Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1, Episode 8

Emanations (13 Mar. 1995)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 tafkas

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Jerry Hardin who plays Dr. Heris in this episode also played Samuel Clemens in "Time's Arrow" Parts 1 and 2 on Star Trek: The Next Generation See more »

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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.
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Harry, you stupid idiot!
4 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Emanations" is a very good but very inconsistent episode of "Star Trek: Voyager". I liked it on balance but felt like the writer didn't quite hit the mark.

When the show begins, an away team beams to an asteroid within the rings of a planet below. Once there, however, they find dead bodies everywhere--bodies which were sent there by some unknown people. Chakotay insists that the team members do not touch or disturb the corpses in any way--as it would be disrespectful and violate the Prime Directive. He's right...too bad Harry Kim is an idiot. This is because when he tries to transport back to the ship, some weird space vacuole appears and transports him back to the planet which has sent their dead to the asteroid! He's the first person to return from the dead as far as these people are concerned--and this can cause havoc for these people and their religious beliefs. This part annoyed me because EVERYONE at Starfleet is drilled with the notion NOT to contaminate other planets--yet dumb 'ol Harry begins talking rather freely to these people--too freely. In fact, this is a serious plot problem because he behaved like he'd never heard of the Prime Directive.

Harry, though, is not the only confound. When another body is transported to the asteroid and bodies start appearing on the ship because it is in close proximity, the Doctor decides to revive one of these recently dead bodies. After all, he can cure her illness easily. But this ends up scaring the daylights out of the lady as she expected to be on her planet's version of Heaven and the planet below isn't even where she was born. It's naturally very confusing and now we have the Captain thinking about sending this lady back to her planet once they locate it--but wouldn't that also violate the much-beloved Prime Directive?!

So, to really enjoy this one you need to accept that Voyager forgot the Prime Directive---which is even harder since this show is so ethically bound and drips in the Prime Directive in other episodes. Inconsistent, that's for sure. It's really a shame, though, as shows about the afterlife and religion are interesting and I did enjoy this aspect of the program. Overall, good but way too inconsistent.


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