Date: January 24, 2021
Season 6, Episode 8
Music Video of the Day:
Interstellar News: Sorry I’ve been missing for a few days, it’s been a bit crazy around here. Glad to be back.
TL;DR: 250 years ago Ares 4 and it’s pilot, Kelly, are swallowed up by a spacial anomaly. In present day, the anomaly exists in subspace in the DQ and Voyager follows it with Chakotay getting all nostalgic for the Ares mission. He, Paris, and Seven reinforce the Delta Flyer and head into the anomaly and find the command module, but can’t remove it before the anomaly is hit by an asteroid and the Flyer is damaged… along with Chakotay. Seven beams over to scrap some items out of the module, finds Kelly’s logs as he survived for a while in the anomaly, and she beams his body and the parts over in the nick of time as they get back to Voyager and give Kelly a Starfleet funeral.
Kelly: Rerouting whatever’s left to the imager. Keep it running as long as possible. Mission Control, Dad, whoever finds this, do me a favor. Take all the data I’ve collected. Put it to good use. I hope you don’t look at this as a failure. I don’t. Actually, I do have one regret. I never found out who won the World Series. I’m tired, and I can’t…Seven later tells his corpse… “The Yankees, in six games.”
“We are experiencing a ship-wide power drain. This is unrelated to my modifications.”: This is an interesting episode and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Paris is usually the Mars history buff, so this seems a bit out of character for Chakotay… especially when he disobeys Janeway and puts himself and two of his crew in immediate danger for a piece of history. If this was Paris, everything would have made so much more sense, but he was in the background for most of the episode. This was a wonderful vehicle for helping Seven understand the importance of history as well as exploring humanity some more, and I loved how she made the last minute decision to download the database and take Kelly’s body once she realized it was his last request. A Borg will never miss out on an opportunity for more data, or maybe they would if they thought it was useless. I still don’t know how I feel about this episode, so no rating tonight. Tell me what you thought!