Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Mortal Coil 

Thanks to Seven of Nine, Neelix returns from the dead, but his lack of a glimpse of the afterlife brings about a severe crisis of faith.


Allan Kroeker


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Nancy Hower ... Ensign Samantha Wildman
Brooke Stephens Brooke Stephens ... Naomi Wildman
Robin Stapler Robin Stapler ... Alixia


Neelix experiences a crisis of faith when, after being dead for nearly nineteen hours, Seven of Nine revives him using her Borg technology. On awakening, Neelix has no memory of experiencing the Talaxian afterlife and begins to doubt everything his culture believes about the post-thanatic experience and their spiritual place in the universe. His crisis is played out with the help of Chakotay's vision quest. Written by runar-4

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This episode takes its name from part of the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet: "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, / Must give us pause..." See more »


When Thomas Paris uses the "spoon and glass method" to get the attention of everyone gathered in the mess hall, he holds stemware by its rim. Any type of glass held by its rim can not give off that kind of pure ringing tone. See more »


[repeated line]
Neelix: Duty calls.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Thoughts and Fears Real--Everything Else Too Precious
31 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It was intriguing to see how a creature such as Neelix would deal with the disappointment of not seeing the afterlife he was taught existed. When 7 of 9 finds a way to revive him after he is struck by an inter-galactic lightning bolt on a shuttlecraft, he returns, confused and depressed. Of course, he would be. What a startling set of events. The Doctor and Seven, (and probably Tuvok) would be the ones on the crew that would express concerns about the body but not the soul. What happens, ultimately, is some of the same tired contrivance. Little girls and monsters, and so on. Even the first Vision Quest effort has a predictable end. It could have been dealt with in a much more sophisticated manner with some realizations that would have bolstered his existence.

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17 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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