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The crew comes in contact with a planet rotating 58 times a minute, in which they act as a third pole. Any attempts to leave cause massive quakes below, and the inhabitants think they are a deity causing it.

As time goes on, the inhabitants advance to the point they can travel at sublight speed to ''Voyager'', where the two astronauts both try adjust to the new time frame, only one survives. He finds out that time moves much more slowly on the ship, and when the ship comes under attack by the suddenly-more-advanced civilization, he acts as an ambassador until he is returned to the civilization, albeit 50 or more of his years have passed.

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The crew comes in contact with a planet rotating 58 times a minute, and where time flows correspondingly faster. The spaceship, in which they orbit, act as a third pole. Any pole and any attempts to leave cause massive quakes below, and so the inhabitants think they are a deity causing it.

As time goes on, the civilization that develops on the planet is greatly influenced by the presence of the "Sky Ship". The inhabitants advance to the point they can travel at sublight speed to the ''Voyager'', where the two astronauts -- Gotana-Retz and Terrina -- both try adjust to the new time frame, but only one the former survives. He finds out that time moves much more slowly on the ship, and when the ship comes under attack by the suddenly-more-advanced civilization, he acts as an ambassador until he is returned to the civilization, albeit planet, where 50 or more of his years have passed.



* GoingNative: The Doctor expresses patriotic outrage that a neighbouring state attacked his own, the Central Protectorate. He later reveals he has a son down on the planet and talks sports with Gotana-Retz.

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* GoingNative: The Doctor is sent on the planet for a reconnaissance mission supposed to last three seconds, but a malfunction leaves him stranded for hours (i.e. several planet years). When he comes back, he expresses patriotic outrage that a neighbouring state attacked his own, the Central Protectorate. He later reveals he has a son down on the planet and talks sports with Gotana-Retz.

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* BookEnds: In TheTeaser, a tribesman sees ''Voyager'''s arrival while preparing an offering on a hilltop. In the final scene, the elderly Gotana-Retz watches the ship leaving orbit from the same spot.


* InscrutableAliens: In this episode, they played this role to a species living on a planet with a YearInsideHourOutside effect. From their point of view, ''Voyager'' had been in their sky for centuries, and was a complete mystery to them.

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* InscrutableAliens: In this episode, they the ''Voyager'' crew played this role to a species living on a planet with a YearInsideHourOutside effect. From their point of view, ''Voyager'' had been in their sky for centuries, and was a complete mystery to them.


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* MoveInTheFrozenTime: After ''Orbital 1'' docks with ''Voyager'', Gotana-Retz and Terrina are initially still in the planet's time frame. From their perspective, the crew seem to be frozen in time. After exploring the ship for a while, the two astronauts become part of ''Voyager'''s time frame and are visible to the crew, having seemingly appeared from nowhere.


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* TheShortWar: While the Doctor was on the planet, the Central Protectorate was attacked by a neighboring state and responded in kind. The war only lasted a few weeks before a new treaty was signed.


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* TemporalSickness: Moving from one time frame to the other causes severe physiological stress. The Doctor is sent on an away mission to the planet surface as the transition would likely be fatal for anyone else. Later, when the ''Orbital 1'' astronauts board ''Voyager'', Terrina dies from the effects of the transition. Gotana-Retz survives, thanks in part to the Doctor's extensive knowledge of his people's physiology from his time on the planet.

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* GodIsDispleased: After ''Voyager'' first arrived, the then primitive aliens believed that it was a powerful god who was punishing them for worshiping Tahal by making the ground shake.


* CallBack: In "Message in a Bottle", the Doctor brags to the new EMH that he added an additional subroutine to his program, allowing him to have sex. Guess it wasn't a brag at all given this episode's events.

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* CallBack: In "Message in a Bottle", the Doctor brags to the new EMH that he added an additional subroutine to his program, allowing him to have sex. Guess it It seemingly wasn't a brag at all given this episode's events.events.
* TheConstant: The same hilltop with a distinctively shaped rock is seen in four different time periods and is used to indicate the passage of time on the planet:
** When ''Voyager'' arrives, the aliens have a primitive tribal culture and live in small wooden huts around the hill.
** Centuries later, relatively speaking, it is their equivalent of the Renaissance. A castle stands on the hill, looking out over a village with thatched houses and a fort in the valley.
** By the time that they have reached a 20th Century level, the village has turned into a city with electricity and internal combustion engines. An observatory, from which a radio message is sent to ''Voyager'', has been built on top of the old castle.
** In the final era shown, the aliens have surpassed ''Voyager'''s level of technology. The city has grown into an extremely advanced metropolis and the observatory has been replaced with a futuristic looking structure.


* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where ''Voyager'' is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Ground Shaker" after their attempt to leave causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub ''Voyager'' as "The Sky Ship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where ''Voyager'' is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Ground Shaker" after as their attempt to leave continued presence causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub ''Voyager'' as "The Sky Ship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings.



* TimeStandsStill: Because of the time differential between ''Voyager'' and the planet's residents, the two astronauts who visit the ship see everyone on ''Voyager'' moving so slow that they are virtually standing still. That is, until the astronauts suddenly find themselves moving at the same speed of time as the ship.

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* TimeStandsStill: Because of the time differential between ''Voyager'' and the planet's residents, the two astronauts who visit the ship ship, Gotana-Retz and Terrina, see everyone on ''Voyager'' moving so slow slowly that they are virtually standing still. That is, until the astronauts suddenly find themselves moving at the same speed of time rate as the ship.


* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: When he was a child, the astronomer's grandfather told him that the Sky Ship was a palace where an evil protector lived and bad children were sent there as punishment.



* TitleDrop: By Janeway.

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* TitleDrop: By Janeway.Janeway:
-->"Unless we want to live our lives in the blink of an eye, I suggest we find a way out of here."

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: A variation. When Kelemane dictates the letter to the Cleric, he writes it in English. Usually in ''Star Trek'', alien cultures are shown to have their own written languages even when [[TranslatorMicrobes their speech is translated]].


* FirstContactMath: The astronomer and his assistant send a list of prime numbers and mathematical constants to ''Voyager'' in a radio transmission.

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* FirstContactMath: The astronomer and his assistant send a list of prime numbers and mathematical constants to ''Voyager'' in a radio transmission.transmission as well as a voice recording. ''Voyager'' doesn't respond as, aside from the astronomer being long dead by the time that they receive it, the planet was still at a pre-warp stage of development.



* GoingNative: The Doctor expresses patriotic outrage that a neighbouring country attacked his own. He later reveals he has a son down on the planet and talks sports with Gotana-Retz.

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* GoingNative: The Doctor expresses patriotic outrage that a neighbouring country state attacked his own.own, the Central Protectorate. He later reveals he has a son down on the planet and talks sports with Gotana-Retz.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Though a tongue-in-cheek one. When they realize they'll get to watch the complete history of civilizations, B'Elanna quips that they'll watch them come up with new ways to bash each other over the head. Chakotay says that she shouldn't expect them to conduct their affairs like Klingons, and gets the response "as opposed to humans?"

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Though a tongue-in-cheek one. When they realize they'll get to watch the complete history of civilizations, B'Elanna quips that they'll watch them come up with new ways to bash each other over the head. Chakotay says that she shouldn't expect them to conduct their affairs like Klingons, and gets the response "as opposed to humans?"the human model?"



* NoodleIncident: The Doctor had a son down on the planet, but we're not told how this came about.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where ''Voyager'' is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Ground Shaker" after their attempt to leave causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub Voyager as "The Sky Ship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings.

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* NoodleIncident: The Doctor had a son named Jason Tabreez down on the planet, but we're not told how this came about.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where ''Voyager'' is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Ground Shaker" after their attempt to leave causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub Voyager ''Voyager'' as "The Sky Ship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings.

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* FirstContactMath: The astronomer and his assistant send a list of prime numbers and mathematical constants to ''Voyager'' in a radio transmission.


* AgentScully: Played with, with two scientists trying to discover if there's anyone on board ''Voyager'', which has been in their sky for their civilisation's entire history due to YearInsideHourOutside. Tureena doubts there's anyone on board, but when Gotana-Retz asks why he's on the mission in the first place, he adds that he doubts everything - including his own doubts.

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* AgentScully: Played with, with two scientists trying to discover if there's anyone on board ''Voyager'', which has been in their sky for their civilisation's entire history due to YearInsideHourOutside. Tureena The Scully doubts there's anyone on board, but when Gotana-Retz the Mulder asks why he's on the mission in the first place, he adds that he doubts everything - including his own doubts.


* KillTheGod: After centuries of quakes and their explorers disappearing without explanation, the natives concluded the Skyship was hostile and made a serious attempt to shoot it down. It's only Gotana-Retz' return that stops them.

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* KillTheGod: After centuries of quakes and their explorers disappearing without explanation, the natives concluded the Skyship Sky Ship was hostile and made a serious attempt to shoot it down. It's only Gotana-Retz' return that stops them.


As time goes on, the inhabits advance to the point they can travel at sublight speed to Voyager, where the two astronauts both try adjust to the new time frame, only one survives. He finds out that time moves much more slowly on the ship, and when the ship comes under attack by the suddenly-more-advanced civilization, he acts as an ambassador until he is returned to the civilization, albeit 50 or more of his years have passed.

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As time goes on, the inhabits inhabitants advance to the point they can travel at sublight speed to Voyager, ''Voyager'', where the two astronauts both try adjust to the new time frame, only one survives. He finds out that time moves much more slowly on the ship, and when the ship comes under attack by the suddenly-more-advanced civilization, he acts as an ambassador until he is returned to the civilization, albeit 50 or more of his years have passed.



* AgentScully: Played with, with two scientists trying to discover if there's anyone on board Voyager, which has been in their sky for their civilisation's entire history due to YearInsideHourOutside. The Scully doubts there's anyone on board, but when the Mulder asks why he's on the mission in the first place, he adds that he doubts everything - including his own doubts.
* CallBack: In "Message in a Bottle", the Doc brags to the new EMH that he added an additional subroutine to his program, allowing him to have sex. Guess it wasn't a brag at all given this episode's events.
* CrossReferencedTitles: "[[TheXOfY Blink of an Eye]]" was originally titled "Wink of an Eye", until someone realized there'd been an unrelated (but unfortunately not dissimilar) [[Recap/StarTrekS3E11WinkOfAnEye TOS episode]] with that title.
* DistantFinale: The last scene is an elderly Gotana-Retz sitting on a hilltop, gazing at a night sky without Voyager in it... but it is only distant from his perspective.

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* AgentScully: Played with, with two scientists trying to discover if there's anyone on board Voyager, ''Voyager'', which has been in their sky for their civilisation's entire history due to YearInsideHourOutside. The Scully Tureena doubts there's anyone on board, but when the Mulder Gotana-Retz asks why he's on the mission in the first place, he adds that he doubts everything - including his own doubts.
* CallBack: In "Message in a Bottle", the Doc Doctor brags to the new EMH that he added an additional subroutine to his program, allowing him to have sex. Guess it wasn't a brag at all given this episode's events.
* CrossReferencedTitles: "[[TheXOfY Blink of an Eye]]" was originally titled "Wink of an Eye", until someone realized there'd been an unrelated (but unfortunately not dissimilar) [[Recap/StarTrekS3E11WinkOfAnEye TOS episode]] with that title.
* DistantFinale: The last scene is an elderly Gotana-Retz sitting on a hilltop, gazing at a night sky without Voyager ''Voyager'' in it... but it is only distant from his perspective.



* InscrutableAliens: In this episode, they played this role to a species living on a planet with a YearInsideHourOutside effect. From their point of view, Voyager had been in their sky for centuries, and was a complete mystery to them.

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* InscrutableAliens: In this episode, they played this role to a species living on a planet with a YearInsideHourOutside effect. From their point of view, Voyager ''Voyager'' had been in their sky for centuries, and was a complete mystery to them.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where Voyager is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Groundshaker" after their attempt to leave causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub Voyager as "The Skyship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings
* SaveYourDeity: Eventually the inhabitants use their technology (now more advanced than Voyager's) to help them escape.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played straight where Voyager ''Voyager'' is trapped in orbit over a planet where time moves rapidly, becoming worshiped as a deity by the inhabitants called "the Groundshaker" Ground Shaker" after their attempt to leave causes violent earthquakes. As we see time on the planet progress, the people invent telescopes and come to dub Voyager as "The Skyship", Sky Ship", which by the time they've entered the Space Age, is no longer believed to be the home of their Gods, but merely an advanced spacecraft that houses alien beings
beings.
* SaveYourDeity: Eventually the inhabitants use their technology (now more advanced than Voyager's) ''Voyager'''s) to help them escape.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The race from this episode is never mentioned again, even though you'd expect them to be a HigherTechSpecies within a day given their situation.
** Given the tendency of beings in Star Trek to evolve into energy beings, this might have happened within the week, explaining why they're never seen again... they went to a higher plane of existence.
* YearInsideHourOutside: the planet they are orbiting follows at an approximate rate of a day inside to a second outside.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The race from this episode is never mentioned again, even though you'd expect them to be a HigherTechSpecies within a day given their situation.
**
situation. Given the tendency of beings in Star Trek ''Star Trek'' to evolve into energy beings, this might have happened within the week, explaining why they're never seen again... they went to a higher plane of existence.
* YearInsideHourOutside: the The planet they are orbiting follows at an approximate rate of a day inside to a second outside.

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** Given the tendency of beings in Star Trek to evolve into energy beings, this might have happened within the week, explaining why they're never seen again... they went to a higher plane of existence.


* CrossReferencedTitles: "[[TheXOfY Blink of an Eye]]" was originally titled "Wink of an Eye", until someone realized there'd been an unrelated (but unfortunately not dissimilar) TOS episode with that title.

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* CrossReferencedTitles: "[[TheXOfY Blink of an Eye]]" was originally titled "Wink of an Eye", until someone realized there'd been an unrelated (but unfortunately not dissimilar) [[Recap/StarTrekS3E11WinkOfAnEye TOS episode episode]] with that title.

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