Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 24


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 06, 1996 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 49655.2
A transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix into one person.

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  • Nice symbiogenesis story

    The first Star Trek episode to feature symbiogenesis, the idea of two organisms (in this case, people) merging to form a new one, creates one of the tougher acting jobs Star Trek has ever required. There is, of course, the inherent difficulty of performing the merging of two established personalities; but the greater issue is creating a character the audience doesn't perceive as an imposter. He needs be a guest star the audience will accept and invest in; even knowing he'll have to be separated back into the two regular characters by the end for the sake of the series. Enter Tom Wright, who creates such a convincing and compelling Tuvix, it's impossible not to feel some affection for the guy and get caught up in his "life". It's almost as if the show found a guy who's a likable cross between Tuvok and Neelix and decided to write an episode around him.

    The stunning performance gives the premise its punch, allowing the story to successfully explore some interesting questions. What does this mean for Neelix's girlfriend Kes? Is this a new lifeform with individual rights? If Tuvix doesn't want to change back, do the rights of Tuvok and Neelix trump Tuvix's own wishes? The latter becomes Janeway's dilemma, and it's a no-win situation she must resolve. In the end, the questions and answers prove more interesting than any of the issues raised by the episode's antonym, TOS's "The Enemy Within", and provide quite a dramatic and controversial finish.

  • Tuvix

    Tuvix was a good episode of Star Trek: Voyager and definitely a little different from what we have seen so far. I enjoyed watching this episode as Neelix and Tuvok were collecting flower specimens for study and merged together in a transporter accident. There were some funny scenes and interesting things to think about if some thing like this were to actually happen. What is to become of the new life created between the two? It was neat to watch how other characters handled the situation. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!moreless
  • This story depends too much on the ole' transporter malfunction. This time Tuvok and Neelix are merged into a single hybrid - Tuvix. In this case, the sum is better than the parts, so the resolution of the story isn't very satisfying.moreless

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel of Star Trek cliche's the writers use the transporter malfunction and, just like Tuvix, add a twist. It does offer up some possible interest, but as with all chliches, it still a rotten apple that spoils the barrel. Add to that, the extra suds Kess brings to this soapy tale, and you have a series bottom dweller. Basically, they recycled TOS episode "The Enemy Within" and ran it backward while applying some modern day morality. Tim Wright as Tuvix shows his acting chops and does do a good job of melding recognizable qualities from both Tuvok and Neelix and modulates his voice to sound like each of them very well. At this stage of the series, I wasn't a fan of Neelix and neither he nor Tuvok had been developed very well yet, so that may account for the lack of luster in my eye.moreless
  • Tuvok and Neelix are on an away mission to find nutritional supplements. They are successful. They find an Orchid native to the planet they went to. The away team is beamed back to “Voyager”. There is a problem, only one person beams back.moreless

    Tuvok and Neelix are on an away mission to find nutritional supplements. They are successful. They find an Orchid native to the planet they went to. The away team is beamed back to “Voyager”. There is a problem, only one person beams back. Is it Neelix? Is it Tuvok? It seems as if it is a mixture of both Neelix and Tuvok. Where did the orchid go to? It is combined with the away team. Looks like a mutant. Well, the mutant has a name, Tuvix. Now how do we get them restore to normal?moreless
  • One of the strangest Star Trek episodes ever written.

    It's interesting that 4 different writers are credited for this episode; maybe no one wanted to take full responsibility for it ? Tuvok and Neelix are obviously very different individuals. I don't think we really needed an episode where they get merged together to drive that point home. The separation anxiety Tuvix feels towards the end of the episode is equally as baffling. I could have done without this one. My one major complaint about Voyager so far has been that it hasn't BEEN very Voyager-y (if that makes any sense). A lot of these episodes are just TNG episodes with a weaker cast; the focus needs to be on the journey home, not random transporter accidents.moreless
Tom Wright

Tom Wright


Guest Star

Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin


Guest Star

Simon Billig

Simon Billig

Ensign Hogan

Recurring Role

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: Tom asks to delay taking the shuttle down onto the planet to get some of the flowers, since the weather gets bad on that planet at nighttime. But flying down from orbit, he could easily land on the day side of the planet, and avoid any dangerous weather pattern. Paris' objection would hold true if the orchids he needed were only found on one part of the planet, and it's possible that they were, but how could he know that? They were unaware of the flowers' unusual reproductive traits until long after Tuvix arrived on Voyager, so there wasn't time to scan all the various botanical specimens available around the planet to rule out their presence (or others with similar properties) in other ecosystems.

    • Goof: When the shot from the Bridge goes into Janeway's Ready Room after Tuvix requested Paris to slow to impulse power, the outside visual effects give the impression the ship is still at warp.

    • Nitpick: It is stated that Neelix, Tuvok and a flower were merged. However, at the end, no flower is separated from either of them. Also both materialize with a uniform on and comm badge. Only one set of clothing should have existed.

    • Trivia: It is never mentioned whether either of Neelix or Tuvok have any memories of being Tuvix.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Neelix: I've been studying Vulcan music. Do you know that lovely tune that starts... (singing) Oh, starless night, of boundless black...
      Tuvok: That 'lovely tune' is a traditional funeral dirge.
      Neelix: I know, but it was the, uh, the most cheerful song I could find in the Vulcan database.

    • The Doctor: According to my tests he is quite correct when he says he posseses Tuvok's knowledge and expertise. He also posseses Tuvok's irritating sense of intellectual superiority, and Neelix's annoying ebullience. I would be very grateful if you were to assign him some duty... any duty... somewhere else.

    • Tuvix: I've been poked and prodded in organs I didn't even know I had.

    • Tuvix: All right! Everybody out!
      Crewman: On who's authority?
      Tuvix: Chief of security or head chef, take your pick. Out, out, out!

    • Tuvok: The weather is certainly adequate for our purposes.
      Neelix: Adequate? You know something? You're acting more Tuvokian than usual this morning.

  • NOTES (1)