing time periods. The Doctor's treatment of him, realigning his body with a chronoton serum, allows Chakotay to pass through the time barriers.
During his exploration, he finds Engineering is under the control of the Cardassian Seska and the Kazon. He is beaten and detained, but manages to escape as the upper level of Engineering is in a different time period altogether. The bridge of the ship is a few days before the Caretaker incident, so Chakotay is regarded as a spy. He is again detained, and ordered taken to the brig. He escapes when the security men who arrest him do not follow him through time, as they have not been injected with the Doctor's serum.
Chakotay gets the Doctor to produce a hypospray filled with the same serum he was injected with. He again finds Captain Janeway on the bridge. Janeway, a guard, and Chakotay talk in her ready room. Despite his knowledge of her past, he is not implicitly believed. He manages to take the Captain hostage and injects her with the serum. They pass through a time barrier, leaving Janeway's guard unable to see her. This convinces Janeway to help Chakotay.
In Astrometrics they encounter an adult Naomi Wildman and Icheb wearing Starfleet uniforms. After recovering from their surprise at seeing Janeway and Chakotay alive - in their timeline, they had died 17 years earlier. After recovering from their surprise, they are able to help Chakotay and Janeway gain additional information about the ship and the temporal disturbances. They devise a strategy to bring the ship into temporal alignment. Icheb tells Chakotay he never revealed the location of the cider.
During the course of this they visit many areas and time periods. Cargo Bay 2 is from when the Borg have formed an alliance with Voyager. They meet Seven of Nine, who is still part of the collective, who also helps them further develop the plan. Their efforts reveal they must inject the serum into the bio-neural gel-packs on many areas of the ship. If successful, Chakotay will find himself in his right time and be able to stop the time-fracturing.
In the process, he refers to several episodes from the past seven years. Janeway begins to second-guess decisions she has not even made yet, especially after learning her human doctor will soon perish. She knows she started with 153 crewmen and struggles with wanting to know how many more she will lose. After witnessing Commander Tuvok's death as a result of the chronokinetic surge, she becomes convinced that entering the Delta Quadrant at all is wrong, as it is a "gigantic deathtrap". Chakotay convinces her not to attempt to alter the timeline to avoid stranding the ship in the Delta Quadrant.
Both Astrometrics and Cargo Bay 2 have provided vital information to the problems, but the next few sections provide many dangers. The Transporter room is in the days immediately after the Caretaker incident and contains Maquis, led by Torres, angry at Janeway's decision to destroy "[their] only way out of the Delta Quadrant". The holodeck, which is malfunctioning, is running Lt. Paris's Captain Proton program, which Janeway must talk herself out of. Again, Chakotay must visit Engineering. He enters it alone. Seska decides to attempt realign Voyager with her time period and use the knowledge of the future to guarantee she will keep control.
It does not work. Janeway had organized a resistance movement from all corners of time and ship. Current Tom, early Harry, the Maquis, future Icheb and Naomi, and Borg-Seven-of-Nine (all injected with Chakotay's serum) help defeat Seska's forces and allow the plan to go forward.
In a few seconds the ship is back to the original time and Chakotay manages to stop the disaster. When Janeway asks him why he ordered B'Elanna Torres to burn out the deflector dish, he says he can't tell her because of the Temporal Prime Directive. Later, Chakotay has dinner with Janeway, who lets on that she knows the location of Chakotay's cider stash but can't tell him how she knows because of the Temporal Prime Directive.
The following previous episodes specifically cover areas of Voyager 's past that are referenced in this episode:
- "Caretaker" - After Chakotay meets the younger Janeway and before confronting the incarcerated Maquis crew
- "Basics, Part II" - The Kazon, with Seska, control the starship Voyager
- "Macrocosm" - The ship is infested with a macrovirus
- "Scorpion" - Borg drones are aboard Voyager
- "Bliss" - The crew has succumbed to the Venus Flytrap creature
- "Bride of Chaotica!" - Paris's program is active in the Holodeck
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