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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 4 E 19 The Omega Directive

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Sensors have detected the Omega phenomenon within one-point-two light years of this vessel.

Implement the Omega Directive immediately.

All other priorities have been rescinded.
Voyager detects the presence of a potentially lethal particle, which the Borg, and Seven, revere as perfect; but Janeway is under orders to destroy it...

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  • Absentee Actor: B'Elanna Torres vanishes halfway through the episode because Roxanne Dawson went into labor.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Seven's voice cracks as she asks Chakotay to authorize her plan to stabilize the Omega molecule, adding "Please" despite showing No Social Skills throughout the episode.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: It doesn't apply in matters of Omega.
  • The "Be Careful!" Speech: Janeway demands a hypospray of Fantastic Radiation Shielding, and curtly overrules the Doctor when he objects that it's dangerous. However the Doctor earns a Gooey Look when he gives this trope.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Omega particles, which could be used to power civilizations, had to be destroyed; but for a few precious seconds, Seven glimpsed perfection.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seven engages in her usual Harry-bashing.
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  • Cargo Cult: The Borg have one for Omega, considering it the epitome of perfection to which they strive.
  • Classified Information: Everything about the Omega particle is restricted to Captain level. The crew are understandably annoyed at this, given that they're effectively told to do tasks without being able to use their Gadgeteer Genius skills. Seven is brought into Janeway's confidence, as she already knows about the Omega Directive from Starfleet captains who've been assimilated by the Borg. However these rules have been written for the Alpha Quadrant, where a Starfleet captain would call in a specialized Starfleet team to deal with the crisis. Janeway is forced to include her senior staff when the crisis turns out to be bigger than she expected.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Of a sort; its true nature can't be known, and it's responsible for much destruction and loss of life, including the potential to destroy subspace - the medium of the universe which enables warp-speed. Its very existence is considered the Godzilla Threshold by Starfleet.
    • And at the very end it spontaneously stabilizes, transfixing Seven with its perfect matrix for three seconds before it's jettisoned and destroyed.
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  • Expy: In-universe, Seven creates one of a Hive Mind to build and maintain the resonance chamber, even demoting Harry when he refuses to play along!
  • Call-Back:
  • For Science!: Averted; Omega is so dangerous that Starfleet wants it destroyed.
    Alien scientist: Small minded creatures! You destroy whatever you don't understand!
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Starfleet procedure goes out the airlock when Omega is involved. Captain Janeway is set on destroying a dangerous phenomenon instead of investigating it, keeps the crew out of the loop, and the Prime Directive is superseded.
    • Just as Janeway has been authorized to destroy Omega at all costs, Seven says that Borg drones have been instructed to assimilate it at all costs.
    • The species developing the Omega molecule. Their resources are drained and they don't have warp technology, so can't get outside help.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Along with Marcus, Janeway thinks of Einstein and the atomic bomb when comparing peoples' reactions to the revolutionary devices which they helped create, but could be (and were) perverted into deadly weapons; Janeway can understand how they must have felt, and Ketteract must have felt the same about Omega shortly before the end of his life.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Averted during the final Janeway/Seven confrontation in Cargo Bay 2. Unlike in "Prey", this time Seven does understand Janeway's perspective, and steps aside to allow the captain to destroy Omega.
  • Holy Grail: Omega is actually said to be this for the Borg.
  • Hyperspeed Escape: When pursued by sublight spacecraft, Voyager can't flee because of the damage from the Omega explosion. They escape the region Just in Time to detonate the Omega particles.
  • If I Do Not Return: And for once this trope is meant to be taken seriously, as Chakotay would have only ten seconds to pull a Hyperspeed Escape before Omega created a No Warping Zone, if Janeway's shuttle mission didn't succeed.
  • In Harm's Way: Janeway would rather go on a Suicide Mission than put Voyager's crew at risk. Fortunately Chakotay convinces her to at least bring the senior officers into the problem.
  • Insufferable Genius: Seven effortlessly completes the kal-toh game Harry has been working on all night, saying it's "elementary spatial harmonics". Kim asks what Seven needs the rest of them for, only to get a Meaningful Look from Seven. "Forget I asked."
    Seven of Nine: The modifications require several complex calculations. Assist me.
    Captain Janeway: I guess I will.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Seven plans to work, eat, exercise, and read A Christmas Carol.
  • Lock Down: The moment the sensors detect the Omega shockwave Voyager automatically drops out of warp with all sensors shut down, and the computer can only be accessed by the captain. Good thing they weren't under attack at the time.
  • Male Gaze: The camera drops to show Seven's ass as she's walking away from the audience while in the cargo bay.
  • Moral Myopia: The Borg consider 600,000 dead drones an irrelevance in their quest to stabilize the Omega particle. They also assimilated a number of primitive species just to follow the chain of evidence to Omega.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: How Starfleet feels about Omega.
  • No Social Skills: Lampshaded by the Doctor when Seven tries to barge into his Sickbay and interrogate a barely conscious patient. He promises to teach the subject on her next course.
  • No Warping Zone: An Omega detonation creates this, which is why Starfleet is freakin' scared of it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Former science officer Janeway wants Omega destroyed without bothering to study it. Seven's desire to gaze upon it is compared to religious fervor.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Averted; Seven dismisses speculation by primitive species (including human) about the nature of the Omega particle, yet the Borg quest also has religious overtones. She appeals to Chakotay's beliefs when begging him to let her stabilize the molecule, and at the end of the episode compares her gazing on a fully formed Omega molecule to a religious epiphany.
    Seven: This simulation contains many religious components. I was studying them to help me understand what I saw in Cargo Bay two.
    Janeway: The data isn't clear why Omega stabilised in the last few seconds. The chances are it was simply a chaotic anomaly, nothing more.
    Seven: For three point two seconds I saw perfection. When Omega stabilised, I felt a curious sensation. As I was watching it, it seemed to be watching me. The Borg have assimilated many species with mythologies to explain such moments of clarity. I've always dismissed them as trivial. Perhaps I was wrong.
    Janeway: If I didn't know you better, I'd say you just had your first spiritual experience.
  • Properly Paranoid: Omega is Classified Information because of the risk that the information will be taken by force, which has already happened with the Borg.
  • Rule of Funny: The work 'collective' Seven forms on Voyager. Giving everyone Borg designations would actually be less efficient, but sets up a gag involving Harry Kim getting demoted.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In-Universe when Seven studies the religious symbols in the Da Vinci holo-program, in order to come to grips with the experience of witnessing perfection.
  • Schizo Tech: The species that was working on Omega have fast sublight ships with weapons that are a legitimate threat to Voyager...and are a pre-warp civilization. Justified in that their solar system has an ample supply of the rare substance required to synthesize Omega, and their local subspace may have been damaged, producing false negatives in warp tests, well before the Voyager crew showed up.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Convinced of the necessity, Janeway violates orders and tells only her senior staff about the Omega particle in detail.
  • Tempting Fate: Janeway being so impressed with Seven's containment device that she leaves the Omega project (which is meant to destroy the particle) in her hands. Fortunately Seven proves loyal, despite admitting that she had every reason and opportunity to disobey orders.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know
    Janeway: The Final Frontier has some boundaries that are not meant to be crossed.
  • Title Drop
    Computer: Implement the Omega Directive immediately. All other priorities rescinded.
  • Ultimate Life Form: The Omega molecule is infinitely complex, yet harmonious; representing true perfection. It's speculated that a natural particle created the universe with the Big Bang, making it literally God.
  • Unobtanium: Boronite ore, the material needed to synthesize the Omega molecule, is suggested to be very rare — the Borg only had enough to synthesize one unstable molecule within their vast territory.
  • Visual Gag: Chakotay says "Try to shake them off" just before a Screen Shake.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The ability for the Omega molecule to become this is lampshaded, though the emphasis is on the accidental damage it might cause by destroying subspace across half the Quadrant, throwing all spacefaring civilizations into a pre-warp state. Kim and Tuvok are shown loading a gravimetric charge into a torpedo, which Kim claims is powerful enough to destroy a small planet. Sure enough a moon is being used for Omega experiments, and at one point Tuvok suggests using the torpedo to destroy the experimental chamber, which presumably would have destroyed the moon as well.
  • With or Without You:
    Janeway: I'm going to neutralize this threat, Seven, with or without your help.
  • With Us or Against Us: Janeway gives Seven a choice between helping her destroy Omega or being confined to quarters. Seven is not intimidated, but cooperates because she desires to see Omega for herself.
  • You Are Number 6: When Seven of Nine is put in charge of building the containment unit for the Omega molecules, she assigns Borg-style designations to each group member to "improve efficiency".
    Seven of Nine: Six of Ten, this is not your assignment.
    Harry Kim: Please, stop calling me that.
    Seven of Nine: You are compromising our productivity. I am reassigning you to chamber maintenance. Your new designation is Two of Ten.
    Harry Kim: Wait a minute, you're demoting me? Since when did the Borg pull rank?
    Seven of Nine: It's Starfleet Protocol I adapted. I find it most useful.
  • You Talk Too Much: When planning her daily activities, Seven allocates 3 hours, 20 minutes for a task she's working on with Ensign Kim, plus an additional 17 minutes for his "conversational digressions". Later Captain Janeway cuts off Kim when he asks who developed the Weapon of Mass Destruction they're planting into a photon torpedo. "Mr Kim, you ask too many questions." The moment she leaves, Kim engages in rampant speculation on what the captain is up to.
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