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Skurry
Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 8:38am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

*can all, not 'call'
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Skurry
Fri, Nov 3, 2017, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

Disclaimer: I'm not a religious person. I'd best be described as an agnostic, I suppose.

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This episode goes to great lengths to avoid any sort of religious jargon at all.

JANEWAY: Consciousness. Is that what you're calling me? Kathryn's consciousness.
ADMIRAL: For the want of a better word. Some say ghost or spirit.

Or what most people would refer to as a 'soul', whether they believe in one or not. But can't say that word. Not allowed. So 'consciousness' instead.

ADMIRAL: I don't know what to call it. Another state of consciousness, unlike anything we could have imagined in life. It's not a frightening place, Kathryn. It's full of joy and indescribable wonder.

I know what most people would call it. 'Heaven'. But can't say that word either. So 'matrix' instead.

For some reason it's ok to call it 'hell' though. IDK why.

This is another episode that tries to highlight how science is different than religion, and totally backfires on itself. It tries to show that when you die, if you see a bright light guiding you to cross over, 'hah! Jokes on you!, it's actually an evil alien that's going to eat your 'consciousness'. It's not a religious experience at all, it's science! So there.

But it explicitly states that there is a part of you that lives on after death, which is the foundation of most religions, and therefore proves that religions are at least partly right. And just like in 'Sacred Ground' (which says basically the exact opposite of this episode), I'm 100% sure it wasn't the writer's intent to say what it did.

Star Trek is quite schizophrenic about religion, sometimes saying it's nonsense and it call be explained away with science, as in 'Sacred Ground' or TNG's 'Devil's Due', and sometimes showing that there is an afterlife of some kind, as in this episode, or pretty much any episode about Chakotay, among others.

The best thing for Star Trek to have done was to never mention religion ever. Because most of the time it ends up being a big mess, and ends up contradicting itself between episodes and sometimes even within the same episode, and often leads to totally idiotic ones like this one.

And if this alien/demon thing does this all the time, why has this never happened to anyone on the ship before? There have been many people very close to death many times on this show. But he's never shown up. And of course of all the hundreds? thousands? millions? billions? of people he's tried this with, Janeway is the only one that he couldn't convince. Of course.

1/2 star.
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