Story: Emanations
Written By: Brannon Braga
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1995

This is an interesting one. Deals with death and death rituals. I won’t go into all the details, but it has some interesting notions. As a result of an investigation on an asteroid for some new element (because WHY GET HOME?), Ensign Kim accidentally gets transported to some other dimension or something, where these people send their bodies to evolve when they die, but unfortunately the fact is that there is no afterlife and they end up rotting on an asteroid.
They think Kim is some kind of member of the afterlife…but even worse the person supposed to be sent to the asteroid (well to the afterlife) actually ends up on Voyager. So now all of her beliefs and thoughts are shattered, and Voyager has to figure out some kind of solution to her problem while trying to get Kim back.

It has some actually decent ideas, ideas that unfortunately disappear later in his work with both Voyager and Enterprise.

NEXT TIME: Sikaris