When the Voyager encounters a planet with unusual gravometric anomalies, they get stuck in orbit around the developing world. On the surface, the primitive civilization notes the appearance of a new, bright star. Back on Voyager, Chakotay confirms the presence of civilized life, but because the surface is caught in a time distortion, they are watching it develop to its own industrial age in, ahem, a blink of an eye. Will the surface-dwellers advance fast enough to help Voyager escape the planet's gravity? And will The Doctor live another life thanks to the time distortion?
Erik warns against trying to create a Space Renaissance. Justin explains why he and Erik continue to try to tread safely with Voyager. Nazgul jelly becomes a new product worth selling. They argue the usefulness of the Prime Directive in this particular situation and their continuing problem with Voyager's overall premise. Daniel Dae Kim quickly becomes the episode's MVP while Justin finds a way to make its story really work. And in one of the most shocking moments to date, Erik and Tom Paris agree on something!