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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One of the misconceptions the Kyrians had of Voyager was that their home was Mars. It is possible that they deduced this from Voyager being built at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars. 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 The Last Emperor (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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9 April 2006 | by (wichita, USA) – See all my reviews

This is hands down my favorite voyager ep. Each character, real or fictional is expertly and quite convincingly portrayed. Most especially the leading performances by Henry Woronicz (quarren) and Robert Picardo are stunning and flawless. I think it's great to be able to see another, darker side of the cast without going into the other universe. Here it's another version of history with many flaws that's the premise for this quite successful experimental glimpse.

The story unfolds like this: a much darker form of voyager and it's crew are shown. Their barbarians and murderers. Come to find it's 700 yrs. In the future and this is the history being taught to the 2 races inhabiting a D.Q. Planet. This version is challenged by a newly reactivated doctor, who is silenced when he attempts to tell his side of the story to Quarren the curator of the "voyeger museum". But after thinking it over, Quarren re-activates the doctor and agrees to hear him out. More things happen. I won't tell you the ending, save that it's quite a moving scene.

Record this download it. Buy the DVD. Even if it's only for the evil scenes, or, if you're like me, the scenes after the Doc is brought back. It's definitely worth it. 5 of 5 stars

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