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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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 »

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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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Doctor Knows Best
2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

An astral eddy.

That's the ship-threatening red-herring this week that allows us to continue the overuse and erosion of the Doctor character. Here he's created a holo-family and must deal with the difficulty of being a husband and father. How wacky!

How again is he still a hologram? What's the point of even pretending he's any different from the humans? After sitting through stiflingly-banal domestic scenes based on 1950's sitcoms, B'Elanna reprograms the holodeck and the episode becomes a dramatic family show, in which Picardo plays a loving but overwhelmed Father, doing his best to balance his work, family and marriage... exactly what Gene Roddenbury envisioned when he conceived Star Trek!

But don't think you're going to escape without your weekly nightmare moment: What seems at first to be lighthearted fun goes Voyager when the Doctor's holo-daughter gets in an accident, goes blind, and eventually dies. (Hooray!)

Picardo is touching in his final scene, and it's good to see him emote instead of spewing medi-babble in Sick Bay, but otherwise this is disposable filler, and a wasted effort.

GRADE: C-


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