A Voyager sensor scan reveals what seems to be a previously undiscovered chemical element in a group of asteroids. Some of the asteroids support a class M environment so, an away team is dispatched to investigate. The away team discovers the asteroid to be a burial ground for an unknown culture. Chakotay, a Native American, advocates a respectful, unintrusive perusal of the bodies and their bizarre web-like enclosures. The unknown new chemical apparently is a bi-product of the bodies' decomposition process. The away team detects a peculiar phenomenon developing and activate their tricorders to investigate. Chakotay calls for a transport off of the asteroid. Before all of the crew can be evacuated Ensign Kim is redirected to another planet and an alien is beamed aboard Voyager instead. A peculiar "First Contact" offers a chance for Kim to learn about another race, while the Voyager crew is faced with an even more challenging First Contact of their own. Written by
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When Hatil is explaining, to Harry Kim, why he is wrapping himself in the ceremonial shroud, He states that the shroud has been in his family for generations. How is it possible that this particular shroud is available to him, since he wears it during his emanation into the afterlife. The shroud would not be available unless it is returned from the previous person sent into the next emanation.
When the Away Team first visits the cavern, Chakotay says the bodies are naked and without possessions. That would suggest that only the body was transferred at death, and the shroud remains behind. See more
Captain Kathryn Janeway
Captain's log, stardate 48623.5 - There are 246 elements known to Federation science. We believe we have just discovered the 247th, inside the ring system of a class D planet.
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more