Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The doctor tries to determine what is real and what is not when he is activated due to what appears to be a ship-wide emergency.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor / Dr. Lewis Zimmerman
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Dwight Schultz ... Barclay
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


The program for the Emergency Medical Hologram is activated due to what the computer describes as a ship-wide emergency. When the Doctor asks the computer to scan for the crew, he learns that they were all forced to abandon ship. Later, he encounters Torres, who says that she and the Captain stayed behind to stop a warp core breach caused by a Kazon attack; the remaining crew escaped in lifepods. Informed that the injured captain needs his assistance, the Doctor is sent to the Bridge, courtesy of new holo-emitters installed throughout the ship. After reviving Janeway, the Doctor is summoned to the mess hall to assist Neelix, who is engaged in battle with a Kazon soldier. After the scuffle, the holographic doctor is astonished to learn that he himself is bleeding. When queried, the computer insists that the Doctor is actually Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the human who created Voyager's EMH. Stranger still, when the Captain tells the computer to shut down all of the ship's holographic systems, ... Written by Anonymous

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When the ship computer is reporting systems that are offline, it lists Sewer and waste management. A long running joke with Star Trek fans is that "bodily functions" such as visiting a toilet are never mentioned. This is one of the few times it is hinted. See more »


Like Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager: Parallax, Barclay speaks of "the Voyager" instead "Voyager". Voyager is ordinarily designated without the definite article. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
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References 36 Hours (1964) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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One of the few awesome episodes from the first 3 seasons
15 February 2021 | by brianjohnson-20043See all my reviews

There aren't a lot of episodes from the first 3 seasons of Star Trek voyager which I would call "must-see" for science fiction fans. But this episodes I'd argue is one of them. The others would be: Eye of the Needle, Deadlock, Distant Origin, Worst Case Scenario, and Scorpion part 1.

What makes this episode great is that it's mysterious from the start. And it keeps the viewer engaged throughout. It even adds an extra twist at the end after one thinks that the writers ran out of tricks.

The episode largely explores the idea of one character not knowing what is or isn't real. And being put in a situation where it's seemingly very important for him to make the correct determination about reality. All of these sorts of stories are very relatable because we know of people who are convinced of things which are false to their detriment. We know that many likable characters are still easily fooled.

And although this sort of story has been done before many times, it's interesting and different to see this sort of story from the perspective of a seemingly artificial form of life questioning if he isn't artificial. It's usually the other way around. It's easy to forget some of the important story details of this episode as well. And that makes it fun to re-watch. This episode also, although confusing, doesn't rely on time travel for creating the confusion or trying to resolve the confusion. And that's something that I appreciate given how common it seems for sci-fi writers to use time-travel or space-time anomalies as their tool for establishing confusing and interesting scenarios for their characters.

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