Star Trek: Voyager: Season 7, Episode 20

Author, Author (18 Apr. 2001)

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During their now regular communications with Earth and Starfleet the Doctor sends to Earth a holo-novel based too closely on his adventures on Voyager causing hurt feelings among his crew ... See full summary »

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During their now regular communications with Earth and Starfleet the Doctor sends to Earth a holo-novel based too closely on his adventures on Voyager causing hurt feelings among his crew and dissension among the holographic beings on Earth. Written by laird-3

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In the closing scene at the dilithium processing facility, a panning shot shows Robert Picardo as 11 different worker holograms, but all looking the same. As holograms, the Federation didn't feel it necessary to make each one look unique. See more »

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Seven of Nine's aunt claimed she had visited the aunt's home at age 6 - however - during the 5th season episode "Dark Frontier: Part 2" - the EMH claimed that Seven of Nine was 4 years old when her parents departed on their Borg research mission. See more »

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The Doctor: In the beginning, there is darkness, the emptiness of a matrix waiting for the light. Then, a single photon flares into existence, then another. Soon, thousands more. Optronic pathways connect, subroutines emerge from the chaos, and a holographic consciousness is born. I awaken into this world fully programed, yet completely innocent, unaware of the hardships I'll endure, or the great potential I will one day fulfill. - Computer, save revisions and open Chapter One.
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One of the best!
8 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed one reviewer referred to this episode as 'the worst of the worst'. Oddly, to me it's one of the better episodes and it's obvious that there are lots of difference tastes out there. For me, the funny episodes they periodically tossed in were among some of the very best--they provided some welcome relief from the otherwise VERY serious nature of the show.

When the show begins, they've established a Skype-like system where crew members can make live calls to the Alpha Quadrant. Surprisingly, one of the most excited about this is the Doctor! Despite being a hologram, he has ideas about becoming a great author and his ego is stroked when a big publishing house wants his novel. Folks are shocked, however, when they see that this novel sure makes it look as if the Doctor is a great, great man and the crew, which is WAY too much like Voyager's, is full of evil jerks who couldn't get along without the Doc. It's VERY funny to say the least. But what is funnier is Tom Paris' re-write. In it, the Doctor is a jerk AND he sports a ridiculous comb-over!

Overall, this episode is very slight but it's also very funny. If you don't mind a tongue-in-cheek episode, it's one of the better episodes of the final season. Well worth seeing--and it's a great chance to see just how far the Doctor's ego has gone!

By the way, two of the guest stars in this ones are Barry Gordon (the blue publisher) and the arbitrator (Joseph Campanella). It's nice to see these familiar faces on the show.


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