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"Time in a Bottle" Review

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"Time in a Bottle" is a rather intriguing title for an episode. The fact that it revolves around the Ferengi makes it even better. Personally, I feel that the Ferengi are one of the more interesting species in Star Trek, along with the Klingon of course. So does all this fun and intrigue really carry over to the story?

Just a heads up before continuing, this blog does contain spoilers. If you haven't played "Time in a Bottle" yet, then you may not want to read more.

Let's start from the beginning. I really enjoyed when Nog came in with the staff and used his father's power as Grand Nagus to make things go his way. It's always funny to see the Ferengi fear the Grand Nagus. Aron Eisenberg reprising his role as Nog was definitely a real treat! I'm glad to see Cryptic using Star Trek canon to help tell their own stories.

Now I need to skip ahead to the part when the Iconians arrive and have their conference. I hope I'm not the only one who found this exciting. It also begs the questions who is "the Other", how many Iconians are there, and what's their next plan?

The last thing I have to bring up is my constant fear that Cryptic is rushing through the Iconian War. Soon we will have a temporal weapon which we can use against the Iconians. We already know the Iconians can't travel through time. So is this the weapon that will end the war? If it is, can the story be dragged out long enough?

In the comments let me know your thoughts on this episode and some of the ideas I put forth in this blog.

Written by Attilio on June 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm


TacPaddy (Member) said...
June 22, 2015 at 05:11 am

I also was intrigued by the episode. However, when Nog worked on the device and needed protection, the Heralds behaved irrational to me. Approaching from far away isn't really the way they do it, is it?

Including the Kremmin is awesome. Still I'm disturbed by them having the plans to Annorax's Timeship.
I always had the feeling, that we are going to travel back in time 200,000 years and attack the Iconians in the first place, but now I fear that Cryptic is attempting to eradicate them from history completely.
That is something that Klingons and KDF-aligned Romulans probably would be fine with, but the Federation possibly partaking in a Genocide? That thought gives me a chill.

I can't wait for the story line to conclude.

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Chris (Member) replied...
June 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

I was hoping that we use the timeship to move the Iconians forward in time 10 minutes, and when they arrive, they will not remember anything, and we can open up diplomatic channels and help get them acclimated to their 'new' home.

Seems a Fed way to do it. ; )


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camvan1954 (Member) replied...
June 22, 2015 at 09:20 pm

I am with Paddy on this one. I felt that the dialogue options seemed very pro-genocide. I didn't feel like a Starfleet officer at all during parts of the mission but all in all a great mission and I look forward to what Cryptic can bring to the table

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camvan1954 (Member) replied...
June 22, 2015 at 09:20 pm

I am with Paddy on this one. I felt that the dialogue options seemed very pro-genocide. I didn't feel like a Starfleet officer at all during parts of the mission but all in all a great mission and I look forward to what Cryptic can bring to the table

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Lt.Cmdr. Andrew Koldwell (Guest) said...
June 22, 2015 at 04:10 pm

Sounds like this is setting up to have a self-fulfilling prophesy. The Iconians are driven away from their home and break up their empire by the Fed/KDF/Rom from the future because the Iconians in the future were horrible people because they were bent on revenge from the Fed/KDF/Rom driving them from their homeworld because the Iconians are horrible people because their bent on revenge… oh goodness! Not sure how to write themselves out of this. Since this is the Kremmin weapon, maybe they’ll just find an Iconian item and wipe them entirely from existence and see what all breaks in the timeline… that didn’t lead to a "Year of Hell" that no one remembers anyway.

I’m getting a headache now. We’ll have to see what Cryptic has in mind.

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Admiral Joe (Guest) said...
June 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

I think the "Weapon Ship" schematic is either a red herring or a setup to question the Krenim's eventual plans.

We know the Krenim Imperium was at its dominance when they had ships equipped with Chroniton-based weapons that were slightly out of phase with normal time. They were arrogant and cocky, unwilling to be diplomatic. They fired on any ship violating their borders.

But they don't know that, unless Tuvok gets involved. And if that information on the Krenim from "Before and After" ever made it into Voyager's memory banks, now's the time to retrieve it and use it. Hopefully Tim Russ has a bit of a role in the next FE, scouring Voyager's databanks based on the slight mention of "Krenim" from his past.

So I see a few things possibly going on at the end:

1) We cooperate with the Krenim to build the Weapon Ship...just for the Krenim to eventually use it against us.

2) We start work on the Weapon Ship with the Krenim, just for the Krenim to study the "Year of Hell" timeline further and discover the alliance that took down Annorax as the Nahydron (sp?), the Mawasi (sp?)...and Voyager. They try to complete the Weapon Ship without us, which turns into a side conflict.

3) We build the Weapon Ship with the Krenim, take out the Iconians with it, and see the changes to Earth, Qo'Nos, New Romulus, and every species as bad. However, with the Krenim now also firmly in control, another mission will be the takeover of the Weapon Ship to try and make things right.

4) It's simply an ominous harbinger for the viewer/player to wonder what could happen. We wonder and wonder and wonder, hoping our heroes catch on to the dangers of this Weapon Ship.

I have a feeling Starfleet will eventually believe the Krenim Weapon Ship is tantamount to genocide. Voyager's crew recognized that off the bat. I wonder if Nog, in the excitement of finding the Krenim and a ship that can help defeat the Iconians once and for all, didn't get Starfleet more involved than it needed to be at that stage. I imagine Admiral Tuvok wouldn't be too happy about Nog's seeming willingness to jump the Alliance into shipbuilding without a proper review.

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