Paris is a lieutenant again! He and Torres are getting married! They have enhanced warp drive and will get home in two years! And the ship’s falling apart. What the heck is going on? Well, it turns out that it’s a faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake! The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch writes up a great sequel to a terrible episode, “Course: Oblivion.”
As much as I disliked “Demon,” that’s how much I love this magnificent tragedy of an episode. Since we’re stuck with the duplicate Voyager crew anyhow, it’s fun to follow up on them. I love the idea that they’ve forgotten that they’re duplicates and are blithely barreling forward as if they’re the bona fide Voyager. Best of all are the hints of other adventures and accomplishments: first contact with the Kmada, the N’Kree trying to conscript them into their battle fleet, the acquisition/creation of an enhanced warp drive that will get them home faster. And thanks to the wonderfully tragic ending (which was apparently at the urging of co-writer Nick Sagan—one draft of the script had Voyager at least find the time capsule), it’s all lost.