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Volume 3, Issue 4

SubspaceLink Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • The End of the Delta Flyer

  • A 30,000 light-year LifeLine, is that your final answer?

  • Ahh, Voyager is haunted, get him away, get him away!!

  • SubspaceLink Statistics

The End of the Delta Flyer

This week on Voyager the 6th Seaon's season finale, with only one year left in the journeys of the U.S.S. Voyager, once again we are brought into a borg conflict.  This week's episode, entitled "Unimatrix Zero" is about the place in the collective where select drones can be individuals for a short period of "dream time", after which they remember nothing of the time they were individuals.  In this episode Seven makes her way into Unimatrix Zero, and, at least according to the preview commercial, the Delta Flyer will be ripped to shreds.  Looks like it will be an interesting one indeed.

A 30,000 light-year Life Line, is that your final answer?

http://www.startrek.com/library/episodes_voy_detail.asp?ID=111403

You knew it was coming, I just couldn't resist playing on the words of that title, it was just too easy.  Anyway, this was a good episode where we again see our old TNG friends Troi and Barclay.  Barclay and the Pathfinder project (from the episode Pathfinder that aired earlier this season) find a way to use a stellar phenomenon to send Voyager some galactic e-mail once a month and give Voyager 17 hours to reply.  Anyway, Neelix takes up his old role from the episodes involving the communications array a few seasons ago of delivering mail to the crewmembers of Voyager.  In Sickbay the Doctor is surprised to learn that one of the letters is to him.  The letter, coming from Barclay, mentions that the doctor's creator, Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, is deathly ill.  Attached to the message is Dr. Zimmerman's medical file.  Feeling what can only be described as sad for his "father", the doctor reads the file and studies it, only to discover that the disease that Zimmerman is suffering from is extremely similar to the Vidiian disease known as the Phage, in this early stage of the disease, the doctor believes that his knowledge of the disease can allow him to heal his creator and asks the Captain for permission to BE the reply to the letters.  Reluctantly, the captain agrees and sends the EMH back to the Alpha Quadrant for a month.  Once there, Barclay brings the EMH to Zimmerman, who is not impressed.  By this time it turns out that Zimmerman has been examined by the Mark 2, the Mark 3, the Mark 4, and the finest "real" doctors in Starfleet, he has almost no belief that an obsolete Mark 1 can cure what ails him.  In desperation to stop the constant bickering that is going on between the EMH and Doctor Zimmerman, Barclay calls upon the one who has helped him through the years, Counselor Dianna Troi of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E.  It takes some convincing from Troi to get the leave to go to Jupiter Station, but she does, however once she gets there, traditional therapy not only does not work, but has an opposite of the desired effect, instead of convincing Zimmerman to let the EMH try, the fight only gets worse.  Eventually a more roundabout tactic is necessary, so Troi and Barclay cause the situation to be reversed.  They cause it to appear, without his knowledge, that the EMH's program has degraded in the long trip across the galaxy, something that is certainly feasable, it is a long trip.  The only one who can save the EMH now, is the EMH's creator.  Zimmerman does repair the problem, but also wants to improve the EMH, this is the point where the REAL issue comes out.  The reason Zimmerman does not want to be examined by the EMH is because the Mark 1 was his baby.  Starfleet thought that the Mark 1 was so buggy, and more importantly, so rude.  That the 600 some odd EMH Mark 1's were not decommissioned, but instead, redesigned to scrub warp plasma conduits.  This devistated Zimmerman, who had put so much of himself into the Mark 1, that the Mark 1 even looked like him.  600 some odd "doctors" out there scrubbing warp plasma, all with Zimmerman's face, and now suddenly one comes back to him wanting to treet his illness?

After much thought, and conversation with the EMH, Zimmerman is somewhat relieved that one of his babies is still doing what he designed it to do and eventually allows the EMH to run his tests.  The EMH turns out to be right and "prescribes" regular treatments, just as it approaches time for the EMH to be returned home.  In a final conversation with Zimmerman, they agree to exchange letters the next month.

Ahh, Voyager is haunted, get him away, get him away!!

http://www.startrek.com/library/episodes_voy_detail.asp?ID=111598

"The Haunting of Deck Twelve", begins with a shipwide power-down that prematurely ends the regeneration cycles of the borg children, Because of this, Seven asks Neelix to "entertain" the children during the several hour power outage and he does so by telling them the story of an alien lifeform that took over Voyager months earlier, before the borg children joined the crew.  The story makes for one of the most "thrilling" episodes of Voyager with erie atmosphere, the "ghost story" tone in Neelix's voice as he tells the story, and the danger in almost every scene as one crew member or another is attacked by what appears to be the ship itself.  Seven is trapped inside forcefields and the air inside is flooded with a protonebulae, the CONN strikes out at Paris with an energy bolt that marrs his face.  The bridge is evacuated of all oxygen, and lights go out all over the ship, it turns out that while gathering Duterium in a nebulae they picked up a rather unhappy stowaway, who wants nothing more to return to his home, and is not happy indeed when he finds out that his home has dissolved into empty space.  He begins removing human life support from decks and commands people to leave, and as they are doing so, he slams the door shut after the last person besides Janeway went through to the escape pods, trapping her on Voyager.  The Alien decides he needs someone to keep the ship running, when the Captain refuses to do so unless the alien returns control of her ship to her, the alien calls her bluff and commands her to go to Engineering, she again refuses unless control of the ship was relinquished to her, the alien floods the area the captain is in with poisonous gas but still the Captain does not back down, at the last possible second, the alien gives in and restores command to Janeway and restores all ship systems, a temporary habitat is made for the alien on deck 12, and now months later, Voyager is powered down to enter another nebulae similar in many ways to the one the alien came from.  Power is restored, the story ends, the borg children, who are a little on the frightened side, reluctantly return to their alcoves when Neelix lies and says that he made it all up, Neelix heads to the Bridge to see if the alien has made his new home, when he finds out that he has, he says "Well I hope he lives happily ever after" and that's the end of the episode, a great episode full of suspense, always wondering who's going to be attacked by the alien next and how the problem will be solved, diplomacy wins out in the end though.

Well, that concludes this issue of the SubspaceLink newsletter, there are a couple of promotions to report but I will report them in the next issue, Keep on Trekin, oh and please tell me if you have problems reading the new HTML format of the newsletter.

Admiral Victor Scott Regnum
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