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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[Crewman Suder has been identified as the murderer of Crewman Darwin]
The Doctor: You don't seem satisfied, Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Tuvok: No.
The Doctor: You have a confession and the murder weapon.
Lieutenant Tuvok: And no established motive.
The Doctor: Does it matter?
Lieutenant Tuvok: A crime must have a logical purpose.
The Doctor: Ah, yes, I see. How to close the case without understanding the logic of the crime. For a Vulcan, that would be a dilemma, wouldn't it?
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I much prefer Tuvak this way!
14 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode takes place completely aboard Voyager--usually a sign that it's a crappy show. However, this one is actually excellent. The show begins with the body of a murdered crew member being discovered. Crewman Suder is soon identified as the killer and this Betazoid soon admits he did it and it seems that he murdered because he enjoyed killing. As Tuvak is in charge of the case, he's completely perplexed as this sort of antisocial thinking is completely un-Vulcan. So, he attempts to use a mind meld to help Suder to become more normal as well as understand him. Unfortunately, this also turns Tuvak into an antisocial personality with a strong desire to kill--Neelix in particular (which is VERY understanding). What's to become of these two crazed crew members?

Brad Dourif stars as Suder and this is VERY interesting, as he played a murderer on "Babylon 5" as well--one who is captured and who is punished in a most unusual and interesting manner. Either way, this is a fascinating episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" and worth seeing.

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