Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 10

Random Thoughts (19 Nov. 1997)

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Voyager visits a planet with a telepathic races that outlaws negative thoughts. When B'Elanna is charged with releasing an angry thought into the society and condemned to a dangerous ... See full summary »



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Guill (as Wayne Péré)
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Voyager visits a planet with a telepathic races that outlaws negative thoughts. When B'Elanna is charged with releasing an angry thought into the society and condemned to a dangerous neurological procedure, Tuvok uncovers a black market dealing in violent thoughts. Written by Meribor

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The second time that Tuvok's mind is probed for thoughts we see flashes of chaotic and violent acts... Many of them are scenes of hell used in the movie Event Horizon (1997). Dr. Wier can been seen several times. See more »


When Tuvok is sharing his dark and violent memories, one of the memories is a shot from Star Trek: First Contact, from the Borg perspective. This is difficult to play off as something else, given that the Starfleet officers shown are wearing the newer uniforms, which were first issued after Voyager was thrown into the Delta quadrant. Therefore, Tuvok could not possibly have memories that contained this uniform design. See more »


Tuvok: Investigating this case has given me a new respect for your inner struggle.
B'Elanna Torres: Really?
Tuvok: Burdened as you are by your primitive Klingon psyche, it is a wonder you're able to keep your violent thoughts under control as much as you do.
B'Elanna Torres: Thanks - I think.
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Features Event Horizon (1997) See more »


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Be careful what you think
24 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The crew of Voyager are pleased then they find a peaceful and friendly planet where they can get much needed spare parts and get some much needed R&R. During their dealings it becomes apparent that the locals are actually telepathic, at first this is just mildly awkward but when somebody runs into B'Elanna she briefly thinks about hitting him, even though she doesn't act on her thought and quickly realises it was an accident her thoughts effect the man who ran into her and he later attacks somebody. Shockingly B'Elanna is charged with having violent thoughts and is sentenced to have those thoughts erased. While the local law enforcers believe it to be an open and shut case Tuvok is not so sure; especially when a murder occurs which was apparently caused by B'Elanna's thoughts despite her being in custody. Having other ideas he beams down to the surface and conducts his own investigation.

While not as exciting as the previous episode this was still fairly good while idea of a Star Trek crew accidentally breaking unexpected local laws isn't new it was fairly well handled... and makes one thankful that our thoughts can't be seen by others.

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