When the large Greek letter omega appears on Voyager's bridge displays, Captain Janeway locks herself up in the ready room and commits herself to a strange and strictly secret procedure. The Omega Molecule, a very powerful but highly unstable substance, has been detected by the ship's sensors, and it is a Starfleet captain's foremost duty to destroy it at all cost before it can disrupt subspace. She initially only lets Seven of Nine in on what she is doing, considering that Seven has the knowledge of assimilated Starfleet captains. But when Janeway plans to go on a shuttle mission that could kill her, Chakotay advises her to rely on the capabilities of her ship and crew.

Voyager finds a destroyed research outpost on a moon. After rescuing the survivors, Janeway investigates the remaining Omega Molecules. There are too many to simply destroy them with a detonation, so Janeway goes with Seven's suggestion to use a harmonic chamber. Harnessing the Omega Molecules is an old obsession of the Borg, so Seven makes every effort to persuade the captain not to destroy them, but Janeway orders to carry on with the procedure. When alien ships follow Voyager to retrieve the molecules, Janeway decides to decompress the cargo bay with the harmonic chamber and destroy the rest with a photon torpedo. Only seconds before the decompression, the molecules eventually stabilize, but it is already too late to preserve them.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, July 19, 2001 - 3:13 am:Do Data and Lore know of Omega? Data was connected to the Collective in The Best Of Both Worlds, Part II, and Lore was `helping' the disconnected Borg in Descent. In addition, hw come Chakotay didn't learn about Omega when he was connected to Borg collectives in Unity and Scorpion, Part II? None of them were ever fully connected to the collective.
  2. If Ketteract, and the station, were destroyed by the Omega molecule, then how does Starfleet know he created a molecule and how long it lasted? They obviously knew he was stationed there, and worked out his success at creating Omega via long range scans of the aftermath.

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. The alien society experimenting with the Omega Molecule in this episode were said to be pre-warp, despite this though they have interstellar ships obviously capable of escaping the blast radius of the Omega at episodes end. Either the clasification of the species as being pre warp was made in error, or the blast radius was low enough for sub warp ships to safely escape the explosion.

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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