ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

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B’Elanna Torres “ascends to the heavens”

I almost wish I could assemble a list of Star Trek (of all the series) episodes in which a less-advanced species thinks the Star Trek folk (or others) are holy or divine in some way.

Just saw the Voyager episode, for example, called “Muse,” in which some ancient-Greek-like aliens think B’Elanna Tores and Harry Kim are “Eternals.”  These “Eternals” even inspire these aliens to be less war-loving, more peaceful — via one of their poets who writes plays based on the Voyager crew exploits. And at the end of the episode, B’Elanna appears on the stage herself.

Here’s the script for the last scene. Check out all the parallels with Jesus’ ascension (as well as Greek mythology).

CHORUS: Finally, Voyager has reached our shores.
TORRES: And not a moment too soon. Kelis the poet must say goodbye as B’Elanna Torres returns to the Eternals in a dazzling blaze of light.
CHORUS 3: On a far-away, snow-covered peak…
TORRES: No, right here before your eyes.
LAYNA: Wait! She’s not from across the Eastern Sea. She’s an Eternal! I’m telling you she’s B’Elanna Torres. The real B’Elanna Torres! I saw her ship.
CHORUS 1: The lead actress, in a fit of jealousy, brands her rival an Eternal. Our patron rises to his feet to stop the play.
AUTARCH: Nicely done. I almost believed you. Continue.
KELIS: Stay.
TORRES: Voyager needs me.
KELIS: So do I.
TORRES: No, you don’t. You have all that you need right here.
KELIS: I’ll be inspired every time I think of you.
TORRES: One to beam, to ascend to the heavens. (transports away)
CHORUS 1: And so ends the rescue of B’Elanna Torres, half-Klingon. B’Elanna Torres, half-human. B’Elanna Torres, Chief Engineer.
KELIS: These stories will continue for as long as we have the breath to tell them, and as long as our patrons remain wise and compassionate. And Voyager will continue on her journey to the gleaming cities of Earth where peace reigns, and hatred has no home.

And here’s a youtube video of this scene.

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