By connecting the two ships with a tractor beam, did they allow for the Enterprise to experience the same repeating time loop that the Bozeman was caught in - and in the final "run-through" when they make it out, would they have died if they hadn't been successful, since they weren't connected by tractor beam?
But why should the Bozeman
be in a time loop? We never got any indication that this ship would have been re-experiencing any events. All she ever did was emerge from the past to the late 24th century, at an unfortunate moment when there was a time-looping starship there right in front of them. The Bozeman
would really only need to do that once.
Cool idea anyway!
My original assumption must be wrong. For some reason, until just now, I always assumed the Bozeman was "stuck" sort of... "hovering?" in its own repeating time-loop outside of normal space, and could only have emerged with the aid of outside influence.
Think "Night Terrors." I'm not confusing it with that- and I only know I'm not confusing it with it because I know the episode (Night Terrors) much too well, having watched it dozens of times (because the scene in sick bay is soo deliciously creepy, and because it is one of the few TNG episodes I own). My original thinking was just similar to the situation in Night Terrors - with the two ships aiding one another to escape the anomaly, and escape not being possible without two ships.
I think the main reason I thought the Bozeman was in its own time-loop was because the timing seemed to be much too convenient - that the Bozeman would emerge just
at the same moment the Enterprise was passing directly in front of its flight path.
With the universe being so (supposedly) huge, one would think this event to be a bit more unlikely - but then... Janeway did
run into the one other Federation ship in the Delta Quadrant, and also just happened to find the missile B'Elanna launched without permission as a Maquis, not to mention finding the Hadrosaurs still alive, well and much more evolved. But I digress... >_>
Thank you so much for explaining that!