After Kes is injured by an energy beam on a planet's sacred ground, Janeway must undergo a spiritual quest in order to save her life.


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After Kes is injured by an energy beam on a planet's sacred ground, Janeway must undergo a spiritual quest in order to save her life.

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One of the best science fiction episodes I have seen
23 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

It saddens me that many of the previous reviewers of this episode of Star Trek: Voyager have taken such a dim look at this episode and written it off.

First thing I must absolutely mention is that many of history's greatest scientists were also great men of faith. Men such as Nicholas Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, who might be looked favorably upon by fans of a science fiction series set in space, as well as Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Gregor Mendel, William Kelvin, George Gabriel Stokes, James Clerk Maxwell, Max Planck, and even Albert Einstein who famously said "I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details" and "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Scientists who ignore there is a strong correlation between their faith and some of the greatest discoveries in history do a huge disservice to themselves and ignore their own history.

Second, it seems counter-intuitive to me for anyone to say that science holds all the answers, when there is so much more to the human experience. I am not talking about religion here specifically, but also philosophy and a fascination with the unknown, and a desire on our part to figure things out. How boring and uninteresting would life be if all there was in the universe, in our experience, was only what we saw or could observe in some fashion? Could such a life be called "life"? I hardly think so.

Kes, while exploring an area of religious significance for the Nechani people, is rendered unconscious and dying. Captain Janeway, ever the rational scientist who is skeptical of religious belief, finds precedent in the literature of the Nechani that would allow her to undergo a ritual in order to save Kes' life. But what happens when the rational mind meets something it can't wrap its head around?

I commend the writers of this episode of Voyager to go to the places where science fails. And for the reviewer who said that science fiction shouldn't deal with fantasy, what a load of crock. The whole Star Trek franchise is fantasy, unless you actually happen to live in the 24th century.

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