Tom and Harry, in the new Delta Flyer, engage in an spontaneous shuttle race with the lovely Irina who tells them of a big race that is to take place between former war enemies of the region. Tom, excited about participating, cancels a romantic weekend with B'Elanna. She is sad about that but finally decides to join him as his co-pilot. After Irina's co-pilot Jaxom has been injured, Harry takes his place. He soon learns that Irina does everything not to win the race. The reason is that she sabotaged the Delta Flyer so that all the vessels near the finish line would be destroyed in an antimatter explosion. Harry manages to warn the Flyer, and just before they dump the warp core, Tom proposes marriage to B'Elanna which she accepts. After the race is over, Paris and Torres take the Delta Flyer out again on a more personal mission — the back of the ship now reads "Just Married."
Errors and Explanations
- Rene on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 11:35 am: Do the words "Prime Directive" mean anything to Janeway? Wannabe Trek Writer on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 1:39 pm: Did the Prime Directive mean anything to Kirk? And besides... How exactly does the PD apply in this case? I am very interested to hear Rene's informed analysis considering he hasn't watched the show and didn't even know what the show was about until two days ago. Rene on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 2:02 pm: How exactly does the PD apply? Duh! They aren't suppose to interfere in the affairs of others. TomM on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 2:44 pm: The Prime Directive applies to pre-warp civilizations. There are similar but less restrictive protocols for dealing with other space-faring races, but the DF apparently was (will be) invited to participate in this race. Jwb52z on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 5:05 pm: Rene, if they are ASKED to take part, they are not interfering really. Interference is when they go where they are not wanted and get involved. Getting home is not as important as fulfilling their general mission as part of Starfleet to explore space. They'll all be likely old enough to survive the trip anyway even if they don't go back really soon because they are realistically close now with all the jumps they’ve made.
- Spornan on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 7:59 pm: Wouldn't inertia keep the Delta Flyer going when Tom cuts the engines. PaulG on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 8:35 pm:Is it just me or does the Delta Flyer need some work on the inertial dampers? Paris & Kim sure tossed dramatically for a relatively simple manuever. Steve Oostrom on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:04 pm: It wasn't just the Delta Flyer that forgot about inertia. The craft Kim was on stopped too just like that, and I don't think it was doing any retrothrusting. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with just letting the ships drift after they cut power. Respecting inertia in this case would not have significantly hindered the plot. Jwb52z on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 3:28 pm: All the hubub about inertia is meaningless for one reason. The INERTIAL DAMPERS are on. They stop inertia from acting normally.AWhite (Inblackestnight) on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 1:39 pm: Inertial dampers counter the effects of inertia to safeguard the people/equipment inside a vessel from the effects of rapid acceleration and deceleration; they don't stop inertia completely, especially when there is less a physical concern such as drifting a bit after shutting down the engines.
- Rene on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 8:08 pm: Just where are they going to get a new warp core for the Delta Flyer? MasterMind on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 8:10 pm: New Warp Core? Can you say Replicator? Neelix will just have to go on half-rations for a month.# Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 11:41 pm: Amazing that with all the rationing & stretched resources that have been complained about through the years & even in this episode, Harry thinks they may have a spare back-up part for an alien ship. Maybe they have become experts at improvisation!
- If the ex-fighter pilot didn't like comradery, then why was he at the party? ScottN on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 12:11 am: Maybe he had to be there, as one of the racing pilots.
- When Harry became Yureena's partner shouldn't he have worn the same style of uniform as her previous partner? No - he's still a member of Starfleet.
- Dustin Westfall on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 1:02 am: Just to note: the point about tieing cans to the back of a newlyweds cars is to draw attention to them by making noise as the go down the street. Kind of the looses the meaning in the quiet void of space, don't ya think? ScottN on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 1:12 am: 1. Those cans were awfully big.
2. Wouldn't the cans be vaporized by the exhaust of the impulse engines?
3. If they're travelling at warp, the cans would probably muck up the shape of the warp field.
4. Will Tom get a ticket for DUI?
Andrew Gilbertson (Zarm_rkeeg) on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 10:15 am:
2. Why? We don't know what the impulse exhaust is like, but I would assume that futuristic starfleet propulsion wouldn't give off harmful exhaust like that. Else we're in for another 'Force of Nature' scenario... (*eye roll*)
3. Why? Again, how does what we know about the warp field suggest this? I don't think that's ever been a problem before...
4. Not the 'flight school' bit again...! :-)
- WhoreBath on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 2:32 am: I didn't much care for it, but my main gripe was that they actually marry the two of them and DON"T show the wedding!?! We got to see Obrien & Keiko's and Worf & Jadzia's. They should of had them become engaged in this episode and marry in the next. Oops, I forgot, episodes can't have any continuity what so ever, unless they're two parters I suppose. Brian Lombard on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 5:15 am: The writers probably assumed that since we saw the duplicate Tom & B'elanna get hitched in Course: Oblivion that they would be repeating themselves if they showed us the real wedding. Personally, I would like to have seen it.
- Charles Cabe (Ccabe) on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 8:31 am: Why didn't they use the universal translator on the Morse Code message? That's what I would have done. If they had, there would have been a risk of Irina realising what had happened before Harry could deal with her.
- Brian Lombard on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 10:38 am: When the alien woman knocked her ship's communications system, Harry never even tried using his commbadge. She would have noticed him reaching for it, and shot him before his hand got anywhere near it!
- Aaron Dotter on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 12:42 pm: I say again as with the season premiere: where did the medical staff come from? We see some no-name woman doodling around with a console in sickbay. I suppose the Doc could have drafted some science people (maybe some xenobiologists?) Makes sense!
Ex Astris Scientia
- Bernd Schneider: How could the Delta Flyer come to a full stop, unless Tom used something like a brake? How can any starship stop anyway, without a second impulse drive in the ship's bow? Some form of reverse thrust?
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