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 marks the only appearance of Torres' asymmetrical-braided hairstyle. 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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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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