Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Sacred Ground 

After Kes is injured by an energy beam on a planet's sacred ground, Janeway must undergo a spiritual quest in order to save her life.


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Becky Ann Baker ... Ritual Guide
Estelle Harris ... Old Woman
Keene Curtis ... Old Man #2
Parley Baer ... Old Man #1
Harry Groener ... The Magistrate


After Kes is injured by an energy beam on a planet's sacred ground, Janeway must undergo a spiritual quest in order to save her life.

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30 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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This takes place in 2373. See more »


The elders claim that to get through the biogenic field, one must have no doubt or hesitation, one must believe in making it past the field. Yet when Kes tried to walk through the field, she had no idea it was there and full confidence that she would make it past that particular area, and still she was struck down, an apparent contradiction. However, there is a difference between doing something despite one's fears and doing something in ignorance of any possible consequence. This point was demonstrated by Janeway, who reached into the basket knowing some kind of creature was in there, as opposed to innocently reaching into it without knowing something potentially lethal was in it. See more »


Old Man #2: Even when her science fails right before her eyes, she still has full confidence in it. Now, there's a leap of faith.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Is It Really Religion?
23 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I found this long and meandering. What happened to Kez was too bad. But then it leads us to a bunch of double talking beings who keep belittling the advancements of the universe. They don't answer questions; they don't provide information. It was like reading Carlos Castenada back in the 70's with old Don Juan making pronouncements, allowing us to find truth. Of course, he was using peyote. Katherine pretty much becomes numb and is pushed along by fear and despair. Eventually, the spirits take over. We are to believe they are non-corporeal. Why give a stranger a nasty jolt, bringing her close to death in the first place? What is their motivation?

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