Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 12

Mortal Coil (17 Dec. 1997)

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Neelix experiences a crisis of faith when, after being dead for nearly nineteen hours, Seven of Nine revives him using her Borg technology. On awakening, Neelix has no memory of ... See full summary »



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Neelix experiences a crisis of faith when, after being dead for nearly nineteen hours, Seven of Nine revives him using her Borg technology. On awakening, Neelix has no memory of experiencing the Talaxian afterlife and begins to doubt everything his culture believes about the post-thanatic experience and their spiritual place in the universe. His crisis is played out with the help of Chakotay's vision quest. Written by runar-4

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Neelix: I didn't ask to be brought back!
Seven of Nine: You were dead at the time.
Neelix: Well, what right did you have to violate me? You Borg think you can fix anything, but you didn't fix me!
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Another mambo-jumbo
27 June 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

These kind of episodes, as far as I'm concerned, have gone beyond "boring" , they've gained the status of "ridiculous".

Neelix dies and he's revived by 7of9 after 18hours. He then looses his faith because he realizes that the Talaxian afterlife is a lie. His reaction to this news is typical to any brainwashed individual: he panics, he's hysterical and loses the will to go on with his life.

Another very low charisma character that I personally dislike - Chakotay - comes with his "tools" and the spiritual rambling commences. Near the end of the episode Chakotay says to him that the absence of any kind of afterlife can lead to a stronger faith. What?! Not only it doesn't make any sense, but one would think that a 24th century Starfleet officer would slap that clown (Neelix) on the head and ask him to stop believing non-sense suited for children that can't sleep.

It's true that Star Trek is not about only science but also about human condition, ethics (not morality), adventure, etc. but it is certainly not about religion, spirituality (what is that by the way?) and superstition.

Gene must be turning in his grave...

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