Riddles (Star Trek: Voyager)


Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 6
Directed byRoxann Dawson
Story byAndré Bormanis
Teleplay byRobert Doherty
Featured musicJay Chattaway
Production code227
Original air dateNovember 3, 1999 (1999-11-03)
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"Riddles" is the 126th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the sixth episode of the sixth season. Roxann Dawson makes her directorial debut.[1] The science fiction story is that a crewmember of spaceship in the 24th century has his mind attacked by aliens; upon his return his shipmates try to help him recover. Set in the Star Trek universe, the episode takes advantage of previously established lore about Vulcans as a way to explore emotions, recovery, and friendship.

The episode was written by Andre Bormanis (story) and Robert Doherty (teleplay), and aired on UPN on November 3, 1999. Bormanis was also the Star Trek science consultant.[2]

Actor Mark Moses guest stars as the alien Naroq.[3]


Tuvok and Neelix have returned from a diplomatic mission. Tuvok scans the Delta Flyer, discovering a cloaking frequency, and suffers neurological damage after an attack by an invisible alien. He experiences cognitive impairment, memory loss, personality changes, and loss of emotional control. With help from the race they had just met with, Voyager receives a deputy investigator with theories on the terminally cloaked alien race, allowing Voyager to expose them.

Neelix resolves to help Tuvok recover. In the process, they develop a deep friendship, one that Neelix has desired but Tuvok has till late denied. As Tuvok's recovery ensues, he slowly is able to recall details of the encounter, as well as discover new abilities in himself such as preparing desserts and enjoying jazz.

The information locked in Tuvok's damaged mind is essential to locating the cloaked alien race. Neelix must also work with the conflict of what Tuvok needs, what Neelix himself desires in his new friendship, and what the crew of Voyager itself needs out of their formerly expert tactical officer Tuvok.

Following Captain Janeway's encouragement, Tuvok eventually draws the cloaking frequency in icing on a cake he prepared, and the crew is able to produce this frequency through the deflector. They expose a cloaked space station, and eventually negotiate for details on the weapon used on Tuvok. Tuvok eventually makes a full recovery, but appears to still retain a bit of the illogical self he briefly knew.


This episode was noted for the use of a medical history to help with a diagnoses, pointing out how the EMH check's Tuvok's medical history.[4]


Keith DeCandido of Tor.com rated the episode 6 out of 10.[5]


This episode was released on DVD as part of a season 6 boxset on December 7, 2004.[6]


  1. ^ "Star Trek: Every Actor Who Also Directed Episodes Or Movies". ScreenRant. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. ^ "BBC Online - Cult - Star Trek - Interview - Andre Bormanis". bbc.adactio.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  3. ^ Ruditis, Paul (2003). Star Trek Voyager Companion. Simon and Schuster. p. 334. ISBN 978-0-7434-1751-8.
  4. ^ Shedroff, Nathan; Noessel, Christopher (2012-09-17). Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction. Rosenfeld Media. ISBN 978-1-933820-76-7.
  5. ^ DeCandido, Keith R. A. (2021-05-06). "Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: "Riddles"". Tor.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  6. ^ Holly E. Ordway (November 29, 2004). "Star Trek Voyager: Complete Sixth Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2021-01-01.

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