Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 12

Mortal Coil

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1997 on UPN
7.1
out of 10
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Stardate: 51449.2
Neelix is killed during an away mission, but is revived using modified Borg technology. Following his experience, Neelix soon begins to question all that he has been taught about the afterlife.

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  • A thinly vieled examination of religious beliefs masquerading as a sci-fi episode. Do the writers think they have the inside track to the knowldege of heaven and hell?

    1.5
    God, I hate tv shows like this that start examining religious issues. First, who asked for that, and second, the treatment is always so sophmoric that it is NEVER satisfying.



    While you could argue that Telix is another species, so what happens to his soul isn't the same as ours, it is obvious that this show is examing the question of loss of faith, and in particular, the loss of faith in a heaven.



    This is obvious in the false dichotomy puposed for the resolution of Telix's confict. Either self annihilation in the face of a nihilistic existence, or acceptance of the irony of life for its own sake. Of course Telix finally decides on the second choice, with no overall change in personality. What about Telix becoming increasing bitter, or some other outcome? No time to examine these issues in one hour, so why try?



    Why did the authors decide to create this episode? Was one of the writers having a crisis of faith? Well, good for him, but why subject the rest of us to this problem?moreless
  • Just when you think we're rid of Neelix once and for all…

    5.0
    Just when you think we're rid of Neelix once and for all…



    Yes, Neelix dies in this episode. It's a typical Sci-Fi death which means it's probably not going to last. Sure enough, Borg technology brings him back. However, since he doesn't remember seeing the Great Forest (his culture's version of Heaven) while he's dead, he starts to have a crisis of faith. The rest of the episode is spent dealing with this problem. And, I don't think they deal with it very well. It's remarkably inconsistent considering the spiritual nature of the Voyager crew; especially Chakotay who clearly has a very spiritual side. He seems real wishy-washy all of the sudden. I don't pretend to know how they could have dealt with this story differently. My guess is that should never have done it.moreless
  • Mortal Coil

    9.0
    Mortal Coil was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had an interesting story with lots of character growth and development. The vision quest scene was visually stunning and surreal and was done really well. I suppose negative reviews have a biased view about the material of the story but the episode should just be enjoyed for what it is. Well written, acted, directed and edited. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Neelix is asked to help out on an away mission. On the mission, Neelix will be help collecting a sample of proto-matter from a nearby nebula. Neelix, Paris, and Chakotay leave “Voyager” in the shuttlecraft.moreless

    9.6
    Neelix is asked to help out on an away mission. On the mission, Neelix will be help collecting a sample of proto-matter from a nearby nebula. Neelix, Paris, and Chakotay leave “Voyager” in the shuttlecraft. When they get to their destination, Neelix is able to get the sample of proto-matter. All of the sudden Neelix is killed with a plasma charge. Don’t worry, Seven has a idea that might save him. She suggests using a sample her nanoprobes to help Neelix. The idea is the nanoprobes will regenerate the dead tissue. You want to know something? It worked. Neelix lives.moreless
  • Average.

    6.0
    I found this episod to be rather boring and slow. It wasn't bad, but I just thought it was average and uninteresting. I knew they wouldn't actually kill of a main cast member. I also knew that whenever someone is killed in the beginning of an episode, chances are they will be brought back in some way and in some form. I was a bit miffed about how the storyline went about and I wish they would have done a different storyline. Overall, it was an average episode with average writing, predictable moments, and decent acting. I guess it wasn't one of my very favorites. Thank you.moreless
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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: After Neelix dies, Seven says he can be reanimated using Borg nanoprobes to reverse the necrosis. This same technology and method is used to revive Kirk in The Return, a Star Trek novel by William Shatner.

    • Goof: When Paris bangs his spoon against his glass to get everyone's attention in the mess hall, he uses a tumbler, which is hardly the type of glass that could make the ringing sound that is heard. Furthermore, he is holding the glass by the rim, which would have muffled the sound, regardless of what type of glass is used.

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    • Title:


      The title of this episode is from Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1. "[This] Mortal Coil" refers to the physical body, to be shed at death.

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