Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 14

Bliss

4
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 1999 on UPN
8.3
out of 10
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Stardate: 52542.3
The crew is elated to discover a wormhole that appears to lead directly to Earth. As they begin to act impulsively, Seven works with Naomi Wildman to save everyone from what she fears is a trap.

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  • Bliss

    10
    Bliss was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was a great story based off a classic, there was a lot of character development for both Seven and Naomi Wildman, and I love how when there is a little turbulence the Captain's hair still manages to get messed up a little! The special effects were awesome, the scenes with Seven and Naomi were exceptional and fun to watch, and seeing what the crew members wanted to hear was interesting. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Seven, Paris, and young Naomi Wildman return from a deuterium survey. Seven notices the bridge crew studying a new found wormhole. It leads to earth, but Seven does thinks it lead somewhere else.moreless

    9.8
    Seven, Paris, and young Naomi Wildman return from a deuterium survey. Seven notices the bridge crew studying a new found wormhole. It leads to earth, but Seven does thinks it lead somewhere else. Seven runs a diagnostic it appears the wormhole does lead to earth. Seven is not so sure. So she checks the Captain’s logs. It seems Janeway first thought the wormhole was a deception. Janeway is now excited that she has found a way home. Janeway take the ship into the wormhole. It is a trap. Janeway is blind to this, but Seven is not.moreless
  • Moby Dick in Space.

    9.7
    Masterful variation of the old tale of Moby Dick, where Qatai is an incredible Captain Ahab masterfully characterized by William Morgan Shephard. This is the tale of an alien who has been chasing his beast for 40 years, and become marked by it just like Ahab was marked by his beast, the whale Moby Dick. And like in Moby Dick, the whole crew of the Voyager becomes marked by the monster when having their inner most desires accentuated. The Monster is described like a crafty hunter, who hunts by beguilement.



    I liked this episode immensly, crafty og exciting every minute of itmoreless
  • Seven of Nine Fights Agaist the Crew to defend what she knows to be right

    8.0
    The episode starts out with an Alien who enters some kind of spacial anomaly. Back on Voyager, the crew discoverers a worm hole which is a portal, and this one can take them back to earth. At first the captain is skeptical but she quickly learns from many scans that nothing appears to be wrong with the worm hole and they sense no danger. But Seven of Nine notices strange behavior in the crew she develops suspicions that they may be blinded by the desire to see there friends and family again that they don't want to look at some reasons why this might be a deception. Seven seeks the Doctor's assistance. The doctor agrees to run medical scans on the crew. While scanning the worm hole she discoverers a vessel which has an alien on it who warns her that voyager is being deceived and should turn back immediately. The crew still does not believe Seven and is determined to get to the worm hole. Eventually seven notices that the crew has deactivated the doctor and is trying to put her in stasis. Seven does not allow this she is determined to save the crew from the deception that could result in Voyager being destroyed. The crew temporally deactivate seven and enters the worm hole. in the worm hole they all fall unconscious and are dreaming about being home and finally seeing all the people who they love and haven't seen in years from earth. the only one who remained awake on Voyager is Naomi Wildmen who wakes up Seven from Stasis and Naomi and Seven beam the Alien who warned them about the deception onto voyager. The Alien tells him that the spacial anomele, which is a Life form that he calls a "monster" has been killing people, and that he has been hunting it for almost fourty years becase the monster killed his family. The Alien tells Seven that the reason why Naomi and seven weren't affected by the Bio-Plasmic life form is because they did not have any desire to go to earth and the Creature tricks people into seeing what they want to see thats why the crew was blinded and not Seven or Naomi. The Creatures Mind altering almost fooled seven and the doctor in the end when they were trying to break free from the Creatures Digestive Tract. The Creature made her think that they have escaped when they haven't. The Alien tells her this because she wants to get out of the creature that this is what the creature is now tricking her into thinking is happening.





    This episode featured Seven of Nine working against the entire ship defending what she knew to be right. this kind of determination saved the lives of her fellow crew members. this teaches us that we should fight for what we know is right because if we are right and we don't voice our opinions then there could be dire consequences.



    I give this episode and 8/10 for Action and Suspensemoreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

W. Morgan Sheppard

W. Morgan Sheppard

Qatai

Guest Star

Marva Hicks

Marva Hicks

T'Pel (uncredited)

Guest Star

Scarlett Pomers

Scarlett Pomers

Naomi Wildman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Captain Janeway states that there are 152 crew members on Voyager, but in the next episode "Dark Frontier (1)" the Borg read 143 life signs on board the ship. 152 is the original crew complement of Voyager, but there have been numerous crew members killed since they arrived in the Delta Quadrant.

    • Nitpick: When the alien who is also trapped inside the 'monster' asks the Doctor to join him in fighting it, the Doctor makes a reference to Moby Dick by questioning to become "the Ismael to his Ahab". But the alien would have no way of knowing what the Doctor is referring to, and instead he even expresses regret on the Doctor turning down "the hunt of a lifetime". It's possible that the translator changed his metaphor into something less culturally specific automatically so that the alien will understand his meaning, however.

    • Goof: When Voyager enters the nebula, Tuvok and his team are in Engineering, which is on Deck 11. However, when Naomi Wildman walks out of Cargo Bay 2, Tuvok and the others are there, even though the cargo bay is on Deck 6.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Seven: Naomi Wildman. Your presence here is unauthorized. State your intentions.
      Naomi: I'm...hiding.
      Seven: From whom?
      Naomi: Everyone. They're all acting strange. Even Mom.
      Seven: Elaborate.
      Naomi: She keeps smiling all the time. Talking about Earth like it's the greatest place in the universe.
      Seven: You do not share your mother's desire to return to Earth.
      Naomi: Voyager's my home.

    • Seven: I assure you were are not a deception.
      Qatai: Oh, how convenient. An enormous starship comes to my rescue. (shouting to the organism) Ya might try a more subtle approach!
      Seven: My scans indicate that your shields will fail in approximately fifteen minutes. Join us, or you can remain on your vessel, secure in the knowledge that you were not deceived. But that knowledge will do you little good when you are dead. Decide now!

    • Chakotay: (to Seven of Nine) Try to relax. We're only going to keep you in stasis until we reach the Alpha Quadrant. I realize the prospect of returning to Earth is frightening to you. It's perfectly natural for you to resist the unknown. But you're in good hands. Resistance is futile.

    • Janeway: (in a log entry being played by Seven of Nine) Captain's Log, Stardate 52542.3. Long range scans have identified a wormhole leading to the Alpha Quadrant. Unfortunately, secondary scans have revealed that it's some kind of elaborate deception. The question is -- who's attempting to deceive us and why?

    • Janeway: A direct route to Earth's doorstep out of the blue. What's wrong with this picture?

    • Qatai: You seem to know a little about everything. Medicine, exobiology, shield harmonics.
      The Doctor: I'm something of a renaissance EMH.

    • Qatai: It's the silence I hate. The way he takes you without a fight. It was the same way with the Nokaro. A crew of nearly three thousand, families mostly, mine included, looking for a new world to settle. But they came across our friend here and he showed them what they wanted to see. A glistening green paradise. By the time I responded to their distress call, all that was left of them was some fading engine emissions. That was thirty nine years ago. Thirty nine years, two weeks, four days.
      The Doctor: Do you mind? The situation is dismal enough.
      Qatai: I'm just trying to explain who we're up against.
      The Doctor: Well, I'm getting a pretty good idea on my own. Judging by these bio-scans the organism's been devouring life forms for a bit longer than thirty nine years. I'd estimate it's at least two hundred thousand years old.
      Qatai: The intelligent always survive.
      The Doctor: I wouldn't go that far. It appears to operate on highly evolved instinct. I haven't detected any signs of sentience.
      Qatai: Oh, he's intelligent, all right. Smart enough to fool your crew into taking you off-line.
      The Doctor: No need to get personal.

    • The Doctor: Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
      Qatai: Your ship is being devoured. I'd say that's an emergency.
      Naomi: The monster ate his ship too.

    • Naomi: How do we get out of the monster?
      Seven: It's not a monster, it's a bioplasmic organism, and we will find a way out.
      Qatai: No, the girl's right. He's a monster, and the only way out is to destroy him.

    • Seven: Return to your quarters while I assess the situation.
      Naomi: But I can help. My mom says two heads are better than one. Isn't that the Borg philosophy too?
      Seven: Simplistic, but accurate.
      Naomi: Please. I don't wanna be alone.

    • Seven: A wormhole.
      Kim: The wormhole. It leads all the way back to Earth.
      Seven: The odds of finding such a phenomenon are infinitesimal.
      Janeway: Never bet against the house.

    • Naomi: But this is my first away mission and I didn't get to do anything.
      Seven: I disagree. You familiarized yourself with this vessel.
      Naomi: (excited) Well, can't we make first contact with somebody, or get in a space battle?
      Paris: (pouting) Yeah, can't we?
      Seven: Another time, perhaps.

    • The Doctor: I'm a doctor, not a dragon slayer.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The story of this episode came from a dream Bill Prady had when he was running Dharma & Greg.


      "I did have a productive dream once when I was running Dharma & Greg. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I dreamed a great story. It's a perfect story, and I did the thing I've never done in my life: I find paper, write it down and go back to bed. And I wake up and I look at the piece of paper and it's a terrific story. It's a perfect story. It has drive. It has characters. And it's interesting. And it's a story for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. (Laughter.) Which is why I have a "story by" credit on Star Trek: Voyager."

    • W. Morgan Sheppard, who plays Qatai in this episode, previously appeared in The Next Generation episode "The Schizoid Man" as Dr. Ira Graves.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Qatai: I could use a crewmate like you. The beast would have a difficult time manipulating a hologram's desires.
      The Doctor: An Ishmael to your Ahab? No thank you.

      Qatai's long-time obsession with tracking and destroying the bioplasmic creature refers to Captain Ahab's obsession with the white whale in the classic novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Readers of the novel experience the story through the eyes of the character Ishmael.

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