From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv
This is a curious analogy of science and faith. The title reminds me of a bible verse: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24. Similar verses are in Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25). Two questions occurred to me: what an eye of the needle analogy on a show all about science and what relevance does it have to Janeway and the Starship Voyager trying to find a way home? Home that is 70,000 light-years away, even?
In the bible verse, the reference is all about whether or not a rich men can enter Heaven; they can get in but only if they put their faith in God rather than in their riches. Well the relevance answer is that the message is all about the persistence of a young Ensign (Harry) Kim who believes he can find a way back home; it is his perseverance that uncovers a decaying wormhole which may allow Voyager to transport home to Earth. Janeway encourages Chief Engineer B’Lanna Torres to investigate her discovery of piggy backing the ship’s transporter to the relay inside the wormhole in order to transport the entire crew back to the Alpha Quadrant and find their way home.
Foiled again, the ship doesn’t find its way home; it turns out the wormhole traverses some 20 years into the past and Starfleet prohibits against the altering of timelines. The test becomes how the leader Janeway expands her new relationships with her new crew and learns to build camaraderie and trust. Yet and still, the adventures of Janeway’s command continue, Voyager’s crew is grossly disappointed by their inability to transport home; nor are they given the satisfaction of notifying Starfleet that they’re alive but lost. Chief Tactical Officer Tuvok reveals that the Romulan scientist Telek R’Mor (who received Voyagers broadcast for help through the relay) dies before he can transmit the crews messages to family, friends, or Starfleet notifying them of their plight and location (lost in the Delta Quadrant). Here is where the Captain must grip the reins of command and find a way to lead when hope is at its lowest.
Signing off, Lorabella