Hot off of her reelection win this week in the state of New York, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking Tuvix with Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew. On Twitter, a follower requested Ocasio-Cortez return to Twitch soon for some more interaction with her fans. In response, the congresswoman understandably stated that she was "tired," though she teased a new stream coming this week or next. Additionally, she also asked for topic ideas for discussion, and a Voyager fan struck a chord by suggesting a Tuvix debate.
For anyone unfamiliar with this specific Star Trek: Voyager episode, it first aired on television in 1993 during the show's second season. In the episode, Lieutenant Commander Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) are inadvertently merged into a single lifeform by way of a transporter malfunction. This creates Tuvix (Tom Wright), an individual carrying traits of both Tuvok and Neelix but with his own distinct personality, who becomes a respected member of the crew.
After the Doctor discovers a way to separate the DNA inside Tuvix to bring back Tuvok and Neelix, it creates a moral dilemma. While the procedure would bring back the crew's old friends, it would effectively terminate Tuvix --- someone who doesn't want to die and feels as if he's being ruthlessly executed. Regardless, Janeway performs the procedure herself after the Doctor refuses, essentially "killing" Tuvix in the process. As one trekkie put it when asking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to speak about the episode, Tuvix's fate does bring up the political question of whether the ends justify the means.
"This one is deep. Would definitely have to rewatch it but this is solid," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Noticing the conversation, Kate Mulgrew herself joined in to defend her character's decision to restore Tuvok and Neelix, even if it meant destroying Tuvix.
"Willing to hear the crew's thoughts, as always," Mulgrew tweeted. "However, shouldn't Tuvok and Neelix should have the biggest say...oh wait, they couldn't! I stand by my decision to restore them to their lives. Rewatch and report back, AOC - and congrats on your win!"
In response, Ocasio-Cortez had many words of praise for Mulgrew and Captain Janeway. "One thing I learned watching Janeway growing up is how leadership means being responsible for working through dilemmas w/ no clear answers," AOC said. "All the easy decisions are made before it gets to the top. Janeway leads w/ focus on her mission - to get her crew home. Thank you Kate!"
As there's now a lot of attention on Ocasio-Cortez talking Tuvix and Voyager, it seems more probable that she'll dive deeper into the moral implications of the episode on the congresswoman's next Twitch stream. In October, the congresswoman appeared on the platform to host a game of Among Us. The stream also included AOC's fellow Squad member Ilhan Omar along with gaming personalities like Pokimane, DrLup, and mxmtoon. The stream can be seen as a big success, as it drew over 400,000 viewers at the time.
Voyager fans can also expect to see more of Mulgrew in the role of Janeway again soon enough. She will reprise the role by voicing the character in the animated Nickelodeon series Star Trek: Prodigy, set to premiere in 2021. Maybe poor Tuvix could have been there as well, had Janeway chose to keep him around all those years ago. This information comes to us from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.