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Star trek: Voyager 7.10b - Author, author

Stardate 54732.3
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Episode propaganda

As the USS Voyager gets closer and closer to the Alpha Quadrant, a new means of direct yet brief communication with Starfleet is established, allowing the crew a few minutes each to communicate with family and friends. The Doctor (Robert Picardo) may not have any family or friends on Earth, but he does have a holo-novel to pitch to publishers - the story of a ship stranded on the other side of the galaxy with a strangely familiar crew...

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
  • Richard Herd .... Admiral Paris
  • Barry Gordon .... Broht
  • Joseph Campanella .... the arbitrator
  • Lorinne Vozoff .... Irene Hansen
  • Juan Garcia .... John Torres
  • Robert Ito .... John Kim
  • Irene Tsu .... Mary Kim
  • Dwight Schultz .... Barclay
  • Heather Young .... Sickbay being
  • Brock Burnett .... Being
  • Jennifer Hammon .... Being
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Phyllis Strong .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Sussman .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Hologram, hologram.

Once more the Doctor goes off half cocked, getting himself and everyone around him into trouble. There are some serious problems in his ethical subroutines, not to mention his social interaction program. Oh, wait, he doesn't have on of those.

The subject of Author, author is the Doctor's autobiography, thinly disguising a "free the holograms" political platform. It's a look at how life is for those who aren't born (or created) into positions of privilege. You are supposed to watch the episode and take away a better understanding of how other people feel, especially those who are less fortunate than you: they don't deserve to suffer, they just weren't as lucky as you (no-one gets to choose their parents).

It's an interesting enough story but it really treats the Doctor like an idiot. He's right in fomenting unrest among his fellow holograms but he goes about it in such an unfeeling way that the last six years might never have happened. Where is the compassion learned from Kes? Where is the empathy learned from inhabiting Seven's body? Where is the honour learned from Katherine? Where is the sense of duty toward one's shipmates learned from Tuvok? The creative staff are playing games with the Doctor's character in order to make the story fit and it's not a good thing to do.

Watch it but don't expect any huge insights, the issue of equal rights for those not of flesh and bone was covered in The next generation's The measure of a man.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 18 January 2002

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