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What rating would you give "Emanations"?  

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  1. 1. What rating would you give "Emanations"?

    • 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: 109

Season: 1 Episode: 8

DVD Disc: 3

Air Date: 03.13.1995

Stardate: 48623.5


While exploring an uncharted asteroid, Chakotay, Kim and Torres stumble upon what appears to be an alien burial ground. Not wanting to desecrate the site, Chakotay and his team decide to make some quick anthropological observations and then return to Voyager. But before they finish their study, a subspace vacuole — a dimensional distortion — forms and begins to fill the cavern they're investigating. Alarmed, Chakotay orders Voyager to beam them up. But when the Away Team appears on the ship, there is only Chakotay, Torres and the body of a recently deceased woman.


In the meantime, Kim finds himself trapped inside a ceremonial burial pod on an alien planet in another dimension; he has somehow switched places with the corpse. Freed from the pod, Kim is told that he's on the homeworld of the Vhnori people. The Vhnori think that Kim has come from the "Next Emanation," or afterlife, and they are disturbed when he reveals that he has just come from a place that contained the dead bodies of many Vhnori.


On Voyager, the Doctor is able to revive the corpse — a woman named Ptera. When Ptera realizes that she is not in the Next Emanation with her deceased family members, she becomes hysterical. Later, she reveals that her people believe that when they die, the vacuoles take their bodies to another plane of reality. To learn that the distortions merely take their bodies to a barren asteroid is difficult to accept. Not long after, another vacuole forms, and deposits a second corpse onto the ship, and still later, a third.


After hearing Kim's story about the bodies on the asteroid, a Vhnori man named Hatil — who was about to submit to euthanasia to ease his family's burden in caring for him — changes his mind about dying. On Voyager, Ptera wants to be sent home, even if that means dying a second time. The crew attempts to beam her into a forming vacuole, but the procedure doesn't work and when they retrieve her, Ptera is dead.


Time is running out. The vacuoles are damaging the ship's warp core. If the crew doesn't find Kim soon, they'll have to leave him behind. On the Vhnori world, Kim figures out a way to escape. He'll take Hatil's place in a burial pod, allowing Hatil to fulfill his own escape option and Kim to transfer to his universe when the next vacuole delivers the occupant of the pod into the other dimension. The plan works, and Kim's body appears on Voyager, where the Doctor is able to revive him.



Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran as Chakotay

Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres

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:

Martha Hackett as Seska

Jefrey Alan Chandler as Hatil

Jerry Hardin as Dr. Neria

John Cirigliano as Alien #1

Robin Groves as Hatil's Wife

Cecile Callan as Ptera


Creative Staff:

Director: David Livingston

Written By: Brannon Braga


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Harry Kim, Chakotay and B'Ellana Torres beam to an asteroid and discover dead bodies that seem to be wrapped in cacoons. Just as they are about to beam back to Voyager, a bright light appears and the only two that make it back are Chakotay and B'Ellana Torres. But where is Harry?



I think that "Emanations" is an excellent episode that deals with peoples thoughts about the after-life. These people start questioning everything when they see a new person come out on the other side. Very well written and one of my favorite Voyager episodes.


**** out of *****

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This episode was good. I got to see more of Harry, who is turning out to be my favorite character.



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I gave it a 3. Good acting overall, and surprisingly tolerant of faiths, which we've come to not expect from Star Trek. But the plot was so weak, and some of the dialogue seemed REALLY stupid, that I could not get into it too much.

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