Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 18

Ashes to Ashes (1 Mar. 2000)

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Three years ago, when Ensign Lyndsey Ballard died on an away mission, Voyager gave her a traditional burial in space. Her remains were recovered by the Kobali, a race that procreates by ... See full summary »



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Three years ago, when Ensign Lyndsey Ballard died on an away mission, Voyager gave her a traditional burial in space. Her remains were recovered by the Kobali, a race that procreates by reanimating the corpses of other races and altering their DNA. When Lyndsey flees the Kobali and returns to Voyager, Janeway is skeptical but medical scans prove she is the real deal. While The Doctor can't make her human again, he alters her appearance to look like her old self and she tries to reintegrate herself with the crew. Also in this episode, Seven of Nine is frustrated to find the Borg children act more like children and less like Borg, despite her allotting 'fun' in their daily schedule. Written by Meribor

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The title refers to "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust", a phrase from the Anglican burial service, used sometimes to denote total finality. See more »


When Ensign Ballard is helping Lt. Torres in Engineering, she begins to speak Kobali, the rest of the crew, including B'Lanna, half Klingon, looks at her like they've never heard an alien language before. See more »


The Doctor: Hair is one of my specialties, despite evidence to the contrary.
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Kobali: The Race of the Borg Queens?
6 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lindsay Ballard had died during a Mission with Harry Kim, she was "Buried at Sea" by the crew of Voyager, fair and square.

But now she's coming back to Voyager and she is an Alien, a race named The Kobali.

In fact she very much looks like The Borg Queens - Except for the Ears.

A lot of Techno Blabble is created to explain how this happened, and if you take that into account, maybe we can surmise that The Borg had Assimilated this "Resurrection Technique".

But one thing went wrong when The Kobali resurrected Ballard, the memories of her old Life on Voyager were not deleted. So she escapes from home and finally comes back to Voyager after a couple of years of being dead.

At first, this young woman tries to become Human again, part of the Crew again. She had a list of things she had promised to do if she got back and she tries doing them.

But Hooman Food don't taste good anymore, and even her old Job in Engineering is not much of a Challenge. It's too easy. But she keeps trying. She even has The Doc make her back into a Hooman, at least in appearance.

She even tries to ignite a relationship with Harry. But nothing feels right, it's all different.

Her new "father" comes to get her, like any father, regardless of race or style of Procreation. He will not give her up.

Inevitably, we know she has to go back. Even the cosmetic changes Doc makes on her keep reverting.

It was as if she had to come back to Voyager to help her decide to stay with her new surrogate family. So not much can really be said about this episode, it explains itself as it goes.

But it is an important episode as it gives us a possible explanation as to why there can be Queen after Borg Queen, recreated after being Blown Up, Vaporized, or otherwise completely destroyed. And the Kobali sphere of Influence must intersect the Borg Sphere in a few places.

If you think of it, this episode elevated the Borg to Godlike Quality. If they have the DNA of every Drone they ever Assimilated, they can recreate those drones time after time.

And it is not really too far out, even Cosmologist Frank Tipler shows how this can be done in one of his books. Eventually the Human Race will have the ability to re-create any life form from it's saved DNA. In the case of The Borg, they don't even need physical Strands of the DNA, they have the patterns stored in their massive Memory. And I stopped NOT believing that something like this could be done a long time ago. Tipler calls this Theory part of the Omega Point Theory, and it's even a small part of it at that.

To me, it does not conflict with any Faith that believes in Resurrection, it confirms it. But when it comes down to it, Faith does not require knowing how something is done, just believing it CAN be done. Really, think about it: "God made the World and Mankind" does it really matter HOW?

A little science fiction is good to explore "How" theories, and that's all it is anyway, a Theory. Besides, even in this day and age, any Technology we cannot understand will appear as MAGIC (Or Miracle) to those who do not understand it, until it IS understood.

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