Star trek: Voyager 7.06b - Lineage
Stardate around 54452.6
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
Episode propagandaTom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) reach a crossroads in their relationship which could have long-ranging effects on both of their lives. Early in her life, B'Elanna and her father, John Torres (Juan Garcia) joined his family on a camping trip where something happened - something that could result in B'Elanna making an irrevocable decision against Tom's will that no amount of technology can rectify.
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
- Juan Garcia .... John Torres
- Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
- Jessica Gaona .... young B'Elanna
- Javier Grajeda .... Carl Torres
- Paul Robert Langdon .... Dean Torres
- Nicole Sarah Fellows .... Elizabeth Torres
- Gilbert R Leal .... Michael Torres
- James Kahn .... Screenwriter
- Peter Lauritson .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Intelligence reportCool! Another baby!
Of course, it can't replace the Borg babies, but what can?
Icheb also delivers one of the best puns in Star trek history: parasite. It works on so many levels that it's not funny. Ummm... you know what I mean. Parasite: animal or plant that lives in or on another and from which it obtains nourishment. Parisite: a little Paris. Parasite: a little Paris that lives in B'Elanna. It's great!
Tied to this are Icheb's former infatuation with B'Elanna (see Nightingale) and Seven of Nine's presence at the revelation as one of the only three females on USS Voyager who have produced offspring (see Drone for Seven's bubba, Deadlock for Samantha Wildman's baby and Threshold for Kathryn's baby, ironically also with Tom Paris - that boy gets around: eat your heart out Jim Kirk!). The ironic part is that when Roxann was really pregnant, they hid it with close-ups and a special engineer's jacket with breast pocket for geek tools, then wrote it in as part of a holodeck program (see The killing game).
It's a funny old space-time continuum, isn't it?
On the downside, for B'Elanna, that is, there is the big gaping hole that is her childhood; ridiculed for being physically different (Miss Turtlehead), caught between not only two hot-headed cultures but two hot-headed parents who couldn't manage to live together long enough to raise her without scarring her psyche for life. It's good to see that "traditional family values" are causing as much heartache and psychosis in the insanity-free 23rd century as they do in your own barbaric times (ie the beginning of the 21st century). I thank the goddess that my son won't have to put up with any of that rubbish.
On the upside, for you, that is, is the big question of eugenics and fœtal genetic manipulation. Remember that this episode is not about Dolly the sheep but about Miral Paris. Oops, did I just throw in a giant spoiler? Oh, well, you were warned. Miral is a soon to be sentient being growing up in a society that was horrendously scarred in a battle by genetically altered super-Humans to take over the world (dependent on the timeline in which you exist - see Space seed for the story of Khan and Future's end for that timeline's erasure). Just like a scalpel, the ability to manipulate a fœtus' genes is a valuable tool in the hands of a surgeon (a gram of prevention is better than a kilo of cure) but a lethal weapon when controlled by an extremist (eg Nazis and Fundamentalist Christians). It's time to choose sides because this episode doesn't wrap up a little moral message in some sci-fi entertainment, it asks the questions and leaves you to decide which is the correct answer.
Security censorship classification
PG (Medium level violence, adult themes)
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS rental and retail: 7 September 2001