When Voyager tries to shorten their journey by using an experimental quantum slipstream drive, it ends with the destruction of the ship and the death of everyone aboard. Fifteen years later, the only two survivors – Harry and Chakotay – return to the crash site in the Delta Flyer in the hopes of changing the past so that Voyager and its crew survive.
Bad things often happen to starship crews, but it’s only when they pass a certain threshold that it becomes permissible for main characters to start messing with the timeline. Timeless is one of those memorable alternate perspective episodes, in which future Harry and Chakotay decide to undo a past mistake that cost them both their ship and their crew. Even though all the elements that go into it are pretty standard for Star Trek, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Best of all Garrett Wang gets to play a different kind of Harry Kim – not the earnest and hard-working ensign, but an embittered and angry man desperate to undo his greatest mistake.
Points of Note
- This episode features a cameo from none other than LeVar Burton, as Captain LaForge of the starship Challenger. Future Geordi wears the First Contact uniform, but with the All Good Things comm badge.
- This episode shows us the size and extent of Seven’s cranial implant, which includes her eye, the visible parts around it, and a section of her skull.
- Is the quantum slipstream drive in this episode based on the one from Hope and Fear? Why do the crew mothball it instead of performing further research?
- Yes, Voyager’s crew was saved, but how many people’s lives were affected by erasing fifteen years of the timeline?
- I always thought the point of synthehol was that you could easily shake off the effects of intoxication, but here Seven has to be taken to sickbay for inaprovaline to counteract the glass of champagne she drank.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 11
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 7
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 3
Summary – Timeless: In which angry older Harry decides to reset the timeline so that the series can continue.