Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Living Witness 

When The Doctor's back-up module is found, his program is brought on-line for the first time in seven hundred years. In the future, Kyrian Museum of Heritage teaches a history that writes ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Kathryn Janeway
... Chakotay
... B'Elanna Torres (credit only)
... Tom Paris
... Neelix
... The Doctor
... Tuvok
... Seven of Nine
... Harry Kim
... Quarren
Rod Arrants ... Vaskan Ambassador Daleth
... Vaskan Arbiter
Marie Chambers ... Kyrian Arbiter
... Tedran, Kyrian Rebel Leader
... Vaskan Rioter


When The Doctor's back-up module is found, his program is brought on-line for the first time in seven hundred years. In the future, Kyrian Museum of Heritage teaches a history that writes Voyager as playing a detrimental role in beginning their Great War with the Vaskans. The Doctor is the only living witness and sets the record straight, but the new "facts" give way to old tensions from the formerly warring races and the museum curator and The Doctor find themselves amidst violence and destruction instead of the peace and understanding they hoped for. Written by Meribor

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29 April 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The transwarp drive prop used in VOY: "Threshold" can be seen on Quarren's desk. See more »


In Star Trek: Voyager: The Swarm the doctor had a close call with "death" (ie. his program was degrading), but here it's proven that he can be backed up, like a flash or DVDR. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: [in the historical simulation] When diplomacy fails, there's only one alternative: violence. Force must be applied without apology. It's the Starfleet way.
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References The Last Emperor (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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I love this episode!
28 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

When feeling nostalgic and going through old TNG or Voyager episodes this one ranks in my top 5.

I love how they portray the voyager crew as a ruthless merciless band of thugs tromping their way through the galaxy, pretty much throwing the morality book out the air lock with their black leather gloves on. It's bold and epic, and yet in a comically tasteful or tasteless way such that it's intriguing, gripping and down right funny.

The first 15 minutes of the episode is hysterical, I loved seeing Voyager armed with all that arsenal, the crew bent on destruction, and it's backup Borg security protocol lol! Talk about a well oil'd machine in the interest of self preservation and domination!

Perhaps what I find most intriguing about the episode is it tactfully strides on the concept of different nations perspectives on events of history and how it puts them in the best of light. I'm from America and this is an American show, and while I detest war I can't help but wonder how other nations view shared events in history. How our history books might differ from theirs, and I suspect they do... I'm not political, yet I have often felt we as the "Good o'l US of A" take on a somewhat bullish or dominance precedence in world affairs, getting involved in foreign soil affairs and wars which don't or at least shouldn't concern us. Okay I'm sure I stepped in it now... but in part that's what this episode makes me think about

Overall great episode, nice to see them change things up, jump off the deep end and just go for it. Very original episode, even if it was already done in TOS, still a great episode!

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