Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Life Line 

The Pathfinder Project makes use of a pulsar and the MIDAS Array allowing a data stream to reach Voyager - and Voyager to reply - every 32 days. Lieutenant Barclay sends a letter to The ... See full summary »


Terry Windell


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor / Dr. Lewis Zimmerman
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Dwight Schultz ... Lt. Reginald Barclay
Tamara Marie Watson ... Haley (as Tamara Craig Thomas)
Jack Shearer ... Adm. Hayes
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


The Pathfinder Project makes use of a pulsar and the MIDAS Array allowing a data stream to reach Voyager - and Voyager to reply - every 32 days. Lieutenant Barclay sends a letter to The Doctor asking for a second opinion for his dying friend. The eccentric genius Dr. Lewis Zimmerman who created the template for The Doctor's program is terminally ill with no known cure in the Alpha Quadrant. After reviewing the medical record The Doctor believes he can cure Zimmerman, and convinces Captain Janeway to risk sending him through the data stream. The Doctor finds his maker to be his most difficult patient; Zimmerman insists The Doctor's program is obsolete. Barclay recruits Deanna Troi to convince the two before Zimmerman's time runs out. Written by Meribor

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10 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode remains one of only two Star Trek episodes in which a regular cast member receives a writing credit, as it was written by Robert Picardo. The other was the cartoon Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Infinite Vulcan (1973), written by Walter Koenig. See more »


At the Jupiter Station, Dr Zimmerman says, "I recommend a tour of Jupiter's 3rd moon. I hear the lava flows are lovely this time of year." Jupiters 3rd moon is Ganymede, a volcanically dead body. He is referring to Jupiter's 1st moon, Io, which is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. See more »


The Doctor: Undercover insects? Talking iguanas? This isn't a research station; it's a three... ring... circus! You should charge admission!
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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"You're Both Jerks!"
25 August 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Robert Picardo and Robert Picardo are The Doctor and Lewis Zimmerman in this great Comedy, Howlin Mad Broccoli and Counselor Deanna Troi add to the ruckus.

Using the Midas Array and The Pathfinder Project, The Doctor finds out that his creator Lewis Zimmerman is rotting away on Jupiter Station. This must have happened a couple of years after Looey tried to entice Leta away from Deep Space Nine's Dabo Tables. So, she's not there (And neither is Rom her husband). Too bad.

So Seven of Sixty-Nine pares down The Doctor's main program, compresses him into a huge ZIP file (Or, was it an RAR file or even a 7Zip file?) and ejaculates him out to the Alpha Quadrant.

But when The Doctor arrives, Zimmy is none to pleased to see him. It appears that all of the Original EMH's have been recalled and now are doing splendid service - Cleaning reactor conduits and scraping up sludge in pits.

The Doctor can fix Zimmy, but only if Zimmy allows him to get one Tricorder scan. But he won't - Not even when The Doctor changes his appearance into an attractive alien Masseuse.

Howlin Mad Barclay calls in the troops: Deanna Troi. But she can't get anywhere with either Zimmerman or The Doctor - "You're Both Jerks!"

So Broccoli and Troi come up with a plan - They trick Zimmy and The Doctor.

This was a fun romp over to Jupiter Station - Where were the Dom-Jot tables? We also get to meet a speaking Iguana and a nosy Fly.

Any excuse to get a guest appearance by Dwight Schulz and Marina. But it was worth it. Dwight may as well have been a permanent cast member by this time, he was in Voyager more than he was ever in Next Generation.

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