Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 22

Real Life (23 Apr. 1997)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Larg (as Stephen Ralston)
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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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When B'Elanna freezes the doctor's holo-program, the fire in the fireplace continues to burn. See more »


[last lines]
[the Doctor and his family visit Belle in hospital one last time]
Belle: It's getting darker... I'm... sleepy...
The Doctor: It's all right. Go to sleep. We're all right here.
[Belle goes to sleep... ]
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Painful to watch on two levels.
20 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Real Life" is an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" you can live without seeing. It does nothing to really further the overall story and seems like the writers were stretching the Doctor's character a bit too far. In this case, the Pinocchio-like Doctor has decided that to be more human, he has to have his own family. Most of the show concerns this make believe family. At first, they are like a "Donna Reed Show" family but after B'Elanna makes some changes to the program, they are a family in constant crisis and turmoil--too much. How the Doc deals with all this is a bit painful to watch towards the end...and it's a bit painful to watch because it's rather stupid as well.

Overall, this is not a terrible episode but it is forgettable and amazingly contrived.

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