the story: Chakotay finds the ship shattered into different time periods.
what it's all about: Sure, "Shattered" is a bit like Next Generation's final episode, "All Good Things...," where Q has Picard hopping between the past, present and future, but it stands uniquely on its own as a clever and fun episode, revisiting various signposts from throughout Voyager's seven seasons. We do see a future, where Icheb and Naomi have grown up and have become the second generation to run the ship, and we see Seven when she was still a Borg drone, and we see Janeway from just before "Caretaker" (first episode, dude).
But my favorite part? One last reprise of Seska. Seska was the signature arc of the first two seasons, the Cardassian who posed as a Bajoran in order to infiltrate the Maquis, and thus betraying in her defection to the Kazon not only the crew as a whole, but Chakotay, with whom she'd been close. She technically met her end in the third season premiere, "Basics, Part 2," but returned via a holodeck program she'd booby-trapped in "Worst Case Scenario" at the end that season.
For a second time, she gets another chance to finish the job, and really, it's just confirmation that Seska remains a signature villain of the series, in case anyone had forgotten or simply roped her in with her Kazon allies, whom many fans didn't really care for.
That it's a Chakotay episode is awesome, since he had nothing much to do with "Worst Case," nor "Basics, Part 2," despite being so important to the arc and character previously. This was a point when he'd receded far into the background, and hadn't been particularly relevant except in his spotlight episodes since...basically the second season. But Chakotay was king of spotlight episodes. He could sell any concept, and seemed to get a good share of the truly interesting ones, like this one.
- franchise - Shades of a classic final episode here.
- series - Reflects back on the journey without being a clip show, which is itself clever.
- character - Chakotay, and Seska, are well-served.
- essential - Seeing Seska again is a great reminder of how important she was to the show.
Martha Hackett (Seska)
Manu Intiraymi (Icheb)
Scarlett Pomers (Naomi)
Martin Rayner (Chaotica)