Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1, Episode 14

Jetrel (15 May 1995)

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Neelix is diagnosed with a fatal illness by a Haakonian named Ma'Bor Jetrel. This man is the same one who developed a doomsday weapon that destroyed a Talaxian moon and killed Neelix's family.



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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Tha Haakonian Ma'Bor Jetrel hails the Voyager, wishing to speak to Neelix. Neelix refuses to speak to Jetrel, revealing that the Haakonians were the enemy of the Talaxians and Jetrel created the Metreon Cascade, which killed thousands of Talaxians on Rinax, Talax's moon, including Neelix's family. Through the persuasion of Kes and Janeway, Neelix finally agrees to listen to Jetrel, who wants to scan Talaxians who helped rescue any survivors of Rinax in case they developed a blood disease from exposure to high levels of Metreon isotopes. While he still doesn't like it, Neelix eventually agrees to allow Jetrel to run some tests and discovers that he does indeed have the blood disease. When Voyager returns to Rinax so that Jetrel can try to find a cure, Neelix reveals to Kes that he wasn't fighting in the Defense Force when the Metreon Cascade went off like he said. He was hiding from them since he believed the war was unjust, leading him to believe later that he was just being a coward.... Written by Anonymous

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James Sloyan, Jetrel, appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. "Firstborn", as K'Mtar/Alexander at age 50, and "The Defector", as Setol/Admiral Alidar Jarok. He also appears on two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Bajoran scientist, Dr. Mora, in both the season 2 episode "The Alternate" and the season 5 episode, "The Begotten". See more »


Neelix: Captain, please tell Dr Jetrel that I am touched by his tender concern for my state of health, but that I'd rather be immersed in a pit of Krallinian eels than be examined by him.
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Neelix meets the man who killed his family
24 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a ship approaches Voyager and asks to talk to Neelix he is mortified to learn that the person sending the message was the man responsible for the death of his family as he invented the weapon that killed everybody on their home world. This man, Dr. Jetrel has some bad news; as Neelix went home shortly after the attack he may be suffering from a fatal disease and after a check up he confirms that Neelix is indeed infected. As a form of atonement for his part in the attack Jetrel claims to be trying to find a cure at to this end he says they need to go to the Telaxian moon where he plans to extract particles from the atmosphere. Once he has the particles it becomes apparent that Jetrel has not been telling the entire truth, if he had been he wouldn't have deactivated the Doctor or tranquillised Neelix... the only question is what exactly is he planning to do that he couldn't tell anybody about. Jetrel's arrival on Voyager also makes Neelix confront his own demons; he had been keen to blame Jetrel for his family's death but also feels guilty as he lied when he told people he was away fighting with the Telaxian military, in reality he refused to serve believing it was an unjustified war.

This was a pretty good episode which examined some of the moralities of war, was Jetrel evil for making this weapon when we don't know if his race started the war or were just defending themselves, watching it I was sure that his cascade weapon was a metaphor for the atomic bomb. Ethan Phillips did a good job as Neelix, The situation gave him a chance to portray a greater acting range as Neelix was understandable not his usual jovial self. Without spoiling it I will say that I thought the episode had a good ending.

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