April 18, 2024

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Weekend Trek “Deadlock”

I'm seein' double! Four Voyagers!

I actually remember this one pretty well.  The basic idea–some weird space time event creates two versions of the ship essentially inhabiting the same space–is rather cool, and it ends in a way that is, theoretically, a bit of a surprise.  Plus, the Vidiians come back, and you can never tell what those guys are gonna be like until they show up.

The plot here is simple enough:  in order to avoid a Vidiian colony world with a lot of organ harvesters flying around, Voyager takes a sidetrip through a nebula that should block the Vidiian censors.  There’s some effort to do something with a proton burst to maintain warp speed, and the result doesn’t go well.  What is eventually revealed is the ship split into two copies, but the copy process won’t copy the antimatter in the warp core, so when both ships did the proton burst, one of the two was badly damaged.   The episode starts on the damaged one, and while the episode does show Ensign Wildman finally gives birth, but the baby dies on the damaged ship, Harry flies out an airlock or something, Kes disappears, and the rest of the bridge crew have to evaucate.

Meanwhile, on the other ship, everybody’s fine, including the baby and Harry, obviously.

So, straightforward enough episode.  Both Voyagers can’t exist.  There are space time and quantum physics issues to contend with.  One ship is badly damaged.  The other is whole.  One has to be destroyed for the other to continue on its way.  The obvious choice should be the damaged one.

But then the Vidiians attack the whole one, and that means it’s the damaged ship that gets destroyed with Harry escaping to the damaged ship with the baby.  It’s a table-turning moment.  The episode wants us to think that the damaged ship will be the one that gets destroyed, but then the Vidiians show up and start harvesting organs from members of the crew almost immediately.  Tuvok and Paris are killed in those moments, so that Janeway starts the self-destruct and welcomes the Vidiians to the bridge when they get there mere seconds before the ship self-destructs, taking out the Vidiian harvesting ship and leaving the damaged Voyager behind to effect repairs with replacements for the two people they lost.

Like I said, basic plot that works off a nice bait-and-switch.  What I think this one does is show the various sides to Janeway’s personality.  Both are willing to sacrifice the one ship (and her crew) to save the other while the other wants to find a different solution, and the Janeway that greets the Vidiians on the bridge is basically Badass Janeway, the one who can give a steely look or, in this case, a pleasant smile just as she’s about to die and take a bunch of organ thieves with her.  Janeway is perhaps the most Starfleet of the various Trek captains.  She is looking to preserve space-time and will sacrifice what she has to in order to do it.  She can be the badass when she needs to be, and she respects the rules that Starfleet has at all times.  She’s tough but compassionate enough.

Basically, she’s the perfect captain to be stuck in the Delta Quadrant.  Now she just needs to fulfill a promise she made to an alternate version of herself and get her crew home.

That said, I am not sure why Harry thinks he’s on a different ship.  He mostly lived the same life until maybe an hour or so before the end of the episode.