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"Star Trek: Voyager" Phage (1995)

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A bad day for Neelix!

8/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
10 June 2010

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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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Neelix and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
3 February 2015

The newest (and most talkative) member of the Voyager crew, Mr. Neelix, is trying to be helpful. So he informs Captain Janeway that there is a planet nearby rich in dilithium. Not surprisingly, they stop to mine the rare mineral. But what IS a surprise is that this is actually a trap--and a weird alien pops out of a wall and steals Neelix's lungs! Stealing the body part isn't the only weird thing-- but how quickly end efficiently. As for Neelix, the holo-doctor is able to temporarily keep him alive--but it's only temporary and they need to find his missing lungs. The trail leads to some freaky folks who steal body parts-- and you'll see more of these folks in future shows.

Although the show does have a plot hole, the idea of intergalactic body part thieves is pretty cool. These morally questionable beings and their plight are very interesting and I enjoyed the episode completely. As for the plot hole, you sure would think that by the 24th century that they'd be able to synthesize organs. After all, scientists today have already had some success in experiments in this area and talk is that the production of replacement organs could occur in the next decade or two. So, you'd THINK that the Voyager folks could have quickly replaced Neelix's lungs AND helped the freaky aliens with their viral plight.

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An intriguing episode

6/10
Author: Paularoc from United States
12 July 2012

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As a member of an away team in search of a large dilithium deposit, an alien attacks Neelix. Upon Neelix's transport to the ship's medical center, the Doctor discovers that Neelix's lungs have been removed. The Voyager, in the hope of finding and re-taking Neelix's lungs, tracks down the aliens and find that they are a race being destroyed by a disease called "the phage." Neelix's lungs have already been allocated to one of the aliens but this race is so medically skilled they are able to transplant one of Kes' lungs to Neelix. So, the aliens weren't evil, just desperate to save their own people. An interesting philosophic conundrum. I never particularly liked this episode except for its depiction of the growing friendship between the Doctor and Kes. Perhaps the makeup people did too good a job – the aliens were really ghastly looking. Also I perhaps didn't like it because its storyline of a disease ravaging a people is not that far-fetched. This is quite an intriguing episode.

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Star Trek: Voyager - Phage

7/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
8 January 2017

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This episode introduced us to the organ-stealing Vidiians, with one of them firing on Neelix, taking his lungs while part of an away team transported to a planetoid in the hopes they might produce an energy source. Doctor develops a breakthrough procedure, inventing a machine that produces "holo-lungs" for Neelix so he will survive, stemming from holograph technology. While Neelix feels imprisoned and depressed while harnessed in the holo-lung machine, Janeway has the Voyager follow after the Vidiian vessel in the hopes of securing Neelix's stolen organs so that he will be restored to normal. The Vidiian ship retreats inside an asteroid as these mirrors mask its location, with the Voyager cautiously following them, eventually using minimum phaser fire to produce a ricochet effect which will reveal where they're hiding. One of my favorite character relationship developments on the show is Doctor and Kes; at first, Kes staying at Neelix's side while he's in the holo-lung machine, and serving also as a support system for the Doctor as he adapts to the lifeforms on board the Voyager, she a source of encouragement for him as he evolves with all the new experiences that arrive in his Sickbay. Here in this episode, the groundwork for their ongoing friendship is laid…she agrees happily to become his medical assistant and learn from him (so much medical knowledge is incorporated into his programming, and his creator developed him to adopt experiences to further evolve him) because Tom Paris is just not cut out for the Sickbay. The Vidiian couple, ravaged by the Phage (a flesh/organ/cell eating disease that deteriorates the body of their species), are eventually transported to the Voyager…Kate Mulgrew once again just kills it with her reactions to their horrible situation, feeling pity and remorse for their condition but rage at how Neelix was attacked and raped of his lungs. How the Vidiian couple lament of their disease, how they were an artistic and scientific species reduced to organ stealing because their bodies deteriorate due to the Phage is just heart-wrenching; Janeway can barely look at them without wanting to break down into tears because of the agony and empathy she feels for them. Their genius, especially in regards to their medical knowledge, can be of use to Neelix, resulting in a pat, happy ending because of a diagnosis that doesn't correspond with Doctor's…that a lung from Kes could be transplanted to Neelix and made compatible. The annoyance of Neelix's stay in Sickbay for Doctor is quite amusing, and the way the direction conveys the entrapment within the confines of the holo-lung machine is superbly claustrophobic…the whole ordeal certainly builds sympathy for Neelix's plight. The makeup effects for the Phage victims is gruesome...the makeup department did a good job of provoking a response concerning their flesh/body debilitating and ravaging Phage.

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