Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 24

Tuvix

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 06, 1996 on UPN
7.5
out of 10
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Stardate: 49655.2
A transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix into one person.

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  • Tuvix

    7.0
    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

    4.0
    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

    8.5
    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.

    5.8
    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
  • Episode for philosophical debate.

    7.0
    Like "The Thaw" that preceeded it, this episode raises interesting questions and presents the viewer with real thought provoking questions, but fails to achieve classic status due to it's flawed presentation.



    In "Tuvix" we are presented with the issue of existential morality as concerns the being Tuvix, who is a the result of the melding of the seperate DNA of Tuvok, Neelix and an alien orchid species that the two crew members encountered while conducting a survey on a planet Voyager was orbiting. Although a new physical entity is created through the joining of the DNA, the memories of both seperate crewmen remain fully intact and serve to make up part of the personality of the new being. The melding occurs during transportation up from the planet and for the remainder of the episode we get to see this new entity strive to forge a unique identity and position for himself among the crew of the Voyager. While there are a few tacky and corny moments concerning Tuvix trying to develop a relationship with Kes (with flares of the Neelix personality just below the surface), for the most part we get to genuinely see Tuvix forge new relationships with the other crew members, begin to take part in ship operations and social activities and as such actually do begin to see him as a seperate and new individual apart from the two characters that are supposed to lay at the foundation of his being. When it is then presented near the end of the episode that the Doctor might have a way of deconstructing Tuvix back into his "constitutional pieces" and also hear from Tuvix himself that he does not want to die and asserts his right to exist as an individual, the viewer genuinely feels the weight of the decision that Janeway must make in deciding whether or not to order Tuvix to undergo the treatment. It is true that Tuvix is a unique individual, but his existence comes at the expense of TWO other people who did not willingly agree to their "sacrifice" for his creation and existence. Does the fact that two will live at the expense at Tuvix's one justify his demise? Maybe the issue of number and greater good does not apply at all and the destruction of a unique life and individual of any kind (regardless of what it may generate) is an unacceptable loss and one which no one can be ordered to undergo. Maybe the life that Tuvix was lucky enough to experience for a couple of weeks should be considered a miraculous gift in and of itself by him as to have life even for a brief period of time is better to have none at all and thus he should count himself infinetly rich for having experience what he did, even if it must now come to an end. The way you answer these questions and and approach the the issues raised will influence how you view Janeway and the crew of the Voyager for making the decision that they did concerning Tuvix. I will readily admit that I myself was unable to answer these questions during the epsiode (and still unable to at this point) but nonetheless felt a marked discomfort in the way Janeway finally came to her decision and the way the remainder of the crew seemed to comfort themselves with being "unable" to act or speak out and comforted themselves in displaying uneasy regret when being pleaded at by Tuvix. Although I cannot justify or reason through any decision on the matter myself I still feel deep down that Tuvix was wronged; whether it was in being destroyed or in whether it was the decision to act at that moment before the issue could be developed further, I dont know, I just know something was wrong with the resolution. Truly deep and thought provoking issues here, but again, what keeps this episode from being a true classic and getting a higher rating is that there are some real flaws in the way it is presented. A main flaw has to do with the way Tuvix is physically manifested as it seems the designers and writers went a little too far in trying to merge all aspects of Neelix and Tuvok together. The actual blending of the living DNA matter was done well, but it is a little over the top to posit that the actual uniforms of the two officers would blend so fully with one another; right down to half the collar being a Nelix style with paisley design and the other being Starfleet. The melding brough about by the plant species was said to work on the DNA level and that explains the physical change in the living matter but clothing and would not break down into DNA and would not undergo the change. This is a scientific nit pick but one that will stick out nonetheless if any thought is givin to it. One other flaw that sticks out is the solution to the bonding itself. The Doctor says that the isotope will bond to the DNA of ONE of the people that make up Tuvix and thus will be able to be isolated from the other and allow them to seperate the two back into one through this isolation process. This seems to forget the fact that it was said earlier that THREE distinct DNA sequences were found to exist in the Tuvix entity, namely Tuvok, Kim and the Orchid's. If the isotope was to bond to only one and seperate it, there wuold still be a blending of two left even with the third seperated and it would take another simulanteous isolation to totally revert the entity back into it's component parts. These are flaws that not everyone will notice (or even care about) but they do stick out when you get to really thinking about this episode in detail; and if there is anything that this episode deserves and calls out for, it is deep thought and appreciation.moreless
Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Tuvix

Guest Star

Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin

Swinn

Guest Star

Simon Billig

Simon Billig

Ensign Hogan

Recurring Role

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

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  • 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.

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