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Star trek: Voyager 7.03a - Critical care

Stardate around 54180
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Episode propaganda

Gar (John Kassir), a Dralian trader, enters an overcrowded, airborne hospital ship and looks for Chellick (Larry Drake), the facility's Administrator. Gar shows Chellick the Doctor's (Robert Picardo) mobile emitter that he obtained from the USS Voyager. Gar fiddles with the controls on the device and the Doctor appears, but he immediately demands to be returned to his ship. The Allocator, the computer that prioritises all patients on board the ship, announces that a generator has exploded and many patients are arriving. The Doctor witnesses the chaos surrounding him and decides his only option is to help. Chellick, Gar and Voje (Paul Scherrer), another doctor, observe how the Doctor handles patients and are pleased with his work.

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
  • Paul Scherrer .... Voje
  • John Kassir .... Gar
  • Larry Drake .... Chellick
  • Dublin James .... Tebbis
  • Gregory Itzin .... Dysek
  • Christinna Chauncey .... Level Blue nurse
  • Stephen O'Mahoney .... the medical technician
  • John O'Heir .... the cuckold
  • John Durbin .... the miner
  • Debi A Monahan .... the adulterer
  • John Franklin .... Kipp
  • Kenneth Biller .... Storywriter
  • Robert Doherty .... Storywriter
  • James Kahn .... Screenwriter
  • Terry Windell .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • FYI: I have the benefit of not being temporally linear, so I know that the penultimate episode of Voyager is called Renaissance man and features the EMH as the lead character - just the title puts me in mind of Isaac Asimov's brilliant short story which was made into a big film called Bicentennial man
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A set-up. It has to be because otherwise it's not much of an episode. The Doctor's discovery of ethics not created by his moral and ethical subroutines is a wonderfully disturbing occasion. It's like finding out that you aren't as resistant to temptation as you thought, as you quietly pocket the excess change given to you by the cashier, except it's worse. The Emergency Medical Hologram is hugely constrained by his programming.

When the constraints of his ethical subroutines were removed in Equinox he became a merciless tool with no more sense of right and wrong than a dermal regenerator. Now, however, he has gone so far beyond his original programming that he has developed his own sense of right and wrong, one which is more ruthless than Doctor Zimmerman intended. The EMH has become Frankenstein's monster, no longer at the mercy of the whims of others. That makes him a dangerous man indeed.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 June 2001

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