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{{Disambiguation|the Latin phrase|Non sequitur}}
 
Harry Kim is placed in an alternate timeline where he was never assigned to ''Voyager''.
 
Harry Kim is placed in an alternate timeline where he was never assigned to ''Voyager''.
   
 
== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
 
=== Teaser ===
 
=== Teaser ===
As [[Harry Kim]] wakes up, he can hear the distant voice of [[Captain]] [[Kathryn Janeway|Janeway]], who says something about an [[transporter|emergency transport]]. She calls out his name several times as her voice transitions into that of his girlfriend [[Libby]], who wakes him gently. Harry stares out the window of his apartment as He discovers that he is back on Earth, in the city of San Francisco.
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As [[Harry Kim]] wakes up, he can hear the distant voice of {{Captain}} [[Kathryn Janeway|Janeway]], who says something about an [[transporter|emergency transport]]. She calls out his name several times as her voice transitions into that of his girlfriend [[Libby]], who wakes him gently. Kim stares out the window of his apartment, which shows a panoramic cityscape, including the [[Transamerica Pyramid]] building and a [[Type 8 shuttlecraft]] flying by, as he discovers that he is back on [[Earth]], in the city of [[San Francisco]].
   
 
=== Act One ===
 
=== Act One ===
A disbelieving Harry can't believe that he is back on earth, with Libby. She reminds him he has an important meeting and rushes a still stunned Harry to shower and get dressed. Harry emerges from the bathroom dressed in his standard yellow uniform and is obviously still trying to process exactly what happened. He asks her the stardate: 49011. He realizes it's not the past, but the present, and that he isn't dreaming. He runs through the other possibilities: Holodeck? Hallucination? Libby, exasperated, tells him they both have long days ahead of them and they need to get to work. He responds to her like he would if he were facing an alien interrogation, and tells her he is from ''[[Voyager]]''. She is not amused, telling him the memorial service was two months ago and he shouldn't joke about it.
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[[File:Harry Kim and Libby.jpg|thumb|"''My name is Ensign Harry Kim of the Federation starship ''Voyager''. Where am I? Is this some sort of simulation?''"]]
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A disbelieving Kim cannot believe that he is back on Earth, with Libby. She reminds him he has an important meeting and rushes a still stunned Kim to shower and get dressed. Kim emerges from the bathroom dressed in his standard operations Starfleet uniform and is obviously still trying to process exactly what happened. He asks her the stardate: 49011. He realizes it's not the past, but the present, and that he isn't dreaming. He runs through the other possibilities: holodeck? hallucination? Libby, exasperated, tells him they both have long days ahead of them and they need to get to work. He responds to her like he would if he were facing an alien interrogation, and tells her he is from {{USS|Voyager}}. She is not amused, telling him the [[memorial service]] was two months ago and he shouldn't joke about it, given that his friend [[Daniel Byrd|Danny]] was aboard when it went missing in the [[Badlands]].
   
[[Image:Vulcan mocha.jpg|thumb|Cosimo offers Kim his daily Vulcan mocha]]
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[[File:Vulcan mocha.jpg|thumb|left|Cosimo offers Kim his daily Vulcan mocha]]
Kim leaves his apartment and continues to look around the area with disbelief. From a coffee shop named Cosimo's he gets what he has apparently been drinking for eight months, a [[Vulcan mocha]], from [[Cosimo]]. From him, Kim learns that he is giving the presentation of the new ship design he--Harry--has created. Harry asks the man how long he has been coming to this shop, and Cosimo tells him that it's been nearly every day since he graduated from [[Starfleet Academy]]. Harry also learns that he and Libby are engaged, but before he can ask more questions, [[Lieutenant]] [[Lasca]] arrives and hurries him to the important meeting.
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Kim leaves his apartment and continues to look around the area with disbelief. From a [[coffee shop]] named [[Cosimo's]] he gets what he has apparently been drinking for eight months, a [[Vulcan mocha]], from [[Cosimo]]. From him, Kim learns that he is giving the presentation of the new ship design he &ndash; Harry Kim &ndash; has created. Kim asks the man how long he has been coming to this shop, and Cosimo tells him that it's been nearly every day since he graduated from [[Starfleet Academy]]. Kim also learns that he and Libby are engaged, but before he can ask more questions, [[Lieutenant]] [[Lasca]] arrives and hurries him to the important meeting.
   
Lasca and Kim have been working on an experimental [[runabout]], the [[USS Yellowstone (NX-74751)|''Yellowstone'']], but since Kim has no idea what it is, he does not have the [[warp coil]] [[schematic]] he needed for their presentation to [[Admiral]] [[Strickler (Admiral)|Strickler]] and company. Lasca starts to explain the new design of the Yellowstone-Class runabout they have been working on. It has tetryon based plasma warp nacelles. The admiral interrupts, asking how they will address the dilithium fracture problem, since tetryon plasma can disrupt subspace. Lasca confidently introduces Harry to answer that problem, while Harry sits in his chair with a panicked look on his face--He has no idea what Lasca is talking about!
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Lasca and Kim have been working on an experimental [[runabout]], the ''[[USS Yellowstone (2372)|Yellowstone]]'', but since Kim has no idea what it is, he does not have the [[warp coil]] [[schematic]] he needed for their presentation to [[Admiral]] {{dis|Strickler|Admiral}} and company. Lasca starts to explain the new design of the {{class|Yellowstone}} runabout they have been working on. It has [[tetryon]]-based [[plasma]] [[warp nacelle]]s. The admiral interrupts, asking how they will address the [[dilithium]] fracture problem, since tetryon plasma can disrupt [[subspace]]. Lasca confidently introduces Kim to answer that problem, while Kim sits in his chair with a panicked look on his face &ndash; he has no idea what Lasca is talking about.
   
 
=== Act Two ===
 
=== Act Two ===
The admiral and his staff wait impatiently as Harry struggles to come up with an answer. He finally feigns illness and asks if the presentation can be continued at a later date. The admiral, however, is leaving on a 3-week tour of the Cardassian border in a few days, so the presentation will have to wait until after then. Lasca leaves, disgusted with Harry for blowing the meeting.
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The admiral and his staff wait impatiently as Kim struggles to come up with an answer. He finally feigns illness and asks if the presentation can be continued at a later date. The admiral, however, is leaving on a three-week tour of the [[Cardassian]] border in a few days, so the presentation will have to wait until after then. Lasca leaves, disgusted with Kim for blowing the meeting.
   
Harry enters what is apparently his office in Headquarters. He sees his diploma from Starfleet Academy and the design schematics for the'' Yellowstone''. Kim looks up information on himself and ''Voyager''. He finds that, perhaps in an [[alternate timeline]], his request to transfer to ''Voyager'' was denied. Instead, Kim joined [[Starfleet Engineering Corps]], He learns that he has had a short but so far distiguished career with the engineering corps. He asks the computer if any temporal anomalies have been reported in the last 48 hours, and finds that there were none. He also tries to find information on the loss of ''Voyager'', but that information is classfied security level 3 or above. Harry, however, has no problem accessing the information since he was a member of Voyager's crew, or at least he thought he was! He finds that his friend Danny Byrd took what would have been his place as [[operations officer]] of ''Voyager''. Harry leaves his office more confused than ever. He returns to his neighborhood, but forgets where his apartment was. Cosimo points him in the right direction, and tells him everything will be fine. However, after Harry leaves, Cosimo watches him with a concerned yet knowing look--there appears to be more to the middle-aged man than meets the eye.
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Kim enters what is apparently his office in headquarters. He sees his diploma from Starfleet Academy and the design schematics for the ''Yellowstone''. Kim looks up information on himself and ''Voyager''. He finds that, in [[alternate timeline|this timeline]], his request for a posting aboard ''Voyager'' was denied. Instead, Kim transferred to the [[Starfleet Engineering Corps]]. He learns that he is a starship design specialist and has had a short but so far distinguished career with them. He asks the computer if any temporal anomalies have been reported in the last 48 hours, and finds that there were none. He also tries to find information on the loss of ''Voyager'', but that information is classified security level 3 or above. Kim, however, has no problem accessing the information since he is, or rather was, a member of ''Voyager''{{'}}s crew. He finds that his friend Danny Byrd took what would have been his place as [[operations officer]] of ''Voyager''. Kim leaves his office more confused than ever. He returns to his neighborhood, but forgets where his apartment was. Cosimo points him in the right direction, and tells him everything will be fine. However, after Kim leaves, Cosimo watches him with a concerned yet knowing look &ndash; there appears to be more to the middle-aged man than meets the eye.
   
Returning "home", he finds Libby there and she asks if he is okay, and she is concerned when he is still confused about what is going on. He asks her to tell him she loves him, like they haven't seen each other for months. He spins her a story much like what happened to Voyager. Their conversation becomes more intimate as the two kiss passionately.
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Returning "home", he finds Libby taking a [[shower]]. She exits the [[bathroom]] in a [[towel]] and asks if he is okay. She is concerned when he is still confused about what is going on. He asks her to tell him she loves him, like they haven't seen each other for months. He spins her a story much like what happened to ''Voyager''. Their conversation becomes more intimate as the two kiss passionately.
   
Later, it has grown dark and Libby sleeps in Harry's arms. He is lying awake and finally gets out of bed and smiles upon finding his familiar clarinet. He goes to the computer and looks up information on Tom Paris, unaware that Libby has awakened behind him and is coming over to investigate. He finds that Tom was paroled on Stardate 48702 and is now living in Marseilles, France. Libby wants to know what is going on. He tries to tell her nothing is going on, but she tells him he is a bad liar, and that he is acting strange, even to the point where Lasca called and wanted to know if something was going on. Harry tells her to trust him. and then tells her that he shouldn't be here (in this reality). She thinks that he is getting cold feet about getting married, and thinks he should talk to a counselor or a neurologist. Harry tells her he has something to do first and leaves for Marseilles to find Tom Paris, leaving a confused and hurt Libby behind.
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Later, it has grown dark and Libby sleeps in Kim's arms. He is lying awake and finally gets out of bed and smiles upon finding his familiar [[clarinet]]. He goes to the computer and looks up ''Voyager''{{'}}s crew manifest. He finds that [[Tom Paris]] is also not listed, unaware that Libby has awakened behind him and is coming over to investigate. He finds that Paris was paroled on stardate 48702 and is now living in [[Marseille]], [[France]]. Libby wants to know what is going on. He tries to tell her nothing is going on, but she tells him he is a bad liar, and that he is acting strange, even to the point where Lasca called and wanted to know if something was going on. Kim tells her to trust him, and then tells her that he shouldn't be here (in this reality). She thinks that he is getting cold feet about getting married, and thinks he should talk to a [[counselor]] or a [[neurologist]]. Kim tells her he has something to do first and leaves for Marseilles to find Tom Paris, leaving a confused and hurt Libby behind.
   
In Marseilles, Harry finds Tom wearing civilian clothes and playing pool in the real-life'' ''[[Chez Sandríne|Chez Sandrine's]]. Harry greets Tom as a friend, but Tom doesn't even recognize Harry.
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In Marseilles, Kim finds Paris wearing civilian clothes and playing pool in the real-life [[Chez Sandríne]]'s. Kim greets Paris as a friend, but Paris doesn't even recognize Kim, asking the ensign who the hell he is.
   
 
=== Act Three ===
 
=== Act Three ===
Harry tries to convince Paris that they served together on ''Voyager'', but Tom tells a different story. After he got to [[Deep Space Nine]], he was involved in a bar fight with a [[Quark|Ferengi]], and was arrested by the Station's [[Odo|shapeshifting constable]]. Starfleet revoked his parole, and Tom never went on ''Voyager''. He isn't sorry about that, considering what happened to it, but Harry remembers the story differently. ''He'' was the one who nearly got into the fight with the Ferengi over the Lobi crystals, and Tom ''did'' lead ''Voyager'' into the Badlands. Tom, of course, remembers no such events, and points out that he is here on Earth and obviously never went on ''Voyager''. Harry wants Tom to return to Starfleet HQ with him and run a simulation of what happened during his shuttle accident. Tom laughs at the idea, and tells Harry to go back to Starfleet and tell his superiors that he is not interested in being a pawn in their game.
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Kim tries to convince Paris that they served together on ''Voyager'', but Paris tells a different story. After he got to [[Deep Space 9]], he was involved in a bar fight with [[Quark]], and was arrested by [[Odo]]. Starfleet revoked his parole, and Paris never went on ''Voyager''. He isn't sorry about that, considering what happened to it, but Kim remembers the story differently. ''He'' was the one who was nearly swindled by the [[Ferengi]] over the [[Lobi crystal]]s, and Paris ''did'' lead ''Voyager'' into the Badlands. Paris, of course, remembers no such events. Kim wants Paris to return to Starfleet HQ with him and run a simulation of what happened during his shuttle accident. Paris laughs at the idea, and tells Kim to go back to Starfleet and tell his superiors that he is not interested in being a pawn in their game.
   
Harry tells Tom that Tom once told him he treated life as one big game, and he never worried about the rules until he lost the game. He then tells Tom what Tom had told him what he thought would have happened if he hadn't gone on ''Voyager'': That he would have become a loser and a drunk--and that is exactly what has happened. Enraged, Tom takes a swing at him, but in his half-drunken state Harry is easily able to subdue him. Harry storms out, leaving an embarrassed Tom face down on the pool table. As he leaves, Harry doesn't notice one of the bar Patrons who watches as he leaves--it is Cosimo!
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Kim tells Paris that Paris once told him he treated life as one big game &ndash; rules, players, winners and losers &ndash; and he never worried about the rules until he lost the game. He then tells Paris what Paris had told him what he thought would have happened if he hadn't gone on ''Voyager'': that he would have become a loser and a drunk &ndash; and that is exactly what has happened. Enraged, Paris takes a swing at him, but in his half-drunken state Kim is easily able to subdue him. Kim storms out, leaving an embarrassed Paris face down on the pool table. As he leaves, Kim doesn't notice one of the bar patrons who watches as he leaves &ndash; it is Cosimo.
   
Harry returns to his apartment, but there are security personnel in his apartment, and Lasca informs him that [[Starfleet]] knows what he had been doing--breaking into classified files using forged security access codes (his own, from ''Voyager''.) Harry tries to explain, but he is ordered to go to Starfleet HQ under escort.
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Kim returns to his apartment, but there are security personnel in his apartment, and Lasca informs him that [[Starfleet]] knows what he had been doing &ndash; breaking into classified files using forged security access codes (his own, from ''Voyager''). Kim tries to explain, but he is ordered by Lasca to go to Starfleet HQ under escort.
   
Admiral Strickler questions how Harry can have access to Voyager's information, and is skeptical about Harry's claim that he was assigned to ''Voyager ''since he is on Earth. Harry tries to explain that reality has been altered somehow and he needs to attempt to restore it, but nobody is willing to believe him. The admiral wonders why he went to see Tom Paris, a convicted traitor and Maquis sympathizer. Harry finally realizes that they think he is a Maquis spy, and he refuses to answer any further questions without counsel present. Harry is placed under house arrest, and is then given an ankle bracelet and is informed he is prohibited from off-world travel. Harry is dismissed with a warning from the admiral.
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Admiral Strickler questions how Kim can have access to classified ''Voyager''{{'}}s information, and is skeptical about Kim's claim that he was assigned to ''Voyager'' since he is on Earth. Kim tries to explain that reality has been altered somehow and he needs to attempt to restore it, but nobody is willing to believe him. The admiral wonders why he went to see Tom Paris, a convicted traitor and [[Maquis]] sympathizer. Kim finally realizes that they think he is a Maquis spy, and he refuses to answer any further questions without counsel present. Kim is placed under house arrest, and is then given an [[Security anklet|anklet]] and is informed he is prohibited from off-world travel. Kim is dismissed with a warning from the admiral.
   
 
=== Act Four ===
 
=== Act Four ===
Returning to his neighborhood, he meets Cosimo who reveals that Kim is not imagining that reality had been altered. He, Cosimo, was sent to Earth to watch Harry and make sure everything was all right, but now it is clear that it's not. He tells Harry that his people exist in what Harry would call a temporal inversion fold of the space-time matrix. He informs Kim that his shuttle collided with their timestream, causing some of reality to be altered. Kim asks for help in restoring the proper reality, but Cosimo admits that they don't know how. The events happened by accident and the conditions that existed before the accident may be impossible to re-create and that there is no guarantee what will happen if he does--he could end up anywhere in the space-time continuum. Cosimo asks him if he really wants to give up his life here--He has a successful Starfleet career and a beautiful woman who loves him. Kim asks him what about Danny Byrd and Tom Paris, who's lives were changed for the worse as a result of the altered timeline. Cosimo relents and gives him coordinates of the time stream in this region of space, and wishes him luck if he goes through with his plan.
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Returning to his neighborhood, he meets Cosimo, who reveals that Kim is not imagining that reality had been altered. He, Cosimo, was sent to Earth to watch Kim and make sure everything was all right, but now it is clear that it's not. He tells Kim that his people exist in what Kim would call a temporal inversion fold of the space-time matrix. He informs Kim that his shuttle collided with their timestream, causing some of reality to be altered. Kim asks for help in restoring the proper reality, but Cosimo admits that they don't know how. The events happened by accident and the conditions that existed before the accident may be impossible to re-create and that there is no guarantee what will happen if he does &ndash; he could end up anywhere in the space-time continuum. Cosimo asks him if he really wants to give up his life here &ndash; he has a successful Starfleet career and a beautiful woman who loves him. Kim asks him what about Danny Byrd and Tom Paris, whose lives were changed for the worse as a result of the altered timeline. Cosimo relents and gives him coordinates of the time stream in this region of space, and wishes him luck if he goes through with his plan.
   
In his apartment, Harry attempts to remove the ankle bracelet. Libby catches him, and asks him if he wants to go to prison. She tells him she hardly knows him any more, but he assures her that he is still the guy who was in her seat ah the Ktarian music festival, and the guy who took 3 weeks to work up the courage to ask her out, and who still wakes up at night calling her name. She wonders, then why he is trying to get away from her. He tells her he wants to stay more than anything, but that he needs to restore the correct timeline, and that he wouldn't be the Harry she loves otherwise. Suddenly, the tampering alarm on the bracelet goes off, and Starfleet Security is alerted, Two security officers beam in, and Harry escapes out the window while Libby closes it behind him and blocks them. Harry runs down the fire escape, almost getting caught in the process. He is chased across the plaza by a security officer who tackles him to the ground, but this reality's Tom Paris punches out the security guard and they both walk away quickly.
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In his apartment, Kim attempts to remove the anklet. Libby catches him, and asks him if he wants to go to prison. She tells him she hardly knows him any more, but he assures her that he is still the guy who was in her seat at the [[Ktarian music festival]], and the guy who took three weeks to work up the courage to ask her out, and who still wakes up at night calling her name. She wonders, then why he is trying to get away from her. He tells her he wants to stay more than anything, but that he needs to restore the correct timeline, and that he wouldn't be the Kim she loves otherwise. Suddenly, the tampering alarm on the bracelet goes off, and Starfleet Security is alerted. Two security officers beam in, and Kim escapes out the window while Libby closes it behind him and blocks them. Kim runs down the fire escape, almost getting caught in the process. He is chased across the plaza by a security officer who tackles him to the ground, but this reality's Tom Paris punches the security guard and they both walk away quickly.
   
 
=== Act Five ===
 
=== Act Five ===
After their escape, Tom and Harry take temporary shelter in a service alleyway, Harry tells Tom that he has a plan to restore the correct reality, but he will need a ship and a good pilot. They can break the ''Yellowstone ''out of spacedock, and Tom can fly it. Tom beams them to Harry's office using a hand-portable [[Site-to-site transport|site-to-site transporter]].
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After their escape, Paris and Kim take temporary shelter in a service alleyway. Kim tells Paris that he has a plan to restore the correct reality, but he will need a ship and a good pilot. They can break the ''Yellowstone ''out of spacedock, and Paris can fly it. Paris beams them to Kim's office using a hand-portable [[site-to-site transport]]er.
   
In Harry's office, Harry accesses the runabout's access codes, and they beam to the ''Yellowstone''. Tom flies them through the rapidly closing spacedock doors, and they head for the time-stream coordinates. A [[Nebula class|Nebula-Class]] starship is pursuing them. thinking the two are trying to steal the prototype runabout. The starship fires, knocking out their shields with just a few shots. The prototype was not yet complete, and many of the safety interlocks were not installed. The ship begins to lose anti-matter containment. Harry gets the idea to vent the tetryon plasma, which disrupts sub-space, from the ship's warp nacelles, which would cause the pursuing ship to stall when it hit the resulting plasma cloud. They do, and the pursuing starship is slowed, but their joy is short-lived when the warp core begins to overload.
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In Kim's office, Kim accesses the runabout's access codes, and they beam to the ''Yellowstone'' just prior to almost being captured by Starfleet security. Paris flies them through the rapidly closing spacedock doors, and they head for the time-stream coordinates. A {{class|Nebula}} [[Nebula unnamed 003|starship]] is pursuing them, thinking the two are trying to steal the prototype runabout. The starship fires, knocking out their shields with just a few shots. The prototype was not yet complete, and many of the safety interlocks were not installed. The ship begins to lose anti-matter containment. Kim gets the idea to vent the tetryon plasma, which disrupts subspace, from the ship's warp nacelles, which would cause the pursuing ship to stall when it hit the resulting plasma cloud. They do, and the pursuing starship is slowed, but their joy is short-lived when the warp core begins to overload.
   
Harry desperately tries to recreate all the conditions that were in place before his accident as best he can remember. They impact the time stream, but nothing happens, and Harry remembers that he was in the midst of an emergency transport. The ship loses antimatter containment, and the core will breach in 25 seconds. Tom orders Harry to get onto the transporter pad, but Harry doesn't want to go until they can contain the breach. Tom tells him that if this works, everything will be back to the way it should be and he'll find Tom back on Voyager. He then shoves Harry onto the transporter pad and beams him into the time stream just as the ship explodes.
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Kim desperately tries to recreate all the conditions that were in place before his accident as best he can remember, such as running a [[polaron scan]]. They impact the time stream, but nothing happens, and Kim remembers that he was in the midst of an emergency transport. The ship loses [[antimatter containment]], and the core will breach in twenty-five seconds. Paris orders Kim to get onto the transporter pad, but Kim doesn't want to go until they can contain the breach. Paris tells him that if this works, everything will be back to the way it should be and he'll find Paris back on ''Voyager''. He then shoves Kim onto the transporter pad and beams him into the time stream, just as the ship explodes.
   
Harry opens his eyes and finds he is back in his correct reality, and Captain Janeway is still hailing him, telling him to drop the shields of his shuttle and prepare for emergency beam-out. Voyager manages to beam Harry out of his shuttle just before it suffers a hull breach, and Harry, back on ''Voyager'', is relieved to find Tom Paris alive and on the bridge. He tells Tom he owes him one, much to Tom's bewilderment.
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Kim opens his eyes and finds he is back in his correct reality, and Captain Janeway is still hailing him, telling him to drop the shields of his shuttle and prepare for emergency beam-out. ''Voyager'' manages to beam Kim out of his shuttle, the ''{{dis|Drake|shuttlecraft}}'', just before it suffers a hull breach, and Kim, back on ''Voyager'', is relieved to find Tom Paris alive and on the bridge, manning the [[helm]]. He tells Paris he owes him one, much to Paris' bewilderment.
   
== Memorable Quotes ==
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== Memorable quotes ==
 
"''Where are you going?''"<br />
 
"''Where are you going?''"<br />
 
"''Marseille, France.''"<br />
 
"''Marseille, France.''"<br />
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"''But you just said you were going to Marseille.''"
 
"''But you just said you were going to Marseille.''"
 
: - '''Libby''' and '''Harry'''
 
: - '''Libby''' and '''Harry'''
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"''Hey, watch it, will ya?! I'm trying to set up a shot here.''"<br />
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"''Tom!''"<br />
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"''Who the hell are you?''"
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: - '''Tom Paris''', playing [[pool]], meets '''Harry Kim''' in the alternate timeline at [[Chez Sandríne]]
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"''Excuse me... Ow! There goes my bank shot!''"
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: - '''Tom Paris''', as he punches a Starfleet security officer
   
   
 
"''Anyway, I got as far as [[Deep Space 9]], where I got into a bar fight with [[Quark|a Ferengi]] and I was thrown into the brig by [[Odo|a very unpleasant shapeshifter]].''"
 
"''Anyway, I got as far as [[Deep Space 9]], where I got into a bar fight with [[Quark|a Ferengi]] and I was thrown into the brig by [[Odo|a very unpleasant shapeshifter]].''"
 
: - '''Tom Paris'''
 
: - '''Tom Paris'''
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"''Harry... you better be dying.''"
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: - '''Lasca''', to Kim after he cancels an important meeting claiming to be sick
   
   
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: - '''Harry Kim'''
 
: - '''Harry Kim'''
   
== Background Information ==
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== Background information ==
*In the alternate timeline, [[Tom Paris]] (who refers to both [[Quark]] and [[Odo]]) was apparently with ''Voyager'' as far as [[Deep Space 9]], where the ship left without him. This is consistent with our timeline, where Tom interrupted Quark's attempt to make a profit off of Harry and subsequently became friends with the ensign; had this not occurred and ''Voyager'' left Tom behind, the two would have never known each other.
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=== Title, story, and script ===
*Libby gives the [[stardate]] in this episode, which makes Harry realize he is still in the present. They establish that it has been eight months since the events of {{e|Caretaker}}.
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* {{Latin episodes}}
*[[Robert Picardo]] ([[The Doctor]]), [[Ethan Phillips]] ([[Neelix]]) and [[Jennifer Lien]] ([[Kes]]) do not appear in this episode.
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* This installment originated with complaints from Kim actor [[Garrett Wang]]. He recalled, "''The episode 'Non Sequitur' was the result of me going into the production office and saying, 'You know what? You guys have tortured Harry and done all of these things to him. I would like once to have a day where I'm shooting and they need a stunt double for me.' I mean, even ''Kes'' had a stunt double! I [hadn't] had anything dangerous to do [...] I went in and said, 'When is Harry gonna get the girl? When is he gonna have the action?' [Episode writer] [[Brannon Braga]] told me, 'Don't worry about it.' And he wrote an episode. I asked him to do it throughout that year and he put it all in ''one'' episode.''" ({{STV|17}}) Wang also recounted, "''What happened was I came into the office with Brannon Braga and I said, 'I have to ask you something. Are you guys ever gonna plan on having Kim doing any type of action, whatsoever, just ''any'' action?' Because up until that point, every other actor on ''Voyager'' had had a stunt double. Kim hadn't had one. So I said, you know, 'It'd be great if, you know, Kim could have a scene where he's kicking some butt, you know? And maybe during one of the episodes during this year, maybe you could have Kim having a little romance, too.' 'Cause up until then, it hadn't happened. And this was a meeting at the beginning of the year that I had with him. Well, lo and behold, he threw every suggestion I had into ''one'' episode.''" (Voyager ''Time Capsule: Harry Kim'', [[VOY Season 4 DVD]] special features)
*[[Jack Shearer]] previously played [[Ruwon]] in the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'' episode {{e|Visionary}}. He would later play [[Hayes (Male Admiral)|Hayes]], another admiral, in {{film|8}} and the [[VOY]] episodes {{e|Hope and Fear}} and {{e|Life Line}}.
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* The admiral who interrogates Kim was originally to be [[Counselor]] [[Deanna Troi]]. Brannon Braga recollected, "''I had actually written Counselor Troi into a big scene where Kim is being interrogated. It's the admiral now, but it was Troi working for Starfleet, where she really grills Kim. But we couldn't work it out with [[Marina Sirtis|Marina [Sirtis<nowiki>]</nowiki>]], so I rewrote it.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'') Sirtis would later appear on the series as Troi in the episode {{e|Pathfinder}}, {{e|Life Line}}, and {{e|Inside Man}}.
[[Image:Unnamed Tellarites VOY.jpg|thumb|Two [[Unnamed Tellarites (24th century)#Councilors (2372)|unnamed Tellarites]].]]
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* One motive for the development of this episode was to feature the setting of Earth. "''This is not a show we would have done the first season,''" executive producer [[Jeri Taylor]] said, "''but we felt in the second season we could tantalize people a little bit with a glimpse of home.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 28, No. 4/5, pp. 80 & 82)
* The exterior footage of [[Starfleet Headquarters]] was recycled from {{film|4}}; as such, this episode is the only time a [[Tellarite]] appears on VOY.
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* Another goal in the writing of this episode was to create a particular type of tension. Executive producer [[Michael Piller]] recalled, "''I had always envisioned a {{w|Alfred Hitchcock|Hitchcockian}}, {{wt|Vertigo (film)|Vertigo}} type of tension in this show.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
*The shot of the runabout exploding is taken from the DS9 episode {{e|Armageddon Game}}.
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* The episode's final script draft was submitted on {{d|19|July|1995}}. [http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/lilly/mss/subfile/taylorjinv.html]
*The shot of [[Starfleet Command]] with people walking around near the [[Golden Gate Bridge]] is taken from {{film|4}}.
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*The [[Spacedock]] door was a reuse of the door of the Dyson sphere from {{TNG|Relics}}.
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=== Cast and characters ===
*When Harry returns from [[Marseille]], [[France]], the shot of his shuttle entering [[Starfleet Command]] is taken from the original version of {{film|1}} when Kirk arrived in San Francisco.
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* After the script of this episode was released to the cast, Garrett Wang made a telephone call to Brannon Braga about the episode. The actor recalled, "''{{'}}Non Sequitur' came about, and there was action, there was romance, you know, this and that. And I read the script and I called him up. I said, 'Thanks! I just thought you could maybe ''spread it out'', you know, throughout the season, instead of giving me ''everything'' in the first episode for me!{{'}}''" (Voyager ''Time Capsule: Harry Kim'', [[VOY Season 4 DVD]] special features)
*Another shot of San Francisco at night with the Golden Gate Bridge is taken from the beginning of {{film|6}}.
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* Nevertheless, Garrett Wang was ultimately very appreciative of this installment. He noted that the episode "pretty much had all the elements I had been missing." Moments later, he remarked, "''That's a really big episode for me.''" ({{STM|19|88}}) Wang also described this installment as "the big Kim episode for Season 2" and considered the facts that the episode includes Wang's first stunt of the series as well as the first time Kim "got to kiss the girl" to be major milestones of ''Voyager''{{'}}s second season. (Voyager ''Time Capsule: Harry Kim'', [[VOY Season 4 DVD]] special features) The actor also cited this episode as one of three examples, from each of the first three seasons, that he considered to be "a progressively higher jump for me acting-wise" (the other such episodes being {{e|Emanations}} and {{e|The Chute}}). ({{STM|33|34}}) Directly regarding Kim, Wang stated, "''In 'Non Sequitur' he gets some more color (background stuff touched upon) and more confidence, which is great.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'') Of the episode in general, Wang opined, "''{{'}}Non Sequitur' was pretty good.''" ({{STV|17}}) He also proposed that it could have been combined with the less action-packed "Emanations" to result in "a two-fisted punch of an episode," (''{{dis|Starlog|magazine}}'' #222)
*The runabout appears both with and without the rollbar.
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* By the time this episode was cast, Libby actress [[Jennifer Gatti]] had become known to the team who cast her here. "''They knew me and they knew my work,''" the actress remarked. "''When the part of Libby came up, they still made me work for it. I went in about four times. I read for the same people four times. They're very particular about what they want. They're very thorough.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
*The [[crew]] roster of the [[alternate timeline]] ''Voyager'' shown on Harry Kim's [[desktop monitor]] repeats the same crewmembers on the same page.
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* Having had to portray a scene of {{e|Birthright, Part I}} while virtually naked, Jennifer Gatti found that the role of Libby here also required her to be scantily clad. "''I always seem to have my clothes off,''" the actress laughed. "''I guess now I'm a ''Star Trek'' babe, huh? [...] I get Libby and I realized: I'm never dressed till the very end. I'm in a pajama top, and I'm in a towel, and then finally I'm in this phenomenal raspberry Solid Gold dancer outfit and I'm like, 'There's a pattern going on here.' I have to feel a little complimented, after all, because apparently somebody likes me without my clothes on.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', {{STM|21}})
*This episode marks the only appearance of a runabout on the series.
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* The storyline was generally confusing for Jennifer Gatti. She admitted, "''Frankly, I still don't really know what happened [...] I can't figure it out: Is Libby still waiting for [Kim], or, if there are two Libbys, is one of them now wondering where he went while the other believes he's on ''Voyager''? That episode fascinates me because I still think about it and I'm not sure what happened.''" The actress speculated, "''I don't think it was another reality. I think it was the present. He changed the past and he changed the future in terms of the present. When he went to San Francisco, he completely changed everything that happened in the present. I'm figuring this out as I talk to you. So I guess Libby went back to believing Harry was on ''Voyager''.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
*With the exceptions of Paris and Kim, none of the main cast appear in this episode until the final minute (although Janeway's voice is heard in the beginning).
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* Both Jennifer Gatti and Garrett Wang had some concerns about Kim's desire to find a way back to ''Voyager'' when he was clearly so homesick aboard the ship. Gatti remembered, "''Garrett and I had a lot of discussions about that, actually. Here he is: he's home. I guess the reason he can't stay is because Paris' life had been affected by whatever it was that happened [...] [Kim] wouldn't be able to live with the guilt. And I think that he has a certain confidence that they are going to get home.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'', {{STM|21}}) Regarding the reasoning for Kim's eagerness to return to ''Voyager'', Jeri Taylor commented, "''Kim gets back [home] and realizes that it is not where he is supposed to be, as ideal as it is. The big thing is finding his friend Tom Paris is dissolute, because of this whole change. Kim may be living a lovely life with his girlfriend, but it is at the cost of his friend's happiness and it just isn't right. He is too much a young man of principle and integrity to indulge himself when it is at the expense of others.''" (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 82)
*When Harry comes up out of the subway, there are three colored shapes on the railing. A circle, triangle and square. These were the original logo shapes for the [[UPN|UPN network]] and Voyager was one of the first flagship shows of the new network.
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* Brannon Braga was critical of the way Kim's relationship with Libby was depicted. He remarked, "''I didn't think the chemistry between Kim and his girlfriend was very good.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
* Harry's office is in the Main Complex, Level 6, Subsection [[47]].
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* The character of [[Cosimo]] may have been named after [[Cosmo Genovese]], the script supervisor on ''Star Trek: Voyager''.
* ''Voyager'' loses a second shuttlecraft, the ''[[Drake (shuttlecraft)|Drake]]'', in this episode, the first being lost in {{e|Initiations}}.
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* Admiral Strickler's name is given in the episode's script but is never established in episode dialogue.
* One of the possible theories of Harry's actions by [[Starfleet Command]] is that he is impersonated by an alien, which foreshadows the threat of [[Changeling|Changelings]] infiltrating [[Earth]] in {{DS9|Homefront}} and {{DS9|Paradise Lost}} later in the same year. Although not directly stated, it seems that Starfleet Command is already cautious about a possible Changeling threat.
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* Among other ''Star Trek'' appearances that [[Jack Shearer]] (Strickler) made were as Admiral {{dis|Hayes|Male Admiral}} in {{film|8}} as well as the ''Star Trek: Voyager'' episodes {{e|Hope and Fear}} and {{e|Life Line}}. The fact that Strickler's name is never said aloud during this episode caused considerable confusion among some fans due to Jack Shearer's appearances as Admiral Hayes in later episodes of the series.
* The episode title derives from the [[Latin language|Latin]], "It does not follow". The phrase is used in English to mean something that doesn't make sense.
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* [[Robert Picardo]] ([[The Doctor]]), [[Ethan Phillips]] ([[Neelix]]) and [[Jennifer Lien]] ([[Kes]]) do not appear in this episode. In fact, with the exceptions of Paris and Kim, none of the main cast appear in this episode until the final minute (although Janeway's voice is heard in the beginning). This is the first episode of the series in which Kes does not appear.
* This episode is one of seven ''Star Trek'' episodes with Latin names. The others are {{e|Sub Rosa}}, {{e|Dramatis Personae}}, {{e|Ex Post Facto}}, {{e|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges}}, {{e|Terra Nova}} and {{e|Vox Sola}}.
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=== Reused footage ===
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* The exterior footage of [[Starfleet Headquarters]] near the [[Golden Gate Bridge]] was recycled from {{film|4}}.
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* A shot of San Francisco at night with the [[Golden Gate Bridge]] is taken from the beginning of {{film|6}}.
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* When Kim returns from [[Marseille]], [[France]], the shot of the shuttle entering Starfleet Command is taken from the original version of {{film|1}}, when Kirk arrives in San Francisco.
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* The [[spacedock]] door was a reuse of the door of the [[Dyson sphere]] from {{TNG|Relics}}.
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* The shot of the runabout exploding is taken from the DS9 episode {{e|Armageddon Game}}.
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=== Other production notes ===
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[[File:Shooting Non Sequitur.jpg|thumb|A moment from this episode's location shoot]]
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* The scenes set on the streets of San Francisco were filmed on Paramount's New York Street backlot. The regular blacktop there was painted over to represent red brick streets which were washed away after filming ended. (''[[Star Trek: Voyager Companion]]'')
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* According to the unauthorized [[reference works|reference book]] ''{{dis|Delta Quadrant|reference book}}'' (p. 72), the scene in which Paris explains why he is helping Kim was cheaply filmed "in the alley between two sound stages."
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* Also according to ''Delta Quadrant'' (p. 70), the monitor incorporated into the headquarters briefing room set was actually the same monitor from the [[observation lounge]] of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}.
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=== Continuity and trivia ===
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* In the alternate timeline, [[Tom Paris]] (who refers to both [[Quark]] and [[Odo]]) was apparently with ''Voyager'' as far as [[Deep Space 9]], where the ship left without him. This is consistent with our timeline, as seen in ''Voyager''{{'}}s pilot episode, {{e|Caretaker}}, wherein Tom interrupts Quark's attempt to make a profit from Harry and subsequently becomes friends with the ensign; had this not occurred and ''Voyager'' left Tom behind, the two would likely have never known each other.
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[[File:Tellarite councilors.jpg|thumb|[[Tellarite 24th dignitaries 002|Tellarite dignitaries]]]]
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* Due to the recycled footage of Starfleet Headquarters from ''Star Trek IV'', this episode is the only time a [[Tellarite]] appears on ''Star Trek: Voyager''.
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* When Kim comes up out of the subway, there are three colored shapes on the railing: a circle, triangle, and square. These were the original logo shapes for [[UPN]] and ''Star Trek: Voyager'' was one of the first flagship shows of that network.
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* When Kim picks up his clarinet while Libby is sleeping, there is a brief clarinet motif in [[Jay Chattaway]]'s soundtrack.
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* Libby states the [[stardate]] in this episode, which makes Harry realize he is still in the present. They establish that it has been eight months since the events of "Caretaker." The stardate Libby tells Harry (specifically, Stardate 49011) is also used as the stardate in a log entry that Captain [[Benjamin Sisko|Sisko]] voices at the end of {{DS9|The Way of the Warrior}}, indicating that the events of this episode are chronologically set after that episode.
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* This episode marks the only appearance of a runabout on the series. The runabout in this episode appears both with and without its structural rollbar.
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* The [[crew]] roster of the [[alternate timeline]] ''Voyager'' shown on Harry Kim's [[desktop monitor]] repeats the same crew members on the same page.
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* Kim's office is in the Main Complex, Level 6, Subsection [[47]].
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* ''Voyager'' loses a second shuttlecraft, the ''{{dis|Drake|shuttlecraft}}'', in this episode, the first being lost in {{e|Initiations}}.
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* One of the possible theories of Harry's actions by [[Starfleet Command]] is that he is impersonated by an alien, which foreshadows the threat of [[Changeling]]s infiltrating [[Earth]] in {{DS9|Homefront}} and {{e|Paradise Lost}} later in the same year. Although not directly stated, it seems that Starfleet Command is already cautious about a possible Changeling threat.
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* This episode has the shortest [[teaser]] of ''Voyager''{{'}}s second season, being one of three second season ''Voyager'' installments whose teasers are less than a minute long (the other two such episodes are {{e|Projections}} and {{e|Maneuvers}}).
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* There is a brief glimpse of a banner advertising the [[Old Town Festival]] in the [[Mission District]] of [[San Francisco]] as occurring on [[August]] 14th. This is one of the few instances of a month (rather than a stardate) being mentioned in a 24th-century episode.
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* The still shot of Marseilles when Harry goes to find Tom Paris is actually a still shot of Villefranche-sur-mer, a town 200 kilometres from Marseilles. It's a view from the train station platform. {{incite}}
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* This is the first episode in which the real Chez Sandríne is seen. It has otherwise appeared only as a hologram on ''Voyager's'' holodeck.
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===First airing and reception===
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* Ultimately, Brannon Braga was admittedly disappointed with this episode. "''If you're going to do alternate reality, make sure it's just a very good story,''" he advised, before adding, "''and this one just didn't turn out very well [...] There's always some cool stuff, but it didn't work as an episode.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
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* Michael Piller was similarly unsatisfied with the episode. "''I felt that this was a great premise that didn't live up to its potential,''" Piller stated. "''I felt production-wise it was quite good, and I felt that there were some good scenes in it.''" About the sought-after Hitchcockian tension, Piller opined, "''I don't think we ever achieved [it]. There were long, languid scenes that cut the tension.''" Another problem that Piller perceived was that Kim managed to solve the episode's conundrum too easily. "''I felt the resolution was too easy,''" he remarked. "''I didn't know personally how to recommend a solution, but having the alien sit down and say basically everything you needed to know about this show and more in one scene, and here's what you do to get out, didn't work. It just felt like we didn't earn our way out of it.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
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* This episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 6 million homes, and a 9% share. {{bl|voyagerview.com/review2.html}} The installment also achieved an NTI (National Television Index) rating of 8.4. ({{STM|11|14}}) Along with the episodes {{e|Cold Fire}} and {{e|Dreadnought}}, this was the joint fifth most watched episode of ''Voyager''{{'}}s second season (on first airing), with all three episodes having the same viewing figures. {{bl|voyagerview.com/review2.html}} This particular episode, however, has repeatedly failed to appear in the top five of fan polls testing the popularity of episodes in ''Star Trek: Voyager''{{'}}s second season. ({{STC|108|18}}; [http://www.geos.tv/index.php/list?sid=184&collection=388])
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* In common with {{e|Initiations}}, the reason why this episode aired when it did was to capitalize on the location work involved in the installment, because &ndash; of the first six episodes in the season's final airing order &ndash; three ({{e|Projections}}, {{e|Elogium}} and {{e|Twisted}}) were [[bottle show]]s held over from the previous season. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 76)
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* In the lead-up to this episode's VHS release, {{STM}} reviewer Stuart Clark wrote a review of this episode, citing the characterizations of the alternate Tom Paris as well as Cosimo as highlights of the episode. "''Robert Duncan McNeill turns in an engaging performance as Tom Paris, a drunken pool hustler in Marseilles,''" Clark enthused. "''The episode also includes a nice guest role from a certain jolly cafe owner.''" ({{STM|12|62}})
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* ''Cinefantastique'' gave this installment 3 out of 4 stars. (''Cinefantastique'', Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 80)
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* The unauthorized [[reference works|reference book]] ''Delta Quadrant'' (p. 73) scored the episode 6 out of 10.
   
 
=== Video and DVD releases ===
 
=== Video and DVD releases ===
*UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, [[CIC Video]]): Volume 2.1, <!--catalogue number x, -->{{d|26|February|1996}}.
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* UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, [[CIC Video]]): Volume 2.1, <!--catalog number x, -->{{d|26|February|1996}}
:''CIC Video released the four season 1 "hold-over" episodes in their production order, as part of the first season release. This is the second episode in the second season release, volume 2.1 having begun with {{e|Initiations}}. Volume 2.2 begins with {{e|Parturition}}.''
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:''CIC Video released the four Season 1 "hold-over" episodes in their production order, as part of the first season release. This is the second episode in the second season release, volume 2.1 having begun with {{e|Initiations}}. Volume 2.2 begins with {{e|Parturition}}.''
*As part of the [[VOY Season 2 DVD]] collection.
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== Links and References ==
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* [[Kate Mulgrew]] as [[Captain]] [[Kathryn Janeway]]
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* [[Robert Beltran]] as [[Commander]] [[Chakotay]]
 
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*[[Louis Giambalvo]] as [[Cosimo]]
 
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*[[Majel Barrett]] as [[Computer Voice]]
 
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*[[Tom Morga]] as a [[Unnamed Starfleet personnel (24th century)#Alternate timeline security officers|Starfleet security officer]]
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* [[Alma Yvonne Dixon]] as [[Chez Sandrine patron 001|Chez Sandrine bar patron]]
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* [[Gary Donovan]] as [[Starfleet Headquarters 24th alt captains 001|Starfleet captain]]
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* [[Mary Meinel-Newport]] as [[Bolian civilian 001|Bolian visitor]]
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* [[Tom Morga]] as [[Starfleet 24th alt security 001|Starfleet security officer]]
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* [[Jenny Navarro]] as [[Starfleet Headquarters 24th alt captains 001|Starfleet captain]]
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* [[Louis Ortiz]] as [[Yridian Chez Sandrine 001|Yridian bar patron]]
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* [[Lavelle Roby]] as [[Starfleet Headquarters 24th alt vice admirals 001|Starfleet vice admiral]]
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* [[Irving Ross]] as [[Human 24th San Francisco inhabitants 001|San Francisco inhabitant]]
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* [[Lou Simon]] as [[USS Voyager ops officer 012|operations officer]]
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=== References ===
 
=== References ===
[[Badlands]], [[Daniel Byrd|Byrd, Daniel]], [[Cardassian]], [[Cochrane Medal of Excellence]], [[Cosimo's]], [[Deep Space 9]], [[Drake (shuttlecraft)|''Drake'', shuttlecraft]], [[drive plasma]]; [[egg]], [[emergency transport]], [[USS Exeter (NCC-26531)|''Exeter'', USS]], [[New Zealand Penal Settlement]], {{ShipClass|Galaxy}}; [[gamma radiation]], [[Ktarian music festival]], [[Lobi crystals]], [[Maquis]], [[Marseille]], [[Marseille Starfleet base]], [[microcellular scan]], {{ShipClass|Nebula}}, [[New Zealand]], [[Odo]], [[Old Town Festival]], [[David Orlando|Orlando, David]], [[Michael Parsons|Parsons, Michael]], [[Sandra Peterson|Peterson, Sandra]], [[Jerry Platt|Platt, Jerry]], [[Amanda Porter|Porter, Amanda]], [[Quark]], [[Risa]], [[runabout]], [[San Francisco]], [[Sandrine's]], [[security anklet]], [[site-to-site transporter]], [[space-time continuum]], [[Starfleet Academy]], [[Starfleet Corps of Engineers|Starfleet Engineering Corps]], [[Starfleet Headquarters]], [[Starfleet Science Academy]], [[Starfleet Security]], [[temporal inversion]], [[tetryon]]s, [[tetryon plasma]], [[time stream]], [[Trans Francisco]], [[type-8 shuttlecraft]], [[Vulcan mocha]], [[USS Yellowstone (NX-74751)|''Yellowstone'', USS]], {{ShipClass|Yellowstone}}, [[Yridian]]
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[[antimatter containment]]; [[August]]; [[automobile]]; [[Badlands]]; [[Bolian]]; [[breakfast]]; [[brig]]; {{revname|Daniel|Byrd}} (aka {{revname|Danny|Byrd}}); [[Cardassian border]]; [[Camillo's]]; [[cerebral cortex]]; [[chafing]]; [[Cochrane Medal of Excellence]]; [[coffee shop]]; [[Cosimo's]]; [[Cosimo's species]]; [[Deep Space 9]]; [[Delta Quadrant]]; [[DNA]]; ''{{dis|Drake|shuttlecraft}}''; [[drive plasma]]; {{dis|drunk|alcoholic}}; [[Earth]]; [[egg]]; [[emergency transport]]; {{USSr|Exeter|NCC-26531}}; [[Federation]]; [[Ferengi]]; [[France]]; {{class|Galaxy}}; [[gamma radiation]]; [[Starfleet 24th head of security 001|head of Starfleet Security]]; [[heavy long range warp shuttle]]; [[intruder alert]]; [[kilometer]]; [[Ktarian music festival]]; [[legal counsel]]; [[Lobi crystal]]; [[loser]]; [[Maquis]]; [[Marseille]]; [[memorial service]]; [[microcellular scan]]; [[microfusion thruster]]; [[Milky Way Galaxy]]; [[Mission District]]; [[mission profile]]; [[nanosecond]]; {{class|Nebula}} ([[Nebula unnamed 003|''Nebula'' pursuit vessel]]); [[New Zealand Penal Settlement]]; [[Odo]]; [[Old Town Festival]]; {{revname|David|Orlando}}; "[[out of reach]]"; [[parole]]; {{revname|Michael|Parsons}}; [[Peliar Zel native]]; {{revname|Sandra|Peterson}}; {{revname|Jerry|Platt}}; [[polaron beam|polaron scan]]; {{revname|Amanda|Porter}}; [[Quark]]; [[Risa]]; [[runabout]]; [[San Francisco]]; [[Sandrine's]]; [[security anklet]]; [[security authorization]]; [[security clearance]]; [[security protocol]]; [[site-to-site transporter]]; {{dis|Spacedock|Earth}}; [[space door]]s; [[space-time continuum]]; [[space-time matrix]]; [[Starfleet]]; [[Starfleet Academy]]; [[Starfleet Command]]; [[Starfleet Engineering Corps]]; [[Starfleet Headquarters]]; [[Starfleet Science Academy]]; [[Starfleet Rehab]]; [[Starfleet Security]]; [[starship design specialist]]; [[Sunday]]; [[sympathizer]]; [[temporal inversion fold]]; [[tetryon]]s; [[tetryon plasma]]; [[time stream]]; [[traitor]]; [[Trans Francisco]]; [[transport]]; [[transporter pad]]; [[transporter room|Transporter Room 2]]; [[transporter signal]]; [[type 8 shuttlecraft]]; [[vintage]]; [[Vulcan mocha]]; {{USSr|Yellowstone|2372}}; {{class|Yellowstone}}; [[Yridian]]
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* '''Crew manifest''': {{revname|Charlie|Quizzlink}}; {{revname|Pierre|Rahn}}; {{revname|Evelyn|Rameau}}; {{revname|Abraham|Rawski}}; {{revname|Barbara|Reen}}; {{revname|Tony|Reynolds}}; {{revname|Keith|Rockefeller}}; {{revname|George|Rosa}}; {{revname|Christopher|Sarion}}; {{revname|Henri|Scheimer}}; {{revname|John|Schoolcraft}}; {{revname|Michael|Sendine}}; {{revname|Ikuyo|Seuphon}}; {{revname|Hindaki|Shibunawa}}; {{revname|India|Shigihara}}
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* '''Set decoration''': [[Academy Extension Course]]; [[Academy Flight Ops]]; ''[[Apollo 11]]''; {{revname|Brannon| Braga|Captain}}; {{revname|Leah|Brahms}}; [[Chief of Staff]]; [[dean of students]]; [[Falcon Squadron]]; {{revname|Jerry|Fleck|Captain}}; [[flight instructor]]; [[Flight Proficiency Award]]; {{revname|David|Livingston|Captain}}; {{dis|Gene Roddenberry|Admiral}}; [[semester]]; [[squadron leader]]; [[Third Academy Training Wing]]; [[wing commander]]; {{revname|Brad|Yacobian|Captain}}; [[Zefram Cochrane Institute for Advanced Theoretical Physics]]
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=== External links ===
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Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)
For the Latin phrase, please see Non sequitur.

Harry Kim is placed in an alternate timeline where he was never assigned to Voyager.

Summary Edit

Teaser Edit

As Harry Kim wakes up, he can hear the distant voice of Captain Janeway, who says something about an emergency transport. She calls out his name several times as her voice transitions into that of his girlfriend Libby, who wakes him gently. Kim stares out the window of his apartment, which shows a panoramic cityscape, including the Transamerica Pyramid building and a Type 8 shuttlecraft flying by, as he discovers that he is back on Earth, in the city of San Francisco.

Act One Edit

Harry Kim and Libby

"My name is Ensign Harry Kim of the Federation starship Voyager. Where am I? Is this some sort of simulation?"

A disbelieving Kim cannot believe that he is back on Earth, with Libby. She reminds him he has an important meeting and rushes a still stunned Kim to shower and get dressed. Kim emerges from the bathroom dressed in his standard operations Starfleet uniform and is obviously still trying to process exactly what happened. He asks her the stardate: 49011. He realizes it's not the past, but the present, and that he isn't dreaming. He runs through the other possibilities: holodeck? hallucination? Libby, exasperated, tells him they both have long days ahead of them and they need to get to work. He responds to her like he would if he were facing an alien interrogation, and tells her he is from USS Voyager. She is not amused, telling him the memorial service was two months ago and he shouldn't joke about it, given that his friend Danny was aboard when it went missing in the Badlands.

Vulcan mocha

Cosimo offers Kim his daily Vulcan mocha

Kim leaves his apartment and continues to look around the area with disbelief. From a coffee shop named Cosimo's he gets what he has apparently been drinking for eight months, a Vulcan mocha, from Cosimo. From him, Kim learns that he is giving the presentation of the new ship design he – Harry Kim – has created. Kim asks the man how long he has been coming to this shop, and Cosimo tells him that it's been nearly every day since he graduated from Starfleet Academy. Kim also learns that he and Libby are engaged, but before he can ask more questions, Lieutenant Lasca arrives and hurries him to the important meeting.

Lasca and Kim have been working on an experimental runabout, the Yellowstone, but since Kim has no idea what it is, he does not have the warp coil schematic he needed for their presentation to Admiral Strickler and company. Lasca starts to explain the new design of the Yellowstone-class runabout they have been working on. It has tetryon-based plasma warp nacelles. The admiral interrupts, asking how they will address the dilithium fracture problem, since tetryon plasma can disrupt subspace. Lasca confidently introduces Kim to answer that problem, while Kim sits in his chair with a panicked look on his face – he has no idea what Lasca is talking about.

Act Two Edit

The admiral and his staff wait impatiently as Kim struggles to come up with an answer. He finally feigns illness and asks if the presentation can be continued at a later date. The admiral, however, is leaving on a three-week tour of the Cardassian border in a few days, so the presentation will have to wait until after then. Lasca leaves, disgusted with Kim for blowing the meeting.

Kim enters what is apparently his office in headquarters. He sees his diploma from Starfleet Academy and the design schematics for the Yellowstone. Kim looks up information on himself and Voyager. He finds that, in this timeline, his request for a posting aboard Voyager was denied. Instead, Kim transferred to the Starfleet Engineering Corps. He learns that he is a starship design specialist and has had a short but so far distinguished career with them. He asks the computer if any temporal anomalies have been reported in the last 48 hours, and finds that there were none. He also tries to find information on the loss of Voyager, but that information is classified security level 3 or above. Kim, however, has no problem accessing the information since he is, or rather was, a member of Voyager's crew. He finds that his friend Danny Byrd took what would have been his place as operations officer of Voyager. Kim leaves his office more confused than ever. He returns to his neighborhood, but forgets where his apartment was. Cosimo points him in the right direction, and tells him everything will be fine. However, after Kim leaves, Cosimo watches him with a concerned yet knowing look – there appears to be more to the middle-aged man than meets the eye.

Returning "home", he finds Libby taking a shower. She exits the bathroom in a towel and asks if he is okay. She is concerned when he is still confused about what is going on. He asks her to tell him she loves him, like they haven't seen each other for months. He spins her a story much like what happened to Voyager. Their conversation becomes more intimate as the two kiss passionately.

Later, it has grown dark and Libby sleeps in Kim's arms. He is lying awake and finally gets out of bed and smiles upon finding his familiar clarinet. He goes to the computer and looks up Voyager's crew manifest. He finds that Tom Paris is also not listed, unaware that Libby has awakened behind him and is coming over to investigate. He finds that Paris was paroled on stardate 48702 and is now living in Marseille, France. Libby wants to know what is going on. He tries to tell her nothing is going on, but she tells him he is a bad liar, and that he is acting strange, even to the point where Lasca called and wanted to know if something was going on. Kim tells her to trust him, and then tells her that he shouldn't be here (in this reality). She thinks that he is getting cold feet about getting married, and thinks he should talk to a counselor or a neurologist. Kim tells her he has something to do first and leaves for Marseilles to find Tom Paris, leaving a confused and hurt Libby behind.

In Marseilles, Kim finds Paris wearing civilian clothes and playing pool in the real-life Chez Sandríne's. Kim greets Paris as a friend, but Paris doesn't even recognize Kim, asking the ensign who the hell he is.

Act Three Edit

Kim tries to convince Paris that they served together on Voyager, but Paris tells a different story. After he got to Deep Space 9, he was involved in a bar fight with Quark, and was arrested by Odo. Starfleet revoked his parole, and Paris never went on Voyager. He isn't sorry about that, considering what happened to it, but Kim remembers the story differently. He was the one who was nearly swindled by the Ferengi over the Lobi crystals, and Paris did lead Voyager into the Badlands. Paris, of course, remembers no such events. Kim wants Paris to return to Starfleet HQ with him and run a simulation of what happened during his shuttle accident. Paris laughs at the idea, and tells Kim to go back to Starfleet and tell his superiors that he is not interested in being a pawn in their game.

Kim tells Paris that Paris once told him he treated life as one big game – rules, players, winners and losers – and he never worried about the rules until he lost the game. He then tells Paris what Paris had told him what he thought would have happened if he hadn't gone on Voyager: that he would have become a loser and a drunk – and that is exactly what has happened. Enraged, Paris takes a swing at him, but in his half-drunken state Kim is easily able to subdue him. Kim storms out, leaving an embarrassed Paris face down on the pool table. As he leaves, Kim doesn't notice one of the bar patrons who watches as he leaves – it is Cosimo.

Kim returns to his apartment, but there are security personnel in his apartment, and Lasca informs him that Starfleet knows what he had been doing – breaking into classified files using forged security access codes (his own, from Voyager). Kim tries to explain, but he is ordered by Lasca to go to Starfleet HQ under escort.

Admiral Strickler questions how Kim can have access to classified Voyager's information, and is skeptical about Kim's claim that he was assigned to Voyager since he is on Earth. Kim tries to explain that reality has been altered somehow and he needs to attempt to restore it, but nobody is willing to believe him. The admiral wonders why he went to see Tom Paris, a convicted traitor and Maquis sympathizer. Kim finally realizes that they think he is a Maquis spy, and he refuses to answer any further questions without counsel present. Kim is placed under house arrest, and is then given an anklet and is informed he is prohibited from off-world travel. Kim is dismissed with a warning from the admiral.

Act Four Edit

Returning to his neighborhood, he meets Cosimo, who reveals that Kim is not imagining that reality had been altered. He, Cosimo, was sent to Earth to watch Kim and make sure everything was all right, but now it is clear that it's not. He tells Kim that his people exist in what Kim would call a temporal inversion fold of the space-time matrix. He informs Kim that his shuttle collided with their timestream, causing some of reality to be altered. Kim asks for help in restoring the proper reality, but Cosimo admits that they don't know how. The events happened by accident and the conditions that existed before the accident may be impossible to re-create and that there is no guarantee what will happen if he does – he could end up anywhere in the space-time continuum. Cosimo asks him if he really wants to give up his life here – he has a successful Starfleet career and a beautiful woman who loves him. Kim asks him what about Danny Byrd and Tom Paris, whose lives were changed for the worse as a result of the altered timeline. Cosimo relents and gives him coordinates of the time stream in this region of space, and wishes him luck if he goes through with his plan.

In his apartment, Kim attempts to remove the anklet. Libby catches him, and asks him if he wants to go to prison. She tells him she hardly knows him any more, but he assures her that he is still the guy who was in her seat at the Ktarian music festival, and the guy who took three weeks to work up the courage to ask her out, and who still wakes up at night calling her name. She wonders, then why he is trying to get away from her. He tells her he wants to stay more than anything, but that he needs to restore the correct timeline, and that he wouldn't be the Kim she loves otherwise. Suddenly, the tampering alarm on the bracelet goes off, and Starfleet Security is alerted. Two security officers beam in, and Kim escapes out the window while Libby closes it behind him and blocks them. Kim runs down the fire escape, almost getting caught in the process. He is chased across the plaza by a security officer who tackles him to the ground, but this reality's Tom Paris punches the security guard and they both walk away quickly.

Act Five Edit

After their escape, Paris and Kim take temporary shelter in a service alleyway. Kim tells Paris that he has a plan to restore the correct reality, but he will need a ship and a good pilot. They can break the Yellowstone out of spacedock, and Paris can fly it. Paris beams them to Kim's office using a hand-portable site-to-site transporter.

In Kim's office, Kim accesses the runabout's access codes, and they beam to the Yellowstone just prior to almost being captured by Starfleet security. Paris flies them through the rapidly closing spacedock doors, and they head for the time-stream coordinates. A Nebula-class starship is pursuing them, thinking the two are trying to steal the prototype runabout. The starship fires, knocking out their shields with just a few shots. The prototype was not yet complete, and many of the safety interlocks were not installed. The ship begins to lose anti-matter containment. Kim gets the idea to vent the tetryon plasma, which disrupts subspace, from the ship's warp nacelles, which would cause the pursuing ship to stall when it hit the resulting plasma cloud. They do, and the pursuing starship is slowed, but their joy is short-lived when the warp core begins to overload.

Kim desperately tries to recreate all the conditions that were in place before his accident as best he can remember, such as running a polaron scan. They impact the time stream, but nothing happens, and Kim remembers that he was in the midst of an emergency transport. The ship loses antimatter containment, and the core will breach in twenty-five seconds. Paris orders Kim to get onto the transporter pad, but Kim doesn't want to go until they can contain the breach. Paris tells him that if this works, everything will be back to the way it should be and he'll find Paris back on Voyager. He then shoves Kim onto the transporter pad and beams him into the time stream, just as the ship explodes.

Kim opens his eyes and finds he is back in his correct reality, and Captain Janeway is still hailing him, telling him to drop the shields of his shuttle and prepare for emergency beam-out. Voyager manages to beam Kim out of his shuttle, the Drake, just before it suffers a hull breach, and Kim, back on Voyager, is relieved to find Tom Paris alive and on the bridge, manning the helm. He tells Paris he owes him one, much to Paris' bewilderment.

Memorable quotes Edit

"Where are you going?"
"Marseille, France."
"What for?"
"I've got to see Paris."
"But you just said you were going to Marseille."

- Libby and Harry


"Hey, watch it, will ya?! I'm trying to set up a shot here."
"Tom!"
"Who the hell are you?"

- Tom Paris, playing pool, meets Harry Kim in the alternate timeline at Chez Sandríne


"Excuse me... Ow! There goes my bank shot!"

- Tom Paris, as he punches a Starfleet security officer


"Anyway, I got as far as Deep Space 9, where I got into a bar fight with a Ferengi and I was thrown into the brig by a very unpleasant shapeshifter."

- Tom Paris


"Harry... you better be dying."

- Lasca, to Kim after he cancels an important meeting claiming to be sick


"Why does everyone say relax when they're about to do something terrible?"

- Harry Kim

Background information Edit

Title, story, and script Edit

  • This is one of eleven Star Trek episodes with titles derived from Latin, in this case the phrase "it does not follow" which is often used in English to refer to someone saying something off-topic, with no segue. The other episodes with Latin titles are "Dramatis Personae", "Sub Rosa", "Ex Post Facto", "Alter Ego", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "Terra Nova", "Vox Sola", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1", and "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2".
  • This installment originated with complaints from Kim actor Garrett Wang. He recalled, "The episode 'Non Sequitur' was the result of me going into the production office and saying, 'You know what? You guys have tortured Harry and done all of these things to him. I would like once to have a day where I'm shooting and they need a stunt double for me.' I mean, even Kes had a stunt double! I [hadn't] had anything dangerous to do [...] I went in and said, 'When is Harry gonna get the girl? When is he gonna have the action?' [Episode writer] Brannon Braga told me, 'Don't worry about it.' And he wrote an episode. I asked him to do it throughout that year and he put it all in one episode." (The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine issue 17) Wang also recounted, "What happened was I came into the office with Brannon Braga and I said, 'I have to ask you something. Are you guys ever gonna plan on having Kim doing any type of action, whatsoever, just any action?' Because up until that point, every other actor on Voyager had had a stunt double. Kim hadn't had one. So I said, you know, 'It'd be great if, you know, Kim could have a scene where he's kicking some butt, you know? And maybe during one of the episodes during this year, maybe you could have Kim having a little romance, too.' 'Cause up until then, it hadn't happened. And this was a meeting at the beginning of the year that I had with him. Well, lo and behold, he threw every suggestion I had into one episode." (Voyager Time Capsule: Harry Kim, VOY Season 4 DVD special features)
  • The admiral who interrogates Kim was originally to be Counselor Deanna Troi. Brannon Braga recollected, "I had actually written Counselor Troi into a big scene where Kim is being interrogated. It's the admiral now, but it was Troi working for Starfleet, where she really grills Kim. But we couldn't work it out with Marina [Sirtis], so I rewrote it." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages) Sirtis would later appear on the series as Troi in the episode "Pathfinder", "Life Line", and "Inside Man".
  • One motive for the development of this episode was to feature the setting of Earth. "This is not a show we would have done the first season," executive producer Jeri Taylor said, "but we felt in the second season we could tantalize people a little bit with a glimpse of home." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 4/5, pp. 80 & 82)
  • Another goal in the writing of this episode was to create a particular type of tension. Executive producer Michael Piller recalled, "I had always envisioned a Hitchcockian, Vertigo type of tension in this show." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • The episode's final script draft was submitted on 19 July 1995. [1]

Cast and characters Edit

  • After the script of this episode was released to the cast, Garrett Wang made a telephone call to Brannon Braga about the episode. The actor recalled, "'Non Sequitur' came about, and there was action, there was romance, you know, this and that. And I read the script and I called him up. I said, 'Thanks! I just thought you could maybe spread it out, you know, throughout the season, instead of giving me everything in the first episode for me!'" (Voyager Time Capsule: Harry Kim, VOY Season 4 DVD special features)
  • Nevertheless, Garrett Wang was ultimately very appreciative of this installment. He noted that the episode "pretty much had all the elements I had been missing." Moments later, he remarked, "That's a really big episode for me." (Star Trek Monthly issue 19, p. 88) Wang also described this installment as "the big Kim episode for Season 2" and considered the facts that the episode includes Wang's first stunt of the series as well as the first time Kim "got to kiss the girl" to be major milestones of Voyager's second season. (Voyager Time Capsule: Harry Kim, VOY Season 4 DVD special features) The actor also cited this episode as one of three examples, from each of the first three seasons, that he considered to be "a progressively higher jump for me acting-wise" (the other such episodes being "Emanations" and "The Chute"). (Star Trek Monthly issue 33, p. 34) Directly regarding Kim, Wang stated, "In 'Non Sequitur' he gets some more color (background stuff touched upon) and more confidence, which is great." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages) Of the episode in general, Wang opined, "'Non Sequitur' was pretty good." (The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine issue 17) He also proposed that it could have been combined with the less action-packed "Emanations" to result in "a two-fisted punch of an episode," (Starlog #222)
  • By the time this episode was cast, Libby actress Jennifer Gatti had become known to the team who cast her here. "They knew me and they knew my work," the actress remarked. "When the part of Libby came up, they still made me work for it. I went in about four times. I read for the same people four times. They're very particular about what they want. They're very thorough." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • Having had to portray a scene of "Birthright, Part I" while virtually naked, Jennifer Gatti found that the role of Libby here also required her to be scantily clad. "I always seem to have my clothes off," the actress laughed. "I guess now I'm a Star Trek babe, huh? [...] I get Libby and I realized: I'm never dressed till the very end. I'm in a pajama top, and I'm in a towel, and then finally I'm in this phenomenal raspberry Solid Gold dancer outfit and I'm like, 'There's a pattern going on here.' I have to feel a little complimented, after all, because apparently somebody likes me without my clothes on." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, Star Trek Monthly issue 21)
  • The storyline was generally confusing for Jennifer Gatti. She admitted, "Frankly, I still don't really know what happened [...] I can't figure it out: Is Libby still waiting for [Kim], or, if there are two Libbys, is one of them now wondering where he went while the other believes he's on Voyager? That episode fascinates me because I still think about it and I'm not sure what happened." The actress speculated, "I don't think it was another reality. I think it was the present. He changed the past and he changed the future in terms of the present. When he went to San Francisco, he completely changed everything that happened in the present. I'm figuring this out as I talk to you. So I guess Libby went back to believing Harry was on Voyager." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • Both Jennifer Gatti and Garrett Wang had some concerns about Kim's desire to find a way back to Voyager when he was clearly so homesick aboard the ship. Gatti remembered, "Garrett and I had a lot of discussions about that, actually. Here he is: he's home. I guess the reason he can't stay is because Paris' life had been affected by whatever it was that happened [...] [Kim] wouldn't be able to live with the guilt. And I think that he has a certain confidence that they are going to get home." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages, Star Trek Monthly issue 21) Regarding the reasoning for Kim's eagerness to return to Voyager, Jeri Taylor commented, "Kim gets back [home] and realizes that it is not where he is supposed to be, as ideal as it is. The big thing is finding his friend Tom Paris is dissolute, because of this whole change. Kim may be living a lovely life with his girlfriend, but it is at the cost of his friend's happiness and it just isn't right. He is too much a young man of principle and integrity to indulge himself when it is at the expense of others." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 82)
  • Brannon Braga was critical of the way Kim's relationship with Libby was depicted. He remarked, "I didn't think the chemistry between Kim and his girlfriend was very good." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • The character of Cosimo may have been named after Cosmo Genovese, the script supervisor on Star Trek: Voyager.
  • Admiral Strickler's name is given in the episode's script but is never established in episode dialogue.
  • Among other Star Trek appearances that Jack Shearer (Strickler) made were as Admiral Hayes in Star Trek: First Contact as well as the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Hope and Fear" and "Life Line". The fact that Strickler's name is never said aloud during this episode caused considerable confusion among some fans due to Jack Shearer's appearances as Admiral Hayes in later episodes of the series.
  • Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Ethan Phillips (Neelix) and Jennifer Lien (Kes) do not appear in this episode. In fact, with the exceptions of Paris and Kim, none of the main cast appear in this episode until the final minute (although Janeway's voice is heard in the beginning). This is the first episode of the series in which Kes does not appear.

Reused footage Edit

Other production notes Edit

Shooting Non Sequitur

A moment from this episode's location shoot

  • The scenes set on the streets of San Francisco were filmed on Paramount's New York Street backlot. The regular blacktop there was painted over to represent red brick streets which were washed away after filming ended. (Star Trek: Voyager Companion)
  • According to the unauthorized reference book Delta Quadrant (p. 72), the scene in which Paris explains why he is helping Kim was cheaply filmed "in the alley between two sound stages."
  • Also according to Delta Quadrant (p. 70), the monitor incorporated into the headquarters briefing room set was actually the same monitor from the observation lounge of the USS Enterprise-D.

Continuity and trivia Edit

  • In the alternate timeline, Tom Paris (who refers to both Quark and Odo) was apparently with Voyager as far as Deep Space 9, where the ship left without him. This is consistent with our timeline, as seen in Voyager's pilot episode, "Caretaker", wherein Tom interrupts Quark's attempt to make a profit from Harry and subsequently becomes friends with the ensign; had this not occurred and Voyager left Tom behind, the two would likely have never known each other.
Tellarite councilors

Tellarite dignitaries

  • Due to the recycled footage of Starfleet Headquarters from Star Trek IV, this episode is the only time a Tellarite appears on Star Trek: Voyager.
  • When Kim comes up out of the subway, there are three colored shapes on the railing: a circle, triangle, and square. These were the original logo shapes for UPN and Star Trek: Voyager was one of the first flagship shows of that network.
  • When Kim picks up his clarinet while Libby is sleeping, there is a brief clarinet motif in Jay Chattaway's soundtrack.
  • Libby states the stardate in this episode, which makes Harry realize he is still in the present. They establish that it has been eight months since the events of "Caretaker." The stardate Libby tells Harry (specifically, Stardate 49011) is also used as the stardate in a log entry that Captain Sisko voices at the end of DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", indicating that the events of this episode are chronologically set after that episode.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of a runabout on the series. The runabout in this episode appears both with and without its structural rollbar.
  • The crew roster of the alternate timeline Voyager shown on Harry Kim's desktop monitor repeats the same crew members on the same page.
  • Kim's office is in the Main Complex, Level 6, Subsection 47.
  • Voyager loses a second shuttlecraft, the Drake, in this episode, the first being lost in "Initiations".
  • One of the possible theories of Harry's actions by Starfleet Command is that he is impersonated by an alien, which foreshadows the threat of Changelings infiltrating Earth in DS9: "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost" later in the same year. Although not directly stated, it seems that Starfleet Command is already cautious about a possible Changeling threat.
  • This episode has the shortest teaser of Voyager's second season, being one of three second season Voyager installments whose teasers are less than a minute long (the other two such episodes are "Projections" and "Maneuvers").
  • There is a brief glimpse of a banner advertising the Old Town Festival in the Mission District of San Francisco as occurring on August 14th. This is one of the few instances of a month (rather than a stardate) being mentioned in a 24th-century episode.
  • The still shot of Marseilles when Harry goes to find Tom Paris is actually a still shot of Villefranche-sur-mer, a town 200 kilometres from Marseilles. It's a view from the train station platform. (citation needededit)
  • This is the first episode in which the real Chez Sandríne is seen. It has otherwise appeared only as a hologram on Voyager's holodeck.

First airing and receptionEdit

  • Ultimately, Brannon Braga was admittedly disappointed with this episode. "If you're going to do alternate reality, make sure it's just a very good story," he advised, before adding, "and this one just didn't turn out very well [...] There's always some cool stuff, but it didn't work as an episode." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • Michael Piller was similarly unsatisfied with the episode. "I felt that this was a great premise that didn't live up to its potential," Piller stated. "I felt production-wise it was quite good, and I felt that there were some good scenes in it." About the sought-after Hitchcockian tension, Piller opined, "I don't think we ever achieved [it]. There were long, languid scenes that cut the tension." Another problem that Piller perceived was that Kim managed to solve the episode's conundrum too easily. "I felt the resolution was too easy," he remarked. "I didn't know personally how to recommend a solution, but having the alien sit down and say basically everything you needed to know about this show and more in one scene, and here's what you do to get out, didn't work. It just felt like we didn't earn our way out of it." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • This episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 6 million homes, and a 9% share. [2](X) The installment also achieved an NTI (National Television Index) rating of 8.4. (Star Trek Monthly issue 11, p. 14) Along with the episodes "Cold Fire" and "Dreadnought", this was the joint fifth most watched episode of Voyager's second season (on first airing), with all three episodes having the same viewing figures. [3](X) This particular episode, however, has repeatedly failed to appear in the top five of fan polls testing the popularity of episodes in Star Trek: Voyager's second season. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 108, p. 18; [4])
  • In common with "Initiations", the reason why this episode aired when it did was to capitalize on the location work involved in the installment, because – of the first six episodes in the season's final airing order – three ("Projections", "Elogium" and "Twisted") were bottle shows held over from the previous season. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 76)
  • In the lead-up to this episode's VHS release, Star Trek Magazine reviewer Stuart Clark wrote a review of this episode, citing the characterizations of the alternate Tom Paris as well as Cosimo as highlights of the episode. "Robert Duncan McNeill turns in an engaging performance as Tom Paris, a drunken pool hustler in Marseilles," Clark enthused. "The episode also includes a nice guest role from a certain jolly cafe owner." (Star Trek Monthly issue 12, p. 62)
  • Cinefantastique gave this installment 3 out of 4 stars. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 4/5, p. 80)
  • The unauthorized reference book Delta Quadrant (p. 73) scored the episode 6 out of 10.

Video and DVD releases Edit

CIC Video released the four Season 1 "hold-over" episodes in their production order, as part of the first season release. This is the second episode in the second season release, volume 2.1 having begun with "Initiations". Volume 2.2 begins with "Parturition".

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