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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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: No one has a family like this; this is a fantasy. You're not gonna learn anything from being with these... lollipops!
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The Doctor learns about loss
10 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode features two stories, the first centres on the Doctor who has created a family on the holosuite so he can learn about family life; the problem is he has designed a perfect family with a doting wife and children who excel at school and never misbehave which won't teach him anything. After witnessing his family at a dinner B'Elanna offers to make a few changes to the program to make it more realistic. These changes come as a shock to the Doctor who doesn't know how to deal with a son who is hanging out with Klingons, a daughter who wants to play a sport he considers dangerous and a wife who has a life outside their house. As he attempts to deal with this family he learns that not all problems can be easily solved and some can't be solved at all. The secondary story line concerns the discovery of a strange anomaly in which Paris gets trapped while attempting to harvest particles which could be used for fuel.

I quite liked this episode, the poignant ending of the Doctor's story is one of the more memorable Voyager stories; it was fun to see how his saccharine sweet family turns dysfunctional and after a tragic accident it is genuinely sad. The secondary story was fairly forgettable though and felt as if it was there just to fill time.


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