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If you don't like Star Trek, or if you do and you haven't watched all of the TNG and Voyager episodes, don't click the cut. If you like it and haven't watched the episodes, the cut discussion concerns season 3, episode 8 of TNG and season 3, episode 5 of Voyager.

I watched TNG as a teenager, but my first real thoughtful exposure to Star Trek was via Voyager. If you clicked the cut and are unfamiliar with the two series, the first thing you need to know is that in the series space is divided into four quadrants: Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma. The premise of Voyager is that the ship and crew become lost in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years from home, after being swept off course by an unknown force. In episode 03-05, "False Prophets," the crew discover that two Ferengi are in the Delta Quadrant and are taking advantage of a primitive culture for their own gain. Getting them back depends on dealing with a decaying wormhole which appears at unstable intervals. The Voyager crew also hope to use the wormhole to return home.

I always thought that this was a nifty story made up for the sake of keeping on track with the ongoing goal of getting Voyager home. I didn't realize that there was a connection to any previous Star Trek series.

In episode 3-8 of TNG, the Enterprise crew is among a group of negotiators for the rights to what is believed to be a stable wormhole leading to the Gamma Quadrant. La Forge and Data take a shuttle to explore the wormhole in order to confirm the information. The Ferengi, not wishing to be outdone or deceived, send two of their own men in a shuttle into the wormhole.

Eventually, La Forge and Data make it back--though not without facing some danger--and report that the wormhole is not stable and does not always lead to the Gamma Quadrant. The Ferengi have not returned home with them. They are trapped--in the Delta Quadrant.

I have to wonder if this was the original inspiration for the entire Voyager series!


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Jul. 17th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Holy toledo! I never made that connection before. Good catch, Sarah!!! *big grin*
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
voyager and t n g
Yes but the next gen crew finds that the worm hole is unstable on the alpha quadrant side. Also, the voyager crew finds the delta quadrant side to be unstable as well. This is a paradox and an inconsistancy in the show's scientific base.
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: voyager and t n g
Nope. You gotta watch it again. :P It's unstable on the other side but stable on the Alpha Quadrant side. That's how La Forge and Data knew they could turn around and get back home.
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: voyager and t n g
Did you just see this TNG episode again recently? Becasue to the best of my recollection, Data & Geordi weren't positive they were going to make it back to the Alpha Quadrant - the just HOPED they would make it back. (and were relived when they made it) and their end of the wormhole vanished seconds after they came through it.
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: voyager and t n g
I watched it yesterday. I'll watch it again and post what it was that gave me the impression that they knew it was stable on the Alpha side.
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: voyager and t n g
Sorry about all of my spelling errors/typos. I am very tired today and my fingers aren't cooperating.
Jul. 17th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: voyager and t n g
She already said that the TNG crew found the wormhole unstable.

Now if the wormhole (in its entirety) was unstable, that would mean that both ends are unstable as well. (as both ends are parts of a whole) So how is this a paradox and inconsistent with the show's scientific base? Please elaborate.
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