Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 19

Lifesigns

4
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 1996 on UPN
8.0
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Stardate: 49504.3
After receiving a Vidiian patient who is about to die from the phage, The Doctor transfers her consciousness into the ship's computer and creates a holographic body, and soon begins to develop romantic feelings for her.

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  • Lifesigns

    8.0
    Lifesigns was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as The Doctor received a Vidiian patient suffering from the phage. The Doctor made an ingenious decision to put her conscience into a holographic interpretation of the patients DNA and he subsequently falls in love with her. This was a fun side track from the main story lines and allows a little more character growth for the doctor. The ending scene of the episode is a bit creepy. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!moreless
  • If you've ever wanted to see two holograms make out, this is the episode for you.

    6.5
    Another "The Doctor has feelings!" episode that makes for an average filler episode. The secondary storyline, although painfully predictable, is actually better and advances the overall story arc. The Vidian chick is pretty hot (you won't hear that often). Don't know why this one's rated an 8+ - it's pretty dull.



    I don't know if Robert Picardo has something in his contract where he gets to be the star of X # of episodes per season, but there do seem to be an awful lot which focus VERY heavily on the doctor. Most of the other characters make brief appearances only.



    To this point, I think the holographic doctor has gotten more action than most of the crew.moreless
  • A severely ill Vidiian female is beam to sickbay. She is suffering from the phage. She is barely alive. In attempt to save her The Doctor uses the holographic projector to construct a holograph body for her. The Doctor is successful.moreless

    8.0
    A severely ill Vidiian female is beam to sickbay. She is suffering from the phage. She is barely alive. In attempt to save her The Doctor uses the holographic projector to construct a holograph body for her. The Doctor is successful. The Vidiian female introduces herself as Dr. Danara Pel, a hematologist. Dr. Pel is happy with The Doctor in restoring her to normal. The Doctor warns her, this is only temporary. Her synaptic pattern will fail and she will die. Torres is the only one who can help this woman. If only Torres will loan her DNA.moreless
  • The Doctor falls in love with a Vidiian scientist whom he saved by transferring her synaptic patterns into a holographic body; Chakotay tries to deal with Paris' worsening attitude.

    8.8
    As Kenneth Biller said, "it could have been a very memorable episode, but because of those scenes [involving the Michael Jonas story arc], it wasn't". Sadly, a truly terrific storyline involving the Doctor and one of the series' best villains had to be spattered with the Kazon spy story which would come to a conclusion in the following episode. Fortunately, the task fell upon our good friend Kenneth Biller, who used humour to lighten the mood and to tell us that "this story wasn't my idea!" And I have to agree with him. If you disregard the secondary storyline, it is a truly terrific episode. Once again, Star Trek is at its best by taking a horribly ugly and merciless alien race and showing us their inner beauty, while providing us with the Doctor's first real love story. Danara Pel would return again in "resolutions", though unfortunately there was no follow-up on her romantic relationship with our favourite EMH.moreless
Michael Spound

Michael Spound

Lorrum

Guest Star

Rick Gianasi

Rick Gianasi

Gigolo

Guest Star

Susan Diol

Susan Diol

Dr. Denara Pel

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jonas

Recurring Role

Martha Hackett

Martha Hackett

Seska

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: When examining the results of the graft, the EMH refers to a procedure developed by Dr. Leonard McCoy, a central character in Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six Star Trek movies.

    • Goof: When The Doctor is pointing out constellations to Denara, he points out Hercules, explaining how he's a figure in Greek Mythology. However, Hercules is the Roman name of the hero, whereas the rarely used "Heracles" is his original Greek name.

    • Trivia: The Doctor is given his second name on the show, "Shmullus" by Denara, but she is the only one who ever calls him that.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Denara: You're a computer simulation?
      The Doctor: An incredibly sophisticated computer simulation.

    • Denara: They were just being nice.
      The Doctor: Irritating, isn't it?

    • The Doctor: By the way, Denara, I've been meaning to tell you...
      Denara: Yes?
      The Doctor: I'm romantically attracted to you and wanted to know if you felt the same way.

    • Kes: Maybe you're attracted to her.
      The Doctor: I told you, my program is malfunctioning.

    • Denara: Thank you. This is the most extraordinary thing anyone has ever done for me.
      The Doctor: I wouldn't be too grateful. There are serious limitations to being a hologram.

    • The Doctor: ...and in my greatest feat of medical prowess, I once cured Mr. Neelix of an acute case of the hiccups.

    • B'Elanna: It doesn't sound simple to me. I still have nightmares about what these people did to me. And now YOU WANT TO CRACK OPEN MY HEAD, RIP OUT A PIECE OF MY BRAIN, AND GIVE IT TO HER?!

    • The Doctor: I wasn't sure you were coming.
      Denara: Neither was I.
      The Doctor: If you don't want to be here...
      Denara: No... I do... where are we exactly?
      The Doctor: On a planet called Mars, inside a primitive land-based vehicle. It's called a '57 Chevy. Mr. Paris is quite an automobile aficionado. This is his program.
      Denara: What is it that we're supposed to be doing?
      The Doctor: I believe it's called... parking.

    • The Doctor: Mr. Paris, I assume you've had a lot of experience being rejected by women.
      Paris: Thanks a lot, Doc.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music is changed for the DVD version of this episode. During the scene where the Doctor and Denara Pel are together on the holodeck in the '57 Chevy, the song "I Only Have Eyes For You" plays in the original version. On the DVD version, "My Prayer" by The Platters plays instead.

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