Never leave home without your temporal shield.
Voyager has one. And it needs it to survive some manipulative time-space shenanigans when the crew confronts the new bad boys on the block, the Krenim, in tonight's overwrought episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54).
The Krenim and their ruthlessly focused leader, Annorax (Kurtwood Smith), are using time-tinkering to try to return themselves to a period when they were the dominant race in their space neighborhood. Bad news for them: Voyager shows up and unwittingly throws a wrench into their well-calculated plans.
Bad news for Voyager: The Krenim are kicking the interstellar tar out of it. Before the hour is half over (and this is only Part 1; Part 2 is set for next week), significant portions of the ship have been blown to smithereens, causing lots of suffering and causing Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to clench her jaw even tighter than usual.
There's fun to be had, but "Year of Hell" smells of a show trying desperately to get people interested. Perhaps it's trying too hard. "Spin City" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tracy Pollan, the wife of series star Michael J. Fox, guest stars as Mike's high school sweetheart, who fulfills a promise by reuniting with the mayoral aide on top of the Empire State Building for his 30th birthday. ABC.
"Murphy Brown" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This season's cancer story line progresses as Jim buys marijuana to ease the pain of Murphy's chemotherapy. CBS.
"Scott Hamilton: Back on the Ice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Returning to the rink in the first appearance since his cancer surgery, the Olympic gold medalist is welcomed by Ekaterina Gordeeva, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kurt Browning, Brian Boitano, Kenny G and Olivia Newton-John (who sings "I Honestly Love You"). CBS.
"The Sentinel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- On the eve of a human rights conference, a routine murder investigation places Ellison and Sandburg in the middle of an assassination plot involving a peace activist. UPN.
"Great Performances" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe" revisits last summer's opening of England's reconstructed Globe Theater, with performance excerpts and a look at the opening festivities. PBS.
"Heartless" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- A heart-transplant recipient (Madchen Amick) somehow inherits the erotic dreams of the donor, tries to learn more about her and winds up falling in love with the dead woman's husband. Unwisely, it would seem. The new made-for-cable movie also stars Louise Fletcher, David Packer and Pamela Bellwood.
Pub Date: 11/05/97