I can remember watching a Star Trek episode where the crew entered a region of space where time runs much faster than on board of the Enterprise.

At a given moment there is a planet visible, seen from outer space, and one can see that they had entered the atomic era: bright short flashes of light were seen on the surface, indicating the testing of the first atomic bombs (though it could also be that they started a nuclear conflict).

It was the Star Trek series with that female captain.

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    TOS Wink of an Eye also has an ultra time speed planet - though you want the voyager episode already answered. Aug 5, 2021 at 22:30
  • @lucasbachman Why is that episode so much less ranked (I saw this in the links)? Aug 6, 2021 at 14:13
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    Probably because it is a "bottle" episode meaning it mostly takes place on the ship. And it mostly just Kirk being annoyed by his situation and doesn't make a lot of sense compared to a better episode where Kirk can give some speech about the need to act civilized or the nobility of not being controlled by a computer. Aug 6, 2021 at 15:11
  • @Deschele I enjoyed TOS Wink of an Eye when I was a young kid, but as Wikipedia explains, it's full of plot holes and incoherent science.
    – PM 2Ring
    Aug 6, 2021 at 16:25
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    There's also that DS9 episode, Children of Time, in which time doesn't move faster, but there's a similar experience in that the DS9 people meet Odo 200 years older, and their own descendents after 200 years, due to a time-travel effect.
    – einpoklum
    Aug 6, 2021 at 20:22

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That should be "Blink of an Eye", Season 6 episode 12 of Star Trek: Voyager.

From the Wikipedia article:

The episode follows the crew's interaction with a world where time passes rapidly, allowing them to witness most of its inhabitants' history. For the inhabitants, Voyager is fixed in the night sky, inspiring them as the eons pass.

(found with google search: "star trek voyager episode planet faster time")

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    Essentially the same plot was used in an episode of The Orville; "Mad Idolatry", season 1, episode 12. If you'd like to do a comparison!
    – JohnHunt
    Aug 6, 2021 at 1:55
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    It's also a rather blatant rip-off of the novel Dragon's Egg. I'm told if you like that episode you'll probably love the novel.
    – Muzer
    Aug 6, 2021 at 9:05
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    I recently read Dragon's Egg - very highly recommended.
    – John Mo
    Aug 6, 2021 at 16:04
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    For just about any SF-nal idea, some writer somewhere probably came with up already. It's the execution of the idea that's important...
    – poncho
    Aug 6, 2021 at 17:47
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    This was the most interesting VOY episode IMO. Especially where they make it up to Voyager in special suits to slow down their time rate to be able to survive in Voyager’s time rate. It was a good story!! Aug 7, 2021 at 4:27

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