Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 18

Darkling (19 Feb. 1997)

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Kes falls in love on an away mission. The Doctor, seeking to expand his programming, incorporates the personalities of several historical figures. B'Elanna Torres chastises The Doctor, ... See full summary »


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Stephen Davies ...
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Mahatma Ghandi (as Noél de Souza)
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Susan Henley ...
Ensign Brooks (as Sue Henley)


Kes falls in love on an away mission. The Doctor, seeking to expand his programming, incorporates the personalities of several historical figures. B'Elanna Torres chastises The Doctor, warning him that his program is complex and the results could be unfavorable. But it is too late. The Doctor has developed an alter ego; a violent unethical personality that attempts to murder Kes' new love. Written by Meribor

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The first mention of the Neelix-Kes break-up. See more »


When the Doctor has Kes hostage and is walking her to the transporter pad there is a shot where the pad is visible. Visible on this pad are pieces of the tape used when blocking out the scene. See more »


Lieutenant Tom Paris: So, what are you up to, Doc?
The Doctor-Darkling: [curtly] Work.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: Yeah, never ends, does it? I guess that mobile emitter turned out to be something of a mixed blessing, huh?
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Out of Nowhere, Picardo finds his inner Spencer Tracy
13 December 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I have talked about this series before, and frankly it deserves all the attention it can get. It was the last "proper" Star Trek franchise before the disastrous re-imagining of the origins, and before network TV met Netflix, and was never the same again. It had a rough start but found better footing as it evolved. The quality was uneven, ranging from just OK to brilliant. The time travel episodes in particular are as good a many features. Jennifer Lien, originally the femme fatale, was thrown under the bus for a newbie Borg character who, to be fair, made Lien look like a boy. And -- note this episode in particular -- the series included a strange photonic doctor played by an actor -- Picardo -- who in his career did not ordinarily "do" good guys, but managed to hold up his end nonetheless. And then here comes this gem. If you have ever seen Tracy in the original Jekyll and Hyde, then you know how tricky this transition is, how it takes the most subtle of mannerisms to convey the change. And Picardo pulls it off! The scene where he follows an attractive ensign into the turbo-lift is astonishing because nothing actually happens, but the sense of impending menace is almost tangible. Kudos to Picardo. This performance should never be forgotten. Which of course is that the IMDb is for.

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