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Kathryn Janeway descubre la verdad sobre uno de sus ancestros famosos, Shannon O'Donnel, dándose cuenta de que era muy diferente de lo que ella había creído durante toda su vida.

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Neelix le cuenta a Janeway acerca de la Gran Muralla China

La Capitán Kathryn Janeway camina por un corredor yendo hacia uno de los turboascencores cuando Neelix, chef y Oficial Moral de la USS Voyager, se une a ella. El entrega los informes de reposiciones para esa semana y le consulta sobre lo que sabe de la Gran Muralla China, quién la construyó y por qué. Janeway responde la obviedad, que ésta fue construida por los Chinos para mantener a los forasteros fuera. Cuando ingresan al turboascensor, Janeway ordenan ir a la cubierta Uno, mientras Neelix sigue contando cifras y datos de esta construcción y del hecho que, hasta el Siglo 22 sea uno de los pocos objetos que se puede observar desde la órbita de la Tierra a simple vista. Janeway felicita a Neelix sobre sus conocimientos de geografía Terrestre.

Cuando el turboascensor llega al puente, Janeway es informada por el Comandante Chakotay que se encuentran en curso hacia un racimo estelar Clase Y y que arribarán ahí en alrededor de tres días, mientras ella y Neelix caminan hacia la Sala de Estar. Janeway pregunta a Neelix sobre su interés en la Gran Muralla China, a lo que contesta que está estudiando lugares emblemáticos del planeta. En la Sala de Estar, Neelix le cuenta que él y Tom Paris han estado intercambiando conociemiento culturales de la Tierra y Talax y el piloto se está convirtiendo en experto en Geografía Talaxiana. Janeway consulta a Neelix sobre qué tanto sabe sobre la Puerta del Milenio.

Neelix recita las especificaciones de la Puerta del Milenio – su altura, ancho de base y material de superficie. El afirma que fue construida por los Estados Unidos de América en el Siglo 21. Y que es además, otro de los objetos que se pueden visualizar desde la órbita terrestre. Janeway le cuenta que esta construcción fue tomada como modelo para las primeras bases en Marte y que uno de sus ancestros, Shannon O'Donnel, la construyó, no con martillo y clavos, sino con palabras. En las reuniones familiares, a Janeway siempre se le dijo que Shannon O'Donnel fue una de las primeras mujeres astronautas y la fuerza impulsora detrás de la Puerta del Milenio, la primera en una larga lista de exploradores de apellido Janeway. Neelix pide que le cuente más, para dejar impresionado a Tom Paris. El aprende que Shannon O'Donnel estaba en ese momento en el Programa Espacial y que el Gobernador de Indiana la llamó personalmente, por su experiencia en sistemas de soporte de vida recíclicos. De acuerdo a lo contado por una tía de Janeway llamada Martha, Shannon fue llevada al lugar en un avión privado.

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Shannon O'Donnel manejando a través de Indiana

Temprano en la mañana del 27 de Diciembre del año 2000, Shannon O'Donnel maneja a través del estado de Indiana. Su automóvil empieza a emitir ruidos extraños mientras ella está añadiendo a su registro personal (un pequeño grabador a cassette ubicado en el asiento del acompañante) una de las curiosidades del estado, la Bola de Cordel más grande del mundo. Al ver el cartel de la Puerta del Milenio, se dirigió a Portage Creek, donde esperaba que alguien pudiera echarle un vistazo al auto

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Mientras conduce por la ciudad, se detiene para preguntar a un peatón dónde puede encontrar comida, combustible y alojamiento. El hombre le dice que ya nada de eso se puede conseguir en Portage Creek. Irritada, Shannon sigue manejando pero no mira hacia adelante y choca contra otro auto. El otro conductor le pregunta si tiene seguro, a lo que responde que se le ha acabado. El sugiere que con 200 dólares se deberían cubrir los gastos, pero ella le contesta que no tiene esa cantidad de dinero. El otro conductor acepta su pérdida y sigue camino. Cuando Shannon se dispone a hacer lo mismo, su auto falla.

Luego que Shannon llame a una grúa remolque, busca un lugar para calentarse mientras espera. Ella encuentra que la Librería Alexandria es el único local abierto. Una vez dentro, se encuentra con el propietario y su hijo, Henry y Jason Janeway, y les pregunta si puede esperar la grúa en su tienda. Ella les cuenta que está tratando de llegar a Florida cuando su auto se rompió. Oye a Jason bromear respecto que Shannon no parece un asesino serial y le contesta que ya no realiza ese tipo de trabajo. Henry Janeway le da la bienvenida con una taza de café.

Shannon observa que la mayoría de las tiendas en la ciudad parecían estar cerradas. Jason responde que su tienda nunca se cerrará. Al darse cuenta de que sus volantes yacen en el mostrador, le dicen que están peleando contra la construcción de la Puerta del Milenio, "el primer entorno cívico autosostenido del mundo", según Jason. Henry encuentra que esto es propaganda; él piensa que no es más que un centro comercial glorificado. Shannon ofrece ayudar a distribuir los volantes usando su computadora si Henry la contrata. Pero le dicen que no necesitan ayuda. Al acercarse a la puerta, Shannon vuelve a pedir un trabajo. Ella dice que realmente necesita el dinero para pagar las reparaciones de su automóvil. Después de un silencio incómodo, Jason le ruega a su padre que la contrate. Henry acepta a regañadientes.

Save-our-downtown

"Salve nuestro Centro"

Más tarde esa noche, Shannon y Henry visitan un bar local y hablan sobre Portage Creek. Hablan de la Puerta del Milenio y de por qué Henry está en contra. Shannon descubre que Henry preferiría haber vivido en la edad clásica. Shannon prefiere la edad moderna. Ellos resumen los pros y los contras de cada uno. Se quedan atrapados en la falta de cerveza fría en la era clásica. Cuando Henry le pregunta si tiene planes para la víspera de Año Nuevo, ella le dice que no será diferente al año pasado: planea dormirse. Ella pregunta si Henry cree que todo el ruido sobre el comienzo de un nuevo milenio, si causaría todos esos problemas como muchos decían, y si él cree que todos esos mercachifles que afirmaron que 2001 fue el verdadero milenio y no 2000. En cuanto a lo que a Shannon concierne, esos años no son más que números en un calendario. Shannon menciona a Jason diciéndole que la librería ha pertenecido a su familia por generaciones y le dijo a Henry que ella es todo lo contrario. Le encanta visitar lugares donde nunca antes ha estado y no le gusta quedarse en un lugar por mucho tiempo. Ella descubrió que era una exploradora. Henry sonríe y le dice que piensa que su auto se parece más a un velero que a un auto de verdad. Ella le dice que en realidad es una nave espacial. Su conversación se interrumpe cuando un ruido retumba sacudiendo sus vasos de cerveza. Se van del bar para ver qué es este sonido y ven pasar los camiones de la constructora.

Al día siguiente Henry Janeway discute con Gerald Moss, quien está siendo entrevistado por Marci Collins del programa televisivo 3 Action News. Henry aboga por su caso y regresa triunfante cuando escucha que Moss le dice a Collins que si la resistencia de Henry no se resuelve, entonces la Puerta del Milenio se construirá en otro lugar. Henry les dice a Jason y Shannon que todo lo que tienen que hacer es mantenerse firmes hasta la víspera de Año Nuevo. Cuando Henry y Jason entran a la tienda, Shannon observa a Gerald Moss haciendo una llamada telefónica. Él parece notar su presencia.

Esa noche Shannon y Henry tienen una comida sencilla en la librería, que está iluminada por algunas lámparas y velas. Henry pretende que están en París. Pone un libro sobre esa ciudad junto a la mesa y le dice a Shannon que nunca ha salido del estado de Indiana; se encuentra más cómodo con sus libros. Ella le pregunta a Henry sobre su auto y él le dice que ha sido reparado y está estacionado detrás del garaje. Shannon comenta que debería haber mencionado eso ese mismo día. Henry dice que se olvidó. Shannon dice que se irá al día siguiente, pero Henry le recuerda que le prometió a Jason que le mostraría algunos trucos en su computadora. Recordando, Shannon estuvo de acuerdo. Ella piensa que se le hará difícil despedirse. Durante su comida, parece que se llevan bastante bien a pesar de sus diferencias.

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Millennium-gate

La Puerta del Milenio

En Astrometría, la Capitán Janeway está viendo datos técnico de la Puerta del Milenio cuando Siete de Nueve entra en la sala. Ella le pide a Siete que la ayude a encontrar más información sobre la época en la que se construyó la Puerta del Milenio, debido a que la mayoría de ella está dañada o perdida. Janeway le dice que la Puerta ha sido construída por uno de sus ancestros más de trescientos años atrás. Aunque Siete considera la construcción impresionante, cuestiona la validez de la investigación para la misión de la Voyager. Janeway le dice a Siete que es relevante para ella. Cuando la Borg replica que solo tiene una fracción del ADN de su antepasado, Janeway le dice que no es una cuestión de cromosomas sino acerca del carácter. Siete le pide más explicaciones y la Capitán contesta que Shannon O'Donnel la inspiró cuando ella era jóven – ella fue gran inspiración en su imaginación y sus objetivos, y es la principal razón por la cual se unió a la Flota Estelar.

Más tarde, está investigando datos históricos en el Comedor de la nave cuando Tom Paris y Neelix entran. Ellos están comprobando su conocimiento sobre las Siete Maravillas del Mundo Antiguo. Paris se sirve una taza de café justo cuando Neelix está por nombrar la Séptima Maravilla, pero no puede recordarla. Paris trata de recordarlo, pero tampoco puede. Su concurso se interrumpe cuando Siete de Nueve les dice que la Séptima Maravilla es el Faro de Alejandría, construído por Tolomeo II en el 280 Antes de Cristo. Paris llama sarcásticamente a la memora fotográfica de la Borg como una maravilla moderna y le dice a Neelix que la prueba de conocimiento terminó en empate.

Neelix, curioso como siempre, pregunta a Siete sobre qué es lo que está haciendo. Ella le contesta sobre el proyecto de investigación de Shannon O'Donnel. Neelix le ofrece su ayuda y nota que el PADD contiene información acerca de Sven "Buttercup" Hansen, un ancestro de Siete. The captain had encouraged Seven to research her own genealogy but she questions Buttercup's relevance to Seven's life. As far as she is concerned their name likeness is a coincidence. Neelix tells her that there is some of him in her just as there would be some of Seven in her descendants. Seven replies that this only would be the case if she chose to procreate, and that she cannot appreciate Neelix's joke about a "Seven of Nine Point Five" running around. When her computer can find no references on Shannon O'Donnel, Seven says that her research has failed. Neelix tells her that researching genealogy is a lot like fishing – she has to use a wider net, and orders the computer to expand its search to non-Federation databases, personal archives and photographic indexes. When the computer finishes searching it displays one reference about Shannon O'Donnel.

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Shannon Janeway con sus hijos y nietos alrededor del año 2050

In the captain's quarters Neelix and Seven show Janeway what they have found: a picture of Shannon Janeway with her children and grandchildren. Neelix tells her that the photo comes from a Ferengi database. Eleven years earlier a Ferengi historian collected vast amounts of data about the origin of Federation space travel. The Ferengi wanted to market this information as nostalgic gift items. Janeway says she probably would be his first customer. Seven tells her that they also found journalistic articles about the resistance against the building of the Millennium Gate. Janeway observes that the entire town was against Shannon O'Donnel. She asks Neelix to download the image so she could frame it.

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Shannon O'Donnel is watching 3 Action News in the local bar. She is planning her route to Florida where she wanted to visit a cousin of hers, when Gerald Moss walks in. He quotes the slogan her class came up with during her NASA period. Moss feels sorry for her that she had not made it at NASA and asks if she has stayed in touch with her former classmates. When Shannon tells him she did not, Moss tells her that a classmate of hers made it into to the space program and is scheduled for four months on the space station and that he's sorry that she has lost her job. He finds that engineers do not receive the respect they deserve. An annoyed Shannon tells him he had nothing to do with her personal life on which Moss tells her that they always screen their future candidates and makes her a job offer. Shannon could be a consulting engineer on the Millennium Gate project, but the catch is that she has to convince Henry to give up his resistance against it. Moss thinks Henry might listen to her because she seems close to him, Shannon tells him she has to think about his offer whereupon Moss tells her not to wait too long.

The next morning Shannon wakes up from a dream about the first landing on the moon, which she watched on television when she was eleven years old. When she walks into the bookstore she finds Jason playing with her computer. He's enjoying the games but getting vaporized when playing Matrix of Doom, and she advises him to launch a flare before entering the steel fortress. Shannon is offered a cup of coffee by Jason who tells her his father went out shopping in Bloomington and that he is in charge of the store for the time being. When Shannon is asked by Jason if she had any children she tells him that she never got around to it and in return asks him where his mother is. Shannon learns his mother died when he was very young and she asks him if he likes working in the bookstore and what his opinion is about the Millennium Gate. Jason thinks the Gate might be pretty cool. When asked by Shannon if he ever saw the first landing on the moon he tells her that he saw it once in his science class.

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Shannon and Henry arguing

Just after eleven o'clock Henry Janeway gets back with supplies and Shannon reads the article about him in the local newspaper and gets into an argument with him about the Millennium Gate project. Shannon finds the Gate more than a glorified shopping mall and admits there is a commercial dimension but explains that it is an experimental biosphere. It is a completely self-sustained city that will help scientists to learn more about the environment so, one day, they can recreate it on other worlds. Shannon confesses she would like to leave Earth and its problems one day and tells Henry that the Millennium Gate has a lot of potential. She accuses him of living in the past, of being afraid of the future. Shannon tells Henry that Gerald Moss has offered her a job, at which he accuses her of sleeping with the enemy. Shannon tells him she might be a consulting engineer on the Millennium Gate project; Henry gets angry with her and asks her what would happen if he told her not to accept. Shannon tells him she does not want to live in her car any more. When Henry asks her to stay she tells him she cannot, afraid to get stuck in Portage Creek like Henry is. An angry Henry Janeway helps her pack when Jason walks into the room; Shannon tells him she has to go when Jason asks her why she is leaving.

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Tom Paris explaining the Martian missions

In Captain Janeway's quarters, she, Harry Kim, Tom Paris, Neelix and Seven of Nine pass their leisure time by exchanging family stories. Kim is telling about his uncle DIS: "Jack", "Captain", who commanded a mission to Beta Capricus in 2210, a deep space mission at that time. The journey took six months and his uncle piloted the spacecraft the entire time – the rest of the crew was in stasis. When he arrived it turned out that Beta Capricus did not exist, but was indeed just the misinterpreted image of a distant galaxy. Jack did not wake his crew because there was nothing to do or see and returned to Earth. When they arrived six months later, Jack brought the crew out of stasis and they wondered why they hadn't left Earth's orbit. The laughter of Kim and his colleagues is interrupted by the door chime; it's The Doctor, who wants to hand the captain a report but who does not want to intrude. When Captain Janeway tells him they were talking about their ancestors, he asks if he might join them. When Janeway agrees, he tells them that he, too, has ancestors. When Tom Paris jokes that his cousin was an electric shaver, he is corrected by The Doctor who tells him he was compiled from the most advanced holomatrices in the Federation; his cousin was an advanced prize-winning chess program. Seven of Nine tells Ensign Paris that he has not yet told them about his ancestors. According to Paris there was not much to tell; most of his ancestors were salt of the earth type of people. Some were planetary colonists and others were farmers, and one of his ancestors was a pilot who flew the first orbital glider over the lower Martian plateau. When Neelix mentions that his ancestors might have known Captain Janeway's, he asks for her name, but does not recall Shannon O'Donnel ever mentioned in relation to a Mars mission, and he knows every Mars mission from the 1970s on, and who participated in them, by heart.

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Captain Janeway is in her ready room reading a newspaper article on her computer terminal about Henry Janeway when Chakotay enters to show her the ship's status reports. She had found some more data from the 21st century, but most of it is fragmented and incomplete, so she makes guesses about the contents of Chakotay's report: "The holographic engineer is having problems with her program. Neelix, the Cardassian cook, is low on supplies. Seven of Twelve is regenerating and Captain Chakotay is doing just fine." She explains that she was wondering how future historians would piece together their lives on Voyager. Smiling, Chakotay replies that it depended on how big the pieces were. Janeway had gone to dozens of history files about 21st century Earth and found that every alien culture saw Earth's history differently. Vulcans described First Contact with a savagely illogical species, Ferengi revered Wall Street and even viewed it as holy ground, and Bolians expressed their dismay about the low quality of Human plumbing. So she researched the basics – birth, death and marriage certificates, court records, housing records, etc. but she found it all incomplete. When Chakotay asks her if Shannon O'Donnel existed, a slightly disappointed Janeway tells him Shannon did exist, but she only trained to be an astronaut and did not work on any of the Mars missions. She was an engineer who worked on the Millennium Gate as a consultant and the Gate itself was welcomed with open arms; there was no opposition except by Henry Janeway. Shannon married him but did not change history, only her name. Chakotay tells Janeway not to be so hard on her, that Shannon did not know she had to live up to the expectations of Kathryn Janeway. Janeway tries to sound upbeat, saying that the worst part is how she'll break the news to her aunt that the great family legend is false.

Three hours before Moss' deadline, he and Shannon O'Donnel watch 3 Action News in the local bar. Henry Janeway's resistance is still the main news topic. Moss tells Shannon that the building of the Millennium Gate will be delayed if Henry Janeway cannot be persuaded to give up his resistance before midnight. Shannon tells him she has to leave for Florida but Moss tells her he still could use her on the alternate building site of the Millennium Gate in Canton, Ohio. When Gerald Moss wants to leave the bar, Jason Janeway comes running in and tells Shannon his father still refuses to leave the bookstore and that a crowd is gathering; even the police are present. Shannon tells Jason his father can take care of himself. When Jason pleads her to talk to him she tells him that he won't listen to her, although she likes Henry and Jason Janeway she tells Jason she is sorry, it didn't work out.

At 11:15 pm Shannon drives out of Portage Creek and records her experiences into her personal log. She would not forget the last days and found Henry Janeway an interesting man – he liked to talk, but refused to listen to anybody but himself. Shannon reminisces about her dinner in Paris with him and found his son Jason as bright as his father. While eating a chocolate chip cookie, she decides to return to Portage Creek.

When Shannon drove into the street where the bookstore was located, she noticed the police line and walked up to the bookstore, where Gerald Moss told a policeman to let her through. Followed by a 3 Action News camera, Shannon walked to the bookstore entrance.

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Shannon knocks on the door and tells Henry to let her in. When she enters the store, she grabs his coat and tells him they're leaving; she even threatens to drag him out of the bookstore if he refuses. Shannon tells him it is over and accuses him of living in the past without any thoughts about the future of his son or Portage Creek. When Henry asks why she has returned, Shannon tells him it was because of the chocolate chip cookies which she bought when she left Portage Creek – they didn't taste the same without him. Shannon tells him she'd like to stay with him and Jason but she does not want to work in a bookstore for the rest of her life. Shannon tells Henry that he lives in the past while she wants to live in the future, and maybe together they could try to live in the present. She also tells him about the offer Gerald Moss made to her, but that she is prepared to turn him down if Henry wants her to stay. Henry hesitates for a short time and tells her he could re-open his bookstore in the Millennium Gate, whereupon Shannon tells him she probably could get him a nice location in the Gate where nobody would bother him. When Henry asks her if she would ever leave him again she tells him that if she would, they would leave together. When Henry asks the time she tells him it's 11:59. Just before midnight, Shannon and Henry leave Alexandria Books bookstore and Henry closes his store for the last time. As they leave the store they are applauded by the gathered crowd.

Kathryn Janeway is in her quarters staring at the stars when Neelix contacts her via her combadge. He asks her to come to the mess hall; there is no emergency but he wants to speak to her personally.

Happy ancestors eve

"Happy Ancestors' Eve"

When Captain Janeway enters the mess hall, she is greeted by her friends who toast "Ancestors' Eve". When she asks what it's all about, Neelix tells her it's April 22, Ancestors' Eve, a holiday he established that very day. Commander Chakotay tells her Neelix had a point: an evening of reflection in honor of those who had come before. Harry tells him that his uncle Jack would approve and B'Elanna Torres had at least a reason to crawl out from under the warp conduit she was working on. Janeway appreciates the gesture, but is interrupted by Tom Paris, who tells Neelix to give her the present. Neelix hands her a framed photo of Shannon O'Donnel – Janeway – he says that he has done some more research and told her it was taken around 2050 in a park near Portage Creek, 38 years after the dedication of the Millennium Gate. Neelix thinks a nice place for it would be on the shelf near her desk in her ready room. Janeway thanks him but tells Neelix she is not sure that Shannon O'Donnel belongs there. Seven of Nine tells her she was wrong, Shannon captured her imagination and historical details are irrelevant. Tuvok concurs with her analysis and Chakotay tells Janeway that she would not have joined Starfleet if it wasn't for Shannon O'Donnel. The Doctor grabs his holo-camera and places it on the bar. After he prepares it he tells everyone to gather around the captain and to face the camera. They toast family as the camera takes its picture.

In the Portage Creek park, Kieran gave his sister "bunny ears" after their picture was taken. Shannon tells him to stop it and places him on her lap and pointed towards the camera which brought his attention to it and a big smile upon his face.


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