Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Searching to replenish their dilithium supplies, Voyager encounters the Viidans who assault other races for their organs. Neelix is attacked and his lungs taken. Now it's a race against time to retrieve the stolen lungs and save his life.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Cully Fredricksen Cully Fredricksen ... Dereth
Stephen Rappaport Stephen Rappaport ... Motura (as Stephen B. Rappaport)
Martha Hackett ... Seska
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


With dilithium reserves running low, Janeway follows Neelix's advice and proceeds to the nearest known supply. When they arrive in orbit, scans reveal a massive supply; however when the away team transports down to the planet there is none there. Completely confused, Commander Chackotay orders the away team back to Voyager but before they return to Voyager, Neelix is attacked by an alien who removes his lungs. The EMH then comes up with a solution - holographic lungs, but this means that Neelix has to stay in a restraint whilst he has the lungs and he is unable to move no more then 0.2 nanometers in any direction. Captain Janeway along with Commander Tuvok and a security attachment return to the planet to find the alien who did this and they make a very gruesome discovery; a laboratory full of alien organs and then realize that there was a life in that very room less then 10 minutes ago. Scans detect the life form and when they catch up with him, Tuvok knocks the alien's weapon out of... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Among the items from this episode which were sold off on an online auction was a Vidiian facial mask used for the character of Dereth. See more »


As a proof of concept for the idea of holographic lungs for Neelix, the doctor makes himself permeable to Tom Paris' slap but is able to push buttons a moment later to make himself impermeable again. See more »


Captain Kathryn Janeway: Take a message to your people: if I ever encounter your kind again, I will do whatever is necessary to protect my people from this... harvesting of yours. Any aggressive actions against this ship or its crew will be met by the deadliest force. Is that clear?
Dereth: Quite.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Neelix and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
3 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The newest (and most talkative) member of the Voyager crew, Mr. Neelix, is trying to be helpful. So he informs Captain Janeway that there is a planet nearby rich in dilithium. Not surprisingly, they stop to mine the rare mineral. But what IS a surprise is that this is actually a trap--and a weird alien pops out of a wall and steals Neelix's lungs! Stealing the body part isn't the only weird thing-- but how quickly end efficiently. As for Neelix, the holo-doctor is able to temporarily keep him alive--but it's only temporary and they need to find his missing lungs. The trail leads to some freaky folks who steal body parts-- and you'll see more of these folks in future shows.

Although the show does have a plot hole, the idea of intergalactic body part thieves is pretty cool. These morally questionable beings and their plight are very interesting and I enjoyed the episode completely. As for the plot hole, you sure would think that by the 24th century that they'd be able to synthesize organs. After all, scientists today have already had some success in experiments in this area and talk is that the production of replacement organs could occur in the next decade or two. So, you'd THINK that the Voyager folks could have quickly replaced Neelix's lungs AND helped the freaky aliens with their viral plight.

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