Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 20

Good Shepherd (15 Mar. 2000)

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In Seven's assessment of ship-wide efficiency, she brings to the Captain's attention three 'black sheep' crewmen who have slipped through the cracks. Mortimer Harren (Jay Underwood) the ... See full summary »



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In Seven's assessment of ship-wide efficiency, she brings to the Captain's attention three 'black sheep' crewmen who have slipped through the cracks. Mortimer Harren (Jay Underwood) the overly-qualified underly-enthused engineer, Tal Celes has no confidence in herself and doesn't inspire it in others, and William Telfer the resident hypochondriac. Seeking to guide her strays back to the flock, Janeway orders them all to join her on an away mission to a class 'T' nebula in the Delta Flyer. Anxiety strikes when the know-it-all Harren gets sensor data very wrong, Tal is so worried about being wrong she can't get anything right, and an intrusive alien gives Telfer his first real medical emergency. Written by Meribor

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Harren's admonition of going "to the left" when telling Captain Janeway where to go on Deck 15 is a sly dig at Tom Morello's insertion of his political leanings regarding social injustice into his songs. See more »


In broadcast versions of the opening credits, Steve Bacic is listed instead of Michael Reisz. See more »


Neelix: [referring to Crewman Harren] I'll bet you haven't said two words to him.
Tom Paris: Two words, exactly. We collided in the corridor during a Borg attack; I said, "Excuse me". Since we were at red alert and about to be destroyed, I think it was very considerate of me.
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A Great 'Moral' Story without the usual baggage
11 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In any large group of people some are not going to feel included and so are resigned to being on the fringe of the group. But in the soft tyranny of our age ALL must identify and 'fit in' with the group.

The mess hall scene where the 'popular' Tom Paris, and the ever self important Ms Torres are discussing the outcast status of a crew member eating alone. High school never ends, even after 5 centuries. It was a nauseous, disturbingly sad scene.

And so, via the Voyager crew, an age old religion, the group-cult, exhibiting a group-think mentality of which even the Borg must be envious is ever with us (ref: Carrie). Thus enter the religious tie-in of the Captain as a stand in for Christ himself.

On first thought this was a heart warming episode of bringing back into the fold (sheep) the lost ones. But on second thought this is merely another instance of the co-opting a religious concept to enhance the current group-think more Borg than thou mindset currently in vogue.

Great acting by the outcasts. The captain as Christ was beyond belief as either satire or black humor. It's getting hard to tell anymore.

Truly disgusting.....But I love the series anyway.

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