The Voyager crew enters a new region of space and begins to see hallucinations. The Captain sees her holonovel characters come to life.



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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Voyager seeks to pass through the space of a psychic, territorial alien. Captain Janeway suffers delusions in the form of characters from her favorite holonovel appearing outside of the holodeck. The Doctor and Kes must find a way to stop the psychic attacks before the whole crew is disabled, lost in their own visions. Written by Meribor

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30 October 1995 (USA)  »

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The antagonist here is played by Patrick Kerr, who frequently plays characters on other shows with a serious Star Trek obsession. In fact on the show Frasier (1993) its even stated his character has a restraining order from William Shatner. See more »


Scene 1: At sickbay, Janeway saw the girl from holonovel standing in front of her. She asked doctor to check if he can see anyone around. The doctor looked around, but could not see anyone else.

Scene 2: Towards the end of the show, when Kes was at the engineering, attacked by hallucinated Neelix. The doctor reminded Kes to look at the hallucinated Neelix, "look at him, remember the mirror?".

How was the doctor not able to see Janeway's hallucination right in the sickbay, but was able to see Kes' hallucination via Engineering monitor? See more »


Lieutenant Tom Paris: [to his "father"] Let me say something I've always wanted to say: get out of my life!
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Searching for a vision....
12 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Throughout most of the first couple seasons, "Star Trek: Voyager" sure seemed like a show that was looking for direction and purpose. While some folks rated every episode super-high, some strongly disliked them--and it's a sure sign that the show had a much harder time finding an audience than previous Star Trek series. "Persistence of Vision" is yet another show that really does little to advance the show's plot and is stuck aboard the ship--two things that clearly would indicate that the show was in severe trouble.

When the show begins, Captain Janeway is once again in the awful Gothic novel that I so truly hated in previous shows. However, oddly, after she leaves the holodeck she occasionally sees these characters throughout the ship. Later, some alien force begins projecting hallucinations in order to keep the ship from advancing any further.

The bottom line is that the quality of this show just isn't as good as earlier Trek shows. It's filled with gibberish, holo characters but no interesting aliens nor a plot that engages the viewer. Rather poor overall.

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