Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Ashes to Ashes 

Three years ago, when Ensign Lyndsey Ballard died on an away mission, Voyager gave her a traditional burial in space. Her remains were recovered by the Kobali, a race that procreates by ... See full summary »


Terry Windell


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
Kim Rhodes ... Ensign Lyndsay Ballard / Jetlaya
Marley McClean Marley McClean ... Mezoti
Carter Edwards Carter Edwards ... Command division officer
Scarlett Pomers ... Naomi Wildman
Kevin Lowe ... Q'ret
Manu Intiraymi ... Icheb


Three years ago, when Ensign Lyndsey Ballard died on an away mission, Voyager gave her a traditional burial in space. Her remains were recovered by the Kobali, a race that procreates by reanimating the corpses of other races and altering their DNA. When Lyndsey flees the Kobali and returns to Voyager, Janeway is skeptical but medical scans prove she is the real deal. While The Doctor can't make her human again, he alters her appearance to look like her old self and she tries to reintegrate herself with the crew. Also in this episode, Seven of Nine is frustrated to find the Borg children act more like children and less like Borg, despite her allotting 'fun' in their daily schedule. Written by Meribor

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1 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2376. See more »


While talking to Torres in engineering Ballard begins speaking the Kobali language. That shouldn't be possible. Every alien that sets foot on Voyager is heard speaking English because of the universal translator. All the previous times an alien was speaking while aboard Voyager was heard to be speaking English. There's no explanation for why this some how didn't convert her language into English. See more »


[Q'ret, Lyndsay's adoptive father, has come aboard to take Lyndsay back to her Kobali family]
Q'ret: Your sister misses you.
Ensign Lyndsay Ballard: [smiles] Tynsiya.
Q'ret: She keeps asking when you're coming home. What should I tell her?
[Lyndsay looks at her crew members, considering]
Ensign Lyndsay Ballard: [emotional] Tell her that her sister's dead!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Drive (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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It Had to Be
13 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sometimes this series raises moral dilemmas Of course, the only ones who concern themselves with death are the living. Here, Ensign Ballard, a beautiful, but average crew member, who was killed on an away mission, returns from the dead. It seems there is a race of re-animators in the galaxy that take the DNA of the dead of other planets and create them in their form. Ballard, with a little help from the Doc, returns to her previous self (except for the fact that everything human in her is gone), and rejoins the crew. Harry, who was in love with her, is elated. But there are issues that no one can solve. It's an interesting concept as we do more and more cloning. Will we be able to raise the dead?

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