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 »


Tim Russ


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres (credit only)
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
Henry Woronicz ... Quarren
Rod Arrants Rod Arrants ... Vaskan Ambassador Daleth
Craig Richard Nelson ... Vaskan Arbiter
Marie Chambers Marie Chambers ... Kyrian Arbiter
Brian Fitzpatrick ... Tedran, Kyrian Rebel Leader
Morgan H. Margolis ... 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) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of any Star Trek series which does not feature any living Human characters on-screen. All Human characters appear only as holographic representations. See more »


The doctor is allowed to show his side of the story, which includes a conversation between Janeway and Daleth which he was not a party to. This would are far more than "extrapolation." 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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Yippee--a sadistic version of Voyager!
23 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many years ago, the original "Star Trek" show had a classic, "Mirror, Mirror". In this show, the away team accidentally beamed to an alternate reality where the Enterprise crew was evil. It was wonderful--with deliciously evil performances by the cast. However, follow-up episodes in this same alternate universe were far less successful--mostly because they overused the idea. Fortunately, a similar sort of evil ship is seen in "Living Witness"--but with so much originality that it all works very well.

When the show begins, you see Captain Janeway acting very much unlike she usually does. Soon you realize that this ISN'T actually Voyager but a holographic representation that the Kyrians are watching 700 years in the future. The past they construct is a lie- -and they THINK that Voyager was an evil ship which ruthlessly used people in their trek across the galaxy. They are blamed for all the planet's woes and now folks go to a museum to learn about the evil Voyager! However, one of the museum workers decides to activate the backup of the holo Doctor--and he learns that their view of Voyager is really a mess!

I loved just how evil Voyager was in this show. I loved when Chakotay was torturing a prisoner and Mr. Kim intervened--not to stop him but to assist in beating the man. Then, the Doctor has a much better idea--injecting a solution that slowly and painfully dissolves the guy's brain!! They are so over the top awful that I had a good laugh. It's also funny to see that Janeway has her own army of Borg that she uses ruthlessly--assimilating the people they capture!

Bold, edgy, creative and thankfully not so nice and touchy-feely like too many of the show's other episodes.

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