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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B'Elanna has dinner with the Doctor and his family and seems to satisfy any hunger she may have from the meal. In other episodes, the crew has to save energy and is rationed to use the food replicator or else suffer the cuisine of Neelix. If the crew can freely use the holodeck, they could easily have scenarios where they get well fed and bypass the replicator rations. Also if the ship has to ration their energy, and assuming the replicators use the same energy source as the holodeck, why do they make such frivolous use of the holodeck? Furthermore, why does a utility hologram appliance such as the Doctor even need to use the holodeck wasting more ship energy? See more »

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The Doctor: Well - good-bye, all.
CharleneJeffreyBelle: Good-bye, Daddy!
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
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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