Parallax (Star Trek: Voyager)

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Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 3
Directed byKim Friedman
Story byJim Trombetta
Teleplay byBrannon Braga
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Production code103
Original air dateJanuary 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
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"Parallax" is the third episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. The episode was directed by Kim Friedman and broadcast on January 23, 1995;[1] the story was written by Jim Trombetta with the teleplay by Brannon Braga.[2]

Starship Voyager detects a distress call and stops to investigate.[3]


This episode's teleplay was written by Brannon Braga.[4] Brannon Braga was one of the major writer's for Star Trek in the late 1990s and early 2000s;[5] some of his writing was not without controversy, and he later noted in an interview in the 2010s, "I will take full responsibility for any flawed or downright bad storytelling or creative decisions that hurt the franchise."[5]


As Voyager starts its way back home from the Delta Quadrant, tensions between the Starfleet and the Maquis crewmembers begin to rise, and some brief hostilities are incurred. However, both Captain Kathryn Janeway and her first officer, Chakotay, originally the captain of the Maquis crew, agree they need to integrate the two crews as one to fill vacancies left by the disastrous events to date. Of note, Chakotay recommends B'Elanna Torres, one of the more outspoken Maquis and a former Starfleet cadet, to be Chief of Engineering, a move that Janeway is hesitant about, considering that Torres recently broke another engineer's nose in a fight.

As the ship passes near a quantum singularity, the Voyager crew detect a ship stuck in the singularity's event horizon. Receiving no contact with the ship, they attempt to move in closer to engage the ship via tractor beams, but the result damages more of Voyager's systems. Janeway orders the crew to take Voyager to a nearby planet to seek help for the trapped ship. However, after some time has passed, the crew finds themselves back at the singularity, and quickly realize the ship they are seeing is themselves from before; the ship has become trapped in the singularity, and it is impacting several of the ship's systems.

Eventually, they discover a point in space where Voyager crossed into the singularity, but it has since shrunk, too small for Voyager to exit through. Janeway takes Torres, who has knowledge of singularities, on a shuttle to the opening, using the shuttle's shields to expand the opening large enough for Voyager to pass through. However, the result damages their communications systems; on returning to Voyager they find two versions of the ship, both appearing real to their sensors. Though they have a heated argument about which ship is the correct Voyager, Janeway makes the ultimate decision, and correctly picks the right vessel. Voyager leaves the singularity safely and begins to effect repairs. Janeway follows through on Chakotay's advice and promotes Torres to Chief Engineer.


"Parallax" was noted by USA Today as an interesting episode of the franchise and this series, noting the acting performance by Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway.[6]

This episode was noted for exploring the idea of temporal reflections;[4] this concept was acknowledged by the 2016 Star Trek novella, Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock.[4]


  1. ^ Yost, Kimberly (12 December 2013). "From Starship Captains to Galactic Rebels: Leaders in Science Fiction Television". Rowman & Littlefield – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Bennett, Christopher L. (5 September 2016). "Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b c Bennett, Christopher L. (2016-09-05). Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781501123344.
  5. ^ a b Caron, Nathalie (2012-12-15). "Brannon Braga says accusations he killed Star Trek are 'absurd'". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  6. ^ "The 5 best episodes to get you hooked on 'Star Trek'". For The Win. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2019-03-29.

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