Voyager Torture: Cathexis (Season 1, Episode 13)


Voyager Torture features Vincent reviewing an episode of Star Trek Voyager that he’s seen for the first time and Chris Piers creating a drawing based on that episode based solely on Vincent’s review and never having seen the show.

Sweet Almighty Devil in Hell, is there a lot to hate about this painful episode. The first thing about it is that it starts out with Captain Janeway in a holonovel that appears to be a Jane Eyre rip off. Okay, so this is going to be a holodeck episode? Or that something from this novel will effect the plot somehow? NOPE! It doesn’t have a damned thing to do with the rest of the episode. It’s filler!

Janeway is called out of her time wasting holonovel to hear that a shuttle carrying Chakotay and Tuvok is coming back with Tuvok knocked out and Chakotay brain dead.

The short version of this very tedious episode is that someone is taking over the bodies of the crew and stopping them from exploring the place where Chakotay and Tuvok were last seen. It turns out that it’s Chakotay in spirit trying to save the crew from making a big mistake, while Tuvok is possessed and trying to lead them into danger.

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Here’s the kicker. At the very end, Chakotay manages to send a message to the crew via this spirit thing that was introduced earlier in the episode. Basically it’s like this native american map with stones put in certain spots to help guide your spirit form back to your body. Chakotay has been in control of people making course corrections, sabatoging systems, etc., but in order to essentially pass the note that, “Hey this is a bad place don’t go there” he puts it on this spirit map rather than… send an email.

Blah blah blah, Tuvok is back to being Tuvok, Chakotay gets back in his body. Everyone has a good laugh at my expense.

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Most Torturous Moment:

Hard choice this week, but sitting through nearly 10 minutes of filler.

Torture Score: 4 out of 5 Neelixes

Neelix Score 4 out of 5

  • TrekNerd12

    This is actually one of my 3 favorite episodes from season 1, along with “Parallax” and “Learning Curve”. To each his own, though.