Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Barge of the Dead”

Torres dies and goes to hell — twice! This episode adds to the lore and mythology of Klingons, but unfortunately does so in a manner that makes very little story sense, and basically establishes that putting someone in a coma sends them to the afterlife of their mother’s heritage. Sure. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch sets sail on the “Barge of the Dead.”

An excerpt:

The last time the show dealt with the afterlife, it was a much more effective meditation on life after death, with Neelix being mostly dead instead of all dead in “Mortal Coil.” This one falls down because it’s not really about the Klingon afterlife, it’s about Torres letting go of her anger and longing for her mother—yet it does so in a way that explicitly states that the Klingon afterlife is real, and that just cuts off the air supply to my disbelief.

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