[VOY] Mortal Coil

[VOY] Season 4, Episode 12: Mortal Coilmortal coilRating: 2  

This is another episode that could really strike a chord with people, but it’s not for everyone. Obviously someone having a crisis of faith leading to wondering what the purpose of their life is, and even whether their life is worth living, is fertile ground for drama. This episode just kind of checks off some boxes and moves on, there’s no real exploration of the issues Neelix is facing.

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Neelix dies!

Neelix dies! So far this episode is instant 5-rating material.

Seven says he's not THAT dead

Seven says he’s not THAT dead

Neelix is brought back to life after being dead for 18 hours

Neelix is brought back to life after being dead for 18 hours.

He had believed that he would go to the great forest when he died and be with all his loved ones, but that didn't happen

He had believed that he would go to the great forest when he died and be with all his loved ones, but that didn’t happen. It’s time for….. A CRISIS OF FAITH!

Naomi had been having trouble sleeping, thinking that there were monsters in her room. Maybe it's cause that demon-horse thing in the corner. Neelix would tell her about the great forest to calm her down

Naomi had been having trouble sleeping, thinking that there were monsters in her room. Maybe it’s ’cause that demon-horse thing in the corner.

Neelix wishes that Seven never saved him

Neelix wishes that Seven never saved him! This is pretty dark for Neelix. I guess this dude has some low lows to go with his high highs.

Chakotay helps Neelix go through a vision quest

Chakotay helps Neelix go through a vision quest

In it he sees his sister telling him the great forest is bogus, then he sees the crew of Voyager tell him that life is meaningless and that "he knows what to do"

In his vision quest he sees his sister telling him the great forest is bogus, then he sees the crew of Voyager tell him that life is meaningless and that “he knows what to do”

He interprets this to mean he should just end his life. He tries to beam himself into space

He interprets this to mean he should just end his life. He tries to beam himself into space

Chakotay tries to convince him to stop, but it was ultimately Wildman just wondering in, not knowing what was going on, and asking Neelix to help get Noami to sleep

Chakotay tries to convince him to stop, but it was ultimately Wildman just wondering in, not knowing what was going on, and asking Neelix to help get Noami to sleep, so The End I guess.

 

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  • Ross Danbruen

    And if I ever find out that my personal delusions based on wishful-thinking AREN’T true, I’ll somehow reason that life is meaningless and not want to live anymore. And who says faith doesn’t give you anything special. 😉