Ep 3: Parallax
Guest Stars: Josh Clark (Carey),
Martha Hackett (Seska), Justin Williams (Jarvin)
Written By: Jim Trombetta
Directed By: Kim Friedman
Teleplay By: Brannon Braga
Tensions rise between the merged
Starfleet and Maquis crews when the ship becomes trapped inside a star
that's collapsed upon itself.
Torres is reprimanded by Chakotay
after she ends a dispute in engineering by breaking the nose of a Starfleet
officer named Carey. But despite her volatile nature, Chakotay has faith
in the Klingon woman's skills, and he recommends Torres to Janeway for
the position of Chief Engineer. Janeway is surprised, but before she can
consider the recommendation, the U.S.S. Voyager is jolted as it enters
a region of spatial distortions. A short time later, it comes upon a ship
that is trapped in the event horizon of a quantum singularity: the powerful
energy field surrounding a collapsed star.
While the engineering staff tries
to figure out a way to help the other ship, Janeway questions the capability
of Chakotay's Maquis officers. Still, she agrees to consider Torres for
the engineering slot.
Realizing that Voyager doesn't have
enough power to rescue the ship on its own, the crew heads away from the
singularity to get help, but before long they find themselves heading back
toward the same collapsed star. Again Voyager moves away, and again the
ship finds itself back where it started.
As tensions rise between Maquis and
Starfleet crewmembers, Torres works with Carey to figure out what's happening.
Noting the peculiar effects of the singularity on Voyager's holographic
doctor, Torres comes up with an idea that may allow them to contact the
crew of the trapped ship, which, in turn, may provide clues to their own
predicament. Torres' plan works, but when they finally hear from the other
ship, they discover that it's Voyager itself! They've been looking at a
distorted reflection of themselves and it's Voyager itself that's trapped
in the singularity. But how do they get out?
Before long, Torres discovers that
another ship which appears to be caught in the reflective distortion is
actually a mirror image of Voyager. She realizes that the ship must return
to the "tear" in the singularity where they entered, and exit before the
star collapses, forever trapping them inside. Using a dekyon beam fired
from a shuttlecraft piloted by Janeway and Torres, they force the opening
wide enough for Voyager to escape. Because of her tempered initiative and
creative approach to saving the ship, Torres is given the Chief Engineer's
post, and Lt. Carey is among the first to congratulate her.