Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Message in a Bottle 

Using an alien communications net, Voyager sends their Doctor to the Federation ship USS Prometheus only to find that it has been taken over by Romulans.


Nancy Malone


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




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
Judson Scott ... Cmdr. Rekar
Valerie Wildman ... Nevala
Andy Dick ... EMH-2 Dr. Bradley
Tony Sears ... Starfleet Officer
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Alpha-Hirogen Idrin
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Using an alien communications net, Voyager sends their Doctor to the Federation ship USS Prometheus only to find that it has been taken over by Romulans.

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21 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Judson Scott, who plays Romulan Commander Rekar in this episode, also played antagonistic roles in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis (1988). This is the only one of the three which did not also feature Merritt Butrick, who died in 1989. See more »


Just before Voyager transmits The Doctor to the Alpha Quadrant, he steps upon a platform in Astrometrics, still wearing his mobile emitter. (It can still be seen on his left arm as he disappears as he is transmitted.) But since the mobile emitter is made of real matter, it should've stayed behind and clattered onto the Astrometrics' platform when the Doctor vanished. See more »


The Doctor: How did you manage to release the neurozine? I never opened the ventilation system.
EMH #2: Trapped in the Jefferies tube, alone, nowhere to run. His smug comrade captured by Romulans. EMH Mark II had to improvise. Inspiration! He accessed the main computer and simulated a ship-wide bio-hazard, making the computer think there was a micro-biotic contamination on all decks.
The Doctor: [understanding] And the ventilation system opened automatically.
EMH #2: Presto! He then crawled back out of the tube, accessed the ...
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A Little Space Magic
7 August 2013 | by popkillerSee all my reviews

Now that we're in Season 4, the crew of Voyager can make a little progress on their trip home instead of the constant disappointment they've grown so used to.

Seven of Nine, apparently with plenty of time on her hands to turn knobs and push buttons in astrometrics, has found a Starfleet vessel in deep space. Deep, deep, deep space for Voyager, as it's in the Alpha Quadrant. It seems that some aliens built a bunch of cell towers in space and Voyager tries to use them to send a voicemail home. When that doesn't work, they send The Doctor, because why not? It makes perfect sense - a simple sound file can't get through thousands of light years without degradation, but one of the most complex computer files in existence works like a charm.

The Doctor then appears in the pristine sickbay of a brand new Starfleet ship, only to find that some dirty, stinking Romulans have already stolen it and are headed back to Romulus, no doubt to stir up some trouble in years to come.

So it's up to Dr. Sourpuss to convince that ship's new and improved (debatable) EMH to stage an insurrection and retake the ship so that they can alert Starfleet so that the Doc can get home so that Voyager can know that Starfleet knows they're still alive. A lot of work, but the payoff is nice, as our crew finally has some hope. Not gonna lie - got a teensy bit emotional when the Doc gives Janeway Starfleet's message - "you're not alone." Though, Voyager might just want to stay in the Delta Quadrant once they learn Andy Dick is the new space doctor.

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