Stardate 52143.6: After creating a new slipstream drive for Voyager – thanks to Seven’s Borg technology – Janeway and the crew are ready to give the new drive its test flight. Tom and Harry are certain that they’ve spotted a potentially fatal flaw in the slipstream drive, but Harry proposes a quick fix that involves flying point ahead of Voyager in the Delta Flyer. The powerful new propulsion system brings Voyager within parsecs of the Alpha Quadrant in a matter of minutes – and then fails disastrously, slamming the ship into a class L planet and killing everyone except Harry and Chakotay, who are aboard the Delta Flyer. It is a tragic loss from which neither of them will ever recover.
teleplay by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
story by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Christine Harnos (Tessa Omond), LeVar Burton (Captain Geordi La Forge), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)
LogBook entry by Earl Green