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Star trek: Voyager 4.12a - Living witness

Stardate 51813.4
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Episode propaganda

In an alien future, the crew of Voyager are remembered as sadistic warriors whose desperation to reach home led them into a genocidal war, culminating in an uneasy, volatile society. When future historian Curator Quarren (Henry Woronicz) reactivates Voyager's EMH, the Doctor (Robert Picardo) finds himself alone and on trial as a war criminal...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok, Director
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Henry Woronicz .... Curator Quarren
  • Rrod Arrants .... Ambassador Daleth
  • Craig Richard Nelson .... the Vaskan Arbiter
  • Marie Chambers .... the Kyrian Arbiter
  • Brian Fitzpatrick .... Tedran
  • Morgan Margolis .... the Vaskan visitor
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Bryan Fuller .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Hmmm, it's getting a bit predictable, isn't it? The episodes before the season finale dip in quality around volume 10, pick up at 12 then explode at 13. Still, that's all the more reason to watch volume 12!

Living witness takes a good hard look at war crimes, historical revisionism (hello again, China) and archaeological forensics (whew, that's almost technobabble!) The opening scenes are wonderful, the middle is nice and meaty and the ending is surprisingly good. Tim Russ (that's Tuvok to the rest of you) handles the direction of this episode very well. The actors are out of their normal characterisation and enjoying the difference.

The miseries of war and rose-coloured glasses are held up to the light for all to see and understand. It's you who must apply an appreciation of the unacceptable to your lives.

This is one of those really good episodes with lots of guts - good solid Star trek. Definitely worth watching, although I wonder how they managed to leave a duplicate copy of the EMH on a distant planet when they can't even copy it for themselves.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 1 December 1998

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