Captain’s log: stardate unknown
James Khan pens this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode from a story by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty. It debuted on 1 November, 2000, and has a story with a very familiar theme to it. The concept of privatisation of health care and better service for those who can afford it (or in this case, abilities).
The Doctor’s program is stolen, and he’s put to work on a hospital ship where it’s not a matter of who needs his services the most, but rather their social status.
Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest come after the Doctor when they realise that the program running in Sickbay is not the Emergency Medical Hologram, but one of the medical test programs.
There’s a well executed balancing act between drama and comedy, while the Doctor tries to affect change within the structure of the hospital, struggling with rules that seem opposed to actually helping, there are lighter moments as the Voyager crew attempt to track down their missing hologram.
The episode features guest appearances by fantastic character actor Gregory Itzin, and Larry Drake. And in fun past times, it seems that Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and Harry (Garrett Wang) are playing hockey on the holodeck.
As great as some of the character moments have been so far in this season, this episode is probably my favourite of the bunch so far, and really lets Picardo shine in his role that has grown so much over the series.
And the topics about medical care presented in this episode are still ongoing today.
Captain’s log: stardate 54208.3
Robert Doherty pens this episode that first aired on 8 November, 2000.
The Pathfinder project back in the Alpha Quadrant continues with its contact with the Voyager, as well as trying to find a way to bring the wayward starship home quicker. This time, Reg Barclay (Dwight Schultz) is transmitted to the Voyager as a hologram with a plan to have them home in days.
However, there seems to be something wrong with the hologram, or at least the Doctor believes there is.
It’s fun to see Schultz play a spin on the Barclay character, and the story ends up being pretty engaging, even as Tom Paris calls to mind some of the other plans they’ve had to get home early.
And of course, Paris is right, someone has co-opted the program, to make a profit. I wonder who that could be?
Troi (Marina Sirtis) makes an appearance as Reg, back on Earth, tries to figure out what is going on. Reg has made a great addition to the recurring guest cast of the series, and also shows that Starfleet is intent on seeing their lost ship returned home.
The Human Adventure continues Thursday when I explore another pair of episodes from the seventh and final season of Star Trek: Voyager. Join me as I journey through The Complete Series on DVD, now available from Paramount Canada.