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Star Trek: Voyager

Season 7 Episode 12

Lineage

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2001 on UPN
8.1
out of 10
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Stardate: 54452.6
Tom and B'Elanna are overjoyed to learn that they are going to have a baby. However, after learning that the child will have dominant Klingon features, B'Elanna begins to experience upsetting flashbacks of her own difficult childhood.

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  • Lineage

    9.0


    Lineage was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development for B'Elanna. It was fun to learn that she ispregnant and Tom will be a father. The story was a great way to explore anxieties of being a new parent and reconciling our own childhoods with the beginning of a new phase in life. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

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  • Boring. Where's the suspense?

    2.0
    Boring. Where's the suspense?



    This story really gets into Torres' problems with being half Klingon . She and Paris are informed that they've conceived a child. It's going to be a girl and will have a common Klingon spinal defect which the Doctor can correct. However, Torres would like to eliminate more Klingon genes in the child. She bases this on her own Klingon/human childhood and the difficulties she faced.



    Ho Hum. There's no suspense here. I suppose Torres' childhood provides insight into her ultimate character but it would seem to have played out better earlier in the series. Also, what happens to her child is totally in her future control and not dependent on what happened or didn't happen to her as a child.



    Bottom line…. Boring…moreless
  • Star Trek, an issue-based drama criticized for being "philosemitic" tackles the issue of male circumcision for the only time in its run

    9.2
    When I saw first saw this show I was blown-away! Star Trek has dealt with just about every ethical from every possible angle in one episode or another, but this is the first time that the show blatantly dealt with the controversial issue of neonatal male circumcision.



    Neonatal male circumcision began as a religious practices, but was later accepted by the medical community for similar reasons to those B'Elanna uses justify geneticly resequencing her daughter. That is, the redundant skin could cause more problems than good. When the Doctor analyses her claim and finds it to be invalid, she reprograms the doctor to believe otherwise. This is similar to real-life claims that physicians of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths, all of which were raised to believe that male circumcision was beneficial may be biased (or culturally programmed) in favour of claims of the procedure's medicinal value.



    A very brilliant and subtle way to explore the issue without bringing up the controversy that circumcision itself often does when brought to the small screen.moreless
  • Completely pointless; a total waste of time.

    2.8
    A 100-word review will be tough, since that's more effort than was put into this script.



    This episode focused on B'ellana whining, crying, complaining, and being otherwise irrational. She commits a major act of mutiny and doesn't even get a stern warning.



    I'm amazed at the positive reviews; this was so boring and ridiculous it definitely falls into my bottom 3 Voyager episodes of all time. It's like the entire thing was an in-joke about the show's strange character development tendencies. Also, this episode could have been condensed to around 10 minutes. I can only watch Paris and B'ellana fight for so long.moreless
  • such a great episode. you can't get any better than tom and b'elanna having a baby!

    10
    at the beginning of the episode b'elanna almost collapses and icheb mistakes an alien being inside of b'elanna for what is really her baby. once all the happiness and shock wears off then it starts to sink in that b'elanna's baby is part klingon and will have some forehead ridges. b'elanna starts going to great links to try to get the doctor to genetically alter her baby, against the wishes of tom. she even alters the doctor' program. all because she thinks tom will leave her just the way her father did. it shows a very vulnerable and open side of b'elanna. and it helps you to understand why b'elanna is the way she is. a great story!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

Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

John Torres

Guest Star

Jessica Gaona

Jessica Gaona

Young B'Elanna

Guest Star

Javier Grajeda

Javier Grajeda

Carl

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Manu Intiraymi

Manu Intiraymi

Icheb

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Neither Janeway or The Doctor should have even considered B'Elanna's request to genetically resequence their child, as this was strictly forbidden after the Eugenics Wars that were started by Khan Noonien Singh and other genetically-engineered "supermen". This is shown in great depth in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Dr. Bashir before this episode aired and seems to have been totally ignored here.

    • Goof: The flashbacks in this episode indicate that B'Elanna's father left her mother when she was 12 years old. However, in the season one episode "Faces", she said he left the family when she was 5 years old, and during Season 5's "Extreme Risk", she states that her father left when she was six.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Chakotay: Have you checked the warp core for radiation leaks today?
      B'Elanna: No, why?
      Chakotay: You have a certain... glow about you.

    • Neelix: As they say on Talax, 'Omara S'alas', 'Good news has no clothes'.

    • Paris: You're in a good mood.
      B'Elanna: It's another beautiful day in the Delta Quadrant.
      Paris: What did you have for breakfast?

    • (feeling the baby kicking)
      The Doctor: Fiesty little thing, isn't she? I wonder where she gets that from.

    • Kim: Kidding aside, how's it feel?
      Paris: It's... It's not quite real yet.
      Kim: Maybe that's what pregnancy is for. Time to let reality sink in... before your life spins out of control. (pats Tom on the shoulder)

    • Icheb: I'm detecting another life-sign.
      Seven: Where?
      Icheb: Inside Lieutenant Torres. It could be a parasite.
      Seven: Seven of Nine to the Doctor.
      The Doctor: Go ahead.
      Seven: I'll be accompanying Lieutenant Torres to Sickbay.
      The Doctor: What's wrong?
      Seven: I believe she's pregnant.

    • B'Elanna: Oh, I don't mind people suggesting names. What annoys me is all of the free advice about feeding, discipline.
      Paris: Folk wisdom is my favorite. According to Chell, Bolians believe that if you give birth near a warp core it'll improve the baby's disposition.

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