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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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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1 May 1995 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Captain Janeway's "Ancient English Holonovel," which seems to be a mash-up of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Henry James' Turn of the Screw. The latter was also the basis for a previous Star Trek production Star Trek: The Next Generation: Sub Rosa (1994). The next appearance of the Holonovel happens in Star Trek: Voyager: Learning Curve (1995). 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 »


The Doctor: [after Torres has put up a medicine wheel over Chakotay's sickbed] You might have asked before adorning my sickbay with animal remains.
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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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