Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “11:59”

It’s a Lifetime Original Movie cleverly disguised as a Trek episode, as we flash back to December 2000 and Shannon O’Donnel, an ancestor of Janeway’s, and a major event in her life. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch reaches “11.59.”

An excerpt:

It reminds me far too much of other episodes that tackled its themes far more successfully. “Living Witness” did so much more with the notion of history distorting the facts. DS9’s “Far Beyond the Stars” was a significantly more effective twentieth-century flashback. And DS9’s “Once More Unto the Breach” provided a far more effective colloquy on the differences between legends and reality. (I really wish Worf could have materialized in the mess hall at the end and delivered a version of his line from the latter episode: “The only real question is whether you believe in the legend of Shannon O’Donnel or not. If you do, then there should be no doubt in your mind that she was a great explorer. If you do not believe in the legend, then she was just a woman and it does not matter how she lived.”)

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