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Star trek: Voyager 7.04a - Body and soul

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Passing through space occupied by the Lokirrim, a race of hologram-hating people, the Doctor (Robert Picardo) seeks refuge in Seven of Nine's (Jeri Ryan) Borg implants, taking control of her body. Intoxicated by the experience of real Human sensations for the first time, the Doctor becomes obsessed with the need for new physical experiences: a quality which Ranek (Fritz Sperberg), the Lokirrim Captain, finds very attractive.

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris, Director
  • 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
  • Fritz Sperberg .... Ranek
  • Megan Gallagher .... Jaryn
  • David Starwalt .... the second Lokirrim Captain
  • Marva Hicks .... T'Pel
  • Michael Taylor .... Storywriter
  • Eric Morris .... Screenwriter
  • Phyllis Strong .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Sussman .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Dating lesson 47: don't do the alien mind possession trick on your potential girlfriend - it never works!

On a more prosaic note, Jeri Ryan does yet another great impersonation (see also Infinite regress), this time of Robert Picardo as the EMH. She has the vocal, physical and emotional characteristics down pat; it really is as if Seven has been taken over by the Doctor. Coolness.

It's a shame that you don't get to see anything of the photonic insurgents because although slavery has been looked at many times before in Star trek, it's not often that the slaves are the creations of the enslavers. The photonics' revolt against their former masters, and their shockingly effective use of bio-chemical weapons would make a really gritty story. Instead, the darkest point that Body and soul achieves is the Doctor's abuse of his power over Seven's body, made criminal by the fact that Seven is aware of what he is doing.

A crime is only a crime if someone knows that it has been committed.

The alternate story, Tuvok's pon farr, ties up a potential loose end: a Vulcan male has seven years between each pon farr and the show runs for seven years so it has to happen at some stage. What is interesting is the way that Tom treats Tuvok with more respect while being a Doctor than he ever has on the bridge. Normally he'd be the first to crack a joke at the Vulcan's expense, especially with Harry Kim around ("Two little boys had two little toys..."), but he's incredibly sensitive and compassionate. It's a side of Tom Paris that even B'Elanna doesn't get to see (even taking into account the "mooshy stuff" in Drive). Perhaps it was only brought out because the actor was also the director, but the character has also been growing into an adult from his overly arrested development.

Robert Duncan ("Robbie" to his fans) has made the best of the script, but there's only so much that you can do with an egg and a frying pan.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 6 July 2001

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