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Star Trek Voy - Season 7 - Episode 05

Star Trek Voy - 7x05 - Critical Care

Originally Aired: 2000-11-1

Synopsis:
The Doctor is stolen. [DVD]

My Rating - 7

Fan Rating Average - 5.6

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Problems
- Iridium is not radioactive.

Factoids
- As of this episode, Star Trek special effects are now done by Eden.

Remarkable Scenes
- The graphics in the teaser.
- Tom and Harry discussing Hockey with Nausicaans. Sounds nasty.
- The idiot EMH on Voyager.
- Janeway's and Tuvok's investigation.
- Janeway professing Tuvok her boyfriend.
- Voyager apprehending Gar.
- The doctor's revenge.

My Review
We've seen the doctor stolen before, but never for the purpose of using him as a doctor. This episode is uniquely remarkable in this respect, and well used he is. We're shown an alien society which has very strict policies on who can be treated in a hospital which is determined by social status. The way these policies are presented makes them seem understandable, even if a bit chilling. It's not until late in the episode that it's revealed that it might all just be Chellick's sick little scheme for using resources more efficiently. In truth, neither is made entirely clear. the most remarkable aspect about this episode is the doctor's use of torture on Chellick to invoke change. The ends most certainly justified the means, but the doctor's methods to me seemed just about as chilling as Chellick's (former?) policies. But then, you're supposed to fight fire with fire, right?

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Corporal Crust on 2007-03-23 at 6:20pm:
    A great episode. A great script. Perfect use of the doctor. Yes, it was an alien of the week episode and yes he did "do harm" to get the system to change. These are minor quams. However I believe the issue of the doctors morals was a great one to explore. Last time the doctor did harm was when his ethical subroutine was disabled. This time the harm was done under his own will. This shows his growth and his need to handle tough decisions responsibly....on a side note, Gar looks like a reject from the cats musical.
  • From jaylong on 2007-04-30 at 2:06pm:
    And why is it that I see so many fat aliens wearing metallic spandex. But yeah, still a good episode.
  • From Dstyle on 2015-07-31 at 10:57am:
    Aw man, Jim O'Heir (Jerry from Parks and Rec) was the cuckold whose wife had run off with Gar! Geez, poor guy can't catch a break anywhere!
  • From Mike on 2017-06-26 at 8:08pm:
    Captain Kathryn "The Gloves Are Off" Janeway's style of situation handling seems to have rubbed off on the crew. The Doctor makes Chellick a patient in his own hospital. Tuvok considers a forced mindmeld with Gar, and Neelix even gives Gar food poisoning to extract information. You may not approve of their actions, but no denying that this crew has clearly had enough of being slapped around in the Delta Quadrant.

    Since we never really see any authority figure higher than Chellick, it's hard to say exactly how much of this is in his hands and how much he is contracted to provide. But even as I spent most of the episode cheering the Doctor's secret efforts to care for the Level Red patients, I have to admit his actions toward Chellick caught me a little off guard...and showed how desperate he was to fight this system.

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