According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Random Thoughts : Concerning Flight : Waltz.


Janeway is on the holodeck with her Leonardo da Vinci program, when Voyager is attacked by small vessels. The attackers don't afflict much damage but manage to beam out valuable equipment, including the main computer core and the Doctor's mobile emitter. With limited computer capabilities, Voyager needs as long as ten days to arrive at an alien planet where the stolen equipment is stored in different places.

Janeway and Tuvok beam down and are surprised to be greeted by Leonardo da Vinci, who is wearing the mobile emitter. Janeway enlists da Vinci's help to find the computer core. Overloading the device, she creates a signal strong enough for Voyager to beam the computer aboard again. But Tau, the leader of the pirates, is on her heels. She and da Vinci arrive at a precipice and use da Vinci's improved flying machine to escape the pirates.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Chris Thomas on Wednesday, December 16, 1998 - 12:58 am: When Voyager beams Janeway, Da Vinci and the flying machine aboard, it is under attack and hence its shields are raised. At no point does anyone say they have been dropped. It has been established you cannot beam something aboard unless the shields are dropped. Mike Konczewski on Wednesday, December 16, 1998 - 7:31 am: I'm not sure, but I think it's been un-established that you can't beam through a shield. Back on the Original Series, it was no way, no how. But in Next Gen, they added the twist of being able to beam through when the shield frequency cycles, or something like that. Besides, it would make sense that you would be able to beam through your own shields. It's a tactical advantage. Chris booton on Wednesday, December 16, 1998 - 11:16 am: I think they can now beam through shields, as on both DS9 and Voyager they have done it on several occasions recently. Since it's happened on screen it's cannon.Seniram 11:30, February 9, 2018 (UTC) Plus the fact that shield and transporter technology is much more advanced in the TNG/DS9/Voyager era
  2. What happened to all the ships attacking them at the end. Did they say "Oh well, they've got the flying machine, the hologram and the captain, this is all pointless, let's go home"? You'd think they might like to get their hands on more technology. They knew any attempt to steal more Voyager tech would cause more problems.
  3. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 5:12 am: Paris says, it feels like we were just mugged. Mugged? In the 24th century? Even if the crime existed on some worlds would they still use the archaic term 'Mugged?' And since no one else on the Bridge questioned his use of the word apparently it is still in common use with the same meaning. Jwb52z on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 3:56 pm: There's no reason for a term for a type of abuse to just go into oblivion as long as people know it exists or that it ever existed in records.
  4. So why haven't they tried duplicating the mobile holo-emitter? (For that matter, why not make a duplicate file of the Doctor and download one into the Holo-emitter and he can work as his own nurse.) Jwb52z on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 3:56 pm: Since it is from the 29th century, they don't have the technology to duplicate it. KAM on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 - 3:29 am: B'Elanna has tinkered with it. It has been damaged on occasion & needed repair. (The episode Drone comes to mind. Who knows what kind of damage those nanoprobes did.) This would indicate that they have at least studied it & understand how the main parts work. So even if it contains materials, or a power source, or a new computer language from the 29th century, they should be able to try to come up with a 24th century version. (Although it will probably weigh 50 pounds & be worn as a backpack. ;-) AWhite (Inblackestnight) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 8:47 am: Is the mobile emitter really that advanced? It's just a small holo-projector with a battery and CPU.
  5. Janeway says that Kirk claimed to have met DaVinci, a reference to Requiem for Methuselah, but I thought Kirk promised not to reveal Flint's secret in that episode? Jwb52z on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 3:56 pm: Kirk did promise that.ScottN (Scottn) on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 12:44 am: How did that get into StarFleet records? Kirk forgot about it (with a little help from Spock). Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 1:06 am:Did Spock make Kirk forget about everything in the episode or just falling in love with the girl? Although even if Kirk remembered meeting Flint/DaVinci he did promise not to tell Flint's secret, so why did Kirk break that promise? (Too much Saurian Brandy one night? "Did... *hic* did you know I met DaVinci? *hic*) Francois Lacombe (Franc0is) on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 5:09 am: Flint was dying when Kirk met him. After his death, keeping Flint's secret no longer mattered and his true identity (or identities) may have been revealed to everyone. Seniram 11:30, February 9, 2018 (UTC) Not necessarily – it may have remained classified to prevent explotation by rogue time travellers!
  6. AWhite (Inblackestnight) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 8:47 am: Why didn't Voyager, or Janeway rather, do anything to sabotage this organization of thieves? Just because they developed protection against them doesn't mean they can't help out the region in some way to gain more allies, which they certainly need but rarely try to obtain. It could have been interpreted as a potential violation of the Prime Directive.

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. Cameron An alien from the planet who traded to get a Starfleet uniform, phaser rifle and other technology is interrogated by Chakotay, then let go, WITH Voyager's technology? Isn't this a violation of the Prime Directive? Not necessarily - knowledge of other spacefaring races/cultures is already established in this area of space.
  2. The amount of Voyager's technology left behind and no attempt made to recover more of it. It may not have been possibe to locate and retrieve all the stolen items.

Voyager Season 4
Scorpion Part 2 I The Gift I Day of Honor I Nemesis I Revulsion I The Raven I Scientific Method I Year of Hell Part 1 I Year of Hell Part 2 I Random Thoughts I Concerning Flight I Mortal Coil I Waking Moments I Message in a Bottle I Hunters I Prey I Retrospect I The Killing Game Part 1 I The Killing Game Part 2 I Vis à Vis I The Omega Directive I Unforgettable I Living Witness I Demon I One I Hope and Fear
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