Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1, Episode 4

Phage (6 Feb. 1995)

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With dilithium reserves running low, Janeway follows Neelix's advice and proceeds to the nearest known supply. When they arrive in orbit, scans reveal a massive supply; however when the ... See full summary »



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With dilithium reserves running low, Janeway follows Neelix's advice and proceeds to the nearest known supply. When they arrive in orbit, scans reveal a massive supply; however when the away team transports down to the planet there is none there. Completely confused, Commander Chackotay orders the away team back to Voyager but before they return to Voyager, Neelix is attacked by an alien who removes his lungs. The EMH then comes up with a solution - holographic lungs, but this means that Neelix has to stay in a restraint whilst he has the lungs and he is unable to move no more then 0.2 nanometers in any direction. Captain Janeway along with Commander Tuvok and a security attachment return to the planet to find the alien who did this and they make a very gruesome discovery; a laboratory full of alien organs and then realize that there was a life in that very room less then 10 minutes ago. Scans detect the life form and when they catch up with him, Tuvok knocks the alien's weapon out of... Written by Anonymous

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The exterior shot of the asteroid that USS Voyager goes inside to chase the Vidiian ship is the exact same exterior shot of the asteroid where the Enterprise-D locates the USS Pegasus in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) See more »


As a proof of concept for the idea of holographic lungs for Neelix, the doctor makes himself permeable to Tom Paris' slap but is able to push buttons a moment later to make himself impermeable again. See more »


The Doctor: I am an emergency medical supplement. A supplement. That's all. I wasn't programmed for any of this. It's just... unacceptable.
Kes: I don't know anything about holographic engineering. But if you want my opinion, you haven't been acceptable. You've been remarkable.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A bad day for Neelix!
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When Voyager discovers an apparently large dilithium deposit on a planetoid an away team is dispatched but despite what their scanners say they find no deposits. Neelix calls in to say he has detected a life sign but before the rest of the away team can get to him he is attacked by an alien who shoots him with a strange weapon. When the others get to him he can't breathe; once back on Voyager the Doctor's scans reveal that the alien weapon had transported his lungs out of his body. The Doctor manages to give him a pair of holographic lungs but if he is to survive he will never be able to move again unless Voyager can find the people who stole his lungs. The trail leads them to a hollow asteroid but once inside they can't find the alien ship as the asteroid's inside is like a hall of mirrors. When they ultimately find the aliens they find they are the Vidiians, a race suffering from a terrible disease called the phage. It turns out it is too late for them to give Neelix his lungs back but their advanced medicine means they can save him by transplanting one of Kes's lungs.

This was a pretty good episode; the Vidiians are a especially frightening species as there is something particularly frightening about having ones organs stolen in such a way, more frightening than killing the victim first. As well as having a gripping story this episode provided some nice character development for Kes and the Doctor; Jennifer Lien and Robert Picardo did well in the roles.

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