An alien warhead or missile that possesses Artificial Intelligence links with the EMH program and begins to terrorize the crew.


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Onquanii (as Steve Dennis)
Ensign Jenkins


Voyager answers a distress call from an alien device with bio-neural circuitry and sentience. Voyager beams the 'survivor' aboard, and further scans show it is a highly-sophisticated warhead capable of mass destruction. The Doctor, who speaks its technical language, fights for its rights when the rest of the crew seeks to distance the ship before the warhead fulfills its purpose. His efforts are unappreciated when, facing shut down, the warhead's intelligence commandeers The Doctor's program and several ships systems. It's ultimatum is clear: Voyager will deliver the warhead to its target or be destroyed. Written by Meribor

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19 May 1999 (USA)  »

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47 References - When The Doctor tells B'Elanna and Harry to assist him, interface 047 is shown on the screen. When B'Elanna changes that display, other instances of 47 are shown on different lines of data. See more »


When Tuvok introduces a malfunction to the Sickbay Holo-emitters and we see it start to take effect, The Doctor is wearing the mobile emitter. The mobile emitter is completely separate from the sickbay Holo-systems and would not be effected. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Paris: Show mercy!
Neelix: You people have a saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. In other words, your credit's no good here.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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That's what you get for putting Harry Kim in charge!
28 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ensign Kim has been given the chance to command Voyager during the 'night' shift (there's no night or day in space!). However, this shirt is anything but dull in this episode. It all begins with the ship receiving a distress call. When Harry and the Doctor land on a craptastic planet, they find that the call is NOT coming from a living being but a machine that THINKS it's alive! Naturally the Doctor is excited, as he thinks he'll have some new mechanical friend. However, when they bring it aboard they learn the truth--it's a type of smart WEAPON. Way to go, Harry!

This is a decent episode. It also gives Robert Picardo a chance to act a bit outside his normal range as he's soon taken over by the weapon and it makes him act a tad grumpy, to put it mildly. Original and worth seeing.

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