Summary

Voyager gets sucked into an isolated region of space without stars and without any energy sources. Several other starships are stuck in this Void as well, and frequently attack each other to get hold of their energy and food supplies. After a first attempt of escape has failed, Janeway offers an alliance to other ships, in order to share resources and find a way out together. Three of the seven ships, however, leave the alliance and join Voyager's declared enemy Valen when Janeway makes clear that there are certain rules, and no one must be harmed for one's own benefit. With the help of a species indigenous to the Void who disable the enemy ships the escape is eventually successful. After saying their goodbyes, Voyager returns course to home, with Janeway considering their brief time with the alliance like being part of the Federation again.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Ben Cohen on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 7:41 pm: Tom is baffled that the Vaudwaar beamed away the Deuterium. "You can find it anywhere", he says. well then, why did he, Seven and Naomi come back empty handed when they went searching for some in Bliss? The bioplasmic organisim probably masked all traces in that area.
  2. Is there a reason why Janeway is catching up on the Federation Charter on her desktop computer, which would undoubtedly take up more power than reading it on a padd? The same reason people watch movies and TV shows on a TV instead of a tablet or smartphone – the picture is clearer!
  3. Spockania on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 8:06 pm: Is it just me, or did Janeway's alliance have three ships and only two captains were seen at the end? Yes – the other members quit after Janeway ordered Bossal to leave Voyager for murdering another crew to obtain a vital piece of equipment.
  4. Shane Tourtellotte on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 8:21 pm: When we were first introduced to the notorious liola root, it was this noxious foodstuff that nobody except Neelix could stand to have around. Now a cream of liola soup is the first course in a gourmet meal? Hm. I guess all those slanders we've slung around regarding Neelix's cooking were true, and it just took the bare competence of 7 to make the liola root palatable. Or the crew found a way to enjoy it!
  5. When a warp core goes offline, doesn't that mean the glow should go out of a ship's warp nacelles? (We've seen that evidenced before.) It doesn't do so for Voyager. Jwb52z on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 9:59 pm: Damaged doesn't always mean offline. It merely can mean inoperable enough to work properly. My computer can be on but be malfunctioning enough to not work properly or be useful.
  6. I thought Astrometrics was shut down, but the (whatever previously-seen race they were) were working there without any trouble. And by the way, aren't we well out of that race's space by now? There have been a couple big leaps since that episode. Jwb52z on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 9:59 pm: Astrometrics was shut down till they were able to get enough power to it. Seven and B'Elanna disagreed on what to use the new energy source for, but evidently they used it for that or got some from the alliance they had built with those few ships. We have no way to know how big of an area "that race" and its space covers.
  7. At the end of the episode, Voyager beams away two members of different crews at once. Were they going to the same ship? I don't think the transporter can split its beam the way this scene suggests. (Ducks in anticipation of Jwb52z.) Jwb52z on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 9:59 pm: BTW, Shane, yes, from what I understand it is possible because they can just retune the targeting scanners and the coordinates to the transporter with each transporter pattern. It's just never been done before on the show in quite this way.Seniram 11:38, August 10, 2018 (UTC)They were likely using different pads or transporter rooms.
  8. The reason they needed that doohickey was so they could expand the shield around all the ships. Couldn’t they have simplified all of this by transferring everyone onto Voyager (at the last moment to discourage attacks, of course) and only taking that ship? Jwb52z on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 9:59 pm:That wouldn't have made much sense once they got outside the void. Do you REALLY expect those aliens to stay aboard Voyager? There had to be a few hundred. Voyager can't support that many people, along with their own crew, for long enough to take the aliens where they were supposed to go or take them home. PaulG on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 11:13 am: Jwb52z: I can appreciate the aliens wanting to keep their own ships. But if the choice is between escaping the void or rotting in there until they died in some hideous way, sacrificing the ship is a no-brainer. When it became a race against time, I am surprised that no one even suggested it, even if the idea was eventually rejected.

    Also, since we have no idea how far these aliens were from home (or the nearest convenient base) and we have seen Voyager support that many passengers before without everyone starving to death (Prophecy), I have trouble accepting your claim that Voyager could not possibly support them all. Considering that Voyager would have the combined supplies of all the ships (including such things as their warp cores and other usually permanent fixtures) and the new efficient food replicator technology, I find it probable that Voyager could sustain them all until they acquired new supplies. BTW, I'm surprised that you would make such an absolute claim considering your dedication to finding even the smallest loopholes to disprove other people’s nits.
  9. Anonymous on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 11:04 pm: Hey I remember an episode during the first season of Voyager clearly stating how many photon torpeodes they had. Now I've seen them use a couple every now and then and two more today. Anyone one have an idea of about how many torpedoes are left? Brad W. Higgins on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 11:18 pm: Considering they're able to build fully functional shuttles with active warp cores, not to mention the Delta Flyer and a completely new astrometrics lab, I don't think making a few extra photon torpedoes every now and then should present much of a problem for our intrepid crew.
  10. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 1:36 am: Why doesn't Janeway & the other ships put up some kind of warning bouys to let other ships know about the dangerous funnels? They would be vulnerable to the graviton surges that dragged ships into the void in the first place!.
  11. The Undesirable Element on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 2:03 pm: So Deuterium is found ANYWHERE?? Too bad we don't have any here on Earth. (Or is deuterium an actual substance that I don't know about?) Ben Cohen on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 3:39 pm: I think it actually is a real substance. At least Word Perfect 8 thinks it is (I mispelled it last night and Word Perfect caught my mistake). TomM on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 4:26 pm: Yes, deuterium is real. It is an isotope of hydrogen with a neutron as well as a proton in the nucleus, making it twice as massive hence it's nickname "heavy hydrogen". (Water with a high concentration of molecules where one or both of the hydrogen atoms is actually deuterium is called "heavy water.") When you use heavy hydrogen instead of "normal" hydrogen in nuclear reactions, both critical mass and containment can be acheived a lot easier. Presumably the same holds true for the matter/antimatter reactions in Voyager's warp core.


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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