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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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Ritual Guide
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Old Man #2
Old Man #1
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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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30 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Captain Janeway appears nude, but only her bare back and bare shoulders and upper chest are seen. See more »


The elders 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, 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 »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: I'm just trying to understand how this works. The monks I saw in the sanctuary were young. They couldn't have waited such a long time to go through their rituals.
Old Woman: [to the old men] Now, she's right about that, you know.
Old Man #2: She's a smart one.
Old Man #1: She thinks she is, at any rate.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: This is a test of some kind, isn't it? To prove my determination.
Old Woman: A test? She thinks we're a test. What is she talking about?
Old Man #2: She must like tests. I suppose tests make sense to her.
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How DARE someone write something Atheists disagree with!
7 June 2015 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

I am a serious Trekker. I watched TOS when it aired on NBC when I was 5 years old.

In every episode, the writer has 43 to 50 minutes to set up an adventure, show struggles and resolve it, that's all. Star Trek is famous for having everything work itself out in that time period (or a little more in a double episode).

There is ALWAYS a scientific explanation, even if they have to make up new words and new concepts to explain it.

But Life isn't always like that.

This episode takes a bold step and presents us with a situation where there appears to be no logical or scientific reason for the resolution. THIS DRIVES ATHEIST SCI-FI KNOW IT ALLS INSANE.

See, people who watch Star Trek tend to think they are smarter than most of the public. They embrace science, almost as much as a spiritual person embraces a religion and will lose their minds if anyone presents something different from their view of science as being the answer to every question Life presents. (so much for scientific detachment and open mindedness.)

Now, just because we don't understand something does not mean we should attribute a magical answer to it, but I believe there are many issues science cannot answer and will never answer. I do not believe this is totally a materialistic world. My point is, a lot of Atheists embrace Science as the answer to everything. These atheists do not want Star Trek to deviate from it's Science-Fiction roots. And the many low reviews and spirituality bashing of this episode bear testament to this. But I think this is a great episode. In the end of this episode, a usual champion of science is left humbled. She listens to the doctor hypothesize how Kes was cured, but the Captain, seems to know better. She seems to have been a witness to something that Science cannot explain. THAT my friends is a mature writer. That is someone who has seen something in Life. For when my fellow scientific and Atheist friends tell me I am a fool for not seeing things as they do, I can only smile and say, "Well, maybe I have seen some things in Life that you have not."

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