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) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor / Dr. Lewis Zimmerman
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... 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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11 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). 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 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A hologram of a hologram within a hologram
26 July 2017 | by slackersmomSee all my reviews

Time travel episodes usually give me a headache, and this episode about holograms does also. One thing I don't understand about the Doctor in this show-- he can do so many things that 'real' people can do (very conveniently, usually), but I don't know why he can't recognize other holograms when he sees them. I know, I know-- holograms aren't supposed to be easily identified as holograms. But you'd think that one hologram (who is basically made of nothing but light beams, after all) would be able to identify and recognize other "light beam beings." Similar to how family pets aren't fooled into thinking that the cat or dog on TV is real, it's not 'real' to them.

Anyway, the Doctor exhibits talents and abilities that are convenient at the time, and yet very inconsistent throughout the course of the show--and illogical at times. Within the context of the show it would have been easy for someone to program him to identify other "photonic beings."

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