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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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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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. 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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The title refers to the process of investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea when applied to mental processes or psychodynamics. See more »


Ranks change arbitrarily: Tuvok's rank insignia changes between Lieutenant and Lt Commander several times. Tom Paris' rank insignia changes between Lieutenant JG and Lieutenant several times. See more »


[Janeway intends to transfer all commando codes to the Doctor]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: If you feel at any time that any of us are under the influence of the alien, you can countermand our orders and take control of the ship. Do you feel up to it?
The Doctor: Of course. I make life and death decisions every day.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Another non-corporeal being
23 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a shuttle containing Chokotay and Tunok returns from an away mission it is clear that something is very wrong; they are transported to sick bay where The Doctor states that Commander Chakotay is brain dead. The shuttle's records suggest that it was attacked by a ship that then retreated into a nebula. Janeway orders the crew to turn the ship around and head into the nebula thinking the attackers may be able to reverse what they did to Chakotay. As they approach the nebula Voyager changes direction to head away again; the evidence suggests that Tom Paris changed the heading but he strenuously denies this. He is further implicated when he was the closest to the scene when second course change occurs. A medical examination suggests at the moment of the changes he was under the influence of another consciousness. It soon becomes apparent that this consciousness can jump between people when B'Elanna ejects the warp core. As the entity clearly doesn't want to go back to the nebula Janeway becomes more determined that they must go there. When they finally get there it becomes apparent that the real danger didn't come from the 'entity' which was trying to stop them going into the nebula but one that possessed a single crew member and was determined to get the whole crew into the nebula.

This was a decent episode with a twist that I had not seen coming although it was a pity that this episode about a non-corporeal being followed another episode about such a being. The opening scene in which Janeway started a new holodeck program seemed a little out of place as it played no further part in the episode, I can only assume it was setting things up for a later story. It was nice that Kes could sense the beings presence even though it didn't lead to its identification it kept us reminded that she has some limited telepathic powers.

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