The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a rebellious teenage son, and a daughter who is sure she knows better than her doting father. When his daughter is critically injured the Doctor must make a choice, run back to his Voyager life, or face the harsh "reality" of losing a loved one. Written by Meribor

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This episode was directed by Anson Williams (Potsie from Happy Days). See more »

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After B'Elanna changes the Doctor's family, the wife's hair becomes short and "modern"; but later, it is long once again, even though the Doctor hasn't asked the computer to alter the program. The change of the wife's hairdo is, however, less the result of B'Elanna's or the Doctor's programming, but rather the personal choice of that holocharacter, who has been given a certain autonomy over her actions and preferences, given the nature of the holo-program. See more »

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[after Belle has been fatally injured in an accident, the Doctor has shut down his family program]
Lieutenant Tom Paris: I guess all of us would avoid that kind of pain if we could. But most people don't have that choice.
The Doctor: Well, fortunately I do.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: Is it so fortunate? You created that program so you could experience what it's like to have a family. The good times and the bad. You can't have one without the other.
The Doctor: I fail to see why not.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: Think about what's happened to us here on Voyager. Everyone left people behind, and ...
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Great performance.
12 May 2015 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was surprised people were so hostile about the Doctor and his family. Yes it was a convention but I really thought Picardo's performance was excellent. I thought it Emmy worthy. I bawled. I also realize that the average reviewer here is Comic Book Guy far from having a family. Or anything that might lead to being in the family way. I'm a father and the script worked for me.

I didn't care that the eddy story was a non starter. Again Picardo's performance deserved some special recognition here. He chews the scenery with the best of them in the Darkling, but this was restrained and very moving. I'm also an actor and always enjoy when an actor pulls back on the reins rather than capital A act. Star Trek has plenty of that. The doctor role could easily fall into Data land or some other cliché but Picardo never does.


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