Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Episodes that don't work...(Some bad and good ones from season 4 of DS9)...
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 at 06:43:51 pm EST (Viewed 284 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Episodes that don't work...(Some bad and good ones from season 4 of DS9)...
Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 at 09:53:42 pm EST (Viewed 284 times)

    There's no question that time travel opens a can of worms. And since Harry Kim was chasing after Janeway to prevent her from doing it, no one at Starfleet would have approved of what Janeway was doing. But, that's what made it a good episode. She was going to save Seven and Tuvok, and to Hell with the consequences. Now, I understand if that rubs some people the wrong way, but to me, it humanized Janeway. Kirk would've done it(in fact, since he broke Starfleet rules, and went to rescue Spock in the Search For Spock, it's a cinch Kirk would've done exactly what Janeway did). I don't think it deflates the dramatic tension when Janeway decides to rescue those she loves most. It makes it more dramatic, and more of an emotional impact.

Kirk risked his career for a friend. But he did not use time travel to save a friend. He didn't time travel to save Spock, nor did he do it to save David. And it must have been pretty easy to do because when he needed to save the whales, he just said "start your computations for time warp" like it was that easy. I suppose the in-story reason is what Kirk says in Star Trek V, "I need my pain, don't take it away from me." And he let Edith Keeler die.

Like I said, just from a writing perspective, if every time a character suffers a loss they can just use time travel to go back and undo it, then they will never suffer any loss. That's the can of worms. So it's something a writer should never employ for that reason. It has nothing to do with what the character of Janeway would or wouldn't do. Like I said, she is the captain of a ship, she may love Seven like a daughter but she should and probably would trade her career for anyone that serves under her. So if she can just use time travel that easily, why not prevent Voyager from getting scooped up by the Caretaker in the first place? Or go back to the first time they encountered the Borg and use the Borg network to go home, instead of 3 years later? How many more lives would be saved then? But then, how many more lives would be lost, like the Borg children who never get freed from the collective? That's the problem, there is no time that wouldn't save lives and also ruin lives, so it doesn't make sense. But I guess Janeway frequently made choices that didn't make sense so maybe in that way it was the perfect finale for Voyager.

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