Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 16

Meld (5 Feb. 1996)

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Tuvok investigates the murder of a Voyager engineer. Former Maquis and Betazoid Lon Suder (guest star Brad Dourif) confesses to the murder and offers no explanation or signs of remorse. ... See full summary »

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Tuvok investigates the murder of a Voyager engineer. Former Maquis and Betazoid Lon Suder (guest star Brad Dourif) confesses to the murder and offers no explanation or signs of remorse. Tuvok, curious to find a reason for Suder's madness, performs a mind-meld on the killer, only to find himself losing his usual Vulcan control and regressing into madness. Written by Meribor

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Brad Dourif (Ensign Suder) played a similar character in Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane (1995), another space serial from about the same time. See more »

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Murder on Voyager
19 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a crewman is found murdered suspicion quickly falls on Crewman Suder and when Tuvok confronts him with the evidence he makes no attempt to deny it. The problem is he claims that his sole motive was that he didn't like the way his victim looked at him; Tuvok can't accept that somebody could kill without motive so engages in a mind meld with Suder. After the meld Suder seems calmer but Tuvok finds himself feeling violent urges, and even uses the holodeck to act on those feelings. Eventually he loses control and must be restrained behind a forcefield in sickbay while the doctor tries to find a cure. He manages to escape however and sets off to kill Suder during another meld.

This was a good episode although it was a pity that we'd not even heard of Suder before this episode, Brad Dourif was good in the role. The real acting credits go to Tim Russ who portrayed Tuvok's loss of control very well. While I'm not usually a fan of scenes which take place on the holodeck where we don't initially know it is just a simulation it was fun to see Tuvok finally react to Neelix's attention. This episode also provided an interesting moral dilemma; which is crueller, to execute a prisoner or keep them confined for the rest of their life.


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