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Star Trek Voy - Season 7 - Episode 24

Star Trek Voy - 7x24 - Renaissance Man

Originally Aired: 2001-5-16

Synopsis:
Janeway is held hostage. [DVD]

My Rating - 8

Fan Rating Average - 4.25

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Problems
None

Factoids
None

Remarkable Scenes
- The doctor: "I'd never admit this to anyone else, but there was a time when I would have given anything to be flesh and blood. But I've come to realize that being a hologram is far superior."
- Janeway's freakishly weird behavior.
- Chakotay discovering Janeway is an impostor.
- The doctor pretending to be Torres.
- The doctor jumping through the wall and grabbing his mobile emitter. Nice!
- The doctor hiding in a sea of copies within the holodeck.
- The doctor as Torres defeating Tuvok.
- The doctor as a Hierarchy member.
- The doctor's program destabilizing.
- Tuvok and Tom retaking the Delta Flyer.
- The doctor's confessions.
- Torres casually explaining that she's fixed the doctor.

My Review
A lot of nice details in this episode. I was fond to see the return of the Hierarchy. Probably most amusing was the doctor's clever use of holographic technology. We get to see the Emergency Command Hologram again too. And we get some incredible special effects as well. I am particularly fond of all of the doctor's athletic maneuvers. There's no doubt that just about everything the doctor did in this episode was one blunder after another, but it made for such wonderful story. Like Voy: Workforce, this episode makes great use of Voyager's continuity. Voy: Renaissance Man remains one of my favorites of the season. Maybe one of the best performances of the doctor ever.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From g@g on 2012-01-25 at 3:32am:
    Ok, I'm not quite done with the episode but I think there's a bit of a problem here. On Voyager, the doc acts like he's Neo from the Matrix, aerial kung fu included... then when he's beamed onto the ex-hierarchy vessel, he's quiet and obedient as a lamb. Doesn't really square. That's not even mentioning the fact that photons should probably be able to pass through a force-field, no? Otherwise the forcefield would be opaque (I'm sure there's lots of examples of holograms and the doc in particular going through forcefields in previous episodes, I just can't quite list them at the moment - rather sure he's done so pretty much anytime he's confined someone in sickbay). So, his sudden powerlessness could've been tweaked or explained or something. Both otherwise awesome episode (so far).
  • From Vengeance on 2012-07-07 at 10:55am:
    Photons may be able to pass through a forcefield, but the Doctor's mobile emitter certainly couldn't.
  • From Rick on 2013-04-23 at 9:28pm:
    More treason from the doctor with no consequences. Special rights for oppressed minorities, where have I heard this before? I do agree with the reviewer that everything the doctor did was stupid but the episode was still pretty good.
  • From QuasiGiani on 2017-11-09 at 8:46am:
    "Special rights for oppressed minorities, where have I heard this before?"

    Nazi rallys. Limbaa radio. Reagan/Bush campaign stumps.

    Pretty much anywhere AWMs are being suckled and suckered.

    ...

    Excellent episode.

    Loved the death-bed confessions. Especially loved how 7Of9knew what was coming and did her best to get him to stop!

    Was hoping they'd "adopt" the guy from Hierarchy.

    But what does it matter, dammit?! Only one episode left. I cannot watch it! I cannot look away! Goodbye my friends! Speak well of me!

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