Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 17

Spirit Folk

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 2000 on UPN
out of 10
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The inhabitants of the holo-city of Fair Haven suspect the Voyager crew of having mystical powers when they witness the use of their futuristic technology.

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  • A Fine Departure From the Confines of a Starship

    A really great episode. I can't understand the complaints that preceded this review. It's really good getting the crew into some other setting than "Voyager meets another alien". This was about people and relationships, set in a very pleasant non-SF setting, yet still based upon SF. It's refreshing to see a simple village, with the characters of Voyager being themselves - while also indulging the opportunity to be who they would like to be.

    It was difficult to anticipate how they would pull off the explanation. Yet it was done very well, based upon personalities, trust and relationships.moreless
  • Spirit Folk

    Spirit Folk was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it mainly took place in the holodeck in the Fair Haven program. It was funny to see the holocharacters think the Voyager crew were Spirit Folk, and it makes you wonder if perhaps the Spirit Folk of legend are actually travelers from other worlds. This was a side story, and it had some humor, action and drama. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!moreless
  • I give this episode a 9, and I'll tell you why...

    This episode, while not focusing on the core Voyager eploration of galaxies theme, was still a great episode that forces one to dig deep into their souls and contemplate on the inner-self and what life truly means. In this case, Captain Janeway really gets it. While I must say Cpt. Janeway does continue to ruthlessly disobey the prime directive in episodes like "Memorial" and I don't always agree with her decisions. However, in this episode, I agreed to the point of "if you are going to make the decision to create life in ANY form, then you must be willing to deal with the consequences and if it is at all possible to retain the town safely and with bringing no harm to your own people, then you should do it". What if we all found out that we too were just created by a more advanced race? (NOBODY)can prove that to be wrong because well we wouldn't know would we? But if we were to find out, what would we want to happen? To be discontinued and our world as we know it to just restart from the beginning? I for one would not. I mean This is a show that, like all tv shows, requires us to use our imagination(some more than others) and follow the story that is presented to us. I love tv, and I love episodes from ANY show that can make me think this hard about a plot. Sometimes we have to let go of our expectations and just enjoy the ride. I think a lot more people would enjoy a lot more of what they watch if they would just sit back and enjoy the ride. Don't get me wrong, I dont like EVERYTHING I see, in fact, I am a very hard critic. But in this episode of Voyager, I found just about everything I look for to be satisfied watching ANYTHING in movie or tv: Good Acting, Good plot that gets my brain working and think of things I enjoy but would possibly not be thinking of at the moment, good directing, good music.... there are maybe a couple more but you get my point.

    A very special episode indeed. Not the best of the series of course but a nice fresh perspective on life and how we view and respect it.moreless
  • The Voyager crew is back on the holodeck. So is the holodeck program Fair Haven. Tom Paris crashes his vintage automobile. Seamus Driscol seems amazed when Paris magically repairs the automobile.moreless

    The Voyager crew is back on the holodeck. So is the holodeck program Fair Haven. Tom Paris crashes his vintage automobile. Seamus Driscol seems amazed when Paris magically repairs the automobile. He quickly tells others that Paris is from the Spirit World. Later Harry Kim is walking with Maggie holding her hand, when Paris changes her into a cow. Seamus sees this going on. He is now convinced. He starts plotting a witch burning ceremony. Janeway goes to the Holodeck and sees that the Holodeck characters are becoming self aware. The Voyager crew manage to fix the holodeck program. I rate this episode a 9.3moreless
  • How to crash and burn a somewhat good idea.

    How to crash and burn a somewhat good idea.

    A few episodes ago, there was a marginally good story about a holodeck program affording an opportunity to advance the Janeway character for romance. Not content to let it go at that they came up with clunker of holodeck characters running amuck and Janeway going off her meds.

    The characters in the Fair Haven halodeck program are starting to believe that the Voyager crew are magical spirits. Rather than shutting the program down to fix it, Paris and Kim decide to go INTO the halodeck to make a repair. Naturally, they are captured by the renegade holo-characters and the control panel is damaged so that the safety protocols are off.

    Even given that her crew is now in immediate danger, Janeway still doesn't want to cut power to the program. This is really beyond belief or any kind of suspension of belief. Real people are in trouble and shouldn't that be the priority?

    Instead, we end up with Janeway reasoning with the holo-characters and convincing them that the Voyager crew aren't Spirit Folk at all. They're space travelers dropping by from time to time to visit. She kind of skips over the whole, "and-by-the-way-you're-really-not real-in-the-first-place" revelation.

    The whole story is a waste of time and really destroys whatever good the earlier Fair Haven story created.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


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Hariette Ivanans

Hariette Ivanans

Maggie O'Halloran

Guest Star

Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Seamus McGinty

Guest Star

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie


Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Ensign Kim replicates the lilies for his holodeck girlfriend instead of asking the holodeck to create them. This seems to be a big waste of replicator rations.

    • Nitpick: Paris comments, after discovering a malfunction in the holodeck program, "So much for my open door policy". However, in the episode "Fair Haven", it is Neelix who suggests the policy.

    • Goof: The computer declares that safety protocols are offline after the holographic mob shoots the control panel. However, the holographic rifle could not have damaged the control panel as the safety protocols were still online.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • B'Elanna: When your quaint little seaside town starts to depolarize, don't come crying to me.

    • Janeway: Hate to break the news to you, Michael, but I'm a starship captain, and you're a 300 deciwatt holodeck program.

    • Paris: We thought we had reset his perceptual filters until we took a closer look at the subroutines, turns out he was just playing along...
      Janeway: Ah! Never underestimate an Irish hologram.

    • Janeway: What the hell was I thinking?
      Chakotay: A minor malfunction
      Janeway: Well, that's the problem. I've got a boyfriend who malfunctions.

    • (holding The Doctor, Paris and Harry hostage)
      Seamus: (reading from book) Look here. It says if you can get a spirit to reveal his true name you'll render yourself impervious to his charms.
      Milo: What is your true name?
      The Doctor: (under a hypnotic spell) I haven't decided on one yet.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Janeway: Have you ever read The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells?

      The Time Machine is a novel written by H. G. Wells and published in 1895. It tells the story of a man who travels in the far future and witnesses how humanity has evolved and degraded.