Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 24

Life Line

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 10, 2000 on UPN
8.3
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Stardate: Unknown
News reaches Voyager through the up-and-running Pathfinder project that the Doctor's creator, Lewis Zimmerman, is critically ill. In an attempt to save his life, the Doctor's program is transmitted to the Alpha Quadrant, but once there, he finds Zimmerman does not want to be examined by an "obsolete" EMH program.

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  • Life Line

    9.5
    Life Line was a superb and touching episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development for the Doctor as he was sent to the Alpha Quadrant to help treat his creator, Dr. Zimmerman. It was fun watching Picardo play both roles. This was another side story, but it had some depth to it and was entertaining. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Another episode about the Doctor. Except now there are two of him…

    5.5
    Another episode about the Doctor. Except now there are two of him…





    The talented and Voyager-obsessed Barclay has figured out a way to have monthly communications between Starfleet and Voyager. At the same time, Zimmerman, the Doctor's original creator, is dying. The Doctor learns of this and is convinced he can save him because of what he'd learned in the Delta Quadrant. In his own obsessed and pushy way, he convinces Janeway to use the communication path to send him back to Earth so he can be reunited and cure his creator. Unbelievably, Janeway gives into him and sacrifices precious communication bandwidth to speed him along his journey. Naturally, things don't go well when the Doctor confronts Zimmerman (also played by Robert Picardo). The technical skills of presented both of them on the screen at the same time throughout the episode are pretty impressive and seamless. However, their interaction (conflict) is fairly predictable and ultimately does nothing to advance either of the two characters, the Voyager journey, or the show. Unlike some other episodes about the Doctor, this one is pretty flat. The Zimmerman character is nasty and bigoted against his own creation. He'll remain so but have an obligatory change of heart for no other reason than to bring the story to a close. There is a special treat with Marina Sirtis returning as Deanna Troi from SNG. Ditto for Dwight Schultz as Barclay. It's nice to see them both again but not enough to save this storyline.moreless
  • Remember the "Pathfinder Project", Starfleet has used it to send Voyager messages from home. The Doctor learns that Lewis Zimmerman his creator is dying. Lewis Zimmerman is dying and no medical doctor has found a cure for what he has.moreless

    9.8
    Remember the "Pathfinder Project", Starfleet has used it to send Voyager messages from home. The Doctor learns that Lewis Zimmerman his creator is dying. Lewis Zimmerman is dying and no medical doctor has found a cure for what he has. The Doctor has a treatment that will save Lewis Zimmerman's life. The trouble is The Doctor is over thousands of lightyears away. He asks Janeway to allow his program to be sent to the Pathfinder headquarters. Janeway at first says no, but gives in. The Doctor has a hard time curing his creator. Reginald Barclay made it all possible. I rate this episode a 9.8moreless
  • The doctor beams himself back to the Alpha quandrant in order to save his dying "father."

    9.0
    Upon hearing news that his creator, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, is suffering from a terminal disease and may soon die, the Voyager's Doctor requests permission to return to the Alpha quandrant in order to save him through a treatment discovered in the Delta quadrant. The only problem is that the Dr. Zimmerman turns out to be as cantankerous as the doctor himself!



    Almost any Star Trek Voyager episode that features The Doctor as the central character is a good one, but this episode in particular shows how that character, played by Robert Picardo, has grown into something truly great. In this episode, Robert Picardo plays both The Doctor an Dr. Zimmerman. He does a fine job of doing both and the interaction between the two is totally believable.



    So much of Star Trek is about overcoming life's obstacles and improving ourselves - even when others don't believe in us. This episode does a fine job of portraying that and is a real credit to the franchise's legacy. It is one of my favorites.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Dr. Lewis Zimmerman

Guest Star

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Deanna Troi

Guest Star

Tamara Craig Thomas

Tamara Craig Thomas

Haley

Guest Star

Dwight Schultz

Dwight Schultz

Lt. Barclay

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When the EMH asks Dr. Zimmerman if he's been outside the solar system, Zimmerman says that he hasn't left Jupiter Station in over four years. Assuming this episode takes place in 2376, it would only have been three years after his appearance in the Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?", which takes place in 2373.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • The Doctor: I'm a doctor, not a zoo-keeper.

    • Zimmerman: No EMH was ever designed to be anyone's friend. He's just a hologram!
      Haley: Is that how you feel about me? Just a hologram?
      Zimmerman: I will not be ambushed in my own lab.
      Haley: Stardate 53292. My program malfunctioned and you canceled a lecture on Vulcan and came all the way home to repair me.
      Zimmerman: There's nothing worse than addressing a room full of pointy-eared blow hards. I was looking for an excuse to get away.

    • Zimmerman: (to the Doctor) I brought your matrix into this world and I can take it out if I want to!

    • Troi: A hologram fighting to save the life of his creator, who just so happens to be the same man his own personality is based on. I think I'd need a whole team of therapists just to get them in the same room.

    • Zimmerman: Deanna Troi. Another one of your tricks?
      Troi: Excuse me? (Zimmerman pinches her) Ow!
      The Doctor: He thinks you're a hologram.
      Troi: I can assure you I'm quite real.
      Zimmerman: Oh, well. The last beautiful woman to walk in here, turned out to be him.
      The Doctor: I'll take that as a compliment.

    • Zimmerman: I don't want your help! Why won't you leave me alone?
      The Doctor: Because, for reasons beyond my comprehension, I care about you.
      Zimmerman: You weren't programmed to care. You were programmed to hold a scalpel.
      The Doctor: I told you I'm not the same EMH you created six years ago.
      Zimmerman: Of course. You can sing and dance. I should install you in a Ferengi nightclub.

    • Barclay: How did it go?
      The Doctor: Power up the MIDAS array. I'm leaving!
      Barclay: What, what happened this time?
      The Doctor: I ran a mitochondrial scan. There was something odd about the results so I spent a full hour analysing them, and what did I discover? He's a Vulcan marsupial. He reconfigured my tricorder!

    • The Doctor: Computer, deactivate iguana.

    • The Doctor: I traveled half way across the galaxy to treat you. The least you can do is show a little gratitude.
      Zimmerman: Thank you... GET OUT OF HERE!

    • The Doctor: What were your initial symptoms?
      Zimmerman: Radical hair loss.
      Barclay: I take it that you still haven't been able to diagnose him?
      The Doctor: On the contrary, the patient appears to be suffering from an acute case of arrogance.

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