Does anyone else see the parallels and similar aspects between the following two episodes:
- Star trek Voyager: Cathexis (1X13)
- Star Trek TNG: Lonely Among Us (1X07)
Have any of the writers or anyone mentioned the parallels?
In the sense that in Voyager:
Tuvok reveals that he is a noncorporeal alien known as the Komar, seeking to bring Voyager's crew to the center of the nebula so that his people can feed on their neural energy;
Once the Doctor is back on-line, he is able to restore Chakotay's mind to his body, and recover Kes from her coma.
And in TNG:
Unseen by the crew, Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) is hit with a strange energy discharge as the ship passes the cloud, causing him to become violent
Picard announces that they had picked up an entity previously when they passed the cloud, and now Picard and the entity are one. Under its influence, Picard plans to transport himself back into the cloud, and he shoots energy at the bridge crew when they try to stop him. The crew are unable to prevent Picard from beaming off the ship. The crew spend hours trying to locate Picard to no avail, so they are forced to accept he is beyond recovery and prepare to leave. However, Troi senses the Captain's essence nearby, and Picard manages to signal the crew through the ship's computers. Data is able to reverse the transport, reconstituting Picard without the entity.
So similarities, in both TNG and Voyager episodes:
- We came across two similar types of life forms that are non-corporeal "energy creatures".
- It happened that a human was also converted into an "energy state" (Picard vs Chakotey).
- It happened that the energy life forms controlled a human body (Picard vs Tuvov).
- In Voyager it was a nebula, and in TNG it was a cloud. But a nebula is a type of cloud adding to the similarity:
A nebula (Latin for "cloud" or "fog"; pl. nebulae, nebulæ, or nebulas) is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. Originally, nebula was a name for any diffuse astronomical object, including galaxies beyond the Milky Way.
So basically, the similarities point that these two types of energy life form are actually quite similar.
Were the writers in Voyager influenced by the TNG episode?