Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1, Episode 12

Cathexis (1 May 1995)

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Energy beings from a nebula displace Chakotay's consciousness from his body. The Doctor pronounces him brain-dead and B'Elanna turns to Chakotay's cultural beliefs to try to bring him back.... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Michael Cumpsty ...


Energy beings from a nebula displace Chakotay's consciousness from his body. The Doctor pronounces him brain-dead and B'Elanna turns to Chakotay's cultural beliefs to try to bring him back. Meanwhile, Chakotay's spirit roams the ship and infiltrates crew members in an attempt to warn his shipmates of the dangers of the nebula, but they mistake his efforts as a malicious alien manipulation. Written by Meribor

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This takes place in 2371. See more »


When analyzing the "alien" brainwave that was superimposed on other crew member's brain patterns, the Doctor says that it has an unusual energy signature, which he has never seen before. As established later, this new brainwave actually belonged to Chakotay. It would be rather strange that the Doctor would not have Chakotay's medical data on file and recognize his brain pattern instantly. See more »


[Torres tries to bring Chakotay back with his people's medicine wheel]
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: The wheel represents both the universe outside and the universe inside our minds as well. They believe each is a reflection of the other. When a person is sleeping or, or on a vision quest, it's said that his soul is walking the wheel. But if he's in a coma or near death, it means that he's gotten lost. These stones are signposts... to help point the way back.
[she places one stone on the wheel; the Doctor sighs]
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Not exactly ...
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Oh goody, another non-corporeal entity!
5 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, the shuttle returns to Voyager and Chakotay is brain dead. Tuvok was injured and SOMETHING is responsible. What follows are a long series of possessions by an invisible alien presence--and what it wants and how to stop it are all unknown. So, it's up to some faux American-Indian mumbo-jumbo and a brainless Chakotay to save the day.

The early days for "Star Trek: Voyager" were rough ones. Despite a lot of very favorable reviews for the shows here on IMDb, the early ones had a lot of problems--such as an over-reliance on dull aliens and holodecks. Already in the series, there have been several instances of body- less aliens and quantum singularities--very, very dull stuff indeed. The show's only enemies at this point are the Kazon...and they really aren't very threatening. So, this is yet another example of this sort of boring alien encounter that made this a rather weak series at the beginning. While this episode on its own is not horrible, in light of the other shows it is quite disappointing.

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