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Season Five

Course: Oblivion

Production # 913
Iotia:DS93 Rating (/5): * * * 1/2
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Synopsis - In this sequel to last season's episode Demon, just after Tom and B'Elanna tie the knot, serious malfunctions start to develop in both the ship and crew.

Course: Oblivion explores the lives of the deuterium-based copies of the crew that were created in the 4th season episode, Demon. They have forgotten that they are in fact only copies of the original crew, and have now assumed their mission of getting home to Earth. However, when they build and bring online a new warp drive to get them to Earth sooner, they are unaware at first that a certain type of radiation, fine for carbon-based lifeforms, is very harmful for deuterium-based lifeforms and promotes cellular degradation within them.

Some nice points in this episode are seeing Tom and B'Elanna actually get to tie the knot, Neelix noting that only supplies brought aboard recently are not subject to cellular degradation, and Chakotay and Tuvok researching the database for the past year looking for the cause of their current demise. Also interesting to note, that on this ship Paris still had his Lieutenant pips on his collar. Until the truth about their being copies is discovered, this appears to be a flaw; in fact I thought it was on my first viewing of this episode and was all set to nitpick it to death. Paris was of course demoted to Ensign earlier this season in Thirty Days.

This would be a four (out of 5) star rated episode in my books were it not for the ending. The ending loses marks for me whereby nothing at all was left of the copy Voyager when the real one finally reached it. For me, all the experiences this other crew had, in fact the mere point of this episode were all made vain by the fact that the real crew of Voyager had no inkling at all to know anything at all that this other crew had left the demon planet and started their own journey to Earth. It would have been better if their had been at least something for the real Voyager to identify and wonder about; something more that just a garbled distress signal, from an unidentifiable source, and an unidentifiable bit of space debris. To quote Armin Shimmerman's 1950's character in Deep Space Nine's Far Beyond the Stars, it "guts the story".


Series' Regulars
Captain Kathryn Janeway™ - Kate Mulgrew
Commander Chakotay™ - Robert Beltran
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok™ - Tim Russ
The Doctor™ - Robert Picardo
B'Elanna Torres™ - Roxann Dawson
Lieutenant Tom Paris™ - Robert Duncan McNeill
Ensign Harry Kim™ - Garrett Wang
7 of 9™ - Jeri Ryan
Neelix™ - Ethan Phillips

Computer Voice - Majel Barrett

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