Deadlock (Star Trek: Voyager)

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"Deadlock"
Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 21
Directed byDavid Livingston
Written byBrannon Braga
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Production code137
Original air dateMarch 18, 1996 (1996-03-18)
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"Deadlock" is the 37th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 21st episode of the second season.[1] In this television show, part of the Star Trek franchise, a Federation ship is stranded on the opposite side of the Galaxy as Earth in the late 2300s. On its way home the starship encounters many species of aliens and outer space phenomenon. In this episode their ship is split into two versions of itself sharing the same power source, while being attacked by a species of organ harvesting aliens known as the Vidiian.

Plot[edit]

Voyager diverts through a dense nebula to prevent detection from two nearby Vidiian planets. As they exit it, the ship hits subspace-turbulence and suffers from power-failures. B'Elanna Torres prepares to begin a series of photon-bursts to keep the antimatter-reaction in the warp-engines alive; however, Voyager is bombarded with proton bursts from an unknown source. The bursts cause systems to fail across the ship, hull ruptures, and casualties, including the loss of Harry Kim through a hull breach and the newborn Naomi Wildman due to failures in her life-support system. Kes, en route to provide medical attention for the wounded, disappears through a space-time rift. As the crew recovers, Torres discovers there is air on the other side of the rift, and believes that it may be possible to rescue Kes. The bridge crew is forced to evacuate the bridge as it is engulfed in flames, but as she leaves, Captain Kathryn Janeway sees a ghostly image of the bridge-crew, calmly at their stations.

The viewer is then shown the immaculate bridge of Voyager, where that version of Janeway watches a ghostly image of herself evacuate the bridge. This Voyager has not suffered from any ill effects, but is aware of a duplicate Voyager due to Kes's arrival through the rift. The respective crews are able to make contact with each other, and conclude that upon exiting the nebula, Voyager and its crew were duplicated as a result of a space-time rift, creating "quantum doubles". However, this did not replicate the anti-matter, and both ships are suffering from power-losses.

The two crews first attempt to merge the ships, but the effort is unsuccessful. Janeway from the undamaged Voyager crosses through the rift along with the duplicate of Kes. The two Janeways meet to discuss options, recognizing they would not be able to have the entire crew of the damaged Voyager evacuate to the undamaged one without creating a quantum imbalance. Janeway from the damaged Voyager states she will initiate a self-destruct of her ship to allow the undamaged one to regain power. Janeway from the undamaged ship asks her counterpart to delay the start of the self-destruct by 15 minutes to devise another option, and returns to her ship via the rift.

The undamaged Voyager is attacked by Vidiian ships; due to the lack of power, the ship is vulnerable and soon Vidiians appear on board the undamaged Voyager and begin harvesting vital organs from the crew. The damaged Voyager appears to be undetected by the Vidiians. Due to this fact, Janeway from the undamaged ship orders her Kim to collect baby Naomi Wildman and escape into the rift to the damaged Voyager, and then begins a self-destruct of her Voyager; the explosion destroys the ship and the attacking Vidiians, leaving the damaged Voyager free and returning to normal power-reserves. Kim returns Naomi to her mother, and ponders whether this is really his Voyager.

Production[edit]

Writer Brannon Braga was initially inspired to create an episode with a strange narrative structure, and the team felt like they needed a more action heavy episode. A similar episode was proposed, unsuccessfully, for Star Trek: The Next Generation and executive producer Jeri Taylor noted that difficulties that the writers encountered on that episode informed the structure of Deadlock. They decided to focus the story on the two Captain Janeways and their interactions,[2] resulting in what actress Kate Mulgrew described as "the most arduous and possibly the most satisfying work I've ever done, technically".[3]

The episode initially ran short, leaving the crew to shoot for extra days and write in extra material.[2]

Reception[edit]

"Deadlock" had a rating of 9/10 on TV.com, the highest of season 2 of Voyager.[1] It had Nielsen ratings of 5.8 points when it debuted in 1996 on UPN television.[4] It was later voted the favourite episode of the second season during a fan poll.[5] Similarly Star Trek Monthly ranked the episode with 4/5 stars, and Cinefantastique 3/4.[6][7]

Den of Geek considers it one of the most brutal Voyager episodes and included it in there Voyager viewing guide in 2017.[8] The Hollywood Reporter listed it in there top 15 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.[9] In 2015, SyFy rated it among the top ten of Voyager episodes.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Star Trek Voyager". TV.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (1996). Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages. Little Brown and Co. ISBN 0316883549.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Star Trek Voyager: Season 2 (DVD). 18 May 2004. Special Features.
  4. ^ "Star Trek Voyager: Nielson Ratings Season 2".
  5. ^ Dave Archer, ed. (August 1996). "30th Anniversary Issue". Star Trek:Communicator. No. 108.
  6. ^ "Star Trek Voyager". Cinefantastique. Vol. 28. p. 102.
  7. ^ John Freeman, ed. (August 1996). "Star Trek Monthly". Star Trek Monthly. No. 19. Titan Magazines. p. 93.
  8. ^ Juliette Harrisson. "Star Trek: Voyager: an episode roadmap". Den of Geek. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  9. ^ Aaron Couch and Graeme McMillan (23 September 2016). "'Star Trek: Voyager' — The 15 Greatest Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Granshaw, Lisa (2015-01-16). "20 years later: Our top 10 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2019-02-23.

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