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Year of Hell I
Stardate 51268.4
Star Trek: Voyager, episode 76 (4.8)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Kate Mulgrew   IMDB   Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran   IMDB   Commander Chakotay
Roxann Biggs-Dawson   IMDB   Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill   IMDB   Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips   IMDB   Neelix
Robert Picardo   IMDB   The Doctor
Jeri Ryan   IMDB   Crewman Seven of Nine
Tim Russ   IMDB   Lt. Commander Tuvok
Garrett Wang   IMDB   Ensign Harry Kim
Guest Cast:
Kurtwood Smith   IMDB   Annorax
John Loprieno   IMDB   Obrist
Peter Slutsker   IMDB   Krenim Commandant
Rick Fitts   IMDB   Zahl
Deborah Levin   IMDB   Ensign Lang
Sue Henley   IMDB   Ensign Brooks
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Tarik Ergin   IMDB   Lieutenant Ayala
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Allan Kroeker   IMDB
Author:
Brannon Braga   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:VOY VHS 4.04
Teaser
Voyager Teaser #076: Year of Hell I

A disruption in the space-time continuum forces the crew to evacuate Voyager.
Synopsis
Voyager christens its new Astrometrics Lab, which has mapping technology far more accurate than their old system. It projects a course that will cut years off their trip, taking them through Zahl territory, which a species called the Krenim also lay claim to. The Zahl tell Voyager not to worry about the Krenim, who once dominated the region with deadly temporal weapons; the Zahl defeated them years ago. Suddenly, Voyager's sensors detect a build-up of temporal energy, and the ship is hit by a space-time shockwave. The Zahl disappear, along with the crew's memory of them, and they find themselves facing the powerful Krenim. Chronoton-based Krenim torpedoes, which exist in a state of temporal flux, penetrate Voyager's shields, badly damaging the ship.

In another part of the region, Annorax, the Krenim captain of the ship that annihilated the Zahl, evaluates his efforts and learns he has almost completely restored the Krenim Imperium. But Annorax will not rest until every colony is back. On Voyager, Janeway manages to destroy the Krenim ship attacking her, but the damage is done. The ship is incapable of continuing its journey. Seven finds an active warhead lodged in the hull. Tuvok surmises it will explode in minutes, but Seven is intent on learning its temporal variance and using that knowledge to perfect shielding against it. She makes a determination just before the torpedo blows up.

Seven's new temporal shields hold against Krenim torpedoes. In another part of space, Annorax fires his temporal weapon, and the space-time continuum is again altered. This time, Voyager's shields protect it from time disruption. Suddenly, they find that the big Krenim warship they were battling has become a much smaller ship. Annorax's weapon has caused the Krenim Imperium to revert to a pre-warp state. Annorax realizes that Voyager's temporal shields were responsible for throwing off his calculations. He approaches Voyager and transports Chakotay and Paris to his ship for study. He then unleashes a chronoton energy beam to erase Voyager from history, but the starship is able to escape, albeit with major structural damage. Janeway is forced to evacuate the crew, but she and the senior staff stay with the ship to rescue Chakotay and Paris, and hopefully reunite with the escape pods...
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:12:30
This is perhaps the most ambitious script ever. A whole year passes in the span of 90 minutes. The show is packed with fast paced action. A maniac who can erase entire civilizations with a single beam from his incredibly advanced temporal weapon. And Voyager finally takes serious damage, enough for the crew to abbandon ship. Tuvok loses his sight, people die horrible deaths. Will it ever be the same again?

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