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Investigating a rogue planetoid for dilithium, Neelix’s lungs are removed by an alien race who suffer from a deadly phage that is slowly destroying their population… forcing them to harvest replacement organs from other species…

The Trekzone Review

It was about time we ran into another spacefiaring alien species in the Delta Quadrant and they gave Neelix the opportunity to expand his character as he suffers through a lack of lungs… even in a Talaxian they are very important! Not only Neelix, but The Doctor again got some great screen time as he deals with his new permanent patient.

The Doctor creates an ingenious way of keeping our new cook alive with holographic lungs, and I like to think of this episode as the beginning of him as not just a hologram. I think Kes is the perfect person to help the Doctor with his struggle as she is not biased as our Alpha quadrant characters.

Cast and Crew


Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran as Chakotay

Robert Picardo as The Doctor

Tim Russ as Tuvok

Roxann Dawson as Belanna Torres

Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris

Garrett Wang as Harry Kim

Ethan Phillips as Neelix

Jennifer Lien as Kes

Guest Cast

Cully Fredricksen

Stephen B. Rappaport

Martha Hackett

Teleplay By

Skye Dent

Brannon Braga

Story By

Timothy DeHaas

Directed By

Winrich Kolbe

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