Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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In an attempt to develop a cure for the Phage, a Vidiian doctor captures Torres and splits her into two beings, one being her human side, the other being her Klingon side.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
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
Brian Markinson ... Lieutenant Peter Durst / Sulan
Rob LaBelle ... Talaxian Prisoner
Barton Tinapp Barton Tinapp ... Guard #1


Lieutenants Paris, Torres, and Durst are imprisoned by the Vidiians. In an attempt to develop a cure for the phage, a Vidiian doctor splits the bi-racial Torres into two people (one Klingon and one Human) because he believes Klingons are immune to the Phage. The two Torreses escape the prison compound, but the Klingon Torres is fatally injured protecting the Human Torres while the Human Torres cracks the Vidiiam computer to escape. Before her death, the Klingon Torres tells her Human half that showing courage makes her death honorable. The Doctor tells the Human Torres, who has contracted the Phage, that she will not survive unless he re-integrates her Klingon DNA. Written by Meribor

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8 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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The events of this episode are referenced in the second season episode "Lifesigns". See more »


When the guards come to take Peter Durst into questioning, Tom Paris tries to stop them claiming to be the superior officer. Technically Peter Durst was the higher ranking officer as a Full Lieutenant, whereas Tom Paris is only a Lieutenant junior grade. It is likely that Tom's superiority comes from his billet rather than his military rank. See more »


Klingon B'Elanna Torres: [to her Human counterpart] You showed true courage. It makes my death an honorable one.
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Referenced in After Trek: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (2017) See more »


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The first truly excellent Voyager Episode
3 May 2009 | by newsjunkie356-1See all my reviews

After the pilot, this the first Voyager episode that doesn't come off as the weak sister of a TNG ep. Some of the previous episodes were clearly recycled TNG (and even TOS) episodes. Some were just ho-hum.

This is the first one with a tightly written plot and sharply drawn characters.

THIS is the kind of episode that I've been waiting for. A desperate situation. Wonderful acting by Roxann Caballero Biggs Dawson (can we just call her the most beautiful Klingon-Human hybrid since Susie Plakson?). If ever there's been a Star Trek race more deserving of extermination, it's the Vidiians--truly morally (and visually) repellent aliens.

It's rather amazing that an alliances of Delta Quadrant species hasn't banded together to wipe them out--given what a threat they are to every humanoid their sociopathic evolution of their culture presents. Every further encounter with them, with the exception of the Doctor's romance with the Vidiian hematologists Dr. Danara Pell, always results in an attempt to murder everyone aboard Voyager and steal the usable organs.

Whether this has been in the minds of the writers I don't know, but I'm led to think of the Chinese Communist government's execution of 10-15,000 "criminals" (the only "crime" many have committed is demanding freedom and an end to repression) and the subsequent sale of the victims' organs to foreigners who can bring the Chinese foreign currency--a must for their frenzied defense build up targeted against the United States and Japan. However sinister the end, it's the means that most disturb me--both with the fictional Vidiians the real life corollary in Red China. It's a scheme so repulsive its hard to imagine even the Ferengi participating in it.

This is Star Trek at its best: riveting story telling coupled with a look inward at the early 21st Century from the perspective of a fictional, Utopian future. As Nicholas Meyer, direction and writer of Star Trek II & VI and writer of Stark Trek IV, puts in the commentary to "Wrath of Khan" (on the now out of print "Director's Cut"): "The job of the artist is to ask questions. It's the job of the audience to supply the answers." If you're reading this what answers do YOU bring to Vidiians and their relevance to the societal crimes of our species?

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