An encounter with a spatial rift shatters the different parts of Voyager into different time zones. Only Chakotay can move between them, and so it is up to him to work with Voyager crewmembers from different parts of the ship’s past, present and future in order to restore the ship.
I always thought I quite liked Shattered, but I think the thing I was fondly remembering about it was the chance to see future Icheb and Naomi- because the rest of the episode I could quite frankly take or leave. I quite like the basic idea behind the plot – not least because it’s the kind of thing that could easily have cropped up in TNG – but somehow it loses something in the execution. Maybe it’s because the writers chose some of my least favourite moments of Voyager to revisit, whilst tying it all together in a fetch quest in which Janeway and Chakotay must reprogram some neural gel packs. What fun.
Time Zones of Voyager
- The bridge is at a time before Voyager has even departed on its mission. Janeway from this time period joins Chakotay on his saving the ship mission.
- Engineering is occupied by Seska and the Kazon, as per the events of Basics.
- Astrometrics is some time in the future, when Icheb and Naomi are serving as crewman. At this point in time, Janeway and Chakotay have been dead for seventeen years. It is unclear whether other crewmembers have been recruited along the way, or whether Voyager instituted a breeding program to create replacement crew.
- Cargo Bay 2 is home to several Borg and an assimilated Seven of Nine, as per Scorpion Part II.
- One corridor is stuck in the events of Macrocosm, with a macrophage present.
- Another corridor has an unconscious crewperson, either from Waking Moments or Bliss.
- Sickbay is in a time before The Doctor gets his mobile emitter, with a stardate placing it around season two. Nonetheless, The Doctor claims he has been active for nearly three years, which would place his time zone at the end of season three – after the stated stardate and after he gets the mobile emitter.
- The mess hall is set in the present (at least until the present is altered), with Tom Paris doing triage. Tuvok dies of radiation sickness in this timeline.
- The holodeck is running the Captain Proton program, seemingly shortly after the events of Bride of Chaotica!
Points of Note
- Why does Chakotay think that the Temporal Prime Directive prevents him from telling Janeway about the events of the episode? Sure, he probably shouldn’t talk about the future he saw in Astrometrics, but all other events took place in either the past or an alternate present. I don’t see how it affects Voyager’s future for her to learn what happened to the ship in this episode.
- How could all the parts of Voyager be connected and in the same place when Voyager was at wildly different spatial locations at different times? How could the corridors and circuitry even match up when some things have changed or been redesigned over the years?
- This episode really drives home the point that Janeway cares more about keeping the crew safe and not having anyone die under her command, than she does about the Prime Directive, or the wider effects of her actions.
- In this episode, it is said that the Al-Batani was Janeway’s first assignment, although previous episodes implied that she served on it directly before Voyager. Certainly she was chief science officer at one point, which doesn’t seem like a position one would give to a newly graduated ensign. Either Janeway served two separate tours on the Al-Batani, or Voyager is only the second ship she’s served on.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 17
Destroyed Delta Flyer running total: 1
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 10
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5
Summary – Shattered: In which Chakotay gets to experience Voyager’s not-so-greatest hits.