The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Endgame

Twenty-three years after Voyager got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Janeway finally brought her ship home- but not without cost. Now, on the tenth anniversary of their homecoming, Admiral Janeway is determined to do better, by going back to the seventh year of Voyager’s journey and helping them get home sooner.

In preparation for my best and worst of Voyager blog posts, I’ve been researching what other people rate as their favourite and least favourite episodes. Endgame, which I’ve always thought of as a pretty epic finale, actually appears on a lot of people’s most hated lists. I can see why, because whilst I really do enjoy this episode, there’s a lot to nitpick. Let’s get started.

The future

  • Janeway is a celebrated admiral who “literally wrote the book on the Borg”, and is now teaching at Starfleet Academy.
  • Chakotay died some time after losing his wife, Seven of Nine.
  • Tuvok is in a mental institution due to his incurable illness.
  • B’Elanna is now Federation Liaison to the Klingons.
  • Tom is a holonovel author.
  • Tom and B’Elanna’s daughter Miral is a Starfleet ensign.
  • Seven of Nine dies on the journey home, leaving her husband devastated.
  • Harry finally got that promotion, and is now a starship captain.
  • The Doctor has finally picked a name – Joe – and has recently got married. He still acts as Janeway’s personal physician.
  • Naomi has a daughter of her own.

The good

  • Double Janeway, including badass future Admiral Janeway.
  • Explosions galore.
  • Brand new shiny technology – ablative armour, transphasic torpedoes, and a Borg transwarp hub.
  • Ensign Miral Paris looks like a great character – she should star in a future Star Trek series.
  • Epic time travel shenanigans.
  • Alice Krige returns as the Borg Queen.

Rushed plot points

I have to admit, having not seen season seven for a while, I had forgotten that some of the plot points seen in the finale had not been previously introduced. Just think if the writers had bothered to properly develop them instead of dicking around for much of season seven.

  • Tuvok is suffering from a previously unmentioned degenerative neurological illness, which can only be cured by a special mind meld. Those crazy Vulcans.
  • Seven and Chakotay are now dating for real – how did that happen? Does Chakotay know that Seven slept with a holographic version of him?

Other points

  • Janeway asks Tuvok if he has considered mind melding with any of the other Vulcans on board, to which he responds that none of them were compatible. As of Counterpoint, Vorik was the only other Vulcan on Voyager. We did see a female Vulcan in the background of a more recent episode, but where did she come from? All the crewmembers who joined from the Equinox were human.
  • If Janeway is so eager to get Voyager home and save lives, why does she go back to their seventh year in the Delta Quadrant? Why not save everyone who died during the show’s run by going back to the time of Caretaker? I know it was argued as early as Eye of the Needle that Voyager had already had too much of an impact on the Delta Quadrant for it to morally right to change the timeline, but what about years 8-23 of the ship’s journey? If those years were as eventful as the first seven, then by undoing them, who knows what drastic changes have been made to the timeline?
  • Now that the Borg Queen has assimilated future Janeway and her technology, the Borg will have access to ablative armour and transphasic torpedoes. With this advantage, the Borg will easily be able to assimilate the Federation, all thanks to Janeway.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft final total: 18

Destroyed Delta Flyer final total: 1

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft final total: 11

Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 4.5

Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5

Summary – Endgame: In which Janeway takes extreme measures in order to save her beloved Seven of Nine.

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