Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Neelix is diagnosed with a fatal illness by a Haakonian named Jetrel. The same man who'd developed a doomsday weapon which destroyed a Talaxian moon and killed Neelix's family.


Kim Friedman


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes / Palaxia
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
James Sloyan ... Ma'bor Jetrel
Larry Hankin ... Gaunt Gary
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Tha Haakonian Ma'Bor Jetrel hails the Voyager, wishing to speak to Neelix. Neelix refuses to speak to Jetrel, revealing that the Haakonians were the enemy of the Talaxians and Jetrel created the Metreon Cascade, which killed thousands of Talaxians on Rinax, Talax's moon, including Neelix's family. Through the persuasion of Kes and Janeway, Neelix finally agrees to listen to Jetrel, who wants to scan Talaxians who helped rescue any survivors of Rinax in case they developed a blood disease from exposure to high levels of Metreon isotopes. While he still doesn't like it, Neelix eventually agrees to allow Jetrel to run some tests and discovers that he does indeed have the blood disease. When Voyager returns to Rinax so that Jetrel can try to find a cure, Neelix reveals to Kes that he wasn't fighting in the Defense Force when the Metreon Cascade went off like he said. He was hiding from them since he believed the war was unjust, leading him to believe later that he was just being a coward.... Written by Anonymous

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Ethan Phillips cited this among five "Best of Neelix" installments. See more »


Janeway as previously discussed, gave the Doctor the power to turn himself off and also prevent himself being turned off by others, yet he does not do so when Jetrel deactivates him. See more »


Dr. Ma'Bor Jetrel: Something so enormous as science will not stop for something as small as man, Mr. Neelix.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Carbon Creek (2002) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A Human Story About Two Non-humans
13 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was refreshing. I have had trouble watching Neelix cavort around the ship. I know he is often comic relief, but he often gets so tiresome. Here an alien from the planet Neelix warred with shows up and is brought on board. It turns out that he invented a cascade that killed Neelix's entire family. But there are other issues. Of course, our colorful guy is outraged, even though the other guy is there to check him for a disease he may have. But in the process, there are secrets that are revealed. It is pretty touching, maybe a bit too much to believe. There is one thing that bugged me. In most pool games, when one "plays it safe," he is required to strike an acceptable ball. You can't just put it where you want it. That is a scratch.

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