Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 1995 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 48623.5
While investigating an asteroid belt containing a new element, Harry Kim is pulled into a "subspace vacuole" and switched with a dead body. Soon after the body is revived the crew learns that the asteroid belt is the graveyard of an alien culture that transports its dead in the belief that they evolve into a higher state of consciousness. Harry's appearance on the home world begins to raise questions about the existence of their afterlife.


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  • Momento Mori

    Creepy... the dead bodies, like mummies in the asteroid, very eerie

    Okay it doesn't take much to frighten me, but the dead corpses kept popping up throughout the episode, so that kept me awake!

    That Harry Kim sure is adorable, I just want to put him in my pocket. He might have been one of People's 50 Most Beautiful people at the time but he wasn't the strongest actor and it wasn't for lack of material.moreless
  • Very fair, for the typically anti-religious Star Trek Universe

    As an agnostic, I found this a very fair, down the middle episode on life after death. As opposed to TNG, and even Enterprise, which tend to be heavy-handed and condescending towards religion - consistent with the Roddenberry line that science can explain everything - this episode treated religion with the agnostic "how can we really know" approach.

    I think the very presence of the spiritual Chakotay on Voyager - and Sisko on DS9 - are a welcome departure from the dogmatic, anti-religious bias of the Roddenberry era. Even Janeway keeps an open mind. Again, I say this as a non-religious person, who nonetheless, bristles at the left's claim of tolerance, while simultaneously mocking religious views. I find 100% certain atheists as arrogant as 100% religious types.

    I think this episode really hits on a horrific fear we all have; do we really just end when we die? Is it really like the off-switch that Steve Jobs posits? Or is there an "ow wow!"?moreless
  • Emanations

    Emanations was a great episode of Star Trek Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as Ensign Harry Kim was switched with a body of another species who believe they are moving on to the after life in a strange manner. This episode had many great scenes, character development, and made viewers think about life and death. The crew was once again resourceful and fun to watch as they tried to solve the mystery of what was happening. Over all a good story and great acting made a great episode. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek Voyager!!!!!moreless
  • Harry Kim fans will enjoy this episode

    I, myself, am a Harry Kim fan. And I confess that the main reason why I like this episode so much is because Kim dies and comes back to life. (Which may sound strange since I am a fan of his). But this episode probes at the question of the afterlife. What happens? Those who constantly ask this may or may not enjoy this episode, depending on your point of view. All in all, I enjoyed the episode, even with the questionable atmosphere on the asteroid. But those who prefer action, (in the sense of shooting, fighting, etc) may not want to watch this episode. Recommended.moreless
  • We find ourselves in another cave and then an uninteresting story not so much unfolds as purely dripples...

    I can watch most Star Trek episodes, from all the series, over and over again. Even though I know the story, simply seeing my favorite characters getting into one more trouble is a pleasure enough.

    There are however few episodes in between that I really get bored over, and this is one of those. As somewhat stated in previous review - the existence of a cave or underground tunnels is cheap and boring in my books, so this episode had me ticked of straight from the start. To add an insult to injury, how can you possibly have atmosphere on an asteroid? Usually I don't try to think to much of the technology or laws of physics, but that one stroke me as way to convenient for our Voyager explorers (or shall we say Voyagers script writers).

    There is no urgency in the story and no real development either. At the last minute we have our dearest Kim back, but anything else about the story is just flapping in the wind. One good think was Voyagers flight close to the rings of the planet. Really beautiful computer work there.

    However, this is my least favorite episode so far.!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: This is the first time Harry Kim dies on Voyager. The next instance is during the episode "Deadlock".

    • Ethan Phillips (Neelix) is listed in the opening credits, but he does not appear in this episode.

    • Nitpick: Despite being dead, the pulse in Ensign Kim's neck can be seen throbbing.

    • Trivia: There were 246 elements known to Federation scientists. The Voyager crew discovers number 247 in this episode. At the time of filming, the atomic chart included 111, with number 111 being discovered just months before this episode aired.

    • Goof: Both times Ptera is presumed dead in the transporter room, the actress is visibly breathing.

    • Goof: When Hatil is wrapping himself in his death shroud, he says that his father has worn it and his father before him. This implies that the transportation device does not take the shroud with it. This theory is consistent with the bodies on the asteroids all being naked. However, when Kim is transported the shroud comes with him.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • The Doctor: (after reviving Kim from death) Relax, Mr. Kim. Everything's fine. You're alive.

    • Janeway: I'm not certain, but I am certain about this. What we don't know about death is far, far greater than what we do know.

    • Janeway: One of the things you learn as you move up the ranks and get a little older, is that you wish you had more time in your youth to really absorb all the things that happen to you. It goes by so fast. It's so easy to become jaded, to treat the extraordinary like just another day at the office.

    • The Doctor: In essence, Commander, you were strolling through dead bodies.

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