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"11:59" is the 117th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 22nd episode of the fifth season.

Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 23
Directed byDavid Livingston
Story byBrannon Braga
Joe Menosky
Teleplay byJoe Menosky
Featured musicDavid Bell
Production code217
Original air dateMay 5, 1999 (1999-05-05)
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This television episode aired starting on May, 5 1999 on the television network UPN and was directed by David Livingston.[1] Kevin Tighe guest stars alongside a flashback version of a Janeway ancestor, and much of the plot is set in a fictional 21st century version of Earth.[1]


Neelix becomes interested in Earth history, spurring research about an ancestor of Captain Janeway named Shannon O'Donnel who was alive at the turn of the 21st century and who Janeway believes single-handedly fought to complete the Millennium Gate tower project in 2000, and would later be part of NASA's missions to Mars.[2] Neelix, prompted by Janeway, proceeds to track down further information on Shannon.

Neelix and Seven of Nine discover that Janeway's information was incorrect: Shannon was a traveler who happened to have her car break down in the small town of Portage Creek in Indiana where the Millennium Gate was to be built. Set on December 27, 2000, the plan has caused most of the business in town to leave, save for a bookstore owned by Henry Janeway, who refuses to sell the store to make way for the project. Shannon joins Henry in the opposition, and learns that if Henry refuses to sell, the project would have to be moved to a new location. The two also develop a bond during this time. Shannon is offered a job by the company if she can convince Henry to leave before the 11:59 deadline on New Year's Eve 2000. When she tells Henry this, he asks her to leave. As she drives away, she turns around, and trying another approach to convincing Henry to sell. He eventually relents at the very last minute, selling his bookstore to allow the tower to go forward.[3]

Captain Janeway is disappointed to learn the truth about Shannon, who was never a NASA astronaut, as Shannon was her childhood hero and the stories about her convinced her to join Starfleet. However, Neelix has provided a surprise: a gathering of the senior staff to celebrate their ancestors, and presenting Janeway with a photograph of the elderly Shannon, after she had married Henry and raised their extended family together. Janeway realizes that the revelation about Shannon should not impact what she has done with her own life.[4]


In 2015, a Star Trek: Voyager binge-watching guide by W.I.R.E.D. suggesting skipping this episode.[5] ranked this the 8th best episode of Star Trek:Voyager in 2016.[6] They note that the character Captain Janeway remembers one of her ancestors in this episode, and it is examines how our perceptions of people can change over time.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Star Trek: Voyager - Season 5, Episode 23". Rotten Tomatoes.
  2. ^ "Eleven Fifty-Nine". Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ Michelle Erica Green (13 January 2004). "11:59". TrekToday.
  4. ^ Jamahl Epsicokhan. "Star Trek: Voyager "11:59"". Jamahl Epsicokhan. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  5. ^ McMillan, Graeme (2015-05-27). "WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Star Trek: Voyager". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  6. ^ Michelle (2016-02-23). "10 Best 'Star Trek: Voyager' Episodes". TREKNEWS.NET. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  7. ^ Michelle (2016-02-23). "10 Best 'Star Trek: Voyager' Episodes". TREKNEWS.NET. Retrieved 2019-06-11.

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