Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 7

Sacred Ground (30 Oct. 1996)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Ritual Guide
Old Woman
Keene Curtis ...
Old Man #2
Old Man #1
The Magistrate


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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The old people claim that to get through the biogenic field, one must have no doubt or hesitation, one must believe in making it past the field. Yet when Kes tried to walk through the field in the beginning of the episode, she had no idea it was there and full confidence that she would make it past that particular area, and still she was struck down, an obvious contradiction. See more »


Old Man #2: Even when her science fails right before her eyes, she still has full confidence in it. Now, there's a leap of faith.
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Sold episode except that it is a science vs faith plot which runs counter to the whole universe. The cornerstone of Star Trek, in it's resurgence, was science and humanity but this episode takes a few previous hints at spirituality in this series to an extreme. There's a scientific explanation for the problem but no-one other the Doctor and Kes seem to want to accept that. Kind of sad that the franchise would allow a Star Fleet Captain of a cutting-edge vessel would sink to this level even if you accept the incredibly banal and simplistic plot: Give up on logic and knowledge and you will find a cure... as a base allegory this works OK in the sense that sometimes we have to have faith in something to succeed but it pins that faith on religion instead of humanity. That's the simple reason this episode fails the Universe: it alludes that faith in the unknowable is somehow superior to faith in ourselves.

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