Star Trek: Voyager


Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 2/6/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 48532.4During an away mission in search of dilithium crystals, Neelix's lungs are removed by a disease-ridden race of aliens known as the Vidiians. As The Doctor attempts to treat him, the crew of Voyager must find a way to track down these Vidiians.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Picardo

    The Doctor

  • Kate Mulgrew

    Captain Kathryn Janeway

  • Robert Beltran

    Commander Chakotay

  • Roxann Dawson

    Lt. B'Elanna Torres

  • Jennifer Lien


  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • bedside manners and nasty aliens

    By galygaly, Feb 09, 2014

  • Phage

    By TrueTvWatcher, Aug 28, 2011

  • Entertaining and somewhat suspenseful episode. Full of good humor and Starfleet protocols.

    By samrag, Jul 10, 2009

  • Another great early Voyager episode. Very thought provoking as well…

    By tv-striker, May 11, 2009

  • This episode is superb. I liked the part when they launched the low powered phaser and it bounced off the bulk heads and they found the alien ship. What kind of specimens were the aliens?. This episode is well written and it has a good storyboard.

    By matrix103, Feb 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Paris: (when the Doctor theorizes that he can give Neelix a set of holographic lungs) But a hologram is just a projection of light held in a magnetic containment field. There's no real matter involved! (The Doctor slaps Paris, proving "matter" doesn't always matter)

    • Janeway: (to Vidiians) I can't begin to understand what your people have gone through. They may have found a way to ignore the moral implications of what you're doing but I have no such luxury. I don't have the freedom to kill you to save another. My culture finds that to be a reprehensible and entirely unacceptable act. If we were closer to home I would lock you up and turn you over to my authorities for trial, but I don't even have that ability here, and I am not prepared to carry you forever in our brig. So I see no other alternative, but to let you go. Take a message to your people: if I ever encounter your kind again I will do whatever is necessary to protect my people from this...harvesting of yours. Any aggressive actions against this ship or its crew will be met by the deadliest force. Is that clear?

    • Neelix: Doctor? Doctor, I require your assistance. Doctor: What is it, Mr. Neelix? Neelix: Please, it's urgent. Doctor: Yes? Neelix: I have an itch. Doctor: An itch? Neelix: Just above my left eyebrow. (The Doctor sighs) Neelix: A little higher. Ahh! Thank you. Doctor: (flatly) You're quite welcome.

    • (to Kes about Paris) Neelix: He's just one big hormone walking around the ship.

    • Neelix: I feel like I'm all alone. The Doctor: You are all alone. I'm a holographic projection. A projection with a lot of work to do, I might add.

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    Notes (3)

    • Originally, it was to be Tom Paris' heart that was taken by the Vidiians, but they later changed it to Neelix's lungs. According to Brannon Braga, "The lungs seemed a little less cornball than the heart, so that's what happened."

    • The aliens were originally known as "the Phages". Their collective name was later changed to "Vaphorans", which they were called even in the shooting script; the change to "Vidiians" was not made until after the episode was written.

    • This episode had the working title "Heart & Soul".

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: Because the aliens of this episode were originally collectively named Vaphorans, Dereth clearly mouths the word "Vaphoran" in Voyager's transporter room; evidently, "Vidiian" was subsequently looped over it. Broadcast closed captions of this episode also use "Vaphoran". The change from that collective term to "Vidiians" was made when it was realized that no two performers could pronounce "Vaphoran" in the same exact way as each other.

    • Nitpicks: Talaxian physiology must be very different than human- when The Doctor shuts down his original emergency treatment to give Neelix his holographic lungs, his cellular toxicity rises dramatically in mere seconds. In humans, lungs take in and process oxygen, and pass them along to the red blood cells for respiration. Toxic waste from the body's cells are filtered through other organs in humans, such as the liver and kidneys, and not the lungs. Also, he was stable for as long as the treatment was in effect, but the cellular toxicity increased to over 80% without delay once shut down. This would seem to indicate that a Talaxian would be unable to safely hold his breath for any length of time or risk the build up of life threatening toxic wastes.

    • First Appearance: Vidiians

    • Trivia: The Doctor states that Voyager weighs 700,000 tons.

    • Nitpick: When Voyager fires the phaser beam in the cavern, as Tuvok says, it reflects unpredictably. Yet none of those beams hit Voyager, instead they hit the much smaller Vidiian ship. This is highly unlikely.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The Doctor: I'm a doctor, Mr. Neelix, not a decorator.

      This is a reference to Dr. McCoy's signature line in Star Trek: The Original Series.

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