This is not the worst thing the Federation has ever done

Somehow it's wrong to save two crewmembers lives.
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The lamest argument Star Trek "fans" seem to make all the time is the one where they try to paint Kathryne Janeway as a murderer, all because they don't like female leads. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Tuvix", Vulcan security officer Tuvok and morale officer Neelix end up merging after a transporter accident. The resolution of the episode sees Janeway ordering Tuvix to split, returning him to his prior form of two individuals.

The argument that some of these fans like to make is that Janeway's decision is to split Tuvix constitutes murder. Though, following that logic, if Janeway "murdered" Tuvix by splitting him, then he is just as guilty for murdering Tuvok and Neelix. After all, his entire existence can only be if two others essentially died.

So why would Janeway want to keep a murderer on board? Facetious statements aside, it's an impossible situation. Janeway was not going to lose two of her most important crew members due to an accident, and as no one actually died, it can't be constituted as murder.

Yet, some fans really want to drive home the point that Janeway murdered Tuvix. So much so that some people list it as the worst offense the Federation has ever committed. That's right, Janeway's act to save two lives, is seen as a bad thing. Sometimes, you can't make this up.

Keep in mind, on the list we linked, we have poisoned an entire planet, murdered a Romulan politician to bring them into a war they didn't want to be in, and attempted genocide of an entire race of people.

No, trying to save the lives of two officers, which is the point of contention here, is somehow the worst thing ever. The Tuvix argument is one that is tired, outdated, and used just to tear down the first female captain in Star Trek history. Janeway saved two of her crew members, who didn't ask to be merged in the first place.

Somehow "Tuvix's right to exist" overrides the the desire and rights of Tuvok and Neelix.

What's even more maddening is that so many so-called fans ignore one of the greater tenets of Star Trek; the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one. In this case, Tuvok and Neelix matter just as much as Tuvix, and both men deserve the same right to exist that fans demand for Tuvix.

Yet, we ignore that, because it's easier to tear down Janeway through this argument. Not to mention, Tuvok and Neelix are often seen as the less-than-impressive characters on the show. Which further compounds this silly argument. We've talked about it a lot on here, and it seems we're destined to deal with the same negotiation about this very weak and unimpressive character.