"'Ashes to Ashes" is an episode of Voyager, the 18th episode of the sixth season. It has an average fan rating of 4/5 on the official Star Trek website as of September, 2009.
An alien contacts Voyager
, claiming to be a deceased member of the crew, Ensign Lyndsay Ballard. She explains that an alien race, the Kobali, reanimated her after her coffin was buried in space. The Kobali reproduce by altering the DNA
of dead individuals of other races, though such people are (at least initially) prisoners of the Kobali so that they may more easily adjust to their new lives. Ballard escaped from her 'new' family, stole a ship, and spent 6 months searching for Voyager
When she finds Voyager, she is under attack from a Kobali vessel. Disabling the pursuing vessel, she makes audio contact with Voyager—only to be disconnected when Mezoti, an adolescent former Borg drone, accidentally closes the channel in an attempt to notify Captain Janeway.
When contact is re-established, Ballard is brought to Sickbay, where she retells the story of her death. Harry Kim, who was involved with Ballard, is present to confirm the details, and the Doctor confirms that the alien's DNA contains portions that match Ballard's medical records.
When the Captain clears Ballard for duty, she attempts to return to her 'old' life, but finds adjustment difficult—the Doctor has managed to restore her physical appearance, but biologically, she's still Kobali. She discovers that fact for herself... Read More