“Mortal Coil” is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 80th episode overall.
In this episode, it deals with a starring character’s death, resurrection, and crisis of faith.
Neelix is killed while participating in a survey mission of a protomatter nebula. Using a technique devised by Seven of Nine , however, the Doctor is able to revive Neelix after being dead for nearly 19 hours. Distressed that he had not perceived the afterlife while he was dead, Neelix begins to question his religious beliefs. With the aid of Chakotay, Neelix embarks on a spiritual vision quest, during which he confronts his dead sister, Alixia, who mocks him and then dies and crumbles into dust. He then finds himself on a slab, surrounded by visions of his shipmates, who tell him that life is irrelevant and that he knows what he has to do.
Convinced that his existence is meaningless and that his life has no purpose, Neelix decides to commit suicide by transporting himself into the nebula. Despite the attempts of his shipmates, Neelix prepares to beam off until Ensign Samantha Wildman arrives to ask Neelix if he could console Naomi, who believes she saw a monster in the replicator and who will only allow Neelix to tuck her in. Realizing that he does, indeed, have purpose in his life, Neelix relents and heads for the Wildmans’ quarters. Once there, Naomi, who had heard that Neelix was sick, wonders if a monster had got him. “Yes”, Neelix replies, “But I chased him away.”
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Allan Kroeker.
- Writer(s): Bryan Fuller.
- Release Date: 17 December 1997.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.