Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 24

Life Line (10 May 2000)

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The Pathfinder Project makes use of a pulsar and the MIDAS Array allowing a data stream to reach Voyager - and Voyager to reply - every 32 days. Lieutenant Barclay (guest star Dwight ... See full summary »



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The Pathfinder Project makes use of a pulsar and the MIDAS Array allowing a data stream to reach Voyager - and Voyager to reply - every 32 days. Lieutenant Barclay (guest star Dwight Schultz) sends a letter to The Doctor asking for a second opinion for his dying friend. The eccentric genius Dr. Lewis Zimmerman (Robert Picardo) who created the template for The Doctor's program is terminally ill with no known cure in the Alpha Quadrant. After reviewing the medical record The Doctor believes he can cure Zimmerman, and convinces Captain Janeway to risk sending him through the data stream. The Doctor finds his maker to be his most difficult patient; Zimmerman insists The Doctor's program is obsolete. Barclay recruits Deanna Troi to convince the two before Zimmerman's time runs out. Written by Meribor

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This takes place in 2376. See more »


Dr. Zimmerman orders the computer to deactivate the EMH, but as has been established, the EMH from Voyager has the ability to ignore that command. See more »


Dr. Zimmerman: Do you know how humiliating it is, to have 675 Mark Ones out there, scrubbing plasma conduits... all with my face?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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The Doctor...times two.
3 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Starting in this episode, Lt. Barkely has come up with a system by which messages can be sent back and forth from Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant and vice-versa every 32 days. When letters arrive on the ship, the Doctor learns that his creator, Dr. Zimmerman, is dying. The Doctor then begs Captain Janeway to let him be sent through this same system to Dr. Zimmerman as, perhaps, he might be able to save him. However, Zimmerman (also played by Robert Picardo, though he appears a couple decades older) wants nothing to do with his holodeck program and treats it like dirt. When Counselor Troi meets them and watches how snippy they both are being, she calls them 'jerks'--and she's right. Is there any way these two know-it-alls can somehow learn to get along and have Zimmerman get treated?

This is a slight but enjoyable episode. I always loved the Doctor, as he's a fun and complex character. Here, with his much nastier and short-tempered creator, it's a lot of fun. Will this episode do anything to advance the show? Not much...but it is entertaining.

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