Hey, didn't they leave the Kazon behind ten or twenty thousand light years ago?
is fractured into different time zones by Yet Another Spatial Anomaly, Commander Chakotay—aided by a suspicious Captain Janeway from before their Enemy Mine
alliance—must restore the ship to its normal state. In doing so they encounter opponents and allies from their past, present and future.
This episode has the following tropes:
- Accidental Time Travel: Well at least the first time Chakotay time-travels...
- After Action Patch Up: Seska uses a dermal regenerator on Chakotay's head wound after he gets buttstroked by one of her Kazon mooks.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Past!Janeway doesn't think much of her decision to save the Ocampa when she's just seen Tuvok die in front of her eyes.
- Anchored Ship
Janeway: For two people who started off as enemies, it seems we get to know each other pretty well. So I've been wondering; just how close do we get?
Chakotay: Let's just say there are some barriers we never cross.
- Another Dimension: Dr Chaotica is confronted by the Eighth Dimension. In Color!
- Applied Phlebotinum: Chakotay is in a state of temporal flux when beamed to Sickbay, so the Doctor works up a serum to fix him, with the fortunate side effect of enabling Chakotay to move between timezones. Chakotay then forcibly injects Past!Janeway and drags her across the temporal barrier to prove he's telling the truth. Later the Maquis, Future!Icheb and Naomi, and Drone!Seven are all injected to provide a Plan B against Seska and the Kazon.
- Badass Bandolier: Chakotay and Past!Janeway wear bandoliers carrying hundreds of serum ampules, so they can inject the bioneural circuitry throughout the ship.
- Bad Future:
- Albeit a mild version for this trope, in which Voyager is still in the Delta Quadrant 17 years after Janeway and Chakotay died.
- To Past Janeway, the future events she sees parts of resemble this until Chakotay tells her that it isn't all that bad in his rousing speech below.
- Big Damn Heroes: Everyone from the different time periods ambushing Seska and the Kazon.
- Brick Joke: Chakotay's bottle of cider. Also Chakotay makes a joke about Janeway always having the last word, which she does at the end of the episode.
- Chekhov's Gunman: All the people that Janeway and Chakotay meet while time-tripping come back to save the day.
- Clip Show: Averted despite the Continuity Cavalcade.
- Continuity Cavalcade: It's Voyager's greatest hits! Chakotay crosses into the events of "Caretaker", "Basics", "Macrocosm", "Scorpion", and what he assumes to be either "Waking Moments" or "Bliss" (presumably the latter, as the lights are dimmed). And they even bring back the Captain Proton program for one more go-around.
- Continuity Nod: If you like this trope, strap yourselves in!
- Dr Chaotica threatened revenge against Queen Arachnia in "Bride of Chaotica!", which he delivers here. When Chakotay tells him that aliens from an Eighth Dimension are attacking, he responds that any fool knows there's only five dimensions (having fought aliens from the Fifth Dimension in that episode).
- Chakotay quotes from The Divine Comedy in order to win Past!Janeway's trust; Janeway is shown reading Dante in "Latent Image". He also mentions Janeway's regret about never learning to play an instrument, which she told him in "Remember".
- Past!Janeway says her helmswoman disappeared when she crossed the temporal barrier. This is a reference to Stadi, who was killed when Voyager was hurled into the Delta Quadrant.
- Cultured Warrior: When Chakotay quotes Dante, Janeway comments, "A soldier and a philosopher. Your intelligence file doesn't do you justice."
- Death Is Cheap: Seska returns again. Janeway and Chakotay are reported dead in one alternate future. Tuvok dies on screen.
- Didn't See That Coming: Even Seska can't anticipate A BORG DRONE showing up to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment, especially when said drone can No-Sell a phaser beam.
- Enemy Mine: Drone!Seven of Nine and the Maquis help the Starfleet crew take down Seska and her Kazon minions.
- Evil Is Hammy: Chaotica and Lonzak share an Evil Laugh while Janeway rolls her eyes.
Janeway: Were these characters always this ridiculous?
- Explosive Instrumentation: Weaponised when Future!Naomi programs a console to explode in the faces of two Kazon mooks.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Or at least they would if Janeway could fix her replicator.
- First-Name Basis: Past!Janeway is not amused when a notorious Maquis outlaw walks onto her bridge and calls her Kathryn.
- Foreshadowing: For "Endgame" when Janeway wonders if she should screw the Temporal Prime Directive and Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The Maquis, especially B'Elanna who's wearing a pair of knee-boots that would make the Original Series proud.
- Hidden Supplies: Chakotay stashes his genuine non-replicated cider in Cargo Bay 2 where Neelix won't find it.
- Holodeck Malfunction: As usual the holodeck won't shut down when Janeway and Chakotay are captured by Chaotica and his minions.
- Human Shield: Done on Captain Janeway by first Chakotay, then Seska. Although they're moreso hostage scenarios ("do what I say or I'll kill her") than a classic Human Shield, since the latter is less effective in an era where weapons have a stun setting.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Janeway tries to hide her disgust as Dr Chaotica lip-smacks his way up her arm.
- If I Can't Have You
: Despite balking at killing Chakotay earlier, Seska orders her Kazon to shoot him when she realises the timeline won't go in her favour.
- Immune to Bullets: Drone!Seven of Nine appears to rescue Captain Janeway who's being used as a hostage by Seska, whose disruptor blast is just absorbed by Seven's personal Borg shields.
- Impossible Genius: Chakotay is beamed to Sickbay with his body in different timelines. The Doctor fixes him up no problem. Just another day in the life of an unappreciated Emergency Medical Hologram.
- It's a Long Story: And thanks to the Temporal Prime Directive, Janeway thinks that not explaining might be a good idea. However when they encounter a Maquis-era B'Elanna who demands to know what Chakotay is doing in Starfleet uniform, she curtly says "I'm not going anywhere" when he tries this trope, so Chakotay has to explain things.
- It Has Been an Honor: Dying Tuvok to Janeway.
- It's the Journey That Counts: Chakotay argues this when Past!Janeway says that the Delta Quadrant is one crisis after another.
- Let's Split Up, Gang!: When the trouble first starts, Janeway heads for the bridge while Chakotay heads for Engineering, despite the fact that B'Elanna is already there; this puts Chakotay in a different part of the ship from his captain when he time-shifts. Averted when Past!Janeway suggests they split up so they can inject all the bio-neural circuitry. Chakotay says it's his job as Number One to look after his captain, and he knows a lot more about the different timelines than she does.
- Loafing in Full Costume: Janeway is wearing her uniform while stripping down a replicator before a dinner with her Number Two, without even her usual undershirt. Chakotay likewise is in uniform.
- Magic Pants: When Chakotay first crosses the temporal barrier, his medkit disappears but his clothing stays. The trope is handwaved later when the Doctor says he's replicated their bandoliers to be immune to the temporal shifts.
- The Medic: Tom Paris in the messhall. Unfortunately his first aid skills aren't enough to save Tuvok.
- Mood Whiplash: In spite of the tense situations that arise, the episode gets a lot of humor out of Janeway, Chakotay, and past crew members' confusion as they step from one past episode to another, especially when they get caught in Captain Proton again. And then they jump to the future just in time to watch a grievously injured Tuvok give Janeway the Vulcan salute before he dies.
- Negative Space Wedgie: A "chrono-kinetic surge" shatters Voyager into a mish-mash of itself in different timelines.
- No Respect Guy: The first sign that Chakotay has moved back in time is when the Doctor complains that his medical skills are under-appreciated and no-one bothers to tell him what's going on.
- No-Sell: Kazon weapons don't even scratch Seven's Borg shielding.
- Power of Trust: Invoked by Chakotay to Maquis!B'Elanna during their You Have to Believe Me! moment.
- Prime Directive: Chakotay avoids telling Past!Janeway too much, but she finds out a lot through chance and necessity anyway. At the end of the episode having put things right, Chakotay (with just a hint of smugness) quotes the Temporal Prime Directive to avoid telling his captain what happened.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Chakotay enters the bridge and is surprised to find himself arrested by Captain Janeway wearing her Season One Bun of Steel.
- Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Or rather, when you will blow up a sun, as Chakotay namechecks a lot of the achievements of the crew during their Delta Quadrant journey (such as Torres becoming the chief engineer, Paris rehabilitating himself, and Kim designing the astrometrics lab).
- Reset Button Ending: Everything is reset to normal and only Chakotay remembers what happened, though Janeway drops a hint that she might remember as well.
- Rousing Speech: Chakotay gives one to Captain Janeway when she suggests just changing the timeline so they never end up in the Delta Quadrant.
Chakotay: Two crews, Maquis and Starfleet, are going to become one. And they'll make as big a mark on the Delta Quadrant as it'll make on them by protecting people like the Ocampans, curing diseases, encouraging peace. Children like Naomi and Icheb are going to grow up on this ship and call it home. And we'll all be following a captain who sets a course for Earth, and never stops believing that we'll get there.
- Saying Too Much
- The Doctor starts to blurt out that Voyager is stranded in the Delta Quadrant — Chakotay interrupts and reminds him of the Temporal Prime Directive, but not before he gets out the word "Delta", which is enough for Janeway to infer "Delta Quadrant". An angry B'Elanna later reveals that Janeway was responsible for them becoming stranded.
- Seska realises from Chakotay's earlier comment (about her taking over the ship five years ago) that he's from a future where Voyager's crew retake the ship, so it's not in her interest to help him.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
- Even after every part of Voyager has been returned to the same timeline, Chakotay still has only seconds to avert the accident that caused it in the first place.
- Janeway initially wants to do this more significantly by resetting Voyager to before they left the Alpha Quadrant and preventing them from becoming stranded, but Chakotay convinces her that what's happened in the years since then is worth saving. Seska also tries to do this (for her own definition of "right" and "wrong"), but is stopped by the rest of the crew.
- She's Got Legs: Maquis!B'Elanna is introduced sitting down on a transporter pad to show off her knee-boots to best effect.
- Shock and Awe: Voyager is zapped by a chrono-kinetic surge. Fortunately when Chakotay returns to the correct timeline, he's able to divert it to the deflector dish instead.
- Shout-Out: Chakotay quotes from The Divine Comedy: In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself astray in a dark wood, where the straight road had been lost. He might have quoted a following verse that would be even more appropriate: It is bitter almost as death itself is bitter. But to rehearse the good it also brought me, I will speak about the other things I saw there.
- Show Within a Show: The final appearance of The Adventures of Captain Proton.
- Silver Fox: Discussed by Seska regarding Chakotay.
- Smug Smiler: Chakotay appears to be getting a lot of pleasure from Past!Janeway's dumbfounded reaction to all the crazy things that will happen to her. And when everything returns to normal, he enjoys telling his captain that he can't reveal anything due to the Temporal Prime Directive.
- Splash of Color: Janeway convinces Chaotica she's telling the truth about Another Dimension by revealing the holodeck controls in his Deliberately Monochrome world.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: After being captured in Dr Chaotica's Mad Scientist Laboratory, Captain Janeway finds herself strapped to the Cradle of Persuasion. Much to her annoyance, she has to resort to the undignified method of vamping her way out.
- Stupid Surrender: The Maquis hand over their weapons when Janeway is held hostage by Seska. What's a Starfleet captain to them?
- Techno Babble: Apparently the space-time continuum was shattered when a chrono-kinetic surge interacted with the warp core. Well that makes everything a lot clearer.
- Tempting Fate: Chakotay makes a joke about Icheb running the ship in a few years, causing Janeway to respond that she's not ready to retire yet. In an alternate future, Icheb is captain after Janeway and Chakotay have died.
- Time for Plan B: Given Seska's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Chakotay and Janeway prepare an option if diplomacy fails.
- Time Travel: Numerous times, actually.
- The Time Traveller's Dilemma
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble: When Chakotay tells Past!Janeway about the Astrometrics lab.
Past!Janeway: Voyager doesn't have an Astrometrics lab.
Chakotay: Harry designed it, or will design it.
- Trust Password: Chakotay reveals some personal details about Janeway in an attempt to convince her he really is from the future. Nothing embarrassing, unfortunately...
- Two-Faced: When Chakotay is zapped by the electro-kinetic discharge, one side of his face is shown to have aged, until the Doctor fixes him.
Janeway: You mean we're going to be seeing more of them?
Janeway: Why do I get the feeling that's an understatement?
- Vengeful Vending Machine
Janeway: Once, a long time ago, I called this replicator a glorified toaster. It never forgave me.
- Voice of the Legion: Seven has a slight resonance to her voice that wasn't in "Scorpion", presumably in reference to this trope.
- Walk and Talk: Chakotay and Janeway do a lot of walking through the corridors of Voyager while having discussions on what's going to happen to them in her future.
- What Year Is It?: Chakotay asks the Doctor what Stardate it is, and he replies "49624" (sometime between the events of "Innocence" and "Tuvix").
- With All Due Respect
Chakotay: What about the Temporal Prime Directive?
Chakotay: With all due respect, it's a little presumptuous to think you have the right to change everyone's future.
- You Do NOT Want To Know: When Past!Janeway asks how her ship got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, Chakotay asks if she really wants to know. When she eventually finds out the truth, Janeway has her own What the Hell, Hero? reaction.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Chakotay has to convince a Captain Janeway who was sent to arrest him, that he's actually her Number Two from the future.
- Your Favourite: Past!Janeway is surprised when a strange alien with a mohawk hairstyle offers her a mug of black coffee.
Janeway: How do you know how I like my coffee?