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What rating would you give Phage?  

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  1. 1. What rating would you give Phage?

    • 5. It?s great, I loved it!
    • 4. It?s good.
    • 3. It?s average.
    • 2. It?s not that good.
    • 1. I hated it.

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Production: 105

Season: 1 Episode: 5

DVD Disc: 2

Air Date: 02.06.95

Stardate: 48532.4


During an Away Team survey of a planetoid that seems to be rich in raw dilithium, Neelix is attacked and left for dead. The other members of the team find him and beam him up to Sickbay, where the Doctor reports that the Talaxian's lungs have been removed. With no other alternatives, the Doctor fits Neelix with a set of holographic lungs. They'll keep him alive, but require him to remain confined in an isotropic restraint in Sickbay for the rest of his life.


Janeway leads an Away Team back to the planetoid, where they discover a medical lab filled with harvested organs. Unfortunately, Neelix's lungs are not among them. Minutes later, an alien ship speeds away from the planet, with Voyager hot in pursuit.


In Sickbay, a despondent Neelix is having difficulty adjusting to his situation, but he urges Kes to still go on with her life regardless. Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, still serving as the starship's only doctor, admits to Kes that he's having difficulty adjusting to the demands of being a full-time physician. Kes' intelligent, soothing advice makes the Doctor think that the Ocampan might make a good medical assistant.


When confronted, the aliens admit that they stole Neelix's lungs, but defend their actions by recounting the battle that their species — the Vidiians — have fought for years against the "Phage," a gruesome disease that destroys their genetic codes and cellular structure. Unable to defeat the Phage, they have learned to survive by scavenging organs from healthier species to replace their own diseased tissues. Unfortunately, Neelix's lungs have already been transplanted into one of the Vidiian's bodies. Unwilling to sentence the Vidiian to death to regain Neelix's chance for life, Janeway reluctantly releases the scavengers.


Grateful to the Captain for sparing them, the Vidiians offer to help Neelix with their superior medical technology. With their assistance, Kes is able to donate one of her lungs to Neelix, allowing him to live a normal life. After the successful procedure, the Doctor tells Kes that Janeway has granted permission for the Ocampan to begin training as a medical assistant.



Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran as Chakotay

Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris

Ethan Phillips as Neelix

Robert Picardo as The Doctor

Tim Russ as Tuvok

Garrett Wang as Harry Kim

Jennifer Lien as Kes


Guest Cast:

Cully Fredricksen as Dereth

Stephen P. Rappaport as Motura

Martha Hackett as Seska

Majel Barrett as Computer Voice


Creative Staff:

Director: Winrich Kolbe

Teleplay By: Skye Dent & Brannon Braga

Story By: Timothy DeHaas

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Good episode. The Vidiian story was pretty sad... and disturbing, but in this episode we see more of Kes and The Doctor. Their relationship seems to be going along nicely, especially since Kes seems to be "humanising" the Doctor which is an improvement to his grumpier (yet funny) self in the previous episodes.



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Enter the Vidiians, the most despicable organ harvesters in the galaxy. This one runs like a mediocre horror film, but could have been made more palpatable by a greater illiustration of the suffering of the Phage. I give it a 3.

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The Vidiians scared the c.rap out of me more than the Borg. I can honestly say that these are the only Trek "villians" that actually caused me to have a nightmare. For them to go around callously taking body parts from people and the ease with which they did so was truly frightening. They treated people like cattle awaiting slaughter. I think the later episode featuring these guys scared me more, where an alternate universe Voyager crew totally fell victim to them. Thank goodness that George Castanza finally cured their disease!

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