Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 14

Alter Ego

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1997 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 50460.3
Ensign Kim asks Tuvok to teach him Vulcan emotional control techniques when he falls in love with a holodeck character named Marayna. However, Kim soon becomes jealous when Marayna shows interest in Tuvok.

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  • Meh... nothing special

    Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if Spock were to star in Fatal Attraction (1987)? Well, here we get the next best thing, with Tuvok stumbling into a love triangle only to see it turn into a Brannon Braga-like Misery story. "Alter Ego" is a perfectly fine character piece, with Tim Russ and Garrett Wang developing a relationship between their characters. Sandra Nelson is fine as the love interest and Bob Picardo, directing his first episode, does what he can with the script, balancing the comedy and drama; but there's nothing here we haven't seen before, and the story never threatens to develop into anything special. As an episode of VOY, "Ego" can be mildly amusing and occasionally poignant... but mostly it's quite forgettable.

  • Alter Ego

    Alter Ego was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of complex character development for Tuvok, as well as Harry Kim and some others. This episode really displayed the different character arch types of this series in this season. It was fun to watch how the crew members interacted in the holodeck on their off duty time. I thought the story was awesome, well written, acted, and directed as well as edited. The Nebula was beautiful and I found the whole story to be quite so as well after finding out how one being sacrificed so much to bring such beauty to her people. The character exploration of Tuvok was awesome and I liked how every thing played out. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Voyager encounters an inversion nebula. The crew is interested this nebula. So Captain Janeway moves Voyager in closer to investigate. It has plasma strands that seem to ignite like wildfire.

    Voyager encounters an inversion nebula. The crew is interested this nebula. So Captain Janeway moves Voyager in closer to investigate. It has plasma strands that seem to ignite like wildfire. Then they cool off because of a dampening field coming from some where inside the nebula. Harry Kim is in the holodeck and begins falling in love. He consults Tuvok about his feelings toward this holodeck character he has met. Her name is Marayna. Harry wants Tuvok's help in dealing with emotional control. Tuvok and Kim go to the holodeck. Tuvok himself becomes attracted to Marayna. I see trouble brewing. Don't you? I rate this episode a 9.7moreless
  • A writing nightmare that makes Threshold look believable.

    What a mess.

    Harry falls in love with a holodeck character. She later turns out to be in the control of an alien, but that really doesn't matter.

    Tuvok tries to help him out, then falls for her as well (as much as a vulcan can, anyway).

    Harry becomes jealous of Tuvok's love for this holodeck character.

    What a mess. Tuvok and Kim are so far out of character in this episode they're barely recognizable. Straight arrow Harry endangering his career because of a 3-day affair with a holodeck program (alien, whatever)?

    This is one of the few eps I'd actually recommend skipping entirely. Nothing of consequence happens and the plot is absurd.moreless
  • What's Love Got To Do With It?

    Harry Kim, ship's nice guy and resident victim, finds himself falling for a holographic character, Marayna, who seems to exhibit more personal qualities than any hologram should, and seeks out Tuvok, for advice on controlling his feelings. Eventually Tuvok confronts Marayna and discovers himself establishing a rapport with her, only to find that Marayna isn't any ordinary hologram, but an extension of someone else altogether, and he must find the source of Marayna's peculiar behavior before Voyager is destroyed by plasma flares in a nebula they were exploring when this story begins. Somewhat reminiscent of TNG's "Future Imperfect," but Sandra Nelson's performance keeps this episode from seeming too ungainly. Good for a rainy day.moreless
Sandra Nelson

Sandra Nelson


Guest Star

Shay Todd

Shay Todd

Holodeck Woman

Guest Star

Alexander Enberg

Alexander Enberg

Ensign Vorik

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: While examining a plasma strand Chakotay and Kim both state the temperatures as "5,000 degrees Kelvin" and "9,000 degrees Kelvin" respectively.
      The temperature scale of Kelvin is not preceded by 'degrees'. It should have been '5,000 Kelvin' and '9,000 Kelvin' only.

    • Nitpick: Tuvok is beamed to the source of the signature despite the shields being up.

    • Trivia: During the staff meeting, Harry mentions that there is a precedent for a holodeck character gaining control of a Federation ship - specifically the Enterprise-D. He's referring to the events of "Elementary, Dear Data", a second season episode of The Next Generation.

    • Nitpick: After Tom shoots the control panel, all the characters disappear, but the environment remains the same. His shot should have disabled the entire program, not just the active part.

    • Nitpick: Tom and B'Elanna are worried about Marayna locking them out of the holodeck with the automatic controls, but there is a manual release lever, usually in an access panel next to the holodeck control pad, that has a manual door release lever.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Kim: (when B'Elanna tells him she knows about his infatuation) Hi, my name is Harry 'Read-Me-Like-A-Book' Kim.

    • Tuvok: (when Harry admits falling for a holo-deck character) You're in love with a computer sub-routine?!

    • Marayna: Make it stop! (She makes a motion and the intruder alert klaxon is silenced.)
      Tuvok: You have access to the ship's control systems?
      Marayna: And I'll use them all if I have to. You can't just delete me!

    • Marayna: I like the excitement of the water, the danger of being tossed around by the wind and the waves, but at the same time, feeling like I'm in control.
      Tuvok: The illusion of control.
      Marayna: That's exactly right, because no one can control the wind and the waves. But for a few moments when you're on the water, and the ride is perfect, the feeling is that you can. You ever feel that?
      Tuvok: No.
      Marayna: Never? Don't you have an imagination?
      Tuvok: If by imagination, you mean the ability to spontaneously generate images within my mind, then, yes, I have a highly developed imagination, as do all of my race.
      Marayna: All right, imagine this, that you with your logic and your reason, are skimming atop endless waves of emotion. You believe you're in control, but you know that control is an illusion. You believe that you understand the depths beneath you, but that, too, is an illusion.
      Tuvok: I can see why Ensign Kim finds you compelling.

    • Marayna: I tried a reverse-curl this morning...I think I pulled a tendon. Feel that. (Marayna places Harry's hand on the back-side of her leg, just below the knee).
      Harry: (looks at Tuvok) It's like a knot.
      Tuvok: I'm sure it is.

    • The Doctor: The life of a recreational hologram... dining, dancing, non-restrictive clothing. I see the allure.

    • Kim: That's kal-toh isn't it? Vulcan chess?
      Tuvok: Kal-toh is to chess what chess is to tic-tac-toe.

    • Paris: We've all fallen for a holodeck character. It happens. You deal with it by staying with your normal routine, not by hiding out in your quarters.
      Kim: I'm not hiding out. I'm deconstructing the emotional complex.

    • Janeway: Beauty and mystery - a tantalizing combination.
      Paris: No argument here. Right, Tuvok?
      Tuvok: I am fully capable of appreciating this phenomenon without the extraneous sentimentality.

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