Virgil Vox, on 26 November 2018 - 05:52 PM, said:
Despite the fact that this two-parter ends with a giant reset button that makes everything that happened in these two episodes null and void I’d still argue that “Year of Hell” is great Voyager and Star Trek.
I wouldn't go that far. I mean, I agree about it being a glimpse of what the show could've been, in some respects, but at the time, I felt it was a exemplar of what the show had chosen to be instead. I think it was this episode that made me realize that the fundamental difference between DS9 and VGR is that DS9 was where you went if you wanted thoughtful, complex drama driven by characters and ideas, while VGR was where you went if you wanted big, cinematic spectacle and action that was shallow but really well-made. I've always felt that being great Star Trek
meant being closer to the former.
I could have sworn that Kes warned the crew about the Krenim last year but there was no mention of it here. Maybe I am remembering wrong.
The only way the timeline of "Year of Hell" makes sense to me, both with regard to its contradictions with "Before and After" and in terms of its own internal logic (and I use that word very
loosely), is if only the closing scene takes place in the Prime timeline, and the rest takes place in a different timeline that existed before the Krenim timeship's effects on history were erased (so that basically its erasure created the Prime timeline, in a sense).