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Tuvix will never die

How an ethical debate and endless memes keep Star Trek’s most infamous one-shot character in the conversation

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One day in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Janeway and the crew of the USS Voyager find themselves on a planet so unremarkable we never even learn its name. Lost 70,000 light-years from home, the team is there to retrieve some flowers that might be a “valuable nutritional substitute,” as the captain’s log puts it. Tuvok, the steely Vulcan head of security, and Neelix, the gregarious Talaxian morale officer and chef, go down to take some samples.

But as the familiar whir of the transporter beams the away team back, it’s not Tuvok or Neelix who emerge back onto the pad, but a single life-form. And when we cut back from commercials, just as a phaser-holding Harry Kim barks, “Identify yourself!” we read the episode’s title, and everything becomes clear. It isn’t an intruder. It’s “Tuvix.”

As vice president of franchise planning & Star Trek brand development at ViacomCBS, John Van Citters spends a lot of time talking to creatives and fans about the Trek franchise. And those conversations often turn toward the accidental hybrid who appeared on a single hour of Star Trek: Voyager in 1996. “Tuvix,” he tells me, “is definitely over-indexed for a character that’s only made one appearance.”

When “Tuvix” first aired in the back half of season 2, it was just another hour of television during a period of tremendous franchise activity. Now, decades later, it is a flashpoint for the fandom. There are entire subreddits dedicated to the character and the conundrum faced by Captain Janeway of what to do with her two melded co-workers. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently joined in on Tuvix fever (though in a rare case of her acting like a typical politician, she dodged the main question). As Star Trek: Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan tells me, “Tuvix is now a big part of the experience of being a Deep Lore Trekkie.”

That’s because Tuvok, Neelix, and those pesky flowers didn’t emerge from the transporter as a doomed, disgusting Brundlefly. They became Tuvix, a functional fusion of both crew members, played with precision and warmth by renowned character actor Tom Wright. Tuvix was healthy, strong, and capable, and a being who very much wanted to live on in his new identity. Janeway’s solution to the Tuvix problem spawned, by internet standards, one of science fiction’s greatest in-jokes.

a Clueless Padme meme with Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager about Tuvix

In 1995, with the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast making the jump to feature films and the station-based Star Trek: Deep Space Nine dipping a toe into the Great Link of serialized storytelling, Voyager was meant as a throwback. Franchise overseer Rick Berman, along with co-creators Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor, hoped to get a crew back zooming across space on a starship, and sell a new, highly visible show to the fledgling network UPN. This was a bragging point, but also a detriment, as the new channel wasn’t available in all markets. Early, muted ratings, mixed with some gender-based anxiety, begat an awful lot of post-launch tinkering. Just Google “ Kate Mulgrew hair changes .”

Led by Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway, Voyager took place on the fringes of the known Trek universe with a blended crew of Starfleet personnel and Federation dissidents looking to make their way home. Helping them navigate unknown space was jolly junk trader Neelix, played by Ethan Phillips, who Captain Janeway appoints as morale officer and chef. Also in the crew was a Vulcan named Tuvok, played by Tim Russ. For comparison, the famously stern and calculating Spock was a half-Vulcan. Tuvok was all Vulcan. Serious business.

Trapping frenemies in tight quarters is a classic Trek trope. In The Original Series , Spock and Bones were cornered together in a shuttlecraft facing down savage giants in the episode “The Galileo Seven.” Decades later, Deep Space Nine echoed the relationship with stern police chief Odo and shifty, not-quite-honest Quark, who found themselves wounded, cut off from communication, and climbing a mountain on a freezing Class L planet in “ The Ascent.” Even The Next Generation ’s Captain Picard got stuck in a turbolift with his least favorite people — children — in “Disaster.” For Voyager ’s spin on the trope, Tuvok and Neelix wouldn’t just be stuck in some treacherous location, but the same consciousness.

When Tuvok and Neelix actors Tim Russ and Ethan Phillips emerge from the transporter as actor Tom Wright, even their uniform is stitched together. Early in the episode, the tone is intentionally goofy, according to Kenneth Biller, the writer of the episode, who eventually became the series’ showrunner in its seventh and final season. He admits that the members of the Voyager brain trust were basically making fun of Tuvix as they were breaking the story.

“We were thinking it would be wacky, like Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin in All of Me. [Trek producer] Brannon Braga and I were cracking ourselves up with a sitcom theme song,” Biller says. He sings a bar with the appropriate amount of jazz hands: “It’s Tuvok, it’s Neelix! It’s two guys, in-a-fix! It’s Tuuuuvix!”

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Though Biller wrote “Tuvix,” two additional writers, Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Gaberman, earned a “story by” credit on the episode. Their involvement was part of a great Star Trek tradition: During Star Trek: The Next Generation , the late showrunner Michael Piller “realized how difficult it was to find enough great, high-concept ideas to fill out a season,” recalls Biller. “A brilliant idea could come from anywhere.” As such, he and Rick Berman did the unheard of, and threw the door wide open to freelance scripts from hardcore fans, even from people without any sort of Hollywood representation.

Naturally, this mostly led to garbage, but occasional gold. Television veterans Jane Espenson ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer ) and Bryan Fuller ( Hannibal ), as well as sci-fi luminaries Robert Hewitt Wolfe and René Echaverria, all kickstarted their careers through the submission process. But the rare people who got a meeting at all sold an idea, got a check, and were told thanks. The flyby was Price and Gaberman’s specialty.

“They came to pitch for us a bunch of times,” Biller remembers. (Indeed, they have five “story by” credits from throughout the series.) “What’s best is they had the weirdest day job: They wrote for Jeopardy! ”

Price and Gaberman’s idea for “Tuvix’’ was simple, and riffed on previous successes. A transporter malfunction tore Captain Kirk into his “good” and “evil” halves in the season 1 Original Series episode “The Enemy Within,” while The Next Generation character Thomas Riker was an accidental transporter-created clone of Commander William Riker. (“When it’s a ‘transporter episode,’ it is very basic to what makes something Star Trek,” McMahan summarizes. “The transporter causing problems is essentially saying Starfleet is causing problems.”) Since Biller had written the Voyager season 1 episode “Faces,” in which B’Elanna Torres is split into her human and Klingon halves (by non-transporter means), showrunner Michael Piller assigned him to bring Price and Gaberman’s story to life.

“Price and Gaberman got their $7,000 and a story credit, and I took it from there. Originally we called it ‘Symbiogenesis,’” — the evolutionary concept of a new life-form emerging from two or more distinct life-forms” — “but it was Michael Piller who called it ‘Tuvix.’ So that just inspired me to lean fully into the comedy.”

Janeway as Kurt Cobain singing “Come as you are ... unless you’re Tuvix”

The first half of “Tuvix” is good fun, mostly due to Tom Wright, a prolific actor who’s played just about every type of character. “How I get recognized a lot of times depends on ethnic makeup,” Wright says. “White people spot me and ask, ‘ Seinfeld ?’ Black people come up and ask, ‘ Barbershop ?’ But quite a few pick me off as Tuvix.”

Even though he wasn’t well-versed in Voyager , Wright thinks he had an edge during the audition because he knew Russ and Phillips. “They really are two different types of people,” Wright says. “Tim is very reserved, and Ethan has that big personality.” Walking the line between the two sounds like an exacting science. In some scenes, when he had to be attentive to Neelix’s kinda-sorta girlfriend Kes or work in the kitchen, Wright had to “favor the Neelix side, but I would shade in a Tuvok reference, like a glance.”

Robert Picardo, who played The Doctor on Voyager for seven seasons, recalls Wright stepping up to the challenge. “The fans already knew how Neelix and Tuvok behaved,” Picardo says of the tall order. “Neelix is so busy and high-paced, and Tuvok has the emotional range of A to B. How the heck do you combine those two? One character won’t stop moving; the other barely raises an eyebrow. Somehow, he did it.”

Picardo’s praise elucidates part of why the episode is talked about so fervently today. Wright, as Tuvix, emerges as an exemplary replacement both at Tuvok’s tactical station and in Neelix’s galley. He’s forthright and strong in the presence of Captain Janeway, he’s fun hanging out with Tom Paris over billiards, and he connects with Kes on his own terms. “He was a boon to the ship,” Picardo says. “So I remember being surprised when I read the script. I knew, given the nature of television, that everything had to be fixed in 43 minutes. But I was not expecting to read Tuvix saying, ‘I don’t want to die.’”

As the Voyager crew presses on for weeks with Tuvix filling in for both crewmen, The Doctor and Harry Kim (played by Garrett Wang) keep plugging away at a cure. They want their friends back, and eventually, they figure out how to split the hybrid. But Tuvix isn’t particularly keen on being zapped out of existence.

“[Michael Piller] was always looking for the moral angle, the emotional journey, the dilemma,” Biller says. “My original draft ended with them splitting Tuvix, him saying something very Starfleet about sacrifice, and Janeway was off the hook. Michael’s note was, ‘Make him fight for his life.’”

So Biller rewrote the script with the mandate that Tuvix was a new person, an individual. Janeway would decide whether to execute him. She settles on returning Neelix and Tuvok to their original selves, and in the final minutes of the episode, after begging for his future, Tuvix is suddenly gone.

“Much like the episode itself,” Biller says, “the making of the episode had an arc. It began silly [...] then turned into something dark and even profound. I mean, what could Janeway do? What would you do?”

Janeaway and Tuvix parody of Making of a Murderer

Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard writer-producer Kirsten Beyer made her bones as an author of Voyager novels. As the writer of 10 of the 14 post-finale books, she knows more about the inside of Janeway’s head than most. And she’s ready to stand behind the captain.

“If they weren’t lost in the Delta Quadrant, they might have found an option that didn’t include killing a new life-form for the sake of saving two officers,” Beyer says. “Starfleet medical might have been able to help. We would feel better at the end with a third option. But we are denied that precisely because we are alone, far from home, and Captain Janeway is only given a choice between two terrible alternatives.”

Even though Beyer is, wisely, not on Twitter, she is aware of the memes. There was always chatter about “Tuvix,” but the riffs kicked into overdrive in the last five years, according to Ken Reilly, the editor of fan site TrekCore . Most of them are jokes, though many like to tag our beloved Captain Janeway with the epithet “murderer.”

“I notice those who disagree strongly with her choice are quick to add it to a list of failings ascribed to her character, and most often these failings are ones that might be seen as virtues in our male captains,” Beyer observes. “That’s always troubling. But in her shoes, I don’t know that any of them would have made a different choice. Sometimes, that’s what leadership requires.”

Jarrah Hodge, co-host of the Women at Warp podcast , concurs, telling me that this episode is frequently used as a “gotcha” to take Janeway down a peg when compared to the ethical standards found in other captains, like Picard. “I think we see a gendered double standard,” she says, while “questionable decisions from other captains fly under the radar.” She cites the time Picard forced two societies into breeding relationships in the episode “Up the Long Ladder.”

Claire Little, who works at NASA and boasts a remarkable “Live Long and Prosper” tattoo in Vulcan down her arm, adds that the increase in Tuvix-talk has its pros — like seeing a Punk Janeway cosplayer with “FUCK TUVIX” on the back of her vest at a recent convention — but concludes that “the topic is too polarizing.” This wasn’t always the case. Jim Moorhouse, a Trek podcaster and longtime convention attendee whose philanthropic zeal won him an auction to fire the phasers of the NX-01 , recalls that, early on, the episode with the silly name didn’t become an ethical flashpoint. “The narrative when it aired was that people didn’t really like the episode,” he tells me. “And I think that was because of the unsettling performance from Tom Wright, who was just so good.”

TrekCore writer Alex Perry thinks today’s fans get so worked up over the episode because, at the end of the day, there’s no uncomplicated right answer. “She probably did the right thing for Voyager, but she murdered poor Tuvix with her choice.”

Janeway performing a Mortal Kombat fatality on Tuvix

And it is very much her choice. Once Tuvix says he’s not interested in reverting to the Tuvok-Neelix split, Captain Janeway spends some time gazing out at the galaxy from her briefing room, talking things over with her first officer, Chakotay. “If we’d had the ability to separate Tuvok and Neelix the moment Tuvix came aboard, I wouldn’t have hesitated,” Janeway says, later wondering, “At what point did he become an individual and not a transporter accident?”

“It became inherently political,” Biller recalls. “Personally, I do not believe in capital punishment, and we see later [in the season 7 episode “Repentance”] that Janeway does not either. But then there were shades of the pro-life argument. Of course, so many people who are pro-life are also pro-capital punishment, which is a very weird irony, in my opinion.”

After a scene of Tuvix trying to coerce Kes to convince Janeway to spare him, the drama cuts to the bridge, and the darkest moment in the entire Star Trek franchise. Tuvix is at his post, and Janeway orders him to step away, so she can speak to him alone. Tuvix knows his leola root stew is cooked. He looks to his crewmates, the people he was just playing pool with at Sandrine’s, and they all turn their backs. Tom Paris can’t even look him in the eye.

“No!” Tuvix shouts, and finally, most devastatingly, utters some truly chilling words. “Each of you is going to have to live with this, and I’m sorry for that. For you are all good, good people. My colleagues, my friends, I forgive you.”

“Those final scenes couldn’t be done half-assed,” Wright says. “I think for a few takes I tried to finesse it with ‘actor stuff.’ We got it to a place where I knew what I had to do.”

Do no harm. https://t.co/ChMEnRbv3b — Robert Picardo (@RobertPicardo) May 7, 2021

In sickbay, Janeway presents Tuvix to The Doctor, who had discovered a way to dehybridize flowers. But The Doctor will not perform the actual act that will end Tuvix’s life. Though a hologram, he’s been programmed to follow the Hippocratic oath, and, as they say, he can do no harm.

“It was the first time I disobeyed a direct order,” Robert Picardo remembers. “And Janeway takes it in stride. She doesn’t repeat herself, doesn’t accuse me of insubordination, doesn’t deactivate my program.” Though Picardo admits that many specifics of shooting Voyager have blurred a bit these decades later, he remembers “that moment when Janeway marches in. It was so out of the ordinary.”

After Janeway pulls the switch, Tuvok and Neelix return, and seem eerily fine. Janeway storms out of sickbay, with the weight of many worlds on her shoulders. Author Robb Pearlman, whose fandom-saturated, officially licensed work includes the bestselling Fun With Kirk and Spock and Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom , thinks Janeway is actually relieved The Doctor cites his oath. “She doesn’t want to put any of that on anyone from her crew, to make them live with that for the rest of her lives.”

Tuvix and Janeway as the radio star and video

While “Tuvix” concludes with an act many would classify as murder, there are certainly extenuating circumstances. McMahan asks, “Does the good of the many [argument from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ] also mean the good of the two?” The text does not really support the theory that Janeway needs Tuvok and Neelix back to get the ship home. Things are running smoothly with just Tuvix.

“It’s a decision with which I disagree,” Mohamed Noor, a science adviser for the Star Trek franchise, says, “but it wasn’t irrational. I can’t say it is completely immoral.”

Along with his role in the current iterations of Trek, Noor is a professor of biology and dean of natural sciences at Duke University, and his work on fruit flies is weirdly relevant to the symbiogenesis scene in “Tuvix.” Not only do extra-chromosome organisms like Tuvix (called polyploids) exist, but Noor’s experiments with forced interbreeding have actually resulted in inherited behaviors from both parent species. It isn’t too common in mammals, but it does sound very Star Trek.

Though it was on a much larger scale, Noor compares Janeway’s action to Kodos from The Original Series ’ “The Conscience of the King,” in which Governor Kodos, facing a food crisis on the colony of Tarsus IV, divided the colony of 8,000 in half and put 4,000 to death. “He wanted to guarantee the survival of the Tarsus colony by sacrificing ‘the many’,” Noor says, “and Janeway wanted to guarantee the survival of Neelix and Tuvok by sacrificing Tuvix.” Of course, Kodos is remembered as one of the galaxy’s most heinous executioners, while Janeway is the hero who brought Voyager home from the Delta Quadrant.

The proliferation of Tuvix jokes is likely born from years of distance. “I’d forgotten how dark the episode was!” was the refrain from nearly everyone who rewatched it before speaking to me. “Citing it as a comedy episode is like people who choose ‘I Will Always Love You’ as a wedding song,” Pearlman says with a sigh. “They don’t realize it’s about a breakup.”

And Voyager didn’t dwell on the magnitude of Janeway’s decision. Another wish most people had was for there to have been some further reference to Tuvix later in the series. He is never spoken of again. At no point in subsequent seasons was there even an acknowledgment between Tuvok and Neelix that they had once shared the same consciousness. Kirsten Beyer says she “filed that episode away” for when she needed to explore “how Janeway would act when there are no good options ” while writing the many Voyager books, but as far as on-screen consideration, there’s zip. The silence sits in contrast to Picard’s noteworthy mind meld with Sarek, which was referenced in later Next Generation episodes, even though that show was similarly episodic. “It’s like Tuvok and Neelix were friends that hooked up at a bar late one night, then never wanted to acknowledge it again,” says Pearlman.

Tuvix as the younglings in the Star Wars prequels and Janeway as Anakin

Despite a lack of aftershocks, “Tuvix” still brings the goods years later. “The way they designed everything was really smart,” McMahan says. “The audience knows, from the minute we see him on the transporter pad, that this guy is out of here at the end of the episode. No one is going to think Tim Russ and Ethan Phillips have both been killed off the show. But it still works.”

Every “will they survive?” beat in Star Trek automatically had more oomph than on a typical show because of The Next Generation ’s first season. When Tasha Yar, a main character, got whacked by the big blob of tar known as Armus in “Skin of Evil,” it seeded paranoia with fans that anyone could go at any time. (Or maybe that’s just me, a fan who never quite got over that childhood TV trauma from 1988.) Even though I and many other fans — CBS’s John Van Citters tells me the second most joked-about single-appearance character after Tuvix is the interstellar Hefty bag that killed Lt. Yar — knew that the chances of two series regulars vanishing were next to none, disbelief was suspended in subspace.

Janeway? You got some splaining to do. pic.twitter.com/wXPqnvvbiu — Tom Wright (@_Tom_Wright_) April 22, 2021

McMahan says the Lower Decks staff has spent its fair share of time thinking about Tuvix, and that maybe there was a way to save the hybrid crew member. “Manipulate the transporter to create a clone, make a Thomas Riker of Tuvix, but don’t let him ever gain consciousness. You don’t let him become aware. You take that Tuvix and split him in two. Now you’ve got Neelix and Tuvok back, plus Tuvix is still alive. Everyone is happy. Dammit, it’s sci-fi! You can do whatever you want!”

But in the same breath, McMahan lands on a possible real reason we all keep making jokes about the cursed half-Vulcan half-Talaxian, about why “Tuvix” is one of the essential episodes of Star Trek.

“Finding a solution isn’t what this episode is for,” he says. “This episode wants you to feel bad .”

And so we try to work through the pain. Tuvix will never die, so long as we remember him. And so long as we’re bored at work, and texting dumb pictures to our Star Trek friends, we always will.

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Star Trek's Tuvix Actor, Tom Wright, Defends Voyager's Most Controversial Decision

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The "Star Trek" fan base is passionate, and its denizens still debate certain episodes decades after they premiered. A prime example is "Tuvix," an installment of "Star Trek: Voyager" that debuted in 1996. The episode is controversial because it sees Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) tragically merge to create a hybrid called Tuvix (Tom Wright), only for Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to restore them to their original selves, effectively killing the new entity. However, Wright has defended the call to end his character, even though some people disagree with him.

"Speaking as the character, every entity alive is hardwired to want to survive," Wright said during a Trek Talks  panel. "So that's going to be Tuvix's default thinking. But myself, as an actor, I saw that he had to go. There wasn't enough justification for losing two entities for the sake of one. ... I absolutely loved the character. ... There's an artistic side to me that would love to keep on playing that character forever and ever, but the practical side of the entire ball of wax dictates something different."

Janeway's decision to eliminate Tuvix can arguably be chalked up as a time when "Star Trek" went too far . Still, some might say that she made the right call, as she had to save Neelix and Tuvok. With that in mind, what do the other cast members think about the controversial moment?

The Tuvix episode divided the Star Trek: Voyager cast

Tuvix was created following a botched transporter accident, so he wasn't supposed to exist at all. As such, Tim Russ believes Captain Janeway made the correct call, as her first responsibility is to Neelix, Tuvok, and the rest of the USS Voyager crew. "[Tuvix is] an anomaly, one of a kind. You can't survive, whereas the crew people that he's replaced ... already have a family; we have lives," he said during the panel.

Meanwhile, Ethan Phillips agreed that Tuvix was created by accident, so Janeway restoring Neelix and Tuvok isn't akin to killing another living being. However, the actor also said that it's a complicated subject for which he doesn't have a clear-cut answer: "By executing Tuvix, she's not making up for a murder or anything like that. He has almost a right to live because of this accident. I wouldn't know where to begin to decide."

While those arguments are valid, there's no denying that Janeway's decision to get rid of Tuvix hurt her character in the eyes of some people. Lieutenant Tom Paris actor Robert Duncan McNeill told the panel that the storyline made Janeway look unsympathetic, and as a result, she had to earn the fans' affection all over again. However, do "Star Trek: Voyager" fans share McNeill's sentiment?

Captain Janeway's dilemma is complicated

The "Tuvix" episode is a moral quandary in the eyes of many "Star Trek: Voyager" viewers. The fan base is just as split as the cast members over Captain Janeway's decision to restore Neelix and Tuvok, and this has led to some interesting discussions. According to Redditor u/Marcuse0 , Neelix and Tuvok didn't grant permission to be combined into a singular entity, so Captain Janeway assumed they'd want to be restored. Furthermore, there were no guidelines for best dealing with this type of scenario. "This is why Janeway's decision is so easy to paint as a bad or callous one," they wrote. "She literally has no moral framework to fall back on in terms of rights or preference."

Additionally, bringing back Tuvok and Neelix may have been the right call because the transporter accident didn't kill either being. As u/ChronoLegion2 wrote, "Death is irreversible, and Tuvok and Neelix were still in limbo, as it were. If they can be brought back, then they're not really dead."

There's a strong case to be made that all three characters deserved to live, but should an anomaly like Tuvix have replaced two crew members who were technically still alive, or is being stuck in limbo effectively a death sentence? According to u/gazamcnulty , the transporter accident was unfortunate, but it sealed Neelix's and Tuvok's fates, so wiping out Tuvix was wrong. "The way I see it, Neelix and Tuvok tragically lost their lives the moment Tuvix was created," they stated.

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  • Trivia Tom Wright was eager to pursue the role of Tuvix when he first heard about it. While he had not previously watched Star Trek: Voyager (1995) , he was acquainted personally with Tim Russ and Ethan Phillips , having often auditioned for the same roles as the former and having appeared in a play with the latter. When he originally read for the role, knowing little about Tuvok and Neelix, Wright instead based his portrayal on his knowledge and experience of Russ and Phillips.
  • Goofs Though he is the more senior officer, Lieutenant Hogan addresses Ensign Kim as 'Sir'. This is because whilst Hogan IS senior in rank, Kim is a Bridge Officer and part of the command crew. In this instance, Hogan is addressing Kim's seniority by position not by the rank on his collar. This has been long held in terrestrial armies and navies for centuries up into the current times. An Officer In Command (OIC) is deferred to even though their actual held rank may be lesser. It is done to keep the command structure of the vessel intact.

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The Doctor : I assure you, Mr. Tuvix, there's nothing to worry about. We've accounted for every variable.

Tuvix : Except one. I don't want to die.

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Star Trek Finally Settles a Long-standing Voyager Debate Once and For All

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 didn't so much open up a can of worms with the episode "Twovix" as it did finally settle the matter in Janeway's favor.

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This post contains spoilers for Star Trek: Lower Decks .

Since its very first episode, Star Trek: Lower Decks has excavated the most embarrassing parts of Star Trek lore, refusing to let even tangential parts of the franchise go forgotten. The Next Generation ‘s second-worst enemy race the Pakleds became major antagonists in Lower Decks , and Boimler showed unironic appreciation for a Tom Paris commemorative plate . Heck, even the Space Fun Helmet made a brief appearance.

So it’s no surprise that Lower Decks would eventually get around to one of the great debates in Star Trek history: how do you solve a problem like Tuvix? Directed by Cliff Bole, the Voyager season two episode “ Tuvix ” used that old Trek standby, a transporter accident, to pose a knotty moral quandary. When an exotic plant disrupts the transporter beam carrying Vulcan security chief Tuvok and Talaxian guide/cook Neelix, the two combine into one being, who calls himself Tuvix (Tom Wright).

Based on a story by Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Gaberman, “Tuvix” is a standout episode in Voyager ‘s rough early seasons, and teleplay writer Kenneth Biller fills the episode with complex moral debates, as Janeway weighs the wishes of Tuvix against those of Neelix and Tuvok, who presumably did not consent to losing their lives to create this new being. Further complicating things is Wright’s outstanding and soulful performance as Tuvix, giving real heft to the scenes where he pleads for his life.

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In the end, Janeway makes the executive decision to separate Tuvix and restore her crewmembers. And, as is Voyager ‘s wont, the crew moves on after the episode’s end, never again mentioning the incident. But in the decades since, others have picked up the debate about whether Captain Janeway killed Tuvik or saved Tuvok and Neelix. Just a cursory glance at Star Trek Reddits finds numerous posts about the episode . Even U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on the discussion, bouncing ideas via Twitter with actors Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ.

For the most part, Lower Decks sidesteps philosophical debates in favor of fast and furious jokes. That’s certainly the case for much of season four’s “Twovix,” in which the same plant from the Voyager episode combines Chief Engineer Billups and Doctor T’Ana into an entity called T’Illups.

Initially, “Twovix” seems to side with those who claim that Janeway murdered Tuvix. Both Captain Freeman and T’Illups register shock when they read about Janeway’s actions. The former tries to find a way to discuss the issue with T’Illups, while the latter responds by making Tuvixes of most of the crew, combining Shax and Barnes (Shabarnes), Lundy and Honus (Chondus), and Swhale Swhalens, a combination of Steve Stevens and Matt the Whale.

Obviously, “Twovix” takes the combinations to outrageous extremes in service of a joke. Neither writer/showrunner Mike McMahan nor directors Barry J. Kelly and Jason Zurek devote much of the episode’s short runtime to ready-room conversations about sentience and free will.

But the absurd escalation of “Twovix” ultimately justifies Janeway’s actions. Yes, Tuvix is a sentient being, but one that came at the cost of two other sentient beings who need not have died. And if Tuvix’s desires outweigh those of Neelix and Tuvok simply because one currently exists and the other does not, does that mean that T’Illups is engaging in acts of creation and not acts of murder when he combines crewmates against their will?

“Twovix” ultimately exonerates Janeway, going by one of Trek ‘s most constant maxims: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. The unholy abomination T’Illups creates by mixing several crew members results in a single sentient being whose desires do not have greater moral weight than the desires of those who were sacrificed in its creation. In the end, Tendi and T’Lyn go the way of Janeway and separate the Tuvixes, killing the mashup but saving the various members.

Although “Twovix” seems to settle the matter, at least from the official Star Trek perspective, the resolution will not likely prevent fans from continuing the debate. And, to be honest, a lively comment section is good for business, so have at it in the section below! Just understand that we know the truth: eventually, everyone realizes that the Janeway way is the right way, and there’s no two ways about it.

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Star Trek: Voyager 's Cast Is Still Split Over 'Tuvix,' Nearly 30 Years Later

At a recent panel discussion, robert duncan mcneill, tim russ, garrett wang, ethan phillips, and tuvix himself, tom wright, discussed the controversial episode..

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In a few months, one of the most infamous episodes of Star Trek ever made will turn 28, a title that manages to whip Trekkies up into a frenzy worthy of a courtroom drama in just a single portmanteau: “ Tuvix .” Perhaps one of the most stinging indictments of Voyager ’s episodic nature , there’s good reasons it’s still so hotly debated—even by its own stars.

Speaking on a recent livestream to benefit the Hollywood Food Coalition (via TrekMovie ), Voyager regulars Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), and Ethan Phillips (Neelix) were joined by Voyager writer Lisa Klink and Tom Wright, the titular Tuvix himself—the product of a transporter accident that merged Tuvok and Neelix into an entirely new sentient being—to discuss the decision that still has people talking nearly three decades after it first aired: the moment Captain Janeway decides that Tuvok and Neelix must be restored to their individual selves, and that therefore Tuvix must die.

Part of what makes “Tuvix” such a controversial moral dilemma—other than the fact that, as a largely episodically structured series , Voyager never gets the chance to revisit the emotional and ethical impact of Janeway’s decision on herself, or any of the crew—is that there isn’t really that much of a moral debate once Janeway has made her choice clear. Everyone kind of admits to Tuvix’s face, with their silence or with their support, that they want him dead to get their friends back, save for Voyager ’s holographic doctor, and even his moral objection largely goes ignored. That doesn’t mean that the stars themselves were all quite on board with it.

“I watched it again today and watching Janeway have to make this decision and the way she has to do it in such a kind of cold manner, I felt like it kind of hurt her character—I’ll be honest—a little bit,” McNeill said of the episode. “I think she had to earn her way back from this episode.” The actor further suggested that an alternate option should’ve seen Tuvix himself make the decision to sacrifice his life for Tuvok and Neelix, an idea that, according to Klink, was floated in the writer’s room, but was nixed because the team “wanted to put Janeway in a really difficult position.”

“It’s much more dramatically interesting if she has to make that really, really difficult call than if he did heroically sacrifice himself,” Klink added. “You want to torture your characters as much as possible.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, having played Janeway’s confidant over the course of Voyager , Tim Russ was unequivocally on her side. “The captain’s responsibility is to her crew. That’s what the captain’s responsibility is. And [Janeway is] the only one on the ship that can make the decision,” Russ noted. “[Tuvix] cannot reproduce as a species. I believe that point is made [in the show], there is no other of his kind… he’s an anomaly, whereas the crewpeople that he has replaced already have a family, we have lives.”

Most surprisingly however? Tuvix himself is pretty okay with how it went down, all things considered. “Speaking as the character, every entity alive is hardwired to want to survive. So that’s going to be Tuvix’s default thinking. But myself as an actor, I saw that he had to go,” Wright said. “There wasn’t enough justification for losing two entities for the sake of one.”

“People ask how I felt about it. The reason I had any feeling at all is because I absolutely loved the character,” he continued. “I know both [Ethan and] Tim separately from the show. So to be able to have those two people as as back pocket resources with the creation of this character was, to me, invaluable. There’s an artistic side of me that really would love to keep keep on playing that character for forever and ever. But the practical side of an entire ball of wax dictates something different.”

Practical or otherwise, it’s still kind of fascinating to see just how impactful “Tuvix” is, all these years later. Star Trek ’s morality play aspect has been embedded into the franchise from almost the very beginning, and “Tuvix” exposes just how crucial a balance there needs to be in telling those kinds of stories, an essence of ambiguity, to keep their ideas open to interpretation or discussion. When things are so controversially cut and dry, you get the legacy of “Tuvix,” for better or worse.

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When Janeway killed Tuvix! Inside a heartbreaking hour of Star Trek: Voyager [Warp Factor 3.6]

We love Captain Janeway. We think that she is a highly underrated Captain. Time and time again, she was faced with some impossible choices ... but she'd always find a way to make things work. She got her ship and crew back home in just seven seasons, and she did it while remaining true to Starfleet's ideals.

Except, for this one time in Season 2.

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tuvix," the good Captain (flawlessly played by Kate Mulgrew ) has to deal with Tuvok and Neelix becoming one being thanks to yet-another-transporter-accident. Everyone gradually accepts Tuvix, played by Tom Wright, until the EMH finds a way to reverse the process.

Things go Kobayashi Maru real fast, because though everyone wants Tuvok and Neelix back, Tuvix himself doesn't want to die. What does Janeway do? She forces him to undergo the separation procedure, even going so far as doing it herself when the EMH hides behind Hippocratic ethics.

There were only two options for them, two only: save two and kill one, or keep the one and forget the two. Never, not one time, does anyone even try to think of a third option. To value this new life form, which is the entire point of Starfleet , and find a way for everyone to live. They don't take a day, they don't even try. Even a brief look at the logs of the USS Enterprise -D would have given them all kinds of information about Tom Riker. It would have helped.

Nothing to be done? Okay, maybe turn Tuvix into a hologram? No. Put his memories into a synth body? No. Take his picture? No. No one does anything, and though Mulgrew plays the moment afterward to perfection, Tuvix is never mentioned again. Nobody tried, Tuvix died.

It's an episode that is given weight thanks to the performances of Wright and Mulgrew, and the debates over it have only grown over the years. Hindsight is everything, we guess.

Welcome back to Warp Factor , where we're finding the third way and saving Tuvix. There's no coffee in this nebula, only tears. 

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Star Trek: Voyager's Tim Russ Gets Asked About The Controversial 'Tuvix' Episode A Lot, And Has A Definitive Take On The Ending

Star Trek fans are still talking about what went down in “Tuvix.”

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As with every Star Trek series, and really most TV shows, Star Trek: Voyager had its ups and downs, with some episodes being considered classics for the entire sci-fi franchise, and others… well, not so much (I’m looking at you, “Threshold”). However, as far as the most discussed Voyager episodes, ranking near the top of the list, if not in the #1 spot, is the controversial “Tuvix,” which saw Tim Russ’ Tuvok and Ethan Phillips’ Neelix being merged into the title character. This tale was even channeled in a recent episode of The Flash , and Russ recently talked about just how much he’s asked about “Tuvix,” as well as shared his definitive take on the ending.

“Tuvix” came up while Tim Russ was chatting with The Ready Room host Will Wheaton about ( SPOILER ALERT ) his appearance in the latest Star Trek: Picard episode, “Dominion,” as a Changeling disguised as Tuvok. Starting off, Russ recalled a specific moment that exemplified just how often Star Trek: Voyager fans have brought up “Tuvix” to him:

I was just recently up at Griffith Observatory. I've been an astronomer for a long, long time, and I was up there with the astronomy group at the time, the telescopes up there, and as I was just unloading my car with the gear, the guy that was security, sort of managing the parking and the traffic and stuff like that, was working for observatory, as I walking away he said, ‘You're Tuvok on Star Trek. My favorite episode was 'Tuvix.’ Just out of the blue, that's what he said. I have been approached, especially in the last two or three years, consistently, everyone asks me about that episode. ‘Tuvix’ is the most, I think out of all of our shows, one of the most controversial shows we've done in seven years of Voyager. They ask me about that show, that episode.

For those who’ve never seen “Tuvix,” which aired on May 6, 1996 towards the end of Season 2, the character, played by Tom Wright, comes into existence when Tuvok and Neelix are beamed back up to Voyager while carrying a plant sample from a class-M planet they were exploring. Eventually The Doctor discovers a way to separate the two crew members back into separate beings, but Tuvix argues for his existence and says that bringing Tuvok and Neelix back would be the equivalent of executing him. Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Kathryn Janeway (who’s currently a character on Star Trek: Prodigy ) ultimately decides to carry out the procedure herself after Robert Picardo’s Doctor refuses to do so. Nearly three decades later, Star Trek fans continue to discuss the ethical and moral implications presented in the episode, with some agreeing with what Janeway did, and others believing Tuvix should have remained alive.

Tim Russ acknowledged the difficult subject matter presented in “Tuvix” during his conversation with Wil Wheaton, noting that this is one of those Star Trek stories where the captain has to make a decision where “there’s no winning” because there are “these scales that are almost perfect.” In his opinion though, Russ believes Janeway made the right call, explaining:

And they ask me all the time, ‘Which decision would you make, or do you think was was the right decision?’ And I tell them, ‘Yeah. It was the right decision.’ I can say it from my perspective… the character is a father and he has children, and he is going to go on and survive and live and and reproduce. The Tuvix character cannot, and it's only one of a species, and that's it. And Neelix's character is also part of her crew, and she has responsibility to them. So she has to make that decision. This was an accident, and she has to rectify it. And that's it, and a lot of people, sometimes they don't agree with that. But that episode, people are very passionate about having made that decision, and I always tell them, I said, ‘The very last shot in that entire episode is Kate walking down the hall when she leaves the medical bay and we've been returned. She walks out the door and she doesn't say a word, but you can see it on her face. She's absolutely devastated, by what she had to do.’ And that again is a lesson, because in people's real lives, they may be faced with that situation where they have to make a very difficult decision.

We’re only two years away from the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager ’s premiere, and though “Tuvix” is one of its most controversial stories, it’s nonetheless impressive that it’s still discussed so passionately within the fanbase. Looking back to Tim Russ, he starred in Voyager for the entirety of its run, and while Star Trek: Picard marked his first time reprising Tuvok on screen in over two decades, he has voiced the character in some video/computer games, as well as played the Mirror Universe version of him in the Deep Space Nine episode “Through the Looking Glass.” Russ has also recently starred opposite Cherry Jones in an episode of Poker Face (which Peacock subscribers can watch) and voiced Lucius Fox in the animated DC movie Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham .

For those now interested in watching “Tuvix” for the first time or viewing it again, it can be streamed with a Paramount+ subscription , as Star Trek: Voyager is easily accessible on the platform with the rest of the Star Trek TV shows . Don’t forget to use our 2023 TV schedule to see what shows are currently airing or will debut/kick off new seasons soon.

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The Cerritos ensigns must assist a caretaker on the voyage of a historically significant starship. ( Season premiere )

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The USS Cerritos drops out of warp in the Portelo system . On the bridge , Commander Jack Ransom asks Captain Carol Freeman about their mission, but she has few details about it, as the mission is classified .

In the lower decks crew bunks, Ensigns Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler discuss potential possibilities as to what the mission is, when Boimler gets an assignment for holodeck waste removal. Ensigns D'Vana Tendi and T'Lyn arrive after cataloguing samples of hydrogen , and after a little more small talk , Mariner excuses herself, reminding Boimler to shower before they all meet up for lunch .

As Boimler goes about his task of removing the holodeck waste, Ransom checks in on him, and tells him that promotions are coming up soon, and that he will be promoted to lieutenant junior grade , so long as nothing goes wrong during the day. Boimler is nervous, as stuff always seems to go wrong around him, but Ransom assures him that he would need to mess up in a "historically significant" way to cause him to lose his promotion. As he leaves, Boimler drops a canister of waste in nervousness.

The Cerritos approaches the space station, and upon hailing , is answered by a Rigelian curator and historian named Beljo Tweekle . He's excited, because after years of work on his project, it is finally ready to be revealed. Asking if they are transporting art, Tweekle powers up a starship, and it is revealed that he has actually been working on restoration and conservation of the Intrepid -class USS Voyager .

Act One [ ]

On Voyager 's bridge, the Cerritos crew is working on setting up various displays, and Boimler trips, holding a mannequin of Ensign Harry Kim . Tweekle is incredibly nervous about the various relics getting damaged, and scolds Boimler. It doesn't help when Sam Rutherford opens a nearby panel to look at Voyager 's bio-neural circuitry , further provoking Tweekle's paranoia .

In the quarters that belonged to Tuvok , Tendi and T'Lyn are getting things ready, and Tendi asks her if she is excited to be in the quarters that belonged to such a famous Vulcan . Tweekle enters with a cart of crates meant for the exhibit. He asks for them to be stored on the Cerritos , before scolding another crew member for chewing gum .

Tendi and T'Lyn head to the hangar to the shuttlecraft , Yosemite II , and discuss plans to get a head start on the next day's titrations. As they speak, a canister containing a pink orchid opens, and a petal from the flower is blown off the plant. As Tendi and T'Lyn leave the ship, the petal is caught in an air vent, where it is later blown in to the transporter room , where Chief Engineer Andy Billups is finishing up calibrations to the transporter. Dr. T'Ana is walking by, and Billups offers to beam her back to the Cerritos , rather than returning via shuttlecraft, to which she agrees. The two get on the transporter pad to return just as the petal lands on the foot of Billups. Billups has Lars Lundy beam them back to Cerritos , however, as they energize, Lundy reports to Chief of Security Shaxs that there's only one pattern in the transporter, as opposed to two. A form materializes, and it's revealed to be a hybrid of both T'Ana and Billups. The form is shocked at their sudden existence, and Shaxs hails Freeman, saying " Captain, we have a problem. "

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Freeman updates Tweekle about the transporter accident , and mentions that the hybrid has named himself T'Illups . Tweekle immediately recognizes this incident from Voyager 's history and begins to panic that his project is falling apart. Freeman assures him that all she will need is a copy of Janeway's logs so that she can duplicate the solution that Janeway did. Tweekle sends the logs and thanks her. Voyager then goes to warp. While Mariner mentions to Boimler that Janeway murdered Tuvix , Boimler seems distracted. Mariner tries to get him excited with how historically significant Voyager is, while Tweekle leaves the bridge to make sure that no displays were knocked over when Voyager went to warp. Mariner assures him that the panels were designed to survive a photon blast, before accidentally knocking a nearby panel open. However, as she does, she notices a strange organism behind a neural gel pack . The organism turns out to be a dormant Tak Takian macrovirus , which immediately awakens and attaches itself to Boimler. Mariner aims her phaser at it but Tweekle intervenes, wishing to preserve the specimen in order to add it to the exhibit. He assures Boimler that since everyone has been inoculated to the macrovirus' illness, he cannot get infected. Ransom and Kayshon slowly approach to try and get the macrovirus off of Boimler, but as they approach, the macrovirus releases from Boimler and begins to duplicate itself, spraying slime all over the ship. Ransom orders Boimler to cover the entryway to the bridge to ensure that the organisms don't escape, but when both specimens charge at Boimler, he cowers, allowing both to escape. After scolding Boimler for his inaction, Ransom and Kayshon run after the escaped specimens. Mariner asks Boimler why he's so distracted, and he feigns ignorance on being starstruck that Chakotay served on the ship. Mariner doesn't believe him, but they run off to help Ransom and Kayshon as the macroviruses start to duplicate again.

Back on the Cerritos , T'Illups assures Nurse Westlake that he feels fine as he enhances a tricorder . Westlake briefs Freeman that T'Ana and Billups were merged on a subcellular level, more commonly known as being Tuvixed , noting the incident that happened between Tuvok and Neelix . He notes that when they transported with a particular flower, their DNA and memories were merged, creating T'Illups. Tendi recognizes the flower in his screen and said that the same flower was in a box they were moving, and that it somehow got into the transporter. T'Lyn cautions against socializing with T'Illups, but Tendi says that there's no harm in being friendly with him. Freeman is confident that Janeway had a solution for this and excuses herself to go look over the logs she was given. As everyone leaves, Shaxs asks T'Illups nervously about the "physical memories" he has from T'Ana.

On Voyager , the situation is getting out of hand as the macroviruses continue to duplicate and spread their slime all over the ship. One specimen bumps into a computer panel, and it initiates holodeck programs Chaotica , Clown , and Michael Sullivan , and the holodeck safeties start to malfunction. The Clown , Doctor Chaotica , and Michael Sullivan all appear in the corridor, and begin to attack them. Mariner is confused as to how the holograms can appear outside the holodeck, and Tweekle says that he had holo-emitters installed throughout the ship as a subtle addition in an effort for further conservation. They get cornered where the Borg regeneration alcoves are, and a macrovirus, impaled with Harry Kim 's clarinet , threatens to knock over an alcove. Boimler tries to stop it, only to get sprayed with slime, before the virus knocks over an alcove, crushing Tweekle. Ransom warns Boimler that his promotion is looking less likely.

Back on the Cerritos , Freeman discovers the truth that Janeway's solution to Tuvix was highly controversial, as it involved killing Tuvix. Shaxs asked if there was more to the solution, only to be shocked that all Janeway did was isolate the genomes and separate them. Freeman finds herself in a conundrum as she doesn't want to kill T'Illups, and Shaxs suggests that they are not stranded in the Delta Quadrant as Voyager was, and that they may have more resources at their disposal to properly help T'Illups back on Earth . Freeman agrees and urges for them to act fast before T'Illups potentially finds out about what Janeway did to Tuvix.

Unfortunately, T'Illups has looked into Tuvix, and realized that he is deceased. Not wanting to end up in the same situation, he calls Dr. Migleemo for help in "processing [his] existence," and Migleemo agrees to come see him. T'Illups then opens a panel in the roof and begins to cut some wire with a laser cutter .

On Voyager , Tweekle is begging for help as he feels the alcove trying to regenerate him, and Boimler offers to cut power to the alcove, but Ransom orders him to stop helping. Kayshon and Ransom manage to lift the alcove off Tweekle, but the alcove has been activated. They then see the macrovirus that knocked over the alcove, crawling away. The macrovirus has been assimilated by a Borg nanite that was missed, and it flies off, and begins to assimilate the ship, causing more programs of The Clown, and Sullivan to appear. The holograms carry off Mariner, Rutherford, Ransom, Kayshon, and Tweekle, as Boimler hides from view.

On the Cerritos , T'Illups has locked himself in his quarters, refusing to see Freeman. Freeman assures him that she only wishes to talk with him, promising that she has no intention of killing him. Shaxs overrides the lock, and they enter to see T'Illups hiding in the corner in fear. Freeman repeats her promise that they will figure this out without resorting to Janeway's solution, but T'Illups reveals that he's taken Migleemo hostage. He tells her that he knows how this will end, and that he needs "allies." He then produces the flower that created him, attaches it to Migleemo, and tosses him towards Freeman, before initiating the transporter, catching Freeman and Migleemo in the beam. When the form materializes, T'Illups introduces Captain Dr. Frigleeman , as a hybrid of Freeman and Migleemo steps forward, who orders more senior staff to be brought to them.

In the mess hall , Tendi and T'Lyn discuss the ethical complexities over potentially killing T'Illups. Tendi feels uncomfortable at ending one life simply to get their friends back, but T'Lyn replies that she hardly knows anyone on the Cerritos and is therefore impartial. As they speak, the mess hall is suddenly taken over by hybrids of Barnes and Shaxs ( Shabarnes ) and T'Illups. They take the bartender to Tuvix him with Lundy, as Tendi and T'Lyn hide.

Back on Voyager , the Clown holograms stick their prisoners to the wall with the macrovirus slime, while Tweekle laments that his career is ruined. A Sullivan hologram sticks Mariner to the wall in the corridor and walks off. Boimler sneaks over to her and tries to free her. Mariner says that he doesn't need her, and Boimler confides that he's having an off day. He finally tells her about what Ransom told her about his promotion, and that he doesn't want it, as he's worried it will be like his time on the USS Titan . He hasn't forgotten how his time there damaged their friendship, nor had he forgotten about how he didn't believe her after her transfer to Starbase 80 . As he feels he has bad judgment, he decides that he doesn't deserve a promotion. Mariner then admits that it was she who asked Ransom to promote him in the first place. She tells him that he doesn't need her and tells him to go take back the ship. Boimler thanks her, and leaves.

Back on the Cerritos , Tendi and T'Lyn sneak into the transporter room, where T'Illups creates Chondus . He introduces Chondus to Shabarnes, and Swhale Swhalens , excited that he's creating an army of hybrids. He then is about to create a hybrid out of Westlake and Jennifer Sh'reyan . However, before they can create more, T'Lyn rushes out of the transporter room and accesses a nearby computer panel to take control of the transporters. T'Illups catches them, but before he can react, T'Lyn energizes all the hybrids, and beams them all to the brig , combined into one singular organism. She attempts to separate them into their individual components, but is unable to, due to the amount of merged hybrids.

Voyager drops out of warp, and an assimilated mechanical recreation of the hyper-evolved organism sets a new course for Borg Cube 858779 .

In astrometrics , Boimler sneaks to where Rutherford, Ransom, and Kayshon are being held as a hologram of Sullivan leaves. Ransom tells Boimler to free him, but Boimler apologizes, saying he needs Rutherford. Boimler frees Rutherford, and they leave astrometrics right before the hologram returns. The two enter a Jefferies tube , and Boimler says that they need to shut down the main systems. Rutherford thinks, then gets an idea.

In sickbay on the Cerritos , T'Lyn discovers that the method used by The Doctor to separate Tuvix could not be used to separate the merged hybrids, as his method could only mark one individual. Tendi takes a reading on the tricorder that T'Illups enhanced beforehand and realizes that the tricorder can detect personality traits. She uploads the data to a screen, and with her familiarity of the crew, is able to distinguish the personality traits belonging to each individual crew member, and that they can separate the genomes that way. T'Lyn is a bit confused to why Tendi is helping her, citing her earlier ethical problems with the solution, and Tendi responds that as the merged hybrids are no longer sentient, she's okay with the solution. T'Lyn thanks her, and they get to work.

Act Three [ ]

In the turbolift , Boimler and Rutherford are about to put their plan into action. Rutherford is holding a caulk gun filled with cheese , and notes that while he's not sure the idea will work, it's still worth a try. They sneak onto the bridge as Voyager nears the Borg cube , and Boimler is suddenly grabbed by Doctor Chaotica. Before Chaotica can kill him, Boimler stands up and proudly says that Chaotica has overlooked the fact that he is actually the son of Captain Proton . Boimler's distraction fools Chaotica, and buys them enough time for Rutherford to put his plan into action. Suddenly, the holograms begin to malfunction and Voyager 's bio-neural systems begin to shut down, causing the ship to drop out of warp. The Clown attacks Boimler, but vanishes before attempting to decapitate him. Tweekle, who is stuck on the wall nearby the viewscreen , asks what Rutherford did, and Rutherford reveals that he used the cheese that Neelix used to damage the bio-neural systems . They neutralize the assimilated mechanism, and free Tweekle, who says he will add this event to his exhibit as part of the Voyager story.

Later, Voyager makes it safely to Earth, and is landed, and opened to the public, including the newest exhibit featuring Boimler and Rutherford.

Before the ceremony starts, Freeman commemorates the officers for their actions during the bizarre events of the day. She then tells Ransom to announce the newest lieutenant junior grades. Ransom calls up Boimler, who is shocked. As Ransom gives Boimler his new pip, he congratulates him and praises his quick thinking. Ransom then calls up T'Lyn, and D'Vana Tendi, who is incredibly excited. As Tendi meets back up with T'Lyn, T'Lyn tells Tendi that her main objective is to try and get reinstated to the Vulcan fleet, but that her work with Tendi has given her a newfound respect for her skills as a scientist, and Tendi embraces her, much to T'Lyn's discomfort. Mariner congratulates Boimler for his promotion, inviting him to the bar to celebrate, but before they can leave, Ransom calls up Mariner for a promotion, much to her shock.

Later on, Mariner goes to Ransom in his quarters, and tells him that she doesn't want to be promoted. Ransom says that he knows, and that he's aware of how she helped Boimler get his confidence back. He went back through Mariner's records and noticed a lot of "small-minded" commanders promoting her, before immediately demoting her, and he tells Mariner that he believes she just needs someone to believe in her. Mariner attempts to refuse the promotion, but Ransom declines to hear it, and dismisses her. Mariner attempts to stay to get him to change his mind but leaves begrudgingly as Ransom ignores her.

In the mess hall, Mariner is still upset at her promotion, and Tendi is a bit sad about the fact that Rutherford didn't get a promotion. Rutherford shakes it off, saying that since he broke Voyager , he couldn't be promoted. Boimler attempts to cheer Mariner up, saying that a lot of the dirty work they used to do will no longer be on their schedule, and that they will no longer be in bunks. Mariner is just in disbelief that they're no longer in the lower decks. Boimler assures her that they're lieutenant junior grades, the "least important mid-level officers," and that they do the grunt work without the perks, meaning they are still lower decks. Mariner finally agrees, and wonders if life will be a bit easier for them. The four of them break out into a chant as they celebrate their promotions...

Meanwhile, in Klingon space , aboard the IKS Che'Ta' , G'reck sharpens a spear in his cot, much to Key'lor 's annoyance, as she tries to sleep. G'reck is anxious for a fight, and Key'lor calls his spear a cowardly weapon used to stab foes from a distance. This sparks a brief quarrel between the two, before Key'lor invites him for lunch. G'reck declines, as has been ordered to transcribe Commander Veckras 's battle tales. Key'lor sympathizes with G'reck's annoyance, believing that Ma'ah became captain by luck and that he's forgotten who his true allies are. G'reck tells her that Ma'ah won't be captain much longer. At that moment, a red alert sounds.

The Che'Ta' approaches a mysterious ship that appears to be adrift. One of Ma'ah's officers detects a single life sign , and Ma'ah has the vessel hailed, demanding for the vessel to identify itself. They receive no response, and an officer asks if they should fire on the vessel. Ma'ah declines, seeing no honor in destroying an incapacitated ship. He has the ship's location marked, and orders for them to resume their course to Qo'noS . At that moment, the vessel powers up and begins to move, powering weapons. Ma'ah orders for the vessel to be destroyed, but his weapon systems fail as the Che'Ta' begins to lose power to all its systems. The vessel fires a single beam at the Che'Ta' , completely destroying the ship.

Log entries [ ]

  • Captain's log, USS Cerritos , 2381
  • Captain's log, USS Voyager , 2372

Memorable quotes [ ]

" Approaching the mystery station, captain. " " I hope this isn't a Romulan thing. I hate the Neutral Zone . " " Right?! Thank you. "

" Oh my God, we get to do something on Voyager ?!?! ... Uh, you know, 'cause I mean, Boimler's gonna flip. "

" The ship was damaged by cheese ? " " It's Voyager . *bleep* got freaky. "

" She knows Janeway straight up murdered Tuvix, right? "

" Boimler, are you kidding me?! Shaka, when the walls fell, Ensign. " " Sokath, his eyes uncovered. " " I pay attention. "

" How can you be this distracted over an empty ship? " " Uh, you know, Chakotay served here. " " Dude, this is nothing compared to, you know, that Pike thing we aren't supposed to talk about. "

" Captain, I caution against socializing with the organism. " " Organism? I'm a totally unique sentient being! Plus, I'm cool as *bleep*. We're gonna be best friends fast. " " Yeah, T'Lyn, it doesn't hurt to be friendly, since Mr. T'Illups didn't ask to be created. " " Sure didn't, but here I am. I love being alive! "

" Did Janeway figure it out? " " No! She just murdered him! " " W-well there has to be more to it. " " She isolated the genomes and split 'em up. He begged her to live. " " Holy *bleep*! Janeway didn't mess around. "

" You are Chondus, and you're with friends. This is Shabarnes, and Swhale Swhalens . He's a combination of Steve Stevens and Matt the whale. " " I want a fish! " " He's not my best work, but it matters not. Soon the entire *bleep* crew will be a Tuvix army! "

" I am here to hydrate, not debate on an anomaly's agency. "

Background information [ ]

  • The title of this episode invokes the title of VOY : " Tuvix ".
  • A portion of the title theme from Star Trek: Voyager is heard when the USS Voyager first appears.

Characters [ ]

  • This is the first episode in which Nurse Westlake speaks.

Continuity [ ]

  • Mariner mentions " that Pike thing [they] aren't supposed to talk about " to Boimler, referencing the events of SNW : " Those Old Scientists ".
  • The central crisis of this episode, and the crew's efforts to solve it, allude to the long-standing and often highly vitriolic debate among Star Trek fans over whether Janeway 's actions to resolve the similar issue in VOY : " Tuvix " were morally justified. ( citation needed • edit )
  • Rutherford mentions how Voyager 's bio-neural gel packs were affected by Neelix's Brill cheese ten years ago in VOY : " Learning Curve ". Rutherford was later able to use this method to disable Voyager .
  • The macrovirus returns after surviving eight years behind a panel after its first appearance in VOY : " Macrocosm ". It was last seen in VOY : " Shattered ".
  • The holographic Michael Sullivan's exclamation about missing his wife is a nod to Captain Janeway having deliberately deleted her when modifying his program in VOY : " Fair Haven ".

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Starring [ ].

  • Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner
  • Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler
  • Noël Wells as D'Vana Tendi
  • Eugene Cordero as Sam Rutherford
  • Dawnn Lewis as Carol Freeman
  • Jerry O'Connell as Jack Ransom
  • Fred Tatasciore as Shaxs
  • Gillian Vigman as T'Ana

Guest cast [ ]

  • Troy Baker as Swhale Swhalens
  • Jon Curry as Ma'ah
  • Andy Richter as Beljo Tweekle
  • Gabrielle Ruiz as T'Lyn
  • Paul Scheer as Andy Billups
  • Doctor Chaotica
  • Carl Tart as Kayshon
  • Paul F. Tompkins as Migleemo
  • Kari Wahlgren as Key'lor
  • The Clown (s)
  • Michael Sullivan (s)
  • Voyager Computer
  • Che'Ta' bridge officer 1
  • Che'Ta' weapons officer

Background characters [ ]

  • Animatronic hyper-evolved Human models
  • Hans Federov
  • Jennifer Sh'reyan
  • Sleepy Merp
  • Steve Stevens
  • Alien ops ens 1
  • Andorian ops ens 1
  • Antaran ops ens
  • Benzite cmd ens
  • Conglomerate hybrid
  • Human cmd ens 2
  • Human cmd lt cmdr 2
  • Human cmd lt cmdr 3
  • Human ops ens 3
  • Human ops lt 1
  • Human sci ens 1
  • Human sci ens 5
  • Human sci ens 7
  • Human sci lt jg 2
  • Human sci lt cmdr 1
  • Vulcan cmd ens 1
  • Che'Ta' bridge officer 2
  • Che'Ta' towel guy
  • Dorg's targ
  • Andorian Voyager visitor
  • Human Voyager visitors

References [ ]

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Tamarian language references [ ]

arms ; florkas ; roost ; Shaka ; Sokath ; Temba ; Unzak ; walls

Opening title sequence references [ ]

Borg cube ( unnamed ); Breen interceptor ( unnamed ); Crystalline Entity ; D'deridex -class ( unnamed ); Klingon Birds-of-Prey ; Pakled Clumpship ( unnamed ); Whale Probe

Meta references [ ]

bleep ; intertitle

External links [ ]

  • " Twovix " at the Internet Movie Database
  • " Twovix " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • 1 Battle of Wolf 359
  • 2 Abdullah bin al-Hussein
  • 3 Borg cube

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Accuracy

Tuvix is a Super Rare [4-star] hybrid crew member released in the 1.1.0 game update as an Easter Egg .

Tuvix is a version of Tuvix from the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tuvix" (2x24) .

Created in a transporter accident, Tuvix was ultimately separated back into Tuvok and Neelix .

Tuvix can be fused from the " Fusion of Different Characters ".

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Tuvix can't be obtained from the time portal. In keeping with the episode, Ambassador Neelix and Security Chief Tuvok must be fused into one. Unlike the episode, not even Captain Janeway can split them back into two individuals.

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  • Tuvix is counted as a version of either Tuvok or Neelix for events which feature one of those characters.
  • Tuvix is extremely useful for The Professor's Deadline , as he has the trait Tactician , which allows him to unlock a path. He also enjoys a +184 bonus on that node from his Resourceful and Starfleet traits allowing him to pass the node on Normal, Elite and Epic (confirmed).
  • At his introduction, Tuvix's 10 traits were the most for any single character. This was later supplanted by Laborer Spock with 11.
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Janeway’s “Tuvix” Decision Still Divides ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ Cast: “It Kind Of Hurt Her Character”

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| January 18, 2024 | By: TrekMovie.com Staff 258 comments so far

It’s been almost 28 years since the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tuvix” aired, and it still sparks strong debate. It turns out the stars of the show are just as divided about the moral issues at its core as the show’s fans.

The “Tuvix” debate continues with Voyager cast

Trek Talks 3 is a marathon of Star Trek panels streamed live on January 13 on YouTube to benefit the Hollywood Food Coalition . One of the most fascinating panels was focused on a single episode of Star Trek: Voyager , “Tuvix,” the second season episode where the characters of Tuvok and Neelix were combined (via transporter accident) into a new person (the titular Tuvix). Captain Janeway’s decision to restore Neelix and Tuvok, and therefore essentially kill Tuvix, is controversial, even among the cast. The panel included Voyager stars Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), and Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), who were joined by Voyager writer Lisa Klink and the man who played Tuvix himself, Tom Wright.

The panel, moderated by McNeill and Wang, started with all of the actors acknowledging that “Tuvix” is the still most controversial episode of the series, then quickly turned into a debate. Tim Russ took the view that Janeway did the right thing, offering his  reasons why:

Russ: “The captain’s responsibility is to her crew. That’s what the captain’s responsibility is. And she’s the only one on the ship that can make the decision. And he [Tuvix] cannot reproduce as a species… I believe that point is made [in the episode], there is no other of his kind… He’s an anomaly, whereas the crewpeople that he has replaced already have a family, we have lives.”

Ethan Phillips didn’t explicitly come down on one side or the other, but he posited that Janeway’s decision was “the only example of an execution in all of the franchise.” He also pointed out that Tuvix did nothing to deserve his fate:

Phillips: “The event of the combination of the two was accidental. By executing Tuvix, she’s not making up for a murder or anything like that. He has almost like it’s a right to live because of this accident… I wouldn’t know where to begin to decide. It’s a very complicated area.”

Garrett Wang took a bit of a middle ground view:

Wang: “When Tom Wright showed up I was so impressed with his professionalism, his talent, and his all-around demeanor off camera. I was bowled over he became my favorite person instantly, literally. Tom Wright was to me, someone that I really looked up how he conducted himself. And when he had to leave, I think I cried actually… I wanted somehow to keep all three of them. I didn’t want Tom right to leave. I wanted Neelix to come back. I wanted Tuvok to come back. But I wanted to Tuvix to exist independently of the other two as well.”

Robert Duncan McNeill took the strongest stance against Janeway’s choice:

McNeill: “I watched it again today and watching Janeway have to make this decision and the way she has to do it in such a kind of cold manner, I felt like it kind of hurt her character—I’ll be honest—a little bit. I think she had to earn her way back from this episode.”

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From the Trek Talks 3 “Tuvix” panel

Writers wanted Janeway “tortured” by decision

Later McNeill went on to say he would have preferred a different sci-fi solution to the dilemma:

McNeill: “Being science fiction, it’s made-up science, right?. The procedure that [The Doctor developed] is black and white. You have to kill Tuvix or you know do away with Neelix and Tuvok. But it’s made-up science. Could there have been a thing that doctor said like, ‘If you do this we’ll save some DNA. Maybe in the future I can come up with a way to bring Tuvix back. I don’t know, it’s such a black and white decision. It just… It hurt me with the captain.'”

McNeill also suggested that one way to resolve the dilemma would be to take Janeway out of the final decision and have Tuvix “heroically” decide to sacrifice himself. Writer Lisa Klink revealed this was considered and explained why they decided to make it Janeway’s choice:

Klink: “We did talk about that in the room. But then we realized that we wanted to put Janeway in a really difficult position. It’s much more dramatically interesting if she has to make that really, really difficult call than if he did heroically sacrifice himself…  You want to torture your characters as much as possible.”

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From “Tuvix” (Paramount)

Tuvix actor: “He had to go”

Perhaps ironically, the actor who played Tuvix says he understood Janeway’s decision.

Wright: “Speaking as the character, every entity alive is hardwired to want to survive. So that’s going to be Tuvix’s default thinking. But myself as an actor, I saw that he had to go. There wasn’t enough justification for losing two entities for the sake of one… People ask how I felt about it. The reason I had any feeling at all is because I absolutely loved the character. I know both [Ethan] and I know Tim separately from the show. So to be able to have those two people as as back pocket resources with the creation of this character was, to me, invaluable. There’s an artistic side of me that really would love to keep keep on playing that character for forever and ever. But the practical side of an entire ball of wax dictates something different.”

There was a lot more discussion about the episode, including a description of the original pitch and how Ethan Phillips was originally approached to play Tuvix, so it’s worth watching the whole panel.

 Watch Trek Talks 3

Here is the livestream for the full event. (Video should jump to the start of the “Tuvix” panel at 6:11:30)

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Captain Janeway killed Tuvox because she didn’t want to change the title sequence of Star Trek: Voyager.

That’s a joke, but it’s kinda true.

Like the article said, they could have had Tuvix sacrifice himself, but they took the easy option away.

It’s kind of Voyager at its most riskiest and Voyager playing it safe at the same time.

but they took the easy option away.

The “easy option” utterly lacking in any drama or moral debate, but giving us a technobabble ending. No thanks.

What’s more technobabble about Tuvix agreeing to sacrifice himself for Neelix and Tuvok than the ending we got? Either way he ends up on the transporter at the end. I don’t follow what you’re getting at here.

Anyway, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing they didn’t go that way. Just that they could have taken the decision out of Janeway’s hands if they wanted to. Personally I’m glad they didn’t. It’s more interesting if Tuvix is fighting for his survival to the very end. It’s the writers job to make life hard for the main characters.

It would be event more interesting if the writers had the guts — in terms of main characters having accountability — for Tuvix to had lived, with Tuvoc and Neelix no longer appearing on the series from that point in.

By not having the guts to leave Tuvix as is, they did the same BS that Marvel did when they cheapened the gravitas and character accountability that we got in the great Infinity War movie, with a cheap plot reversal device in Endagme that diminished the whole storyline.

It is interesting to speculate whether, had this episode been written a few years later, whether they might have seriously considered this route. At the time, television was beginning to transition to serialization; the Sopranos was a mere three years out. DISCO sure didn’t hesitate to kill off characters in its first two seasons.

OTOH, I think this was a character-defining moment for Janeway. The first draft of “City on the Edge of Forever” had Kirk emotionally unable to restrain McCoy from saving Edith Keeler. The problem was that the audience might have been unable to respect Kirk as a leader as a result; hence the change, to where he physically stops McCoy from saving here. I think a similar dynamic might have played out had Janeway elected not to separate Tuvix.

it wasn’t cheap to reverse ‘the snap’, it took sacrifice and loss to fix things

the writer’s at the time didn’t have the ability to change season (or multi-season) contracts by writing in something like that. If they had pitched the idea later or as a season ender giving the production team the option to swap two contracts for one then maybe

The problem is from a dramatic point of view, Tuvix saying he wants the procedure to happen would have gutted the entire point of the ep. At that point why even make it? Transporter accident happened. We undid it. Anyone want breakfast?

Lol, yeah, good point!

I agree it would have been less dramatic to have Tuvix go along with it. Already said that. I just don’t get why River was saying it’s more technobabble. It’s a transporter accident show. It’s inherently a technobabble show already.

Eh…. forgot it.

You’re right about that. The transporter accident plot device thing goes back to TOS so it’s not Berman-era technobabble

LOL all good!

No I think they were right NOT to want Tuvix to go along with it. It would’ve destroyed all the drama over it. I’m happy they went the direction they did. And I don’t really mean Janeway’s decision, but just the fact they didn’t give her an easy out.

That and losing Tim Russ as Tuvok would’ve been a travesty. The character was only meant to be in one episode. They could’ve found an easier way as the new kid said but happy but they didn’t. It what makes Trek such a great show.

Yeah Tim Russ is such a talent it would not have been the same show without him. He is the only other Vulcan that even comes close to Nimoy or Mark Leonard in my book.

Well it’s obviously hilarious how Tim Russ fully backs how it all worked out — like none of us could see that coming, right? ;-)

Wait, wait, wait… first she killed Tuvix, THEN Tuvox? Wow… quite the set on ol’ Auntie Kathy.

(I kid, I kid)

And they should have changed it by season 4 as they were in Borg space

The episode, as is, could have been made so much better by a single final scene where Tuvok visits her to tell her she made the wrong decision.

Yes. That would have been great.

Ya just gave me chills….

Not only chills from the twist, but if tuvok had actually confronted her on it, it would have — and I know this will be a shock for some fans used to voyager — meant Janeway would have learned and grown as a character; it would have forced her to re-examine her command decisions in a way she never really did before or since..

Great idea. Wish you’d been on the writing staff. I genuinely loathed Janeway in that episode. It was an execution and it was a very long time before I overcame how I felt about her actions.

Her decision had merit, but how the whole thing was done (in the script) was a failure in writing. All told, still a solid episode.

……as long as Tuvok is passing Kes on the way out, after she thanked Janeway for returning Neelix to her.

There’s always another point of view.

More poignant would have been Janeway, Tuvok and Neelix speaking in her quarters. Think about this: Tuvok and Neelix both “died” when they returned to Voyager as Tuvix while beaming. It makes sense that Tuvix died and they BOTH felt Tuvix’s death as they were being reborn as their separate selves. If Janeway had have asked each them: “Did I make the right choice?” Tuvok could reply that ” I do not know. I’ve experienced death, birth, death and a rebirth all in a few days…” Neelix could say similar or: “We’re asking the wrong person…He’s not here to answer…Good Night, Captain…”

That’s stupid. Because you’re not asking the wrong person.

Janeway did what she did because she was sad she lost neelix and tuvok. It was, essentially, her inability to cope with loss.

She justified it by saying they needed them back to fulfill their roles on the ship, and by saying that tuvok and neelix would want to be alive and she was essentially speaking up for them.

But by having tuvok tell her, point blank, “wrong choice” you are basically saying “you spoke up for me and neelix but that’s not what we wanted. We were in there, we were Tuvix, and we wanted to live.” Or even worse, tuvok and neelix now carry the guilt of having been brought back at the expense of another life.

I haven’t re-watched the episode in a long time, but I recall the visage on Tuvok’s face at the end suggested that was, in fact, what he did think. Perhaps he didn’t verbalize because it contradicts the utilitarian “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one” Vulcan philosophy.

I’m not sure Tuvok and Neelix retained any memories of being merged into one being.

Tuvok most likely wasn’t thrilled with having been merged with Neelix. He was often annoyed by the Talaxian.

I disagree. Rather than having a character say it out loud after the fact, it’s better for them to say as little as possible and let the audience make that call. It’s better art, and probably why we’re still debating the episode all these years later.

Seconded. The whole point is for this very article. For the fans to debate it and do what trek does best. Question the morality in the seemingly every day decisions we make.

You disagree but you’re also an idiot. Because non verbally suggesting it wasn’t even part of the episode, no matter how much anyone tried to say otherwise 30 years later.

Besides, tuvok counseling Janeway on her decisions was a common element of the series. So it would have been perfectly fitting and ironic if when he went to her this time, it wasn’t “stop worrying you did what you had to do,” like he usually says, it was “you fucked up.”

You disagree but you’re also an idjit. Because non verbally suggesting it wasn’t even part of the episode, no matter how much anyone tried to say otherwise 30 years later.

Besides, tuvok counseling Janeway on her decisions was a common element of the series. So it would have been perfectly fitting and ironic if when he went to her this time, it wasn’t “stop worrying you did what you had to do,” like he usually says, it was “you effed up.”

I wasn’t saying anything was nonverbally communicated. It was all left for the audience to judge whether Janeway’s decision was right or not. Which is, I think, a good bit of writing.

And if you can’t converse with others without hurling insults, then don’t bother. It makes you look petty and juvenile, and it hurts your argument. Regardless of your age, obviously you have some growing up to do. Good luck.

I know it is not apples to apples, but Janeway’s decision is similar to the impossible moral quandary faced by Captain Archer in Enterprise, when he had to choose saving the life of his incumbent engineer Trip, even though it meant the death of Sim. Maybe the show just didn’t have the fanbase that Voyager had, but I don’t recall a large amount of anger or dismay over the episode Similtude. In fact I think it is heralded by many as one of the best episodes of Enterprise.

Some plot differences contribute to the difference in reaction: The procedure that would lengthen sim’s life was experimental and unproven, meaning if they tried it and it failed, both he and Trip would both die, while on a mission where he was desperately needed. Not to mention that sim’s natural lifespan was merely days anyway— if they did nothing, it would have been the same result.

When it comes to Tuvix, there’s no reason they couldn’t continue with him as their tactical officer and cook, they simply killed him because they missed their friends, Tuvok and Neelix, and had no respect for his autonomy or right to self determination.

Plenty of ways around that controversial ending: write it so that there’s no choice, have Tuvix sacrifice himself to save the ship, or even just have Janeway desperately hurt by the decision.

Janeway’s decision also directly contradicted past decisions she’d made — like the very decision that got them stranded — and was wholly inconsistent with her character. And that nobody really defended Tuvix also contributed to the divisive response.

There is one huge difference there tho. Janeway was thinking about the lives of Tuvok and Neelix and getting her crew of 100+ people home. Archer was having PTSD from Earth’s attack, he was on a mission to save ALL of Earth, he KNEW he was breaking his morals, and he was just like, the mission had to continue.

Couldn’t disagree with Robert more: yes, it’s all made-up science, and they could have easily come up with some hand-waving technobabble to keep Tuvix alive somehow. But that would have completely destroyed the dramatic thrust of the episode. It would have been the boring, cowardly way out, reducing the story into just another disposable “problem of the week” instead of this controversial, difficult, heartbreaking tale that we’re still talking about today.

He suggests Janeway’s decision “hurt her character”, but — I mean, YEAH — for me, that was the point. She was put into an impossible situation and there was no call she could make that would have satisfied everyone. For me that didn’t take away from her character, it added a good chunk of depth.

But all of this is also what makes the episode so great: there’s so many interpretations of it that are all completely valid. That we can look at this story and the choices it made and have such varied, emotional reactions to it is impressive. That’s damned good TV. :)

Exactly. You can always count on Janeway to make a decision even when there are no good options available.

Couldn’t disagree with Robert more: yes, it’s all made-up science, and they could have easily come up with some hand-waving technobabble to keep Tuvix alive somehow. But that would have completely destroyed the dramatic thrust of the episode.

Let’s all hang on to those Tom Paris commemorative plates, tho.

This, exactly!

On point man, on point! 👍

“She was put into an impossible situation”.

No. No, she wasn’t in an impossible position. It wasn’t her place to play God. What happened happened. She committed a murder. She could have just…not.

Nope disagree. She brought back two people who she could bring back from a transporter accident. Tuvix was never supposed to exist. Needs of the two outweigh the needs of the one accident. People that were vital to the crew and valued as such.

But I love we’re having this same argument for over 20 years now. 😂

Ain’t Star Trek grand!

I agree completely. It was hard decision with no good choices, but given the two choices available, I think Janeway made the right one. And it’s clear that it was hard for her; Mulgrew’s face right after doing it … she made it clear that she was having to steel herself to do such a difficult thing.

While Tuvix was innocent, the fact is that his existence consumed two other lives; he doesn’t have the right to exist at the expense of two other people.

I’m always surprised at the controversy around this, because to me, the choice is agonizing but clear. I don’t have the right to eat you and your brother in order to fuel my own life.

Well, yes, but the question of rights is complicated by the fact that the situation was precipitated by an accident, not a conscious decision on the part of an individual to further its own existence at the expense of two others’. For better or worse, humans tend to make very different moral calculations in these circumstances given the context. “Tuvix” was in essence the VGR exploration of The Trolley Problem, and a pretty decent one at that. I just wish the series as a whole had taken those kinds of risks with its characters.

Yeah, I wish the writers of Voyager had taken more risks. “Tuvix” is an episode we’re still talking about decades later, but there aren’t many Voyager episodes we can say that about.

There aren’t that many Trek episodes across the franchise where those risks were taken.

Couldn’t agree with you more, Phil!

DS9’s “In the Pale Moonlight,” for me, falls into the same category of episodes as “Tuvix.” Sisko was in a no-win scenario too — compromise his principles or allow countless numbers of Federation officers to continue dying in the no-win war against the Dominon.

It’s Trek like this, despite GR’s stance on war in the Trek universe, that keeps us talking, debating, and engaging in issues that still effect us today.

I shoulda said “war and conflict”, not just “war”.

I barely remember this ep, possibly because I didn’t see it all the way through, but I have seen many discussions of it here and elsewhere. In comparing it with questionable Sisko decisions, I’m wondering if FOR THE UNIFORM might be a better comparison than MOONLIGHT, as I find Sisko’s behavior throughout UNIFORM about as abhorrent as I’ve found any lead Captain’s decision in Trek history, especially the call to poison a whole planet.

TOS’s City on the Edge of Forever falls into this catagory, IMO. I’m a bit stretched to think of an episode of TNG, maybe The Survivors and Lower Decks. This is also my opinion, but Twilight Zone tended to do a better job using sci-fi to hold a mirror up to the awfulness of the human condition. That’s a bit off topic, though.

I dont feel like many ppl debate moonlight tho… they took it easy. Sisko didn’t know Garrack was going to kill the Romulan. Janeway knew everything she was doing. Big difference.

Here’s the thing, hi by the way :-). There are more eps we could talk about. A lot more. We just don’t for some reason. Take Hope and Fear for example. Arturis was 100% right to blame Janeway for the death of his species. She was guilty. She sided with the borg just to get her crew of 100 ppl home and entire civilizations either died or were assimilated. Later she said, “ you have to understand, I couldn’t have known.” And she is right. She couldn’t have known. But that is why the Prime Directive exists. Because you can’t know. If you could know, then interfere all you want. For all the complaining she did about Kirk and Spock and Sulu never being worthy of being in Starfleet in the 24th century that she did in Flashback (I will NEVER forgive her character for that) she did WAY worse then they ever did and then got promoted for it.

Certainly there are other episodes we could talk about; I didn’t mean to suggest that no other episodes bear discussion. But “Tuvix” seems to me to be alone in provoking truly passionate discussion among huge numbers of fans, even all these years later.

And hello to you, too. :-)

LOL I know and I agree you are not wrong. What I meant to say is that for some reason we never focus on the other eps, just Tuvix. Not saying that you specifically were saying such. It was me commenting on the population at large lol. Hope all is well with you!!!

Take Hope and Fear for example. Arturis was 100% right to blame Janeway for the death of his species. She was guilty. She sided with the borg just to get her crew of 100 ppl home and entire civilizations either died or were assimilated. Later she said, “ you have to understand, I couldn’t have known.” And she is right. She couldn’t have known. But that is why the Prime Directive exists. Because you can’t know. If you could know, then interfere all you want. For all the complaining she did about Kirk and Spock and Sulu never being worthy of being in Starfleet in the 24th century that she did in Flashback (I will NEVER forgive her character for that) she did WAY worse then they ever did and then got promoted for it.

This is a great summary of why I have considered Janeway near the bottom of my Captains list, which goes, in order: Kirk, Sisko, Pike, Picard, Michael, Archer, Janeway, Freeman.

As you and I have discussed before, I think, minimally (i.e. if Starfleet was too chick-shit to do a formal investigation/court martial), she should have been held at the rank of Captain indefinitely instead of the promotion to Admiral — which I view as good PR for Starfleet given the great news story of Voyager’s return, with Starfleet brass deciding to sweep these very poor decisions/prime directive crimes under the rug.

Yuppers totally agree. The fact that she got her crew home totally overshadowed the war crimes she committed. But at least an acknowledgement of them on the show would have been nice.

Well, yes, but the question of rights is complicated by the fact that the situation was precipitated by an accident, not a conscious decision on the part of an individual to further its own existence at the expense of two others.

Exactly. The accident resulted in the murder of two characters. But the second murder was ordered on purpose by Janeway. Huge difference, and I think actually she could have been prosecuted in a court martial for that if Starfleet wanted to bring charges — from a legal perspective, I think that could be prosecuted as murder.

Tuvok and Neelix were not murdered. That is a gross exaggeration. They were lost in an accident. Tuvix was literally ordered to end his existence. The former was an accident. The latter was a choice. That is the difference and why Janeway was wrong.

Actually that’s what I was trying to say, but you just said it better than me.

And I do think that being an accessory to a suicide ordered by you is pretty shaky on legal grounds for a captain

Oh, oops! Sorry, I’m tired. Long day yesterday LOL!

Michael, that John Black script preceding GR’s version of THE MENAGERIE I told you about is now available to read online, according to this link (and again, alas, same as the one I have, it is only ‘part two’ … ) It’s at that other trek site bbs with a thread title of FROM THE FIRST DAY TO THE LAST (am not posting link because it seems like that causes problems.)

If you read it, let me know what you think (it is really only act iv that is the big deal to me, and one that could have been immensely significant for Kirk’s character as well as the Trek universe.)

This episode is what made me love Janeway even more! 🙂

Her face at the end was someone who just did the hardest thing in her life but for Star Trek it’s just another Tuesday. But she made a decision that she thought was best for her ship and crew and I always admired for making the tough calls and always doing what has to be done.

Tough Captain from beginning to end!

Yes! Janeway is a kind person who will listen to her crew, but she’s also very firmly THE CAPTAIN. That’s a hard balance to strike, and they were SO lucky that got Mulgrew to portray it. Much as I like the current Star Trek shows, I don’t know if Sonequa Martin-Green or Anson Mount could have shown us BOTH sides — the kind listener and the tough-as-nails leader — the way Mulgrew did.

Kate is a top-tier performer, no doubt about it! Only someone with her skills at nuance could play both sides and SHOW us, not tell us, of the conflict boiling within Janeway.

Yes! We really lucked out, getting her.

So you figure if they had stuck with French Janeway that she’d still be debating the issue instead of taking action?

Totally agree. I might not like Janeway but I LOVE Kate Mulgrew!

Kate Mulgrew is on another level. Why I hope we see her back in live action as Captain Janeway. Excited to see her in Prodigy but I want to see her in uniform again! And I think we will! 🙂

I think it depends on if Paramount gets sold, and to whom.

She’s got two roles on one of the series already. They only have a limited number of slots to bring in these legacy characters, so I’d really like to see one of the DS9 cast brought back first before we give Mulgrew yet another role. She’s covered already.

BTW I totally miss you! Plan to be back on TrekCre more when I guess Discovery starts again. We will be torturing ourselves through it like nearly every season! 😂🙄

But maybe next season will be different. Anyway always great to see you honey!

I miss you, too! I’ll be glad when there’s new Trek to discuss on Trek Core, so I can hang out with you and AmiRami and Locutus and Eric Cheung and iMike and all the gang.

Totally!!! I love hanging out with all you guys there. It’s always a fun party every week, especially with my boy Amirami! 😀

Miss you too buddy!

LOL maybe I should join Trek-core again! I like parties too. ;D

And they have an ignore button there so easier to avoid the party poopers.

Hey .. you’re always invited! 🙂

Hey! What about me?!?! LOL!

I mentioned you!!! Read again!

I can hang out with you and AmiRami and Locutus and Eric Cheung and iMike and all the gang.

LOL oops!!!!!!! Sorry Last night was a late night hahahahah! Not for bad reasons, don’t worry :-P

I hope you are not mad at me :(

No, of course not! Just feeling low in energy (and hence not very chatty) today.

Ok, thank you! Feel better!

You’re included too man!!! 😀

Oops, that was my bad hahaha, it’s been a long week!

No worries buddy! It’s a lot of posts here too so easy to miss! 🙂

I truly miss the old stomping grounds though.

I gotta disagree with all due respect my friend. I agree Tuvix wasn’t born the way Tuvok or Nelix was and this wasn’t supposed to happen. But nothing in Voyager was supposed to happen. The crew was never supposed to be pulled into the Delta quadrant in the first place. If Janeway was to use that same logic, she should have sent the crew home in the very first ep.

I know Star Trek does not believe in fate but they do believe in the prime directive. What happened happened. Tuvix is a new life and it is their job to seek out new life, not destroy it, even if it means their lives. And Janeway, as per usual, did the exact opposite.

Exactly! And that’s been a recurring problem with her — she’s a hypocrite on the prime directive.

It’s just… I can’t even with her on that show… I do admit tho I like her a LOT more on Prodigy!

I love the Holo Janeway on Prodigy, but bringing in the “live” Janeway as well just reaked of fan service overkill…and then Chakotay of all characters too…lol

Ha well lets see how it goes next season

I absolutely love her on Prodigy too! But she will always have my heart on Voyager of course. Sisko also broke the Prime Directive but their backs were to the wall. Archer and Kirk also broke it (OK there was no Prime Directive for Archer but still). They can’t all be Picard.

Yeah, they all had their moments to be sure. Even Picard when saving uugghh Wesley.

Disagree away my friend! 🙂

But if this was a story about two infant babies being merged into one baby from two different mothers and they had a way to bring them back…I don’t think it would be much that of a discussion. Or maybe I can be wrong on that.

And the needs of the two outweigh the needs of the one. Star Trek taught us that too.

But that’s why I love this discussion, everyone will just see it in their way like abortion.

And if Janeway got them home in Caretaker we wouldn’t have a show lol. But I got you for sure!

Well ya about Caretaker hahahaha

“But if this was a story about two infant babies being merged into one baby from two different mothers and they had a way to bring them back…I don’t think it would be much that of a discussion.”

Wow, yes, I think this argument would make it even much more sensitive. Imagine how that would’ve played out lol. But maybe the mothers would’ve accepted it but it makes it clear it’s not black and white either. The reality is if you could bring back someone most people would obviously. What complicates it is you are ending a new life for theirs but that life only exists because the other life was effectively killed to create them. None of this is simple, not in the least. No matter what people would be upset about it. 

Yeah, exactly. What happened with Tuvix was an accidentally murder of two characters that was not the result of a Janeway action, but then when it’s her decision, she orders murder of a character.

It is what it is. Yeah, it would have sucked to have lost Tuvok, but can you imagine if for once in Star Trek, we could see a main character die on a series how great that would be in terms of upping the suspense and gravitas of the show? Knowing everyone is going to come out fine every single week is rather boring and unconvincing.

I think there would not be such heated disagreements among fans if Neelix had been a character that everyone deeply loved and identified with. Tuvox was somewhat liked, but not loved the way Spock was. The idea that Janeway would blithely destroy the lives of two individuals that did not connect on a fundamental level to most of the fandom in order to allow a more likeable character to live is the real quandary that most of us don’t want to admit. It would be a little more tangible if one imagines Captain Picard and Geordie LaForge merged. It’s easy to see that the rationale becomes “will the original two individuals be missed”. We all would want two of our favorite characters returned to themselves. This episode of Voyager was to be a philosophical query. Personally, I would have done what Janeway did. In the accidental merging of the two individuals, their self actualization was taken from them without their consent and thy deserved to have that restored to them.

While I don’t agree with your conclusion, you make a lot of good points here.

Totally agree with you. With all due respect to him, if they do that, then don’t even make the episode because why bother.

but it has no lasting consequences and that why it does not work in the end

It was a command decision. She weighed her choices and had to live with it the rest of her days. It was in my opinion, the correct thing to do.

LOL @ live with it. She forgot it and it was never brought up again.

The problem is, it broke the prime directive.

Agreed. This is why being the captain is hard lol. But I totally agreed with her decision just the same!

They could have used the same process that split Will Riker into Will and Thomas to duplicate Tuvix to keep one of him and split the other one back into Tuvok and Neelix…

I mean, you’re still Tuvixing a guy at the end of the day. Same problem, but now you’ve made it incredibly awkward for the surviving Tuvix. 😆

The copy need not survive transport, though. it can be split in the buffer before it technically exists.

They could have combined the two processes, a copy and split in the one go. ;)

The process that split Riker into two was an accident, and IIRC that episode correctly there were specific atmospheric conditions on that planet. Probably not easy to duplicate.

But not impossible if they have all the facts at hand.

But wouldn’t the other Tuvix also have a will to live? I think you would end up with the same conundrum.

Ah, the technobabble transporter BUFFER — the BS plot device that keeps on giving and giving and giving…lol

Brilliant! :D

Thanks! heh

That’s a great suggestion. The issue tho is that when Will and Thomas were created into two, both were their own sentient beings and were defined as being separate beings from one another. The moral dilemma would have still existed IMHO ,

The copy need not materialize, though. The split can happen while it is still energy in the transport buffer.

Hmm, interesting. But Transporters are a tricky thing. Remember Pulaski being reversed in age to her normal age in the horrible TNG S2? If you show too many stories where the transporter can do so many amazing things then life starts to be eternal and all the drama of the story gets pulled out of everything.

Well, at one point everything that has been done in Star Trek coalesces. Lower Decks does that sort of thing all the time, where they use plot points from previous series for comedic effect. Here, it would be used for dramatic effect.

Fundamentally, Janeway using the Riker incident to solve the Tuvix conundrum is not that different from Picard consulting the events from The Naked Time to solve the problem in The Naked Now.

It’s one captain using events from a previous mission to solve a current dilemma.

Bro at this point the only thing transporters haven’t done yet is become sentient on their own lol.

These things have done every crazy thing you can think of. They are the biggest plot devices ever created in science fiction. We literally seen people time travel and jump to other universes on them as well. Creating new life almost feels mundane at this point.

My feeling about Janeway here is that these are the hard decisions that only she can make, for the greater good, separating herself beyond the explorer, beyond the personal feelings, but as a Starfleet Captain to maintain order. Mulgrew was and is a true diamond-caliber actor, allowing small facial movements to convey emotion when her words and actions could not. We all loved Tuvix as a character, but this was about not letting us forget that the Captain remains above and separate from the crew/”the family”. I dig these episodes (see also The Omega Directive) where she is above all THE CAPTAIN.

Well. I guess they could have tried to Tom Riker him.

Spin off series! Let’s bring back Tuvix with his own show!

Don’t give Kurtzman ideas…

I completely ageed with Janeway’s decision back then and do today. And take note how much I always hated Neelix so I’m not biased.

The needs of the two..

And this was what made Voyager unique to the other shows. Maybe if she was in Federation space where she could consult with other scientists or even sent him to a lab to try and keep all three then maybe they could’ve found another way. But options were limited in the DQ and no matter what she did she would’ve gotten flack for it. That’s why this is a great episode! Star Trek moral quandaries in the worst way possible.

With that bonehead decision on top of the deal with the devil with the Borg that basically sentenced millions to be a assimilated, her star fell in my view. I was frankly kind of surprised she made Admiral given poor decisions like that. She tended to overthink those big decisions and not go with what she knew was right.

PS: Also, all that for borderline pedo-phile Neelix… Are you kidding me? Save the Jeffrey Epstein of Star Trek over Tuvix?

Trek has glossed over that command training in Starfleet does actually involve life and death decisions. Even in TNG’s Thine Own Self, Troi really had to be coached along into ordering the LaForge simulation to his simulated death in the engine room before she passed. She probably should have been washed out for that. Janeway was presented with a lesser of two evils dilemma, and to the writer’s credit they didn’t create some bulls**t deus ex machina out for Janeway having to make a difficult decision. Life doesn’t always give us happy endings, any decision Janeway was going to make would not have been satisfying…

Well for me, if it’s the creepy old dude who’s banging a questionably legal teenager every night on my own ship versus Tuvix, I’m going Tuvix every time.

Robert Duncan McNeill is 100% right on this one

Ceating your own context again, I see. In universe Ocampians only lived eight or nine years, so in human years she was 25-30 when she came on board at the ripe old Ocampian age of 2.

Opinions have varied on this for a long time now….

That sounds like a really convenient excuse to live with a woman who looks 17 at most. And unfortunately, Neelix fits the part of sug-dad dude to a T.

The optics are horrible. What were they thinking?

Jennifer Lien, who played Kes, was 21 in 1995, when Voyager began.

Wow, she looked so much younger than that!

We can say whatever we want in terms of the supposed alien ages and the age of the actress, but the optics to me look like kind of a pudgy old dude playing sugar-ddy to, and banging a questionably legal teenager.

I actually agree with you. Not only was Lien playing an alien that only lives till 9, she played her as an innocent child who literally didn’t know the universe outside her tiny world. Neelix AND Tom absolutely took advantage of her. That character would never exist in today’s TV.

Neelix AND Tom absolutely took advantage of her. That character would never exist in today’s TV.

Speaking of 17, in TNG’s Tapestry, it’s 52 year old Patrick Stewart playing tonsil hocky with 17 year old JC Brandy. I’m trusting you find these optics horrible, as well.

Not great, but it’s not like he was her sugar-ddy and having intimate relations with her for years.

Tom Paris also wanted to date Kes too. 😉

But Paris would date anything that moved at the time.

It’s not Earth 1987, it’s a totally different species with a different life cycle on the other side of the galaxy. And unless they stick with just Ocampans, every species will be just older. Imagine being a Q who is billions of years old and decides to date a humanoid. Now that’s an age gap. 😂

LOL the fights Paris and Neelix had over Kes were hilarious.

I don’t get into the Kes age thing stuff but yes she an a-l-i-e-n and they simply age differently than humans and where other aliens who has been involved with multiple other species understands that. But yes, I get it, we’re still humans watching a fictional TV show, so we’re going to have our own subjective norms over things like this. It’s the same issue with gay and lesbian stories. People still have a problem with that even when it’s about a-l-i-e-n-s who don’t have the same hang ups or cultural norms, but I digress on that as well.

In other words I don’t get on Paris case for liking Kes and who I remind others he married her in an alternative timeline and even had a baby together. That’s because she’s, say it again, an alien with different life cycles.

Yeah, Tuvix >> Neelix for the reasons you stated. The Neelix-Kes relationship looked bad to me then. Now, it looks horrible to most people.

That was a really really bad decision creation of the writers, both the characters and their relationship.

“Yeah, Tuvix >> Neelix for the reasons you stated. The Neelix-Kes relationship looked bad to me then. Now, it looks horrible to most people. That was a really really bad decision creation of the writers, both the characters and their relationship.”

100% — AND IT’S SO FREAKING CREEPY!!!

The problem isn’t so much the actors ages (21 and 40, respectively), but that in-universe explanation on the incredibly short life span of Ocampians. Had Ms. Lien stayed on for the series run, they would have had to have her die of old age by the seventh season. Then we’d of been treated to creepy conversations about Neelix getting busy with a much older partner. Strange that Patrick Stewart doesn’t draw much criticism for frenching the 17 year old actress in the episode Tapestry. That’s a 35 year age difference, and she was actually a minor.

Actually that’s not completely true. They had introduced Ocampans being as old as 15 years old in the second season episode Cold Fire where they met the second Caretaker.

They were probably setting up the idea she would go to live much longer and given her special cognitive powers.

They weren’t very consistent with that since they showed an elderly Kes in the episode ‘Before and After’ and again in ‘Fury’.

Had Kes stayed a regular on the show, then I can see them finding a sci-fi way to keep her looking younger (the bio-temporal chamber) so Jennifer Lien wouldn’t need to spend the rest of the series wearing geriatric makeup. But since they let her go from the show, it seems they decided to stick with the original life span for the Ocampans.

This is Star Trek, characters have died multiple times and come back and like nothing happened. I’m pretty sure if she stayed on the show she would’ve just looked like the actors age. Fury was a one and done episode and she was no longer a regular so it didn’t really matter.

Well said — there was a head scratching lack of consistency on this,

No they weren’t very consistent, but again this is Star Trek lol. Every week Spock had some new Vulcan super power that wasn’t mentioned again. The Borg, Klingons, Trills and Romulans had all gone through several iterations over the years since their first introductions in both looks and development.

I’m guessing Kes would’ve looked the same as well. In fact, the other Ocampian Tanis that TG1701 brought up didn’t look old at all. He looked older because the actor himself was in his 40s at the time, and was played by Ambassador Soval himself, Gary Graham, but didn’t look elderly either.

I suspect Kes would’ve just looked slightly older if she stayed but that’s it.

OMG I forgot he was played the same actor who played Soval! Cool!

For the record I never liked Kes that much either but I would’ve kept her 10 times over Neelix. But I would keep him 10 times over Burnham…ugh.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, I don’t think they would’ve ever put old lady make up on her either.

Actually what I always find funny on Star Trek is all these aliens are supposed to be super old from Tuvok to Phlox and they all look so young lol. I was shocked to learn Tuvok was over 100 years old but I guess Vulcan black don’t crack! 😁

Isn’t T’Pol in her 60s on Enterprise too? I know that’s young for Vulcans but c’mon??

Anyway the evidence is quite overwhelming being old on Star Trek is not the same as looking old unless you’re just a boring human. Kes probably would’ve looked younger as she got older. 😉

“  There wasn’t enough justification for losing two entities for the sake of one…  ”

So ironically, the one person that sides with me on the issue of Tuvix… is Tuvix himself. :-) Fascinating.

Love this episode. There was no right answer but I think she made the best decision overall.

It was a difficult decision for her, but she’s the captain and that’s who has to make those kinds of decisions. I’m sure she didn’t like being in that situation, but it comes with the territory of responsibility.

It didn’t really hurt my opinion of her. What it did do was remind me that someone in her position doesn’t have the luxury of pleasing everyone.

Damn right man! Dann right! 👍

I respected her more after that, not less. It wasn’t easy for her but Janeway pushes through. It’s like when Captain Burnham manages to stop herself from crying. Same thing… sort of.

I was so relieved when Janeway corrected the transporter mistake and brought back Tuvok and Neelix. She made the best decision for the situation IMO. I’m sure Tuvok and Neelix thanked her. The needs of the many and all that.

…Could there have been a thing that doctor said like, ‘If you do this we’ll save some DNA. Maybe in the future I can come up with a way to bring Tuvix back…” McNeill also suggested that one way to resolve the dilemma would be to take Janeway out of the final decision and have Tuvix “heroically” decide to sacrifice himself.

Well, there’s a reason why there’s actors, and there’s writers, and mixing the two doesn’t always work.

People talk about this episode because of the moral dilemma. A technobabble deus ex machina would have made it pedestrian.

Incidentally, ENT “Similitude” presented a similar issue; I consider it one of ENT’s best.

Oh, it’s one of Voyager’s best because Janeway was faced with that no-win scenario and was forced to decide without the benefit of BS deus ex machina story gimmicks. A great episode that proves my point: Voyager should have been a darker show about the exploration of what these people would do when pushed to their limits, not “Hey, Harry, what’s new on the holodeck this week?”

I agree with you on all counts. This episode was great because there was no perfect solution. And, yeah, a lot of the potential in Voyager’s setup was squandered. It didn’t fully utilize the potential and that kept it imo, from really carving out a unique niche from TNG. At least one of the reasons for that was Paramount who wanted Voyager to replace TNG and didn’t want it to diverge much from the TNG formula. Ron Moore, when he was finished with DS9, came over to Voyager and wanted to shake it up and make it darker and more dramatic but was rebuffed by Brannon Braga, which led to their estrangement. Of course, Moore got to do what he wanted, and then some, with his Battlestar Galactica reboot.

You diagnosed it perfectly — Paramount wanted another TNG and it certainly wasn’t DS9.

And, yeah, a lot of the potential in Voyager’s setup was squandered. It didn’t fully utilize the potential and that kept it imo, from really carving out a unique niche from TNG. 

Unfortunately VOY premise was just ahead of its time when episodic TV still ruled the airwaves. The irony is if they rebooted the show today it would’ve been very serialized and could’ve captured the premise better like Discovery and Picard…but I don’t think those are great examples either lol.

I don’t think you can *entirely* blame it on the “before its time” theory, though. DS9 and B5 had already given us serialized storylines.

I think part of the problem is that the writers didn’t want to give us a second morose series. They wanted the audience to be gung-ho about shipping out under Captain Janeway; a series about a crew barely on the edge of survival week after week wasn’t that. And frankly…while I agree VOY didn’t live up to its premise, I also see how that view isn’t entirely wrong.

I liked ENT’s approach or exploring deep space, but not *entirely* cutting the apron streams to the known universe, better.

DS9 got away with it because it wasn’t on a network. This has been stated many times. In fact Ira Stephen Behr has said once the ratings didn’t gel like it did for DS9 like it did TNG, they were basically ignored by the studio and was allowed to basically do what they wanted. VOY didn’t have the same luxury because they were still the face of a fledgling network. By the time ENT showed up, serialization was becoming a bigger deal on network TV and was allowed to experiment more in general and I thought did a great job with it…certainly waaay better than DIS or PIC lol. But yes DS9 became an amazing show (IMO) due to that decision.

Never seen B5 so can’t speak to that show but it too wasn’t on a network at the time either.

Anyway, I’m not suggesting that VOY had troubles for that reason alone obviously but I do think they really wanted a TOS/TNG alien/crisis of the week type of show and where it’s premise suffered for it.

Y’know, there were A LOT of technobabble deux ex machinas in TNG and VOY and probably a lot in DS9.

Very little of that in TOS, probably because they didn’t have the special effects technology?

I dunno, but I one of the things I loved about TOS was that, thanks to not having sfx technology of the time, they had to resort to more theatre and personal drama and grit.

I think the later shows, TNG-ENT, suffered a bit thanks to an overreliance on that technobabble.

Considering it’s maybe the most cited episode of Voyager, I think they did okay. And remind me not to hire milksop McNeill for the writers room of my proposed Starcrash reboot.

Janeway’s “coldness” was a professional mask for her sense of guilt — this makes it dramatically richer and more plausible.

Gotta say, this is probably one of the best episodes of Voyager, in that it is so controversial and well executed. Tom Wright really did imbue that Tuvix character with a lot of soul so that the audience, well me at least, instantly liked him and didn’t want him to go.

As for Janeway’s decision, here’s an analogy that I’ve thought of: It’s kind of like an organ donation, right? Two people in this case, die in an accident, and their organs are used for the life of a third. As Ethan Phillips said, there was no murder here. Tuvix was a complete innocent and had done absolutely nothing to deserve a death penalty.

The twist is, of course, that the entire process can be reversed. That is, Tuvok and Neelix can be resurrected but Tuvix has to die.

Ethically, I think I’m with Robbie McNeil on this one. I think Janeway, as much as I like her (Kate Mulgrew was perfect in the role), made the wrong decision in this case.

I think Tuvix would have worked as a character and it would have been interesting to see how his relationships developed with the other characters. How to resolve that relationship with Kes (though I’ve always extremely Neelix-Kes relationship). And, again, as they discussed in the talk, what about Tuvok’s love for his wife? Eventually, when they regained contact with the Alpha Quadrant, how would she have taken her husband being replaced by Tuvix? So there’s a lot of possibilities for the writers there. And, again, I think it’s obvious that Tom Wright was a really good actor who could’ve continued to add layers to this character.

Finally, no more Neelix! I’ve always really really disliked that character. I find him irritating and grating. It’s nothing personal for Ethan Phillips, who I consider a good actor, it’s just the character and the relationship with Kes, who is essentially a 9 year old innocent. I think the two were just bad decisions by the creators.

So, imo, all of that would’ve been a plus with keeping Tuvix. The only downside would’ve been the loss of Tuvok. Tuvok is one of the characters I really like on Voyager and I was very impressed by the way Tim Russ brought that character to life. He was in a tough place being the first featured Vulcan since Nimoy and Lenard, and, imo, Russ just did great. I honestly wish we’d had more episodes featuring that character who was Vulcan but definitely was his own man and not Spock at all.

Finally, no more Neelix! I’ve always really really disliked that character. I find him irritating and grating. It’s nothing personal for Ethan Phillips, who I consider a good actor, it’s just the character and the relationship with Kes, who is essentially a 9 year old innocent. I think the two were just bad decisions by the creators .

I mean, today here in 2024 Neelix looks like the Jeffrey Epstein of Star Trek. Neelix is “that dude” who goes to high school sports game to see the cheerleaders, and who has an only-fans account.

Yeah, I know, that’s what I’ve been saying for years. He’s the truck-driving man who picks up a teenage girl who wants to get away from her folks.

And they had a female creator for Voyager, Jeri Taylor there too? I find it hard to believe they messed this up so badly, even then? Did any of these folks have daughters?!??!

I just never ever took a liking to those two characters and I thought the relationship between them was creepy, forced, and just distasteful. I wasn’t sorry to see Kes leave, but I wish Neelix had gone with her.

Again, it’s not personal to Phillips or Lien. I understand Lien had done some good work as an actress and Mulgrew really thought she was great and was very sorry to see her leave. It wasn’t her fault, the writers and creators were the ones who failed, not her at all. I wish she had been treated better and I’m sorry to hear about her difficulties. Life can hurt a lot.

I also didn’t care much for Chakotay and Kim. I always thought it would’ve been interesting if they’d killed off some of the low-hanging fruit in Voyager and replaced them with new characters. Kind of like Doctor Who. It certainly worked with Jeri Ryan’s excellent Seven of Nine. Seven was probably my favorite for some reason…

Yeah, I know, that’s what I’ve been saying for years. He’s the truck-driving man who picks up a teenage girl who wants to get away from her folks.

Neelix Is the Jeffrey Epstein of Star Trek.

I support Janeway. However, we are still debating the moral implications almost 30 years later and that is great Star Trek. It’s the Star Trek I miss.

I liked how it didn’t tell the audience how they were supposed to or should feel about the morality of Janeway’s decision. That episode sparked many years of debate. It really was good Star Trek.

Definitely! 👍

I really like SNW and love LDS but I miss these kinds of stories old Trek did very well. I love 30 years later we’re still debating it and there is truly no right call… only in the eyes of the beholder.

It’s fun to see how divided this board still is which means so many decades later everyone is still passionate over the outcome.

This is Star Trek at it’s best!

But at least we can all agree on one thing…

There are 4 lights!

So true my friend….so true!

So true my bestie!

I honestly love it whenever the debate on Tuvix comes up. Few things in the franchise spark the same level of discussion as Janeway’s decision. But I love it. it’s one of the few examples in the franchise where an episode shows the captain face an actual no win scenario (an actual Kobayashi Maru) and have to make a decision. If there’d been some easy technobabble way out or self sacrifice on tuvix’s part. It would’ve made the episode/story less and there’s no way it would provoke the same discussion that it does. Honestly love seeing the people actually involved in the episode giving there thoughts.

Doesn’t the transporter keep a record of everyone’s pattern? How about taking some of Tuvix’s unique DNA , saving it, and saving his transporter pattern/record. Then it could be a matter of Janeway saying to him “I must have Neelix and Tuvok back…but we will do everything in our power to find some way to restore you.”

It could end with the promise of bringing him back. And in a future episode they could bring him back using his dna and the transporter pattern and a Neelix having a problem with that as he didn’t give his permission. It becomes an ethical dilemma and debate…one which is resolved with Tuvix’s death because both the transporter pattern and saved dna combination prove to be unstable…and he dies.

Given that neither Tuvok nor Neelix asked to be combined, AND that there was a way to de-combine them, Janeway’s clear responsibility was to do so. Every Trek captain worth a s–t would have made the same decision.

Not Nu-Trek Captains. They would cry and hug and invite the newly combined transporter accident to a brunch with the crew while making sure the audience is told how wrong it would be to give the two people back their separate lives.

Seriously: compare that awful SNW episode about Spock becoming human with “Tuvix.”

The SNW episode ‘Charades’ was meant to be a comedy. I’m not sure we would be talking about Tuvix decades later had it been a comedy episode as well.

For me, this is what I come back to over and over again and why I agreed with her. I’m trying my best trying to imagine Kirk keeping Spock and McCoy combined together after an accident when he just lost not just two of his best friends but colleagues that’s been part of his crew from the beginning. Maybe not EVERY Captain would make the same decision but let’s not kid ourselves, most probably would because in their minds they are simply correcting a mistake that was never suppose to happen. Again you can certainly disagree, but I don’t know how many wouldn’t undo it; especially when you add to the reality no one even knows the long term effects of combing two people into one body. What if they found out Tuvix would simply have serious medical complications later on or simply have a much shorter life span than Tuvok or Neelix had, then what? There are so many questions with this when it’s never been done before and another reason why these decisions become even bigger hand wringers.

It would be interesting to find out if Janeway would have made the same decision had it been Ensigns Smith and Johnson who had been merged in a transporter malfunction instead of a crewmember she was personally close to.

I don’t think it would’ve mattered. Janeway wanted to get everyone home and my guess all as themselves lol. And that’s another thing, imagine getting the ship home and to their families to only discover what happened and now have to deal with basically a completely new person. Everything about this scenario was complicated.

I agree with you that Kirk would have absolutely saved Spock and McCoy over ‘Tuvix”. That does not make it right tho, Tuvix was an accident to be sure but it is something that happened. Splitting him was a deliberate choice. That makes Janeway literally responsible for his death whereas she was not responsible for the loss of Tuvok or Neelix. She is a criminal plain and simple.

And that’s the problem, he was an accident and why the argument still persists. It’s basically arguing whose life should be valued more? Everyone will see it differently especially when you can save the other lives as well. And as said, I think Kirk and most captains would’ve done the same thing. This is a very crazy situation. So we have to agree to disagree but I think people have been doing that with this episode for 28 years now lol. Someone else mentioned it, it is kind of similar to the abortion debate, NOT the same, just in terms of how passionate people are over it but there is no cut and dry answer even if one side believes it. If that was the case, both debates would’ve stopped long ago. That’s what makes it great IMO!

Yeah, but it’s really not so much that they would actually be tried as guilty, it’s just about them showing that they have to have some measure of freaking accountability for their possible crimes. Spock tried to save Pike — court martial. Una lied about her race — court martial. Michael was insubordinate to try to stop a war — court martial and prison. Kirk stole a ship but then saved Earth and the Federation…trial and demotion.

I just would have liked to have seen the writers have the guts to provide some accountability for Janeway’s possible crimes…even though she would likely prevail, it would have been nice to have known that Starfleet took other’s lives who were lost because of her decisions seriously.

BTW, Janeway’s lucky the Delta Quadrant is a long way off — because there are millions of families destroyed from her compromise with humanity’s number one enemy. Where is their justice…from their POV, Starfleet could care less about their sacrifice, because they got the great press and hero worship of a lost starship and captain returning! And not only does the Federation not give a sh*t, they promote the person who did this to freaking admiral?

I also think that being a starship captain — or frankly, in any leadership position — really lends itself to Kantian ethics. As Pike told us back in “The Cage,” the role necessarily involves deciding “who lives, and who dies.”

I so wish we would get some of that weighty Pike back, as we did in DISCO. Now it’s all He of The Dopey Grin.

I will point out that in the Menagerie — the follow-on to the Cage — Spock himself was held accountable with a Court Martial trial…and Kirk, even though he saved Earth, was tried and demoted to Captain for his crimes in Trek III, so he had some accountability. But unlike Kirk Spock — and also unlike Una in SNW and Michael in DSC — Janeway completely avoided any accountability with Starfleet for her possible crimes…free pass !

The fact is she didn’t get into any trouble for a reason; because she was in an unwinnable position and everyone knows it. Captains have to sometimes make the hard call. And as I said in my OP, there isn’t any laws for something like this lol.

I don’t mind ‘Dad Jokes Pike’ (someone called him that on Reddit lol), but I wish he could be a little more serious at times when it at least calls for it and not turn everything into a light moment…but it beats crying. ;)

I like to call him dad Pike myself! 😁

Not every Captain is going to be Kirk, Janeway or Sisko. Some just prefer a softer touch although that would’ve gotten Starfleet into a decades long war with Romulans because Dad Pike wanted to try and get to know the Romulans instead of blasting them out of the stars the Balance of Terror remake episode.

Not every one is equipped to deliver the pimp hand Sisko style…and that’s OK!

Janeway has had to make the hardest decisions on her own being so far away from Federation space and I give her mad respect for it! 😎

I’m not saying I agree with all her decisions… but I would never tell her to her face which ones I do disagree with! 😂

And Tuvix came off as a jerk. I’m not saying he deserved to be killed over it but I lost no sleep over it… none.

And my girlfriend was happy Neelix came back. 🙄

This is such an excellent episode and how awesome it is that we still talk and debate it. Trek needs to go back to this kind of storytelling. In terms of the debate, I think we need to look at it from two different perspectives. From an emotional, humanity perspective Janeway’s decision was wrong but from a logical more military perspective her decision was right. This is the difficult dilemma that leaders in general face, balancing the humanity, emotional side with the logical, disciplined side. I started feeling this more and more when I took on a more administrative role last year in my school and believe me it is never easy. So I can definitely relate with Janeway here. I think there wasn’t a single “right” decision here and Janeway had to make the decision that was “right” for her. I think it actually deepened her character and made her much more stronger. Sometimes I wonder though how the other Trek captains would have handled this situation, I think that is another debate in itself.

In the Mirror Universe, Tuvix lived because he was greater than the sum of his parts…

Here’s a question about Tuvix; he possessed both Tuvok’s logical mind and Neelix’ emotions.

When he went around arguing for his right to live, he was tapping into the latter. But what did his logical mind tell him was the logical course of action?

Did it make more logical sense for him to live or for Tuvok and Neelix to live?

Here’s the thing IMHO. Logic of Vulcans are learned behavior, not something genetic, We saw this when Tuvok was in love and a kid and wanted to reject Logic. Tuvix had no upbringing and thus no training in logic. So this emotions make sense. Add to that the fact that Neelix is probably the most emotional character in all of Trek history.

Someone smarter than me suggested to recreate the event that created Tom Riker. Then split one of the Tuvix’s into Nelix and Tuvok. Morally it still wouldn’t work tho as both Tuvix would still would have the right to exist.

In the end I am just as torn as anyone. But I have to come down on the side of Tuvix. Fate decided the destiny of Neelix and Tuvok. Janeway interfered. As she ALWAYS did throughout the series. For all her talk of Kirk and Spock and Sulu being thrown out of Starfleet if they served in the 24th century, she did abhorrent things (beyond this ep) that they never would have.

I think a really cool way to have ended VOY would have been a two-parter, “The Court Martial of Captain Janeway,” where they reviewed this and the horrendous Borg sellout decision during her time in the Delta Quadrant. And they could have given her some accountability, while still having a happy ending — the result should have been denial of the proposed promotion to Admiral, but allowing her to stay as Captain with a chance of getting the VOY back.

I agree with you but we both know that was never going to happen. Not only was VOY the only trek show on air at the end of its run, Janeway was the first female captain. They would never have put her in that position, even if you and I both know she deserved it.

Unfortunately, I agree.

This is a horribly sexist statement. Every Trek captain has taken controversial decisions, many of them more controversial than “Scorpion.”

And any prosecutor worth her salt is going to take a long, hard look at whether a prosecution over Tuvix is even winnable. The odds of convincing a jury of a prima facie case, much less that no extenuating circumstances applied, would be bleak.

I believe that Ami was talking about from Rick Berman/Brannon Braga’s perspective, not from Starfleet’s. And assuming that’s what he meant, I agree with him — that was a big deal in Star Trek to have the first female Captain, so I do think the lack of accountability for her actions was treated differently by the writers/showrunners/directors — in fact I can prove it:

Kirk, after saving Earth, the Federation Government and Starfleet Command, faced a trial and was demote to Captain for crimes he committed…Starfleet held Kirk accountable!

You see, Bennett and Nimoy thought this through correctly and realized that accountability still must be preserved in Star Trek. Berman and Braga were too chicken-sh*t to give Janeway some accountability for her criminal shortcuts.

No I don’t think he meant it that way either. Amirami is not sexist in the least.

But I don’t think they would’ve gotten very far trying to put Janeway on trial. She’s the first person who explored the Delta Quadrant and lived to tell about it and brought back a lot of data.

And Sisko poisoned an entire planet, that guy didn’t even get a warning over it lol. Did he even get a call from someone not to do it again. I’m pretty sure poisoning planets also goes against the Prime Directive too. I never read it but I’m pretty sure they at least frown against it

But you don’t mess with The Sisko either I guess! 😎

The one I feel sorrier for is Barclay after he read this mission report. Well, him or Troi after Barclay tells her he read this report. It’s a tie…

There is another element to it, which is Janeway had let the issue go on longer then perhaps it might have led to factionalism in the crew over what action to take. Perhaps there is an argument she had some responsibility for that reason to draw the situation to a conclusion quickly.

Should’ve made up a thing where they attempted to split him into 3 people, with a high risk. Then have the procedure fail.

Turning all three into goo puddles on the transporter pad?

That would’ve robbed the episode of the dramatic turmoil Janeway had to endure. Technobabble escape clauses have plagued Trek for years. “Tuvix” managed to face the issue head-on without any such deus ex machina gimmicks. THAT is why we’re still talking about it all these years later!

i feel like TNG would have had picard not kill Tuvix, but then have Tuvix volunteer to sacrifice himself and say he is grateful for the time he had to exist but its selfish of him to exist only by killing 2 others and that life is short and you should appreciate the time we get here and that we should always think of the greater good / others / needs of the many.

having said that the choice VOY made is maybe ahead of its time tv-wise. this is more of an antihero story / arc for Janeway. and that she made this decision with her head not her heart, her protocol not her feelings, that being a captain is making tough unpopular choices and her first duty is to protect her crew and tuvok and neelix were her crew and her responsibility is to save them and ensure their safety

Just repeat to yourself “It’s just a show, I should really just relax”

The irony is I’m always relaxed watching it, but it’s the opposite when discussing it lol.

It never ceases to amaze me that, nearly 28 years after this episode aired, no one, including the writers, seems to have realized what it’s really about. Maybe everyone will figure it out in another 28 years…

Well, are you going to offer up some insight here that may help people “figure it out”?

I admit, for me I can’t really give a fair assessment because I absolutely adore Janeway! I have loved this character for nearly 30 years now and she is still in my top five of favorites all this time and usually agree with her decisions. There has been times I have disagreed like Scorpion where I agreed with Chakotay more but overall I really do love this character and agreed with most of her decisions including this one. But to be more blunt about it, it’s divisive because there is no real world comparison to ever compare it to. What is considered ‘ethical’ is a fine line in a situation like this when I doubt there are any laws in Starfleet to deal with something like this either.

I know this may come off as a cop out for some, but there are plenty of complex issues that will never have one direct answer, period. The world is a much more greyer and nuance place than we see it as and a lot of this falls to our own collective values, culture and so on. That’s why in one county, something like gambling or taking drugs is completely illegal (and even death ;in the case of doing drugs in some places) but it’s the complete opposite in another where people are free to partake in these devices. There is just no right or wrong answers, most of the time, it just comes down to the people who arbitrarily decides what is right or wrong and what the rest of us follow to keep a society just or civil. That’s 90% of all religions out there.

But that’s why this episode is still such an amazing one. I don’t think anyone thought 30 years later we would still be debating it but here we are lol. So much so, Lower Decks revisited the issue last season in its opening episode. It’s a great thought experiment. No one can be proven right or wrong because it’s simply about whose life in the scenario should be given more priority and that will always be the issue because depending on who you ask they can simply interpret it differently as we see over and over again. It’s why Star Trek is such an amazing show when it takes issues like this head on.

Janeway is a literal murderer. She is responsible for the assimilation of entire worlds just because she was selfish and cared more about her tiny crew than an entire quadrant of the galaxy.

a crew she also put in danger by getting into space battles with aliens with more firepower than her ship

Doesn’t that happen in every Star Trek show though? I’m a little confused by this one.

That happened literally every week on Enterprise.

archer putting his underpowered ship-with only hull plating for defence- up against klingons, xindi or other advanced ships never made much sense either.

but both he and janeway should have been more considerate of the safety of their crews

Fair enough!

A. What gets missed over and over again is that Species 8472 was going to wipe out every species in the galaxy after they finished the Borg lol. Why does this tiny little detail gets ignored again and again? They literally told Janeway they were going to eradicate everyone else once they eliminated the Borg. It’s like saying you’re upset that someone didn’t wipe out the Nazis when they literally wanted to do what the Nazi’s planned to do anyway. So what am I missing? Janeway wasn’t just being ‘selfish’ she literally was in the middle of two advanced species trying to wipe out the galaxy and had to side with the less evil one to survive. Not just Voyager, literally everyone else too. Whoever won, the rest of us would lose. Species 8472 weren’t the ‘good guys’ in the story, they hated everyone else as much as the Borg did and made it clear when they literally tried to destroy Voyager lol. Again…what am I missing?

B. Then you can argue Picard was a murderer when he also had a chance to eradicate the Borg in ‘I, Borg’ but didn’t because he became friends with Hugh. They could’ve saved billions of lives as well but chose not to, correct? And that would’ve stopped them from trying to assimilate Spciecies 8472 as well several years later. But he didn’t, right? So is he responsible for the assimilation of entire worlds too?

C. This all became much ado about nothing once future Janeway showed up and literally wiped them out four years later anyway. So she eventually got around to it. ;)

Now if you still disagreed with her helping the Borg at all, then we agree on that. I was always against that as well but same time it was naive to assume all was going to be well in the universe if the Borg lost as stated. I agreed with Chakotay it was a risk and he was proven right lol. But we did get Seven out of it, so I’m not that bothered.

But no, I don’t agree with your argument at all.

It’s like saying you’re upset that someone didn’t wipe out the Nazis when they literally wanted to do what the Nazi’s planned to do anyway.

It isn’t even a hypothetical. The US and UK allied with “Uncle Joe” against Germany. (Indeed, Churchill said he would ally with the devil against Germany!)

Yes, an amazing real world example. Didn’t occur to me until you mentioned it. And look where we are with Russia today. Didn’t help long term but a bigger enemy (and an even bigger world crisis) was defeated just the same.

And another example from Star Trek itself was the Dominion war when the Federation aligned itself with the Romulans to defeat the Founders. The freaking Romulans that they were in a 200 year old conflict with. And we know what Sisko had to do to get them on their side.

That’s how these things go. Sure I loved watching the Borg getting its ass handed to them lol. It was the first time it had a real foe to contend with. The problem was Species 8472 weren’t going to stop once they were done with the Borg. They had made that clear several times and wasn’t looking to negotiate.

This idea Janeway did something bad is just a head scratcher. Species 8472 came to play and they knew it. Yes it was the Borg’s fault by waking a sleeping tiger but what was done was done.

Now I want to rewatch Scorpion again lol. It’s on the list for this weekend.

they made peace with 8472 in the end

Yeah thankfully they did, but not until after Species 8472 was looking for a way to invade Starfleet more discreetly. But it’s another reminder in the real world most of the countries America and others had conflicts with also became friends after it was over. We became deep allies with Germany, Italy and Japan but been divided with the Soviet Union once WW 2 ended. Just more proof you just never know how these things will shake out in the long term.

I’m guessing the Borg will pretty much stay Russia at this point lol.

I remember taking a bit more of a Kantian position on “I, Borg” when it came out, but in retrospect…yes, I think Picard’s decision was a flawed one. Troi’s argument that “there are no civilians among the Borg” was right.

Yeah, that’s certainly another one that was up for tremendous debate at the time. To make clear, I was on Picard’s side with that one too. I just don’t know how I feel about Starfleet in engaging in wholesale genocide regardless (but yeah it wasn’t the only time they thought about it lol). And yes Starfleet disagreed with his decision as well but they didn’t try to court martial him over it either.

But Star Trek is great when it can work within shades of grey at times because we then get amazing discussions like this thread! And it proves there isn’t always a direct answer.

I actually agree with you as well. Picard should’ve taken them all out but Crusher was constantly in his ear, “But Jean Luc it’s GENOCIDE, blah,blah, blah!”

Pipe down Beverly, he broke the Prime Directive and could’ve been drummed out of Starfleet after saving Wesley from instant death after he murdered several plants!

BE GRATEFUL, SHUT YOUR TRAP AND STOP WHINING ALREADY!!!

Sorry, I go on a rant sometimes.

Also think once they nearly killed Harry, she was like ‘Bleep it’ and looked at them as the enemy from that point on too.

I don’t think Species 8472 left her much of a choice. They were just really pissed off! Sure the Borg was still going to assimilate her crew too but you work with what you got! 😂

But I don’t disagree if she has the chance to wipe the Borg she should’ve taken it but the galaxy would’ve been Bleeped either way.

Scorpion is still one of my absolute favorite episodes. True story, that was the very episode of Star Trek I ever watched so it has a special place in my heart! ♥️

And I have gone back and forth over Janeway’s decision over the years too. But unlike Tuvix which isn’t clear cut at all, this one is IMO.

But it doesn’t mean people can’t question her actions but she helped saved the galaxy against an even bigger a-hole then the Borg. Who thought there would ever be an even worst species out there? 😂🙄

But in weird Star Trek fashion she ended up making peace with them and her future self basically neutered the Borg for the next 30 years so it oddly worked out?

Glass half full kids! 🙂

“But I don’t disagree if she has the chance to wipe the Borg she should’ve taken it but the galaxy would’ve been Bleeped either way.”

I always try to be as fair as I can about all these discussions. And by telling people up front how biased I am for Janeway also shows how fair I’m being lol.

Yes, I do agree Tuvix is a much more complicated issue. Again, I agree with what she did, never had an issue with it, but I can certainly understand why others do obviously. I can’t blame anyone if they wanted to see Janeway locked up over it. But it’s Janeway, a jail cell couldn’t hold this woman if it tried lol.

But the Borg/Species 8472 conflict isn’t as nuance when you’re trying to decide which a-hole has the better chance of wiping out the galaxy and you literally have to side with one of them to defeat the other. That’s just not a great place to be lol. Again, I’m certainly not saying Janeway couldn’t handled it better or shouldn’t have just dismissed any opposing side as she did with Chakotay; but my guess if they did nothing at all Species 8472 would’ve over ran the Delta Quadrant in about a years time once the Borg were gone. Who knows how long until they reached the Alpha Quadrant? And the Federation was still in the middle of the war dealing with the dominion.

Man, Star Trek had some really deadly foes back then lol.

This awful deal with the Borg forced millions of innocents into assimilation. This offense went way beyond violating the Prime Directive given it resulted in effective genocide of entire planets. Even though she viewed it as necessary, at a minimum, she should have faced court martial proceedings when she returned to Starfleet — then she could have made her case. Starfleet botched this by sweeping it under the rug due to the publicity and hero-worship treatment she got for bringing the VOY back…and they even promoted her to Admiral after these major crimes, which bordered on corruption by Starfleet in my opinion — in fact, one might even wonder if the Borg that we saw had already infiltrated Starfleet (which we found out about in Pic S3) had already infiltrated Starfleet enough at the time of the VOY’s return to give Janeway the assist she needed there so as to not bring unwanted attention to this Borg diplomatic victory over the Federation?

Plus in the Tuvix case here, she ordered another person to commit suicide. That’s got to be a Starfleet crime, regardless of whether the person agrees with the order. I mean, can you imagine if in today’s military the shitstorm that would result if a superior officer ordered someone under their command to commit suicide because they thought it best for his team? I think she should have been prosecuted in a court martial for that and that Starfleet should have brought charges on this after VOY’s return — from a legal perspective, I think that would be prosecuted as a murder.

With the Tuvix bad decision, on top of the deal with the devil with the Borg that basically sentenced millions to be a assimilated, her star fell in my view. I was frankly kind of surprised she made Admiral given poor decisions like that. She tended to overthink those big decisions and not go with what she knew was Starfleet-legal. She exhibited too much a cult of personality (I mean look at the fans here who worship her and defend these horrible decisions) with too little accountability regarding her seat-of-the-pants bad decisions while far away from Starfleet supervision.

In fact, she exhibited some of the same leadership character flaws like we saw Commodore Decker and Admiral Marcus in there careers — and those are two great examples of officers who never should have been promoted to captain. So I think, minimally (i.e. if Starfleet was too chick-shit to do a formal investigation/court martial), she should have been held at the rank of Captain indefinitely instead of the promotion to Admiral — which I view as good PR for Starfleet given the great news story of Voyager’s return, with Starfleet brass deciding to sweep these very poor decisions/prime directive crimes under the rug.

The showrunners missed an opportunity to address this at the conclusion of VOY. As we previously discussed, VOY should have ended with a two-parter, “The Court Martial of Captain Janeway,” where they reviewed these and other questionable decisions during her time in the Delta Quadrant. The court martial would have provided the accountability review that needed to happen here, but it still could have had a happy ending that VOY fans could appreciate — the result should have been denial of the proposed promotion to Admiral, but allowing her to stay as Captain with a chance of getting the VOY back…like what happened to Kirk after Trek 4.

Voy not a show know for that kind of self reflection. No wonder ron moore left after a few months in the writers room

Yea, after writing on DS9 with the legend Ira SB leading the effort, Braga and the VOY writers must have seemed like the The Amateur Hour to Moore.

I actually would’ve loved if Ron Moore stayed on VOY as well.

Maybe he would’ve saved us from whoever wrote ‘The Fight’. 🤮

Janeway is a literal murderer

I don’t think you quite know what “literal” means; perhaps you could start by telling us the elements of first-degree murder and applying them to the facts at hand?

Yeah I love Amirami but this argument makes no sense. But if you followed that logic and Janeway decided to let Species 8472 wipe out the Borg but then they go on to wipe out everyone else afterwards then wouldn’t she still be considered a murderer anyway?

I just don’t get it. But it’s fun to discuss it either way! :)

I can’t speak for Ami’s terminology, but if I was the Starfleet JAG, here are the two crimes I would file to support the convening of a formal court martial:

For the Borg Deal with Species Assimilated Case — Criminal Negligence that supports a Crime Against Humanity (i.e. Intelligent Life) Criminal Negligence is an action so out of the ordinary and dangerous that it’s impossible to separate it from actual intent. It goes beyond a mistake in judgement or being momentarily careless. Criminal negligence claims must create a risk of death or injury, as well as an indifference to human life. A Crime Against Humanity is a deliberate act, typically as part of a systematic campaign, that causes human suffering or death on a large scale.

For the Tuvox case — Aiding or Soliciting Suicide A person is guilty of aiding or soliciting suicide if he intentionally aids or solicits another to commit suicide, and the other commits or attempts suicide.  

Based on Janeway’s actions, these charges should have at least been investigated and then followed up with a formal Starfleet Court Martial proceeding. Janeway and her lawyer would of course provide some of the defenses mentioned by fans posting on this article, and the three judges would then determine if she was guilty or innocent.

If he’s talking about Tuvix, others agree with him including Captain Freeman. Amirami is my best friend but we do disagree on this.

But others do agree with him here and, even in the Star Trek world, so it’s not one sided.

To be honest I thought Tuvix was a jerk so I never lost any sleep about it.

Ok I see he was talking about the Borg situation. That’s not the same to me either but Amirami knows how much I respect him and we just have to agree to disagree. But if she has to murder anyone Neelix would be the top of my list and I’m convinced she would’ve been vindicated by any jury.

the thing that hurt was the ‘re set button’ washing away any consequences for her actions

Exactly! I mean for Christ’s sake, she ordered another person to commit suicide.

That should be a crime, regardless of whether the person agrees with the order, right?

And then it could have affected morale, maybe a maquis would have led objections to her leadership

It must be a breaking of starfleet regs for sure, as bad as Capt Ransom

Yeah, and like that awful deal with the Borg that forced millions of innocents into assimilation, this offense, which should have forced court martial proceedings when she returned to Starfleet get’s swept under the rug due to the publicity and hero-worship treatment she got for bringing the VOY back…and they even promoted her to Admiral after these major crimes — crimes which also violated the Prime Directive.

Too much a cult of personality with her and too little accountability for her seat-of-the-pants bad decisions while far away from Starfleet supervision.

I think a really cool way to have ended VOY would have been a two-parter, “The Court Martial of Captain Janeway,” where they reviewed these and other questionble decisions during her time in the Delta Quadrant. And they could have given her some accountability, while still having a happy ending — the result should have been denial of the proposed promotion to Admiral, but allowing her to stay as Captain with a chance of getting the VOY back.

She literally tortured a Starfleet officer by putting him in a room where aliens were going to attack him. Even in universe Chakotay said she WAY crossed the line. She should not have been promoted when she got home, she should have been thrown in jail and the key thrown away. And this is the person that had th F***** nerve to say Kirk and Spock and Sulu would be kicked out of 24th century Starfleet because now they are too high minded. Screw her.

again the ‘re set’ means that there is no change in how chakotay gets on with his captain in future

Good point — that had not occurred to me.

I definitely agree she did cross the line when she was going to have one of Ransom’s men eaten by the little alien guy. But Sisko also poisoned a planet that had civilians on it because he was super pissed too. Just saying bro!

For the record I’m not condoning either one… but I can understand it. 😉.

I think she said Kirk would’ve been drummed out because he disobeyed orders but I think he saved the galaxy too many times to get the boot. But they all disobeyed orders, minus Janeway for obvious reasons, and stayed so who really knows?

Ultimately, I don’t think Janeway did anything “wrong”; you can’t sacrifice two lives for the sake of one life, which has always been the burden of a “command decision”. In fact, in the TNG episode “Thine Own Self”, Troi was tested on this very principle: could she, in could conscious, sacrifice one life for the sake of others? My only problem with this episode is the way Janeway and the others dealt with the issue, and, really, didn’t find any other options that could have saved Tuvix existence, whether it be cloning (via the transporters or by some other means), or create a holographic entity that could be used as a stop-gap measure, until a body could be created. There was a host of possibilities that could satisfy all parties, and, unfortunately, few were. Ultimately, I get what the producers of VOY wanted to do, but, as a “Trekkie” of many decades, I am disappointed with this episode narratively speaking.

GET A LIFE!

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20 star trek characters who could be tuvixed.

If the Voyager transporter accident that created Tuvix happened on other Star Trek shows, these characters could be Tuvixed, or merged together.

  • "LwaQsana: Jean-Luc Picard and Lwaxana Troi merged by Q's joke, resulting in a flirtatious, omnipotent being who solves everyone's problems with a snap of her fingers."
  • "Spockoy: Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy fused into one, a brilliant mind unable to control emotions. Kirk must trick him back into the transporter to reverse the accident."
  • "Brackett Boiminer: Mariner's recklessness merges with Boimler's fear, creating a brash captain who quickly becomes a 'badmiral' and realizes it was a terrible idea."
  • Note: The numbering of the takeaways has been added for clarity and is not present in the original text.

What if other Star Trek characters were involved in the same type of transporter accident that merged Lt. Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) into Tuvix (Tom Wright) in Star Trek: Voyager ? In Star Trek: Lower Decks, this concept is referred to as "being Tuvixed" , or blended into one single organism with physical and psychological characteristics of both individuals, thanks to an alien orchid being included in the transporter beam. While Tuvok and Neelix were ultimately separated at the end of Star Trek: Voyager season 2, episode 24 "Tuvix", the experience did have an effect on how they related to each other for the rest of the series.

So how would other Star Trek characters handle "being Tuvixed" ? What would they learn from each other? And how would their friends and family react to them? Some of these characters are diametric opposites like Tuvok and Neelix were, and could learn something from being merged together. Some of them would present interesting challenges to other people if they were to become a single entity. In all cases, these combinations of Star Trek characters might make for some interesting episodes if they were unfortunately -- or fortunately? -- Tuvixed into one, so consider these wholly speculative summaries of episodes that never existed.

Related: Star Trek: Voyager Cast & Character Guide

10 LwaQsana: Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi & John deLancie as Q

It's a terrible day for Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in a fictional Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Something Borrowed, Something Q" when one of Q's practical jokes merges him with Lwaxana Troi. Brash, flirtatious, and now omnipotent, LwaQsana treats the entire crew to exactly what she thinks they all want (and she's a telepath and a godlike being, so she would know, dear). Who needs that boring old diplomatic mission, anyway? With a snap of her fingers, that old ambassadorial delegation has their problems solved, and they're even invited to the wedding. What do you mean, what wedding, Jean-Luc? Why, haven't you guessed? Ours.

9 Spockoy: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock & DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard McCoy

In the hypothetical Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Let the Sap of Reason Quench the Fire of Passion", Mr. Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy become fused by inexplicable quirk of transporter technology. Spockoy possesses one of the most brilliant minds of all time and refuses to restore himself into his component parts, believing he can do more good as one. He's right, of course, but the problem is his temper. Unable to control his emotions, every irritant makes him more violent, and it's up to Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) to trick (read: fight) him back into the transporter to reverse the accident. No wonder McCoy hates transporters .

8 Brackett Boiminer: Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner & Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler

What do you get when you cross Star Trek: Lower Decks ' Beckett Mariner's reckless abandon with Brad Boimler's deep-seated fear of screwing up? Brackett Boiminer, who's so determined to prove their worth they take charge of situations without regard for consequences. Bravado masks their insecurity so well they manage to con their way into the captain's chair a little too quickly, and the authority goes to their head. Together, they should have all the ingredients for the perfect captain, but when the other USS Cerritos junior lieutenants point out they're acting more like a "badmiral" they realize this was a terrible idea.

7 Commander Sargiou: Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Philippa Georgiou & Doug Jones as Commander Saru

Commander Sargiou joins Star Trek: Discovery for a four-episode arc around season 2, combining Emperor Philippa Georgiou's ruthlessness with Commander Saru's kindness. Sargiou's impressive non-lethal tactical strategies make them an essential asset, and their aggressive campaign to befriend the crew works superbly. Unfortunately, incompatibility between the merged Kelpien and human physiologies is slowly killing Sargiou, and they cannot be saved. In their separation only Saru seems to survive, and Georgiou's apparent death allows her to enter Section 31 covertly.

6 Shawven: Todd Stashwick as Captain Liam Shaw and Jeri Ryan as Commander Seven of Nine

The sabotaged transporter in this alternate take of Star Trek: Picard season 3 results in Captain Liam Shaw and Commander Seven of Nine as Shawven, an antisocial commanding officer with more trauma than you can shake a stick at. They don't want to be here, they'd like to get this fixed, and yet they find themself stepping up to command, because they're the only one who's going to get it right. They're not able to mask their trauma as easily as they might individually, so the experience allows them greater understanding of each other, especially since they both have the Borg Collective to blame for their lifetimes of unhealed pain.

5 Cha'Pring: Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel & Gia Sandhu as T'Pring

Christine Chapel and T'Pring are merged into one highly competent person with a fiercely independent streak in the nonexistent Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode "Two Roads Converged". Despite the inevitable hijinks, Cha'Pring is able to talk her way aboard the Enterprise to further her own career goals and stick it to T'Pring's mother. She faces the same internal battle between human and Vulcan sides that Lt. Spock (Ethan Peck) does, prompting a deeper connection when she asks him for help with balance. Naturally, a romance blossoms, but it's Spock himself who regretfully calls for the separation, because they're meant to be distinct individuals.

4 MurkTahk: Dee Bradley Baker as Murf & Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk

Star Trek: Prodigy includes the symbiogenetic orchids in its hypothetical take on "Tuvix," entitled "Better Together". Murf accompanies Rok-Tahk on a scientific survey of a new planet, and eats some of these unusual flowers before their return. The result is MurkTahk, a being made of energetically absorbent transparent crystal who's very eager to be everyone's friend. Dal R'El (Brett Gray) is quick to put MurkTahk to work doing dangerous things, since they're seemingly indestructible. Gwyndala (Ella Purnell) has reservations, and consults Hologram Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) , who tells her about Tuvix, but encourages the crew to make their own decision together.

3 Keska: Jennifer Lien as Kes and Martha Hackett as Seska

When Seska and the Kazon board Voyager to take it over at the end of Star Trek: Voyager season 2, Kes sneaks an orchid sample into an emergency beam-out that includes herself and Seska. It's one way to prevent a hostile takeover that won't result in anyone's death -- except maybe Keska, the result of this experiment. Kes's latent telepathy combines with Seska's Cardassian spycraft to gain Voyager an excellent negotiator and expert survivalist. She's more confident than Kes, less volatile than Seska, and solves the problem of no one being quite sure what to do with either character.

2 Shlox: Jeffrey Combs as Thy'lek Shran & John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Fascinated by his existence as an "Andobulan", Shlox is inquisitive, passionate, and cheerfully ruthless. He maintains his own convictions while curiously exploring the customs of other cultures, and might exploit this cultural knowledge for his own political gain. He likes himself, so the bio-agent he's developed as a cure goes unused. In Star Trek: Enterprise' s "Andobulan, Part 2" he discovers the agent is toxic to humans, so he must decide whether to use it and end his own life, or let it fall into Xindi hands where it could become a weapon. In the end, Shlox sacrifices himself, and Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) owes both of them.

1 Quodo: Armin Shimerman as Quark & René Auberjonois as Odo

Changeling meddling and a faulty transporter create Quodo, combining Quark's pursuit of latinum with Odo's pursuit of justice on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Rom (Max Grodénchik) loves that his half-brother ( "because you're half my brother," ) lets him run the bar, while Quodo uses his shape-shifting abilities to spy for a mysterious client with very deep pockets. When his investigations make him a target for both the FCA and the Dominion, he has to decide whether to turn himself in or split himself up. The latter lets him avoid consequences on a technicality, despite his protests. "Liquid Assets" guest stars Jeffrey Combs as Brunt and Weyoun , or Breyoun.

While none of these combinations ever actually happened, they just might have given the characters involved some interesting growth, like what happened with both Tuvok and Neelix. Tuvix had personality traits and memories from both of them, so they retained some of that knowledge after their separation. Their wildly different personalities, usually the source of frustration and misunderstanding for both of them, blended in ways that let them see the other person's point of view more easily, and ultimately treat each other with a little more empathy. And isn't that what Star Trek is all about?

10 Terrible Star Trek Episodes With Awesome Endings

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Willing to hear the crew's thoughts, as always. However, shouldn't Tuvok and Neelix have the biggest say… oh, wait, they couldn't! I stand by my decision to restore them to their lives.

Jack Kiely is a writer with a PhD in French and almost certainly an unhealthy obsession with Star Trek.

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Best Star Trek Episodes of 2023

M ore than half a century after creator Gene Roddenberry first launched the starship Enterprise, Star Trek is still going strong. In fact, 2023 was maybe the biggest year yet for his universe, with Star Trek: Picard , Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds all debuting new seasons. All these new series mean plenty of new episodes added to the canon. While each one is likely someone's favorite episode ever, it's time to run down the best episodes of the year.

Still, a word like "best" is as nebulous as, well, a cloud of gas and dust in outer space that may or may not contain coffee . There are no hard nor fast rules about what a Star Trek story is supposed to be. The episodes listed below are all important moments in their respective series and the canon at large. Some are fun romps made to make fans feel great. Others are heavy emotional stories that challenge what audiences think they know about these icons of science fiction. All of them, however, simultaneously stand out from their peers, while still possessing the ephemeral quality of "feeling" like Star Trek . Individual viewers' warp speeds may vary, but there is no denying these episodes are something special.

Subspace Rhapsody Brought Music Back to Star Trek

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Release Date 2022-05-05

Cast Jess Bush, Melissa Navia, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn, Christina Chong, Anson Mount

Rating TV-PG

Star Trek has been a musical before Strange New Worlds "Subspace Rhapsody," most notably in Deep Space Nine with Vic Fontaine. Yet, rather than some holodeck adventure or an alien race prone to singing, this episode involves a sci-fi snafu that causes the whole galaxy to break into song at inopportune moments. It was a bold episode that broke through into the mainstream, if only for how odd it was.

This entry is controversial, with many fans not fond of musicals finding the extended song breaks a bit of a chore. However, Strange New Worlds still told important character stories while making the most of the high-concept premise. Sandwiched between two emotionally heavy episodes, it remains a fun romp that showcases the talent of the cast. And who could be mad at Klingons singing a K-Pop-style number?

Twovix Revisited Star Trek: Voyager's Most Controversial Episode

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The support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, have to keep up with their duties, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.

Release Date 2020-08-06

Cast Fred Tatasciore, Jerry O'Connell, dawnn lewis, Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, Noel Wells, Gillian Vigman, Jack Quaid

Genres Animation, Comedy, Action, Science Fiction, Adventure

Rating TV-14

Creator Mike McMahan

Star Trek: Lower Decks Just Simplified Voyager's Biggest Moral Dilemma

The Season 4 premiere of Lower Decks revisited Star Trek: Voyager in "Twovix," an episode name playing on a Season 2 episode of that series called "Tuvix." A transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix, ship morale officer, into a single being. The decision to return the two crew members by, essentially, "killing" Tuvix remains controversial, but Lower Decks used its trademark humor to simplify Captain Janeway's moral dilemma.

What makes this episode so great, however, is that it's chock-full of Voyager Easter eggs , from Captain Proton villain Dr. Chaotica to the weird macro-viruses that once infected the ship. Because the USS Voyager made her name further out than any other Starfleet vessel, it allowed the characters to be "fans," which is when Lower Decks is at its best.

Under The Cloak of War Revealed Dark Truths About Starfleet and Dr. M'Benga

People look to Star Trek for bright, hopeful stories, especially Strange New Worlds . However, this episode revisited the Klingon War from Discovery through the eyes of its veterans, Nurse Chapel and Dr. M'Benga. A defector from the Klingon Empire, a vicious general named Dak'rah, traveled on the ship, under the guise of his new role as a diplomat.

The story of his defection, including killing his own men, earned him the moniker "the Butcher of J'Gal." The episode reveals that M'Benga, a man supposed to be a healer, was the real death-dealer on that moon. When Dak'rah confronts him, M'Benga uses the Klingon knife from that battle to kill him. Not only that, he and Nurse Chapel cover up what really happened. It's a powerful episode, but one that shows Starfleet officers acting as flawed as any humans from the present.

Seventeen Seconds Tested Star Trek's Greatest Heroes and Friendships

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Taking place 20 years after we last saw Captain Jean-Luc Picard command the U.S.S. Enterprise , Star Trek: Picard picks up his story and finds him in a very different place in both his personal life and career.

Release Date 2020-01-23

Cast Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Rating TV-MA

This episode confirmed new character Jack Crusher to be who everyone expected : Jean-Luc Picard's son. Kept from him (for Jack's own safety) by Beverly Crusher, Picard has to wrestle with this revelation while the ship is under attack from a nigh-unstoppable enemy. The USS Titan is forced to face the Shrike, despite being outgunned. A maneuver Picard insists on is turned on its head and crippled the ship.

Riker orders Picard off the bridge, admonishing by saying "You just killed us all." It's the harshest the two close friends have ever been to each other on-screen. Yet, earlier in the episode, Riker and Picard share deeply emotional stories about fatherhood. The title refers to the 17 seconds it takes from a ship's bridge to the sick bay. A long time when a father is worried his son might die.

No Win Scenario Was a Win for Star Trek and the Audience

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The follow-up to the above episode, "No Win Scenario" features Riker and Picard making amends almost immediately. After three episodes of everyone at odds, the crew starts to work together. The surly Captain Liam Shaw gives a powerful monologue, about his trauma from the Battle of Wolf 359. Jack Crusher and Picard get to know each other a little. And, Beverly Crusher and acting Captain Riker figure out a way to save the Titan from the villains.

From Seven of Nine's ruthless dispatching of a changeling spy to Riker throwing an asteroid at the Shrike, this episode is what Star Trek does best. It's a thrilling adventure with high stakes, solved by science and resulting in the discovery of strange new lifeforms that Starfleet nerds live for. "Seventeen Seconds" took Picard 's characters from their lowest low to their highest highs, making it magical.

Caves Is the Perfect Blend of Star Trek Humor and Its Most Important Themes

Lower Decks is at its best when the characters are in familiar Star Trek situations that can be mined for humor but also tell an important story. The story commented on just how often Starfleet heroes end up trapped in caves fighting for their lives. This is, of course, because the second-wave shows redressed the same cave set for 18 years, called "Planet Hell" by the cast and crew.

Along with a funny premise about all the ways caves can kill Star Trek characters, the episode got to the core of what makes this storytelling universe endure. Each story in the episode is about friendship amongst the crew. Lower Decks is a workplace comedy, but Starfleet is no ordinary workplace. The ships and alien monsters may be the stars, but the heart of every Star Trek story is the characters' relationship to each other.

The Bounty Was the Perfect Blend of Looking Backwards and Forwards

Set primarily in a secret black box Starfleet vault and the Fleet Museum (itself the old space dock from the 1980s Star Trek films), "The Bounty" was about the past. A brilliant scene showed off some of the legendary vessels in the museum, accompanied by Stephen Barton's "Legacies," which fits references to every great piece of Star Trek music in under four minutes.

However, the episode was also about moving forward, both for the plot and the character stories, particularly the parents. Geordi La Forge and Jean-Luc Picard both learn more about their adult kids and how much alike they actually are. The episode also completes The Next Generation cast reunion, mostly.

The Inner Fight Cemented Lower Decks' Place In Star Trek

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Series creator Mike McMahan has always said the premise for Lower Decks came from the Season 7 Star Trek: TNG episode of the same name. Only "Lower Decks" wasn't a comedy, but a straightforward dramatic episode in which Ensign Sito Jaxa dies during a covert mission in Cardassian space. "The Inner Fight" reveals that Sito was a friend of Mariner's at the Academy and a woman she looked up to.

Not only did this episode connect the series to the classic TNG episode, but it also was a significant moment in Mariner's character development. It effectively pays off the arc she started in the series pilot: a brilliant Starfleet officer but prone to self-sabotage. The pain Mariner felt over Sito Jaxa's death and its seeming pointlessness has held her back her entire career.

Those Old Scientists Proved Star Trek Can Do, Literally, Anything

While Strange New Worlds is a hopeful, bright and sometimes quirky series, it's not nearly as much of a comedy as Lower Decks . Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler ended up accidentally time-traveling into the live-action series was a huge risk. However, Strange New Worlds adapted perfectly to make sure the cartoonish 24th-century Ensigns felt as real as anyone else.

The episode's title is a play on the abbreviation for Star Trek: The Original Series , though Boimler refers to it as the "TOS era," meaning "those old scientists." Yet, the entire episode revealed that Starfleet has Star Trek fans, too . To the characters, it's just history. The episode affirmed the characters and series fans have loved over the past six decades mattered a great deal.

The Last Generation Is a Pinnacle of Modern Star Trek Storytelling

Star Trek: Nemesis has a worse reputation than it deserves. It was a fine Star Trek: The Next Generation story, but it made a poor finale. After being the cast who brought Gene Roddenberry's universe back from the brink, they deserved a proper sendoff. The entire season, but especially its finale, was the big Star Trek: TNG finale movie(s) fans have always longed for. It wasn't their last adventure, but rather the last adventure the audience who grew up with them will get to see.

The producers, directors and production designers on Star Trek: Picard made the most of modern filmmaking techniques. The episodes played like cinema. Perhaps more so than in past seasons of Picard , the familiar characters were recognizable in ways they hadn't been before. However, they have also evolved and changed. Yet, when the credits rolled, the characters were where they should be: sitting around a table, playing cards and enjoying each other's company.

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As for these latest expansions: somehow, Captain Kirk arrives in the aftermath of the Battle of Wolf 359 (temporal anomalies are wacky like that). The Original Series of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy — plus Chekov — arrive on the scene ready to get the job done. Kirk’s ability to add an extra die on tests and then discard any result is potent, making him a strong contender no matter the task. He can put that advantage to good use with a judo melee attack boosted by several Support cards enhancing those signature moves.

Kirk’s fisticuffs can deal some real damage to enemy characters, which Federation phasers being set on stun often inhibit. Parking him in the center chair on the bridge (where he naturally belongs) can deny others easy access to the terminals surrounding him, just daring anyone to step into his reach. Even in the midst of a chop to the neck, enemies might be hit with a “Kirk’s Seduction” card and left Stunned. As our contact at Gale Force Nine wisely observed, “Seduction is just one of those things Kirk can do while doing other things.”

Spock’s Vulcan Neck Pinch attack also offers a strong way to disable foes with a little cowboy diplomacy, featuring better odds on its unopposed roll than many other attack options. If the shoe is on the other foot and your away team has taken damage, McCoy’s triple Medical specialization can be put to good use healing teammates. Chekov’s ability lets you add an extra die by discarding (in addition to the usual re-rolling option); it can feel a little expensive at times, but it’s in the Russian’s nature to be more reckless than cautious.

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The other new away team beaming down is led by Scotty. The Enterprise’s chief engineer can generate bonus actions when you successfully put his triple Engineering specialization to good use. Uhura has a handy ability to reroll tests at Operations terminals, where many Communications tests happen. Sulu has the strongest stat points on the team, in addition to four specializations — but his unique ability being tied to Attack rolls, with a further bonus when using the one Rapier equipment card available in the expansion, is an odd choice pigeonholing an otherwise versatile officer as a combat character.

Mr. Leslie is slightly deeper cut from the crew roster, but a nice surprise to round out the second away team. Most recognizable as an iconic redshirt, Leslie served in almost every department on the Enterprise , even sitting in the Captain’s chair at times while the senior staff was away. While his presence is appreciated, Leslie’s mechanics are disappointing. He is strictly inferior in every way to the Klingon bodyguard in the Duras expansion, who has stronger weapons (both melee and ranged ones that can inflict damage, not just Stun), useful specializations where Leslie has none, and is part of a five-person away team.

Scotty’s four-man squad could have used some extra potency from another junior crew member like Nurse Chapel, Yeoman Rand, or Chief Kyle (especially with the new Beam Away mechanic) to add useful abilities to the mix. Leaving a slot available on Scotty’s squad for a fifth crew member would have been another worthwhile option. Not giving Leslie a memorable way to contribute to the team with stronger stats, specializations, or a Jack-of-all-trades ability was a missed opportunity.

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At first glance, Scotty’s away team seems less impressive than Kirk’s based just on the characters, but there’s an adorable, fuzzy reason you may want to look closer. Scotty’s expansion offers one mission (and unfortunately, only one) that can introduce tribbles to the game. Tribbles cause chaos wherever they are present, letting you reroll dice for your opponent (and vice versa!).

Klingons, naturally, take even greater penalties when vexed by these wretched pests. More tribbles spread across the board with every character activation, so in short order they’ll be inescapable if you don’t spend actions to eradicate them. Several mission cards have great payoffs for letting the population grow though, so you’ll want to build your decks with options for searching out specific mission cards in order to start the tribble trouble early on in the game.

Another new mechanic present for both squads is the ability to Beam Away as part of missions. The character attempting to score points — and sometimes another character too, depending on the card — is removed from the game board until your next turn. If they complete the mission, which is typically quite challenging, you score some sweet points and can return to either your previous position or the transporter room. If you fail, however, you are Neutralized. Being able to pull a key character away from enemy attacks while completing a mission and possibly relocating them across the board grants a new twist on mobility and evasion that only Sela’s expansion leaned into previously.

Not all of the Beam Away missions are necessarily worth enough points to be worth a chance at losing a character, but as James T. Kirk would say, “Risk is our business!”

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The mechanics in these expansions beautifully marry to the flavor over and over again, which we always expect from Gale Force Nine’s offerings. There are more “I’m a doctor, not a…” references than you can shake a lirpa at. You can designate an enemy character as Khan, giving them greater Attack and Defense but a hefty payoff if you can take down this self-inflicted nemesis.

Curiously, Sulu has double Security but no Science as the head of astrosciences (while Chekov, the future security chief, only has a single Security specialization). It’s a small detail that feels off from Star Trek lore for these two in an otherwise strong homage to this beloved franchise. The Support and Mission decks also feature a number of reprinted utility cards from the Riker and Picard Federation teams with updated — or I suppose you could say retro — artwork to match the era. Some of the new cards have conditions so narrow that it’s nigh impossible to make full use of them (scoring maximum points or utilizing their maximum benefit), but it’s interesting to see the designers exploring new corners of the game format.

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You can pick up the base Star Trek: Away Missions game at your local game store now, as well expansions that include landing parties led by Gowron, Sela, Picard, and the Duras sisters. The Kirk and Scotty expansions will be available for purchase in March 2024.

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Star Trek: Section 31 Starts Filming, First Set Photo and Cast Members Revealed

Kacey Rohl, Omari Hardwick and more join Michelle Yeoh in Star Trek: Section 31, which has begun principal photography.

The Michelle Yeoh-led Star Trek: Section 31 has officially started production.

Variety reported the names of the Star Trek: Discovery movie spinoff's supporting cast joining Yeoh as a returning Philippa Georgiou, which include Kacey Rohl, Omari Hardwick, Sven Ruygrok, James Hiroyuki Liao, Robert Kazinsky, and Humberly Gonzalez . In a statement, Discovery co-showrunner and Section 31 executive producer Alex Kurtzman praised this development, confirming, "And we're off to the races! Thrilled to report principal photography has started on Star Trek: Section 31 . We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the Trek universe."

Star Trek: Picard's Potential Legacy Spinoff Gets Promising Update From Series Star

Star Trek: Section 31 's official release date hasn't been confirmed yet, though its synopsis teased the former Mirror Universe Emperor Georgiou joining "a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets," as she confronts "the sins of her past.” Per Variety, the film will be directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, who previously helmed multiple Discovery episodes and two episodes of Star Trek: Short Treks , while its screenplay will be written by veteran Discovery writer Craig Sweeny. This announcement comes as Star Trek: Discovery enters its fifth and final season this year, which actor Elias Toufexis described as, "pure adventure from episode 1 to 10. It’s chases and battles and there’s still all the Star Trek stuff. There’s a lot."

What's Next for Star Trek After the Conclusion of Picard?

2023, meanwhile, saw the conclusion of Star Trek: Picard after three seasons, though fans continue to petition Paramount+ to greenlight a spinoff series titled Star Trek: Legacy . Likewise, the fan-favorite Discovery spinoff Star Trek: Strange New Worlds released its second season to critical acclaim, with one episode even seeing Captain Pike's USS Enterprise crew meet the cast of the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks . Another Trek series, Star Trek: Prodigy , was briefly canceled by Paramount+ but -- thanks to a massive online campaign -- was eventually picked up by Netflix for season 2. I n addition to crossing over with Star Trek: Voyager characters, showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman have expressed interest in bringing some of Prodigy 's main cast like Dal and Gwyn to live-action someday.

Star Trek: Voyager Actor Weighs in on Controversial Tuvix Debate

Outside of Star Trek , Yeoh recently starred in Kenneth Branagh's A Haunting in Venice and voiced the Maximal Airazor in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts . She also lent her voice to the upcoming Paramount+ film The Tiger's Apprentice and will have roles in James Cameron's Avatar sequels and the two-part Wicked movie adaptation.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 premieres on Paramount+ in April 2024.

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    "Tuvix" was well received by fans and critics, earning generally positive reviews. Researchers and critics found "Tuvix" teeming with technical and philosophical content, including thematic ties to other episodes in the Star Trek canon, real-world logical and metaphysical ramifications, and scientific concessions for the story. Plot

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  5. "Star Trek: Voyager" Tuvix (TV Episode 1996)

    Tuvix Episode aired May 6, 1996 TV-PG 45m IMDb RATING 7.7 /10 2.4K YOUR RATING Rate Action Adventure Sci-Fi Transporter trouble merges Tuvok and Neelix into one, creating Tuvix. Director Cliff Bole Writers Gene Roddenberry Rick Berman Michael Piller Stars Kate Mulgrew Robert Beltran Roxann Dawson See production info at IMDbPro STREAMING +2

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    "Tuvix" VOY, Episode 2x24 Production number: 40840-140 First aired: 6 May 1996 ← 39th of 168 produced in VOY → ← 39th of 168 released in VOY → ← 415th of 908 released in all → Teleplay by Kenneth Biller Story by Andrew Shepard Price & Mark Gaberman Directed by Cliff Bole In-universe date 49655.2 - 49678.4 ( 2372 )

  8. Star Trek: Voyager's Tuvix & Captain Janeway Controversy Explained

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    The Tuvix Debate Wages On . Meanwhile, Harry Kim actor Garrett Wang said he really wanted "Tuvix to exist independently of the other two," though that didn't seem to be an option for Janeway at the time. In any case, the debate goes on, still standing out as one of the more memorable moral dilemmas to be featured in a Star Trek series.

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  27. Star Trek: Section 31 Starts Filming, First Set Photo Revealed

    The Michelle Yeoh-led Star Trek: Section 31 has officially started production.. Variety reported the names of the Star Trek: Discovery movie spinoff's supporting cast joining Yeoh as a returning Philippa Georgiou, which include Kacey Rohl, Omari Hardwick, Sven Ruygrok, James Hiroyuki Liao, Robert Kazinsky, and Humberly Gonzalez.In a statement, Discovery co-showrunner and Section 31 executive ...