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  • Voyager - Ashes to Ashes offers up a unique and fresh science fiction concept that I like
  • Unfortunately, what prevents this episode from being really entertaining is the fact that I can never make the emotional connection with the crewmember that came back to life but was never featured on the show before

    • by GenesisOne
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      Star Trek: Voyager - “Ashes to Ashes” offers up a unique and fresh science fiction concept that I like: what if there was an alien race out there that reproduces using the bodies of the dead? This episode features such an alien race. They scour the galaxy for members of other races that have died, bring the bodies on board and reanimate them.

      They did this with a member of Voyager’s dead and that person in this episode struggles to find the ship and come back home even though that is strictly prohibited in the alien culture that she is a part of now.

      This episode really did not impact me emotionally very much for one major reason: the character that


      returns from the dead was never featured on the show! Her death was never shown or mentioned, her funeral was never shown, the character was in fact never shown until this episode, after she had already come back from the dead! This totally ruins the emotion and drama that otherwise would have very much worked with the script, dialogue and action that plays out in this story.

      I could not connect with the character that had returned from the dead and I could not feel for her or any of the characters around her as they try to get used to the fact that she is alive again and when the aliens come for her and begin attacking Voyager, I did ...


      • not feel like that Voyager was defending one of her own.

        There had been other crewmembers that have died on the show and their deaths were shown, so why not bring back one of them instead? That would have been the sensible and smart way of going about doing an episode like this.

        Still, the episode does appeal to me because it explores a concept that is really quite fascinating.

        What is it like to die, and then be brought back to life by an alien race, only to be denied your old life and forced to adjust to a new family, culture and identity.

        I also liked how the episode explored what it was like for people to see someone

        that had died three years ago walking and talking among them again.

        It makes for some uneasiness and allows for characters to have discussions that would not normally be possible, like when Captain Janeway is asked why she sent her on the away mission when others were more qualified and when Harry Kim is asked what he said about her at her funeral.

        The episode conveys genuine emotion, especially before and during the attack on Voyager.

        Unfortunately, what prevents this episode from being really entertaining is the fact that I can never make the emotional connection with the crewmember that came back to life but was never featured on the show before.

        For that reason, the episode actually falls kind of flat for me.




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