As with each Star Trek collection, and actually most TV reveals, Star Trek: Voyager had its ups and downs, with some episodes being thought of classics for your complete sci-fi franchise, and others… effectively, not a lot (I’m taking a look at you, “Threshold”). Nonetheless, so far as essentially the most mentioned Voyager episodes, rating close to the highest of the checklist, if not within the #1 spot, is the controversial “Tuvix,” which noticed Tim Russ’ Tuvok and Ethan Phillips’ Neelix being merged into the title character. This story was even channeled in a current episode of The Flash, and Russ just lately talked about simply how a lot he’s requested about “Tuvix,” in addition to shared his definitive tackle the ending.
“Tuvix” got here up whereas Tim Russ was chatting with The Prepared Room host Will Wheaton about (SPOILER ALERT) his look within the newest Star Trek: Picard episode, “Dominion,” as a Changeling disguised as Tuvok. Beginning off, Russ recalled a particular second that exemplified simply how usually Star Trek: Voyager followers have introduced up “Tuvix” to him:
For individuals who’ve by no means seen “Tuvix,” which aired on Could 6, 1996 in the direction of the top of Season 2, the character, performed by Tom Wright, comes into existence when Tuvok and Neelix are beamed again as much as Voyager whereas carrying a plant pattern from a class-M planet they have been exploring. Finally The Physician discovers a approach to separate the 2 crew members again into separate beings, however Tuvix argues for his existence and says that bringing Tuvok and Neelix again could be the equal of executing him. Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Kathryn Janeway (who’s at present a personality on Star Trek: Prodigy) finally decides to hold out the process herself after Robert Picardo’s Physician refuses to take action. Almost three a long time later, Star Trek followers proceed to debate the moral and ethical implications introduced within the episode, with some agreeing with what Janeway did, and others believing Tuvix ought to have remained alive.
Tim Russ acknowledged the troublesome subject material introduced in “Tuvix” throughout his dialog with Wil Wheaton, noting that that is a kind of Star Trek tales the place the captain has to decide the place “there’s no successful” as a result of there are “these scales which can be virtually good.” In his opinion although, Russ believes Janeway made the best name, explaining:
We’re solely two years away from the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager’s premiere, and although “Tuvix” is certainly one of its most controversial tales, it’s nonetheless spectacular that it’s nonetheless mentioned so passionately inside the fanbase. Wanting again to Tim Russ, he starred in Voyager for the whole lot of its run, and whereas Star Trek: Picard marked his first time reprising Tuvok on display screen in over 20 years, he has voiced the character in some video/pc video games, in addition to performed the Mirror Universe model of him within the Deep House 9 episode “Via the Wanting Glass.” Russ has additionally just lately starred reverse Cherry Jones in an episode of Poker Face (which Peacock subscribers can watch) and voiced Lucius Fox within the animated DC film Batman: The Doom That Got here to Gotham.
For these now taken with watching “Tuvix” for the primary time or viewing it once more, it may be streamed with a Paramount+ subscription, as Star Trek: Voyager is well accessible on the platform with the remainder of the Star Trek TV reveals. Don’t overlook to make use of our 2023 TV schedule to see what reveals are at present airing or will debut/kick off new seasons quickly.