Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 01, 1995 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 48734.2
After Chakotay and Tuvok are injured in a shuttle accident, a non-corporeal life form begins to wreak havoc on Voyager by infiltrating the minds of the crew and altering the ship's systems one by one.

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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Taking its title from an ancient Greek word meaning "Occupation", this paranoia bottle show is another one of those old "non-corporeal creatures taking over the crewmembers" stories. For the most part, it's nothing new, and it meanders along for a while before finally kicking into gear in the last act. By then, it's too little too late to save it from being VOY's least memorable episode of the first season. (What's sad is the teaser, showing Captain Janeway participating in a Gothic holonovel set in 19th century England, seems like a much more interesting premise, though the show would probably not want to do two holonovel stories in a row. The holonovel bit was actually shot separate from this episode anyway, being an unused portion of "Eye of the Needle").

    As writer Brannon Braga later lamented, the main problem with this one is that it's not actually about anything.

  • Clever

    Maybe not the stuff of legends but this episode has good sfi-fi, mystery, suspenseful, little twist there at the end

    well played, well played
  • Cathexis

    Cathexis was a good episode of Star Trek Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it had a great mystery and story. The characters were their usual selves trying to figure out what had happened to Chakotay and Tuvok. I must admit that I'm getting a little episode lag with all these stories about time travel and incorporeal alien beings! Season one seems to cover enough of these types of stories for the whole series! The way the story played out was interesting and definitely worth watching. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek Voyager!!!!moreless
  • Well done episode with almost horror movie feel to it. One of the better one of season 1.

    Chakotay and Tuvok return from a trip, but Chakotay is badly hurt after an electric current swept through the shuttle. In fact his brain has been stripped of all its energy leaving him brain-dead. Kathryn decides to go to the nebula that apparently shot out this electric current at the shuttle. The closer they get the weirder the crew gets, as something seems to be taken over their action for short periods of time. Paranoia sets in - who can you trust?

    Wonderful episode and a great example of a rather small story based on even smaller idea that in execution becomes something much more. The whole episode is on board Voyager, and though scriptwriters ones more use unusual life forms and nebula as their canvas it works here. We are kept in the dark as to what is happening until the last moment. I remember when I saw this episode first that it had me totally puzzled. That is great when ongoing series like Star Trek, with their somewhat conventional story telling, can bring you an episode that keeps you wondering until the end.

    What is also fun here that we almost have an Alfred Hitchcock paranoia moments here. The crew finds out that an entity is taking over people's mind, they get paranoid, seeing strange behaviors as a clear sing of someone being 'possessed'. This also makes commanding the ship extremely difficult, making Kathryn for the first (but not last) time transfer all command codes to the Doctor. I enjoyed this episode. The only sort of negative is that once you have seen it ones, it doesn't really hold the same magic for the second viewing. It really needs that twist at the end to be exciting. In order for me to give more than 8 for an episode I have to want to see it again soon.moreless
  • Due to the episode cut it wound up being the best episode of season one!

    The network cut short the final four episodes of season one and moved them over to season two, So Cathexis is easily the best episode of the season!

    Good story development in this one, some great moments, when the crew realise there are two entities at work, the viewers shock to hear the commands came from chakotay ...and not to forget tuvok thinking 'to hell with this' and putting the phaser on wide beam and wiping everyone out lol, now thats one way of defusing a tense situation! way to go Mr Tuvok!

    kinda has a horror movie feel to it, the way the crew act when they have been taken over by the entity, great acting! good directing as wellmoreless
Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson


Guest Star

Michael Cumpsty

Michael Cumpsty

Lord Burleigh

Guest Star

Carolyn Seymour

Carolyn Seymour

Mrs. Templeton

Guest Star

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Janeway: Apparently you've just crashed the main computer, locked out the bridge and stopped this ship cold. Do you want to tell me why?
      B'Elanna: Captain, I don't know what you're talking about.
      Janeway: (huffs) What the hell is going on here?

    • The Doctor: Mr. Neelix, just because a man changes his drink order doesn't mean he is possessed by an alien.

    • The Doctor: (to B'Elanna, about a spirit wheel she's put up) You might have asked before adorning my Sickbay with animal remains.

    • B'Elanna: How did you manage to reintegrate his consciousness?
      The Doctor: It involved three neural transceivers, two cortical stimulators and fifty gigaquads of computer memory. I would be happy to take you through the process, but it would take at least ten hours to explain it all to you. Needless to say, it was a remarkable procedure. I would consider writing a paper about it if there were a convenient forum in which to publish it.

    • The Doctor: I could examine every crew member you've mentioned so far, every person on board for that matter, and it wouldn't do any good. From what we can tell, the alien can jump from person to person at will.
      Neelix: It sounds to me like you're defending Ensign Parsons.
      The Doctor: I'm not defending him, I'm just pointing out that you're acting a little paranoid. In fact, one could say you're acting a little too paranoid.

    • (talking about Paris)
      Tuvok: Your report, Doctor?
      The Doctor: I still have a series of tests to perform, but other than his irritating lapses into nostalgia, I see nothing wrong with him.

    • Janeway: If you feel at any time, that any of us are under the influence of the alien, you can countermand our orders and take control of the ship. Doctor, do you feel up to it?
      The Doctor: Of course. I make life and death decisions every day.
      Paris: I feel better already.

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