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Star trek: Voyager 5.04b - Nothing Human

Stardate around 52360
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Episode propaganda

When B'Elanna (Roxann Dawson) is attacked by a being that latches itself onto her body, Voyager's holographic Doctor (Robert Picardo) creates another virtual physician, a Cardassian exo-biologist (David Clennon as Crell Moset), to treat her. However, when Torres learns that the physician engaged in unethical wartime medical practices, she refuses the treatment that could save her life...

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
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • David Clennon .... Crell Moset
  • Jad Mager .... Ensign Tabor
  • Frank Welker .... the voice of the being
  • Jeri Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Ooer: ethics!

It's been a while since there's been an ethics show on Voyager, they've all been action/adventure so far this season. Not that I have anything against action/adventure episodes - quite the opposite, in fact - it's just that all meat and no potatoes makes for a dull meal.

While Crell is merely a HUI (Holographic User Interface - I think I just invented a new acronym!), he still represents the knowledge which was allegedly discovered through wartime atrocities. At this point discerning Trekkies should read in Doctor Mengele and his experiments on Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, pregnant women, twins and other undesirables.

B'Elanna's point is that she spent a lot of years fighting against people like Crell. The Doctor's point is that she will die if she doesn't accept Crell's treatment. Tabor's point is that his entire family was used by Crell as Bajoran guinea pigs (Whew! Them Bajorans is mighty uppity: it's no wonder the Cardies got their scaly butts kicked). The second best part is that no-one can prove any of it. The first best part is that everyone has to make tough decisions and everyone will have to live (or die) with those decisions.

Of course, B'Elanna doesn't die. They've already killed off one regular cast member on Voyager and they don't have any spare actors to replace a non-Human brunette female. This is a nice, meaty episode that pokes its fingers into the pie normally reserved for those on Deep Space Nine.

If you want to know what happens in the end...

PS: I advise that any attempt at having an alien attach itself to a cast member is doomed to failure. Alien did it first, best and last. Do not attempt this at home. Or 60,000 light years from home. In space, no-one can hear you scream.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 April 1999

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In the end

The captain decides that a live Chief of Engineering with a (bigger) chip on her shoulder is more important than a dead one with her morals intact. Janeway orders the procedure to be carried out, but leaves the problem of the holo-Doctor's holo-Exo-biologist's continuing existence up to the holo-Doctor. Just when you thought things couldn't get any murkier...

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