Ma'Bor Jetrel is a Haakonian scientist, who was responsible for the development of the metreon cascade, a weapon of mass destruction that dissolved 300,000 Talaxians on a moon called Rinax more than fifteen years ago. Among the victims was Neelix's entire family. Jetrel comes to redeem himself. He claims that Neelix may be suffering from a deadly disease, metremia, brought about by the weapon, and confirms this when Neelix agrees to be examined. Jetrel proposes to use the transporter to collect samples of the metreon cloud around Rinax, to synthesize an antibody. It turns out that Jetrel suffers from metremia himself, in its final stage. However, Jetrel's claim that Neelix was suffering from the illness was just a pretext to utilize Voyager's transporter technology in his effort to restore the victims. Janeway agrees to the plan, but the attempt fails because the pattern decay is too strong. The scientist collapses, knowing that he will never be able to redeem himself. Neelix pays a last visit to Jetrel and tells him that he is forgiven, allowing the Haakonian to die with some semblance of peace.

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  1. Aaron Dotter on Tuesday, December 14, 1999 - 5:38 pm: I was surprised that Jetrel was able to use the Doctor's own security code to deactivate him. Isn't the whole point of a security code to set it to your voiceprint so no one else can use it? Mark Swinton on Tuesday, January 18, 2000 - 6:22 pm: Especially as in most other episodes, all anyone needs to say is "Computer, deactivate the EMH"...constanze on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 10:07 am: I didn't get the impression it was a security code, I thought it was just an order, a computer command, and Jetrel was present when the doc used it. Since Janeway has allowed the doc to choose when to be on and off, I think the has written a new code, and the command "Computer, shut off EMH" can be overriden if he wants to.
  2. Aaron Dotter on Friday, March 17, 2000 - 5:06 pm: Neelix mentions that the Haakonians conquered his homeworld. But in Basics Paris and the Talaxian Defense Forces retake Voyager. If their homeworld was conquered how could they have defense forces? I suppose that they could be from a colony that the Haakonians did not take but I don't think the Talaxians would be that powerful. Chris Thomas on Saturday, March 18, 2000 - 2:08 am: Could they have conquered but then later left, like the Cardassians' occupation of Bajor? Aaron Dotter on Saturday, March 18, 2000 - 7:59 am: Yeah I was thinking of that too. It just seemed kind of quick. D.W. March on Saturday, March 18, 2000 - 11:43 am: They probably conquered the planet, stayed until they discovered that everyone on the planet was like Neelix and then they packed up and left ASAP! Seniram 12:14, December 16, 2017 (UTC) Maybe the Haakonians negotiated a withdrawal after the war, allowing the Talaxians to rebuild their defence forces to prevent future occupations
  3. constanze on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 10:07 am: I, too, think that Neelix forgiving Jetrel was a bit far-fetched, but after the casino scene with Kes, he supposedly did it to forgive himself. Mr Crusher on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 5:28 pm: What good would it do for Neelix to go on hating Jetrel? Is that going to bring his family back? If he can find it in his heart to forgive, then that just shows what kind of a person Neelix really is. LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:37 am: I didn't think it was far-fetched for Neelix to forgive Jetrel. Some people might do this because they wish to be "better" than the person they've been hating. Some may genuinely feel that maintaining hate for someone takes its toll, and doesn't make you feel better. There have been Holocaust victims who have stated that they forgive Hitler and the Nazis. I remember an episode of Doogie Howser that explored the same point. The estranged father of the former gang member-turned orderly, Marcus (IIRC), turned up in the hospital. Marcus didn't want to be around him because he abandoned him as a child. By the end of the episode, Marcus decided to forgive him, not because his father deserved it, but because he felt he himself deserved it, because forcing himself to continue hating him was difficult. What good would this do for Neelix? Well, that's for each individual to decide.

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