Star trek: Voyager 3.04a - Sacred ground
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Episode propagandaStraying from a party enjoying the hospitality of the Nechani, Kes (Jennifer Lien) inadvertently enters a sacred shrine. Her curiosity draws her on until she is unexpectedly felled by a protective force field, which leaves her unconscious. despite all his efforts, the Doctor (Robert Picardo) is unable to reverse the coma...
Persons of interest
- Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
- Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
- Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
- Jennifer Lien .... Kes
- Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris, Director
- Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
- Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
- Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
- Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
- Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
- Becky Ann Baker .... the guide
- Estelle Harris .... the old woman
- Keene Curtis .... old man
- Parley Baer .... old man
- Henry Groener .... the magistrate
- Geo Cameron .... Storywriter
- Lisa Klink .... Screenwriter
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Intelligence reportWhile this sounds like another "Kes gets into trouble and annoys the heck out of everyone" episode, it is actually quite good.
There's a heavy accent on the philosophical, while the technobabble is revealed for the plot filler it is. Captain Janeway is given a big lesson in spirituality and its relationship with science (her penchant): this is a good thing, but with the advantage of having seen a whole season's worth of later episodes, it is unfortunately not followed up.
Robert Duncan's directing is good. Nothing particularly special, but good. I did like casting 500-year-old New York Jews as the spirits: who said the after-life had to be harps and clouds?
But it's still a good examination of Kathryn's character, and raises a few questions for the philosophical and spiritual among Trekkiedom. Definitely worth a look.
Security censorship classification
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 9 September 2004