Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the ... See full summary »


Anson Williams


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




Episode cast overview:
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
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Wendy Schaal ... Charlene
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Jeffrey
Lindsey Haun ... Belle
Stephen Anthony Ralston ... Larg (as Stephen Ralston)
Chad Haywood Chad Haywood ... K'Kath


The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a rebellious teenage son, and a daughter who is sure she knows better than her doting father. When his daughter is critically injured the Doctor must make a choice, run back to his Voyager life, or face the harsh "reality" of losing a loved one. Written by Meribor

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Release Date:

23 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Picardo and Wendy Schaal appeared together in "Innerspace" (1987) and "The 'Burbs" (1989). See more »


When B'Elanna freezes the doctor's holo-program, the fire in the fireplace continues to burn. See more »


Lieutenant Tom Paris: [reading from Torres's PADD] "Rork turned his fierce eye upon her, and M'Nea felt her heart begin to quicken, even as her hand went to her dagger. She had intended to plunge it into his throat, but something about him made her hesitate..." - B'Elanna, is this a Klingon romance novel?
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Klingons do have what you might call a romantic side. It's a bit more vigorous than most.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: I think I'll read it. Maybe it'll give me some ideas about how to make your heart quicken.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: It's not a technical manual, Tom.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: ...
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Great performance.
12 May 2015 | by bostonhistorySee all my reviews

I was surprised people were so hostile about the Doctor and his family. Yes it was a convention but I really thought Picardo's performance was excellent. I thought it Emmy worthy. I bawled. I also realize that the average reviewer here is Comic Book Guy far from having a family. Or anything that might lead to being in the family way. I'm a father and the script worked for me.

I didn't care that the eddy story was a non starter. Again Picardo's performance deserved some special recognition here. He chews the scenery with the best of them in the Darkling, but this was restrained and very moving. I'm also an actor and always enjoy when an actor pulls back on the reins rather than capital A act. Star Trek has plenty of that. The doctor role could easily fall into Data land or some other cliché but Picardo never does.

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