Star Trek: Lower Decks highlights the issues with the “Tuvix” argument.
Star Trek: Lower Decks is continuing with its current season, and while we’ve seen some highs and lows throughout, the moment that we keep coming back to is the season premiere, where the Cerritos come in contact with the Voyager, and shenanigans start transpiring. Dozens of Cerritos’ crew members end up being combined by accident, recreating the Tuvix situation from Voyager all those years prior.
Just about every major character who wasn’t one of the core four was seemingly merged with someone else, creating an army of amalgamations. The entire lot of which became genocidal, and sought to combine as many crew members into one.
It worked for the laughs of it all, but it also ended the Tuvix debate; it’s not murder to separate two people accidentally combined in a transporter accident. Seeing as how so many members of the crew were forged without their consent, how can anyone argue that separating anyone, let alone Tuvix, was the wrong idea?
"But the absurd escalation of “Twovix” ultimately justifies Janeway’s actions. Yes, Tuvix is a sentient being, but one that came at the cost of two other sentient beings who need not have died. And if Tuvix’s desires outweigh those of Neelix and Tuvok simply because one currently exists and the other does not, does that mean that T’Illups is engaging in acts of creation and not acts of murder when he combines crewmates against their will?"
Star Trek: Lower Decks kills Tuvix argument one and for all with “Twovix”
It can no longer be argued that Tuvix was murdered. He was never born and by his refusal to be separated, he was killing two unique beings. Considering Star Trek has long been about the “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, one would think we wouldn’t still be having this debate into 2023, but here we are.