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?

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    If the Voyager writers were not influenced by the whole of the TNG cannon, wouldn't that represent a huge failure to understand the universe they're writing about? – Jontia Jun 20 '18 at 15:11
  • I've edited to make this seem like your less asking for an opinion and more asking about official statements (as that is what I believe you were asking anyway). I've also edited to make your title clearer, remember titles are the main thing that draw people to your question, it's best to have it descriptive and to the point. – TheLethalCarrot Jun 20 '18 at 15:35
  • Are there any voyager episodes that are not influenced by anything in Star trek? If you are looking for something that is completely original, watch ds9. It certainly has nothing to do with the other shows or any other show on tv with the budget to hire professional actors and writers – Raditz_35 Jun 20 '18 at 15:59
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    @Raditz_35: I sure think most of what happened in "Threshold" wasn't influenced by previous Star Trek.... – ThePopMachine Jun 20 '18 at 19:22
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    Jontia, a cannon is a huge gun. – Ham Sandwich Jun 20 '18 at 22:34

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