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Star trek: Voyager 3.04a - Sacred ground

Stardate 50063.2
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Straying 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

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

While 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

G

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September 2004

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