Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 8

Persistence Of Vision

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1995 on UPN
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Captain Janeway starts seeing characters and objects from her holo-novel around the ship. Soon afterwards the crew begins entering a catatonic state one by one, while only Kes and The Doctor remain unaffected.

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  • Janeway goes crazy

    Janeway's Gothic holonovel is back one last time, continuing from where it left off in "Learning Curve", but this time it works its way into the surreal plot. A ship-based bottle-show, the Janeway episode makes up for its lack of new visuals with a plethora of characters, including Janeway's husband, Tuvok's wife, and Paris's father. (Someone must like their hair, too, since the episode was nominated for an Emmy in that category).

    While the episode uses the ensemble well, it's Janeway who's the center of attention the first few acts, simultaneously allowing Kate Mulgrew to show them youngins how it's done while taking on more importance than if it were about a lesser character. Unfortunately, the uneven script abandons Janeway near the end in favor of using Kes for a vague, underwritten conclusion. It's well played by Jennifer Lien, but with Kes in the background for most of the episode, it doesn't feel right to have her in control of the climax.

    Sadly, Janeway's gothic adventure, a brilliantly textured idea, never returns for a resolution. (When the series first aired, there were many fans that objected to the notion, misunderstanding it to be Janeway's secret fantasy and finding it puzzling). Happily, the series doesn't discard the concept altogether though, including other holonovels in future episodes.

  • hairdo matches the fantasy

    That akward moment when the producers realize that their futuristic Captain has a hairdo that does not need to be altered to fit her ancient Victorian Nanny holodeck program.

    Surely, this episode was inspired by Janeways' old fashion up-do. For sure.

  • Can I Have That 42 Minutes Back

    Kes and the Doctor! The two worst characters of the entire series and we get to deal with them in prominence in the episode. The entire crew start to hallucinate about their inner demons and its up to the two of them to figure out why and stop it from happening. Of course it's being done by an alien and of course they can fix it easily once they know what is taking place. is just a so so episode with two very annoying characters.moreless
  • Persistence Of Vision

    Persistence Of Vision was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a good story that turned out to be unexpected. It was fun to see Captain Janeway get sent to her quarters by The Doctor. The crew members all started to succumb to hallucinations after some alien ships circled around Voyager. It was neat to see each persons vision. Thank goodness Tess was on board. This episode illustrates some of the reasoning behind previous character building through out the series. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!moreless
  • With the exception of the Doctor and Kes, the crew begins seeing important people from their pasts and enter into a catatonic state, allowing an alien to begin to take over the ship. He does not count on the doctor and the strength of Kes to stop him.moreless

    Janeway's holodeck program is a disappointment. As captain, she should be entertaining herself with something more worthy than being a nanny to two spoiled brats of the Victorian era. She is nothing more than a servant, and thank goodness the writers abandoned this disastrous plot. Working with the Maestro, Da Vinci, was far more suited to her personality, and she had great adventures with him. Her delusions and catatonic state are a prelude to the eventual Dear "Jane" letter she later receives from fiance Mark. The story is merely a filler, as we wait for the coming battles with the Borg, the Hirogen and other species. The alien is not worthy of his "victories" as he does not play by sporting rules.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The color of the warp core changes in this episode from a pinkish-blue to a whitish-blue and stays this way until the end of the series.

    • Nitpick: During the alien confrontation, Janeway summons Kes to the bridge to which she responds, "On my way, Captain". However, a few shots later, she is still in sickbay with The Doctor. There was originally a scene showing Kes and Janeway on the bridge, but this was deleted during editing.

    • Trivia: The area of Vulcan that Tuvok sees in his vision is the same place that the HMS Bounty used as its landing site in Star Trek: IV. Tuvok also stands in the same position as Saavik and Amanda did when they watched the Bounty leave for Earth.

    • Goof: When the woman from the holodeck attacks Janeway and strikes at her with the knife, the resulting wound on Janeway's hand is perpendicular to the weapon's trajectory. Therefore, the knife's blow could not have possibly made that mark.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Botha alien uses a Kazon ship as one of his illusory vessels. The other illusory ship is not identified. However, the oft-reused studio model for the Talarian observation craft was used for the unidentified craft here and, this time, it was redressed with a purple glow from its nacelles.

    • A working title of this episode was "Untitled Janeway".

    • Patrick Kerr guest stars in this episode. He is best known for his role as Star Trek fan Noel Shempsky on Frasier.