Part 1 of a two-parter that is at once one of Voyager‘s best stories and also one of its most frustrating. See the ship get the absolute shit kicked out of it while Red from That 70s Show keeps changing history. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch lives through the “Year of Hell” (and no, we’re not talking about 2020….).
I love and hate this two-parter in equal measure, though my biggest issue with the storyline is mostly seen in Part 2, so we’ll talk about that in more depth on Thursday. But suffice it to say, this episode encapsulates what Voyager really should have been all along. Even granted that they have replicator technology, it should take a very long time for them to repair damage, yet the ship is always pristine and in perfect working order by the next episode. (This was particularly galling after the ship suffered catastrophic damage in “Investigations” and “Deadlock.”)