Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Searching to replenish their dilithium supplies, Voyager encounters the Viidans who assault other races for their organs. Neelix is attacked and his lungs taken. Now it's a race against time to retrieve the stolen lungs and save his life.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 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
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Cully Fredricksen ... Dereth
Stephen Rappaport Stephen Rappaport ... Motura (as Stephen B. Rappaport)
Martha Hackett ... Seska
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


With dilithium reserves running low, Janeway follows Neelix's advice and proceeds to the nearest known supply. When they arrive in orbit, scans reveal a massive supply; however when the away team transports down to the planet there is none there. Completely confused, Commander Chackotay orders the away team back to Voyager but before they return to Voyager, Neelix is attacked by an alien who removes his lungs. The EMH then comes up with a solution - holographic lungs, but this means that Neelix has to stay in a restraint whilst he has the lungs and he is unable to move no more then 0.2 nanometers in any direction. Captain Janeway along with Commander Tuvok and a security attachment return to the planet to find the alien who did this and they make a very gruesome discovery; a laboratory full of alien organs and then realize that there was a life in that very room less then 10 minutes ago. Scans detect the life form and when they catch up with him, Tuvok knocks the alien's weapon out of... Written by Anonymous

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Cully Fredricksen (Dereth) also played a Vulcan captain in Star Trek: First Contact (1996). See more »


At the beginning, Neelix and Chakotay are exploring the cave for dilithium. Shortly after Neelix says, "I think I found something", he continues to walk deeper into the cavern. Right after he says, "but it's right here" and begins to move to the right, the scene changes. As he is walking you see the shadow of a boom mic across his face, just before he says, "I'm in the cavern now, Commander". See more »


[Neelix is lying in sickbay in a full body-restraint]
Neelix: Well, mm... if I'm gonna be in here a while, now is as good a time as any to tell you. Your ceiling is hideous!
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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While They Were There, They Should Have Looked for Spock's Brain
10 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a much more sophisticated episode than anything in the original series, but the ability to steal a guy's lungs seemed a bit much (just as Spock's brain was removed). What makes this work is that Neelix acts the way anyone would under his circumstances. The villains (if we can call them that) have ridiculous powers that are so beyond the pale that I never accepted it. The positive is that given this lunatic plot, it is still quite well done.

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