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Tempus Fugit
Tweekums20 March 2010
Warning: Spoilers
When this episode opens it looks like a flashback as we see Captain Janeway taking command of Voyager but then we see somebody who should not be there; Seven of Nine. It soon becomes clear that she has been sent back in time by the crew of the 29th century time-ship USS Relativity in order to find a device that will destroy Voyager. This device was installed by somebody from the future and will cause temporal anomalies to tear the ship apart. The problem is finding when the device will be installed. When Seven is detected she is beamed out but is killed in the process. With the benefit of time travel she is recruited again and sent to another likely time frame two years before she joined Voyager's crew. When she returns there is an unusual sensor reading which Janeway remembers has happened once before; when she first came aboard Voyager. Seven is captured but manages to persuade the captain that she isn't a threat and is trying to save the ship. Seven is shocked when she finds who is trying to plant the device, it is none other than Braxton, the captain of the Relativity. The only person more shocked is Captain Braxton who is promptly arrested for the actions of his future self. This doesn't stop future-Braxton though as he manages to escape, he is chased through time by Seven but the constant time jumps are starting to effect her.

This was a good episode and while it isn't too easy to explain the multi-time line plot it makes sense when one watches it. It was nice to see Seven in a standard Star Fleet uniform when she goes time travelling, it is a pity they didn't stick with this look rather than her usual excessively figure-hugging costume.
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I usually don't like temporal episodes, but this one is kind of fun.
MartinHafer28 February 2015
I usually do not like Trek episodes about temporal distortions and the like. However, there have been a few exceptional ones--such as "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and their "Trouble and Tribble-ations" episode. While this one isn't nearly as good, it is a good episode involving time distortions and time travel.

The show consists of Seven of Nine being recruited by time cops of the 29th century. They know that SOMEONE is going to sabotage Voyager with a temporal device--meaning that someone is playing games with time and is traveling through time without permission.

The show is good but it's made a bit better because it has a nice sense of humor and never takes itself very seriously. Worth seeing.
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Great time travel fun
amesmonde15 August 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Seven of Nine is taken from the year 2375 to the 29th century. On the time ship Relativity she is sent on a mission across 2375 and 2371, to save Voyager from destruction.

Directed by Allan Eastman in contrast to the episode Timeless with a story by Nick Sagan we are treated with a full on time travelling episode. Again we see Janeway and crew die, we see Voyager destroyed and later in 'dry doc' at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yard, prior to their Delta Quadrant escapade. This instalment offers Seven in a Starfleet uniform, some phaser shootouts and an overall interesting time travel yarn. Granted a reintegration McGuffin, the ability to merge characters at the end wraps it up too nicely, but the twist and turns are enough to peak interest. With time doubles of Janeway, Seven of Nine and more, Star Trek: First Contact being mentioned by Seven as an example to explain the Pogo paradox and localized time discrepancies there's plenty of fun to be had.

Seven of Nine actress Jeri Ryan shines here and is given plenty to do as the time travelling recruit, enlisted to stop a saboteur planting a device on Voyager. Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway offers subtly between her character in different time periods which helps sell the outlandish premise.

While fans may get a kick out of the multiple Sevens, its link with Timeless and Future's End episodes where Braxton is portrayed Allan G. Royal, here in Relativity he is played by acting veteran Bruce McGill. This episode debatably works better without seeing the episode Future's End, not only because it gives the twist more of an impact, it also avoids raising more plot questions than it cares to answer.

Relativity is a fast-paced, mind-bending, roller-coaster ride time travel story and stands out as one of the most intriguing, fun episodes.
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Somewhat Mind Numbing
Hitchcoc8 September 2018
I don't know. It's time travel and when you throw this into the mix of a science fiction series, it's hard for me to accept it. Let's face it. If in the future, time travel into the past is a possibility, it throws everything out of wack. How can anything that happens have any sort of stability. I mean, what if the Borg have this capability? Couldn't they go back to the beginning of time and simply make the universe Borg? So, we as simple viewers, are willing to accept this possibility because the writers tell us it exists. While it is entertaining, it really doesn't pass the "think" test. That is, keeping us from thinking too much.
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Plot allow time guardians to allow future technology into past future
wguru22 July 2007
The Doctor's mobile emitter, a result of obtaining future technology, a crashed time ship is overlooked at episodes ending. Time guardian (Cptn Braxton) makes no effort to assure the time-line is cleaned up. In other words, his century's technology. The mobile holo-emitter is allowed to be kept by Voyager's crew. Thus the result of technology obtained from some 400 years ahead of Voyager's technology) would surely violate the time guardians prime directives. Gross script error. But did lend a key aspects to broadening the Doctor's character. Regardless that the screenplay was somewhat corny and futile attempts at writing in some of the character's humorous and/or witisome line's, time travel will always be an interesting theme.
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