[VOY] Year of Hell, Part II

[VOY] Season 4, Episode 9: Year of Hell, Part IIyear of hell part 2Rating: 3 

Part Two of Year of Hell skates by with a 3 mostly because it concludes the story, even if it doesn’t really add much to everything that happened in Part One. They sort of try to broach certain moral subjects, but not in a particularly interesting way. Mostly this episode just kind of winds the plot down in a pretty matter-of-fact way.

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Annorax takes Chakotay under his wing with the offer to restore Voyager

Annorax takes Chakotay under his wing with the offer to restore Voyager.

Voyager is fighting off gas and rocks

Voyager is fighting off gas and rocks

Janeway jumps into some fire and the doctor tries to remove her from command. The "what if" kind of stuff isn't as good as the last episode

Janeway jumps into some fire and the doctor tries to remove her from command. The “what if” kind of stuff isn’t as good as the last episode.

Eventually with Chakotay's consent, Paris sends the plan to Janeway who builds a collation. Also, Voyager was supposed to have only the most essential crew members stay. Why is Neelix still there?

Eventually with Chakotay’s consent, Paris sends the plan to Janeway who builds a coalition. Also, Voyager was supposed to have only the most essential crew members stay. Why is Neelix still there?

Janeway stays on board Voyager all by herself so she can crash into the time ship

Janeway stays on board Voyager all by herself so she can crash into the time ship. Janeway tells everyone to lower their temporal shields so everything will be restored. I guess it’s an ok way to explain how they’ll fix everything, even if it’s really simple.

"Time's up" lol ok Janeway

“Time’s up” lol ok Janeway

Then Tuvok gets his eyesight back! Oh and Janeway is alive and all that other stuff is restored too

Then Tuvok gets his eyesight back! Oh and Janeway is alive and all that other stuff is restored too

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  • Ross Danbruen

    The villains had let the power of the weapon consume them, and were using it to try and restore their empire, when really, destroying the weapon itself would’ve undone their mistake, even though it would bring back the conflict they created it to destroy, which is probably one of the reasons they didn’t destroy it themselves, if the thought had even crossed their minds. I suppose the official objective wasn’t to restore Kyanna Prime, it was to restore the ill-gotten empire.

    Does time have moods like Kurtwood says? Was it really keeping that compound out of the results for 200 years just to torment him? It’s unconfirmed, but I like that ambiguity.

    The problem is that no one remembers this event, and it’s essentially non-canon. No one remembers what was lost or can celebrate that they overcame it the way they did. It has had no effect on any of the characters. It was a reset button-ending and everything’s happy immediately after it was chaos. This would annoy me if it happened twice, and be horrible if it was every episode, but I would argue it has the right to be the solution once, especially when it came with so much emotion, better cinematography than they usual have at times, death, sacrifice, and a true need for a reset.

    What was accomplished by this ending? This isn’t some deus ex machina, it’s an objective gain. Janeway destroyed the weapon and restored perhaps trillions of lives, as well as what the villain had been trying to regain in his misguided way. Will they just rebuild the weapon? Evidently, they didn’t. Even though our characters don’t remember the hardship they went through, that’s a massive win in my book. Year of Hell was one of Voyager’s best.