Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 23

Living Witness (29 Apr. 1998)

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When The Doctor's back-up module is found, his program is brought on-line for the first time in seven hundred years. In the future, Kyrian Museum of Heritage teaches a history that writes ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
B'Elanna Torres (credit only)
Henry Woronicz ...
Rod Arrants ...
Vaskan Ambassador Daleth
Vaskan Arbiter
Marie Chambers ...
Kyrian Arbiter
Tedran, Kyrian Rebel Leader
Vaskan Rioter


When The Doctor's back-up module is found, his program is brought on-line for the first time in seven hundred years. In the future, Kyrian Museum of Heritage teaches a history that writes Voyager as playing a detrimental role in beginning their Great War with the Vaskans. The Doctor is the only living witness and sets the record straight, but the new "facts" give way to old tensions from the formerly warring races and the museum curator and The Doctor find themselves amidst violence and destruction instead of the peace and understanding they hoped for. Written by Meribor

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Robert Picardo plays three different holographic versions of The Doctor (one of them an android) but does not actually play his usual character. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: [in the historical simulation] When diplomacy fails, there's only one alternative: violence. Force must be applied without apology. It's the Starfleet way.
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References Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Allegory Well Served
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Did nobody - I mean, NOBODY - else get that this was a blatant allegory for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? If nothing else, the "my people can't even live in the city center" line coupled with the whole premise of the Doctor re-casting 700 years of historically dogmatic racial strife in the mold of pointlessly lethal bickering should have been a BIG sign for y'all. If you realized it already, then great! But I just felt that the Star Trek tradition of not-so-thinly veiled allegory/morality tales was brilliantly upheld with this episode, and so much so that it deserves to have the Middle East parallel clearly stated.

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