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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Suder is usually referred to as Crewmen Lon Suder, except for when Captain Janeway is making an entry in her log, calling him Ensign Lon Suder. See more »

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The Doctor: All of us have violent instincts; we have evolved from predators. Well, not me, of course. I've just been programmed by you predators.
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Chucky Gets Busted
2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Just when you thought Voyager was getting too upbeat and light-hearted we are treated to "Meld," in which Brad Douriff (resprising his role as Charles Lee Ray from "Child's Play") appears as a murderous crewmen who bashes in a co-worker's skull just for the taste of it. This is definitely not Roddenberry's Starfleet...

To lighten the mood of the episode Tuvok performs a mind meld with the unrepentant psychopath and emerges bloodthirsty, violent, and emotionally unstable. The techno-babble particularly irked me here: the Doctor "turns off" Tuvok's emotion suppressors like a light switch and Kes "disables" Tuvok's telepathic abilities like unplugging a toaster. The Vulcan mind meld was supposed to be a spiritual, mystical encounter, not a scientific process that can be analyzed and quantified. This is the beginning of Voyager becoming far too reliant on their "science," which they seemed to forget was pure fiction.

The Doctor informs the Captain that there is a battle raging in Tuvok's mind between good and evil (relative terms, no?) and later that he is back to "normal" in spite of the fact that it is impossible to translate brain waves and cat scans into behavior and demeanor. ("See this alpha wave? That means he's Republican and loves rainy days!") Brad Douriff is great as usual, and this is a decent outing for the most part, with plenty of darkness to haunt your slumber and send you shivers in the middle of the night... and really, isn't that what Star Trek has always been about?

GRADE: B-


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