Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Living Witness, and Demon

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Tim Russ directs this episode from Bryan Fuller, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky from a story by Braga. It first aired on 29 April, 1998.

This is a great Doctor (Robert Picardo) story as the episode follows a backup version of the Doctor that is activated some several hundred years in the future. Shocked to learn of his situation, he also must work to discover what happened when the Voyager crew visited the planet and supposedly committed war crimes!

Right from the off we know something is amiss because we see a version of Voyager that doesn’t jibe with what we know, it looks like a warship, the uniforms are different, and they are definitely portrayed as villains.

Will this back-up version of the Doctor be able to suss out what happened to his fellow crew members, and set the record straight after hundreds of years? And what will happen if the Doctor’s version of events change the planet’s history, a history that has glorified their actions in dealing with the warship Voyager?

I do like episodes like this that show us ‘alternate’ versions of our heroes, and their story. It’s all the little details that they get wrong that make for this cool take on Voyager, from Chakotay’s (Robert Beltran) tattoo to the way they say his name, to the Doctor’s appearance, to Harry’s (Garrett Wang) rank to Neelix (Ethan Phillips) position on the ship.

It’s a fun episode.


Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Kenneth Biller pens this episode from a story by Andre Bormanis. It first aired on 6 May, 1998.

When the Voyager is running low on deuterium the starship must buckle down to grey mode, where the systems reduce their uses, and everyone shares quarters to keep resource use low.

When a deuterium rich Y-class or Demon (because of its environment) planet is detected Harry and Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) set off in search of the much needed element.

The planet is an incredibly hostile environment, and there is a life form there that has achieved sentience and wants to keep it, even if it involves modifying  the Away Tea, in fact cloning them, which leads to a demand from the being before they will allow Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest to leave.

There’s a fun b-story with the Doctor and Neelix sharing Sick Bay.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I finish the fourth season and explore more of Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…


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