Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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As Janeway leads an investigation into an unheard of space phenomena, B'elanna tweaks the Doctor's all too sugary creation of a holographic family towards "real life."


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 (as Glenn Harris)
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) and 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. Meanwhile, Voyager could lose Tom to a totally unknown space phenomena. Written by Meribor/additional information by statmanjeff

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Robert Picardo was especially happy to work with Wendy Schaal on this episode, with whom he appeared together in Innerspace (1987) and The 'Burbs (1989), and became good friends with. See more »


After B'Elanna changes the Doctor's family, the wife's hair becomes short and "modern," but later it is long once again, even though the Doctor hasn't asked the computer to alter the program. The change of the wife's hairdo is, however, less the result of B'Elanna's or the Doctor's programming than the personal choice of that holocharacter, who (given the nature of the holo-program) has been given a certain autonomy over her actions and preferences. See more »


[the Doctor has made a few changes in his family's daily routine, causing some dissatisfaction among its members]
The Doctor: I'm just trying to help the family function better.
Belle: How does it make the family function better if I go to parrises squares Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday?
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Quite Touching
27 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Is this good science fiction or just manipulative drama? Watching the evolution of the Doctor's "family" was quite engaging. At first it's a sappy, squeaky clean set of automatons. When Torres finishes with them she has turned the wife into an overworked, uncooperative shrew, the daughter a whiny little snot, and the son heading for danger with his teenaged Klingon friends. Meanwhile, there is some other plot that we just cast aside. Everything comes to a head when the little girl is injured and blinded with no hope of recovery. This is a gut wrenching scene that is at the very least tearful.

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23 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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