Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 18

Death Wish

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1996 on UPN

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  • Voyager accidentally frees an imprisoned member of the Q Continuum, a member who wishes to end his immortal existence and is therefore a criminal of the highest magnitude, according to the other Q

    Disregarding for the moment how even an extremely powerful race such as the Q could keep a member of their own race anywhere he or she didn't want to be isn't explained, this episode does bring up an interesting ethical question: does an individual have the right to end his or her own existence if said existence has become intolerable. It also touches briefly on the rights of the individual v/the state. How far can a society allow its people the freedom to say what they wish, when the individual might be preaching something revolutionary and even dangerous to the status quo? The episode reached back to the original Trek's custom of dealing with very socially-relevant issues, something Voyager as a whole lost track of at times, but made it extremely good when it occasionally found it again. The two Q both were very eloguent when presenting their cases to Janeway, and John de Lancie delivered possibly some of his best lines in this episode. It definitely held the unusual occasion of a speechless Q once the final verdict was rendered. It's an episode that will, at least, give you a lot to think about. Definitely worth watching.