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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Episode credited cast:
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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, 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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After the Doctor-Darkling hurls himself and Kes off the cliff and beams back aboard Voyager, the Doctor's holo-emitter changes position. It is a slight change but you can notice it between shots: when they are first beam aboard, it is lower and further to the back of the arm, then when he comments on his clothing, it is in its usual upper-middle position. See more »


The Doctor-Darkling: I am beyond considerations of wrong and right. Behavioral categories are for the weak, for those of you without the will to define your existence, to do what they must, no matter who might get harmed along the way.
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2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the single lamest line in Star Trek history is uttered here as The Doctor casually drops the bomb that Neelix and Kes are no longer a couple: "After Kes' recent breakup with Neelix..."



I've been the one protesting this terrible character arc from DAY ONE, but now you're going to retro-actively announce that Kes and Neelix have broken up with a passing line of exposition by Holo-Doc? Outrageously awful and offensive on every level.

While Star Trek producers may attempt to tell you that the breakup occurred in the episode "Warlord," NOTHING was definite, and the vague reference to their "relationship changing" was done in an episode where Kes was possessed by a man!

Pretty sloppy stuff, and this episode never recovers. Doctor- who gets more obnoxious with each passing episode- is now not only freed from the confines of Sick Bay but able to augment his own personality program using historical characters from the holodeck! By now the Doctor storyline has devolved into laughable absurdity... if these holograms are capable of all this why send living beings out in Starships at all? Just call it Holo-Starfleet and be done with it.

To no one's surprise, the Doctor's personality re-write goes bad. (Goodness gracious me.) Some cartoon-villain version of the Doctor appears, and he kidnaps Kes, and Kes has to save her life by reminding him that there's love in him after all, which of course there isn't because he's a F=CKING HOLOGRAM! A pathetic mess.


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