Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Persistence of Vision 

The Voyager crew enters a new region of space and begins to see hallucinations. The Captain sees her holonovel characters come to life.


James L. Conway


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Michael Cumpsty ... Lord Burleigh
Carolyn Seymour ... Mrs. Templeton
Stan Ivar ... Mark Johnson
Warren Munson ... Admiral Paris
Lindsey Haun ... Beatrice Burleigh
Thomas Dekker ... Henry Burleigh


Voyager seeks to pass through the space of a psychic, territorial alien. Captain Janeway suffers delusions in the form of characters from her favorite holonovel appearing outside of the holodeck. The Doctor and Kes must find a way to stop the psychic attacks before the whole crew is disabled, lost in their own visions. Written by Meribor

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30 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the series to address B'Elanna Torres' attraction to Chakotay. However, the issue is additionally raised in the novel Pathways by Jeri Taylor, the same person who wrote this episode. See more »


Scene 1: At sickbay, Janeway saw the girl from holonovel standing in front of her. She asked doctor to check if he can see anyone around. The doctor looked around, but could not see anyone else.

Scene 2: Towards the end of the show, when Kes was at the engineering, attacked by hallucinated Neelix. The doctor reminded Kes to look at the hallucinated Neelix, "look at him, remember the mirror?".

How was the doctor not able to see Janeway's hallucination right in the sickbay, but was able to see Kes' hallucination via Engineering monitor? See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: I suggest you don't look at the view screen.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: [referring to the image of his father on the screen] It's not even tempting.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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6 March 2013 | by lacloneSee all my reviews

This episode does nothing to advance the story, or to further develop or explore any of the characters. The ending leaves you with the question of "Just what the heck happened here?", and suggest no answers.

Something affects the crew with delusions of personal desires, and then just vanishes. And using Janeway's boring Romantic Fantasy holo-novel as a springboard to further the story was like rubbing salt into a wound.

Jeri Taylor (writer) must have been having an off-day, or someone found one of her discarded script drafts and used it.

A 45 min infomercial for some Ronco product, starring our hero's, would be just as entertaining.

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