According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Natural Law : Shattered : Homestead.
In the Seska story arc, the story sequence is Worst Case Scenario : Shattered.
For the DS9 episode with a similar title, please see Shattered Mirror.


Voyager runs into an anomaly that splits the ship into 37 time frames, from the departure to the Badlands to seventeen years into the future. Only Chakotay, after getting a chroniton hypospray, is able to cross the barriers between the time frames. Although Captain Janeway of 2371 first mistrusts him, he can convince her to help him get the ship into temporal sync again. With the support of future Naomi and Icheb, Maquis B'Elanna, and Seven of Nine when she was a Borg they gain control of engineering that is occupied by Seska and the Kazon, to initiate a warp pulse. Back in his time, seconds before the ship encounters the anomaly, Chakotay is the only one to remember what happened, and he prevents the accident from happening again, when he orders Lt. Torres to blow out the ship's deflector, which prevents the interaction that caused the time fractures. Later, Chakotay and Janeway have dinner together, where Chakotay tells Janeway he cannot reveal why he ordered the deflector blown out due to the Temporal Prime Directive. He is surprised that Janeway knows of his cider stash, but Janeway refuses to answer, claiming she too is under the Temporal Prime Directive.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Rene on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 6:58 pm: Why did Chakotay need Janeway's help anyway? She is listed as the ship's commanding officer, with maximum security authorisation for every system on board!
  2. Corey Hines on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 7:06 pm: Everytime Chakotey went through a time frame, he should have asked the computer what the stardate was. Jwb52z on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 9:55 pm: The computer itself was damaged and probably wouldn't have been able to respond.
  3. Spornan on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 8:24 pm: When Chakotay grabs the phaser off of one Kazon, and shoots another, how come the three others with guns didn't shoot him too? They just stood there. Slow reactions?
  4. Chakotay injects AQ Janeway, and then drags her through the temporal barrier. How did the serum circulate through her body so quickly? Wouldn't doing that mean that only the affected parts of her body would be drawn in, tearing her apart? Perhaps it's designed to act that fast.
  5. Where are the time police in all of this? Maybe they ignored this, due to it being confined to the inside of Voyager.
  6. "You Both died...17 years ago" This means the Borg baby should be all grown up. I wonder where s/he is. It probably died shortly after the Collective incident.
  7. Since when has moving around pieces of a background in the Holodeck actually revealed parts of it? Chris Booton (Cbooton) on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 8:34 pm: In several episodes, Part 1 and Part 2 of The Killing Game for example, Seven removes some books to get to a control panel. In the TNG episode where the ship makes that whatever it was, and they spend a lot of time in the holodeck data accessing a control panel under a street.
  8. Shane Tourtellotte on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 8:26 pm: Is it normal procedure, when your replicator breaks down, to field-strip it yourself rather than calling in a trained technician? Or, with Janeway and this replicator, is it personal? She probably thinks it would be quicker and easier to deal with it herself, instead of waiting for an engineer to become available.
  9. If Voyager exists in 37 different temporal pieces, why are all those pieces in the same place, when in their proper times, they are tens of thousands of light-years from each other? Because only the interior areas are affected? (Don't ask me how - I'm a nitpicker, not a temporal mechanic!)
  10. When Seska has a gun at Janeway's head, and all her officers give in rather than let her get shot, was I the only one thinking "So what if she gets killed?" Not for the obvious nasty-minded reason, but because the timeline was about to be reset, thus undoing Janeway's death. It would have added a brief dramatic 'oomph' to this episode, while still allowing them to hit The Big Reset Button. Chris Booton (Cbooton) on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 8:34 pm: I guess since they already did that with Tuvok they felt that one 'fooled ya'! Main character death was enough for one episode.
  11. Aaron Dotter on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 9:56 pm: Didn't they try to turn off the holodeck before going in? Sure would have saved them a lot of trouble.TomM on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 11:20 pm: Not if the rift occurred between the (outside) control panel and the doorway. The controls would be sending the instructions to a different timeframe.
  12. Rene on Monday, February 26, 2001 - 12:07 pm: I was watching TNG's A Matter Of Time with that guy who says he's from the future but he's really from the past. Anyway, in a discussion with him, Picard mentions the Prime Directives and then says that he is probably holding to "some temporal equivalent" of the Prime Directive, implying Starfleet doesn't have a Temporal Prime Directive at this point. Jwb52z on Monday, February 26, 2001 - 3:30 pm: Maybe they didn't have one yet. Seniram 17:18, August 5, 2018 (UTC) Picard may have recomended one due to the Berlinghoff Rasmussen incident.


  1. According to the episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 54389.
  2. Links to 2371, 2372, 2373, 2374, 2375 and 2394.

Voyager Season 7
Unimatrix Zero Part 2 I Imperfection I Drive I Repression I Critical Care I Inside Man I Body and Soul I Nightingale I Flesh and Blood I Shattered I Lineage I Repentance I Prophecy I The Void I Workforce Part 1 I Workforce Part 2 I Human Error I Q2 I Author, Author I Friendship One I Natural Law I Homestead I Renaissance Man I Endgame
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