I'm re-watching Voyager, and just finishing Season 2 ("Basics, Part 1"). In this episode, Janeway tries to initiate the self-destruct sequence, but it fails to activate due to damage.

How many times was Voyager's self-destruct activated (including failed attempts) over the course of the series? And in which episodes?

  • I suspect this would take a while to compile, but I'd love to see it. I bet it would be as ridiculous as their photon torpedo inventory Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 20:07
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    @crow like the Galactica, I'm sure Voyager had some way of building more torpedoes. Especially with replicator technology.
    – cde
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 22:23
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    @cde The explicitly say in the pilot episode that they have no way to replace them, if that ever changed it wasn't mentioned in the show. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 0:14
  • @crow Um um, no you shut up >___> Also, info in the pilot is never binding :) (I don't recall they said that honestly. Been so long.)
    – cde
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 1:20
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    @crow just watched the video. 110 torpedoes over the + years they were out seems reasonable. Salvage some here and there, ingenuity to make more. The initial comment of no way to replace them is first year naivety. They just realized they were pulled in. And from TNG I think they stated or showed that standard probes and photon torpedoes use the same shell, the difference being the warhead. Idk, but I know they never addressed it on screen
    – cde
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 4:39

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If we're limiting it to times they actually went so far as to activate the sequence then it's three:

Basics Part 1 - as mentioned in the OP Capt. Janeway attempts to activate the sequence but is prevented from doing so due to the damage to the secondary command processors

Dreadnought - the sequence is activated as a last-ditch option to destroy Dreadnought but is aborted at the last moment due to B'Elanna succeeding in breaching the missle's containment field herself

Deadlock - activated and completed aboard one of the Voyager's, freeing the other copy in the process.

  • can you just add in what your source is for this? Is it just memory or were you able to find a listing? Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 14:40
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    It's from memory I'm afraid, I was quite an avid Voyager fan back in the day and I'm pretty confident in those being the only times the Self-Destruct sequence was used. The ship was destroyed a few more times than that (e.g. Year of Hell Pt II, Timeless & the Silver Blood copy that was destroyed in Course: Oblivion) and Janeway threatened to destroy it more times than I care to count but she either never went beyond threats or used alternative means such as in Scientific Method Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 14:49
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    I'm really terrified that a) you know the episodes by name, and b) this comment sounds so confident that I wouldn't dare dispute it. Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 16:56
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    @JohnnyBones yeah I'm a font of useless information and Voyager is one of my specialty subjects. Does it make it worse that I trimmed details from that comment (such as how those "destructions" of Voyager occurred and how they were all undone)? At times I hate my brain! Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 20:17
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    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:03

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