Whilst trying to avoid the Vidiians and fix a mysterious drain on the ship’s antimatter reserves, Voyager finds itself in real trouble when it is bombarded by proton bursts from an unknown ship. As damage to the ship mounts, and both Harry Kim and Ensign Wildman’s newborn baby lose their lives, an unexpected culprit emerges – a duplicate of Voyager.
Even though the premise of this episode is technobabble of the highest order, it’s actually a pretty solid instalment of Star Trek. It has everything you want from the average episode of your favourite sci-fi franchise – characters dying and being replaced by their doubles, spatial rifts, subspace weirdness, and a twist at the end. Sure, I’d probably see it coming nowadays, but at the time I wasn’t expecting the badly damaged Voyager with a dead Harry Kim to be the one to survive.
Points of Note
- Obviously we already have to skirt the no-cloning theorem when discussing the transporter, but this episode spits in its face even more by creating an exact duplicate of all the matter on Voyager.
- This episode sees the birth of Naomi Wildman. Unlike the Ktarians seen in TNG, she has horns on her forehead. She will also grow up amazingly quickly, just as Molly and Alexander did before her.
- Apparently Ktarian females have protective scales on their breasts, as their children teeth early.
- In Phage, it seemed obvious that Janeway and Voyager could easily outgun the Vidiians. Here, the Vidiians are more than a match for Voyager.
- If babies can be beamed out of the womb, why do women have to go through the pain of giving birth? Admittedly, it’s not a risk-free procedure, but then neither is natural childbirth.
- Voyager has an ‘emergency encryption code’, whatever that means. It appears to be either an emergency communications channel, a distress code that can only be decrypted/decoded by Starfleet, or some combination of all of the above.
Lost shuttlecraft running total: 4
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 3
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1
Summary – Deadlock: In which Harry Kim does a Miles O’Brien in dying and getting replaced by himself.