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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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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Charlene: We think we have just about the most wonderful husband and father in the quadrant, don't we, children?
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Computer, freeze program!
JeffreyBelle: Yes, we d...
The Doctor: Lieutenant, what're you doing?
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: I'm stopping this before my blood sugar levels overload.
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"If I don't like it, I can always get out..."
28 December 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Though a way for the Doctor to understand about loss and real families, this still has some flaws - why is it B'Elanna's or ANYBODY'S business how he should live his holographic life? And sad to relate, the Doctor being on the verge of leaving his family when he can't cope with tragedy is EXACTLY what some actual human beings would do, despite what Paris might think.

But the most telling aspect is that his family is never again mentioned in any episode. Ever. And it's not like this series hasn't brought up other family members for characters before and since, either; his family is, after all, just a holographic simulation which he can (and presumably does) switch off... which ultimately makes the episode, though good, pointless if it has nothing to affect future stories.

The summary comes from the scene in "Soul Man" when C. Thomas Howell points out to James Earl Jones that he doesn't really know what it's like to be black - Jones has no choice, but Howell (being white) can get out. Just like the Doctor, who as he himself once said has a programme instead of a life, also gets out...


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