Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 23

Living Witness

2
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1998 on UPN
8.5
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Seven hundred years into the future, The Doctor must defend himself, and the memory of the crew of Voyager, when an alien species claims that the "Warship Voyager" was responsible for war crimes committed against them.

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  • Continuity?!?!?

    3.5
    The Doctor is now 700 years in the future and eventually leaves to go home to Earth. If you go back to an episode in which Q appears he is very surprised to find Voyager in the delta quadrant and exclaims aloud "the Federation shouldn't be in the delta quadrant for another 100 years". Then why has the Doctor not had direct contact with the Federation in the interim period between being found / reactivated and leaving for Earth. 700 years minus 100 years leaves 600 years that the Federation should have been in the delta quadrant.

    We know that the Federation are much more technically advanced by Voyager having the Doctor's portable holo-emitter from the 29th century and that the Feds can time travel, that's 200 years before this episode is set. To me this episode just doesn't "fit".

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  • Confusing and Inconsistent

    3.0
    So..... Voyager was attacked 700 years ago, and lost several items from ther ship, including the doctor's portable holo-emiter... but by the next episode, we see that was not the case....



    This episode raised too many unanswered questions.
  • Living Witness

    9.0
    Living Witness was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it focused on the Doctor in a unique circumstance left to defend the legacy of Voyager and her crew. I thought the story was an interesting concept and also playful. I liked the sound of "The Warship Voyager" haha. This episode goes to show how easily history can be altered or changed according to those in power, and over time. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

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  • Evil Janeway and her crew of thugs brings much laughter, a great episode.

    9.5
    Living Witness is probably the funniest and best voyager episode in the series to this point. 700 years after Voyager crossed paths with a planet in civil distress the events are recreated in a simulation. This simulation paints Voyager as the cause of the rift between races. Evil Janeway and her evil crew freely cause genocide in their attempt to get home. The Doctor's backup program is activated and he takes objection to being labelled a mass murderer.



    It's great to see the stars of the series play out of their roles just a little bit. Seven is back in her Borg getup and Chakotay sports a half face tattoo and plays lead torturer. Even Tuvok manages to look especially evil during a few sections. The first half in particular brings great laughter as we see this simulation play out. Tom calls Nelix "Hedgehog" and fights break out in the briefing room. Extra points for the great and emotional ending that wraps everything up.moreless
  • One of Voyager's best episodes, where emotions run high.

    10
    Re-watching this episode after so many years it has brought back all the feelings of the first time I watched it. The characters are well researched and acted and the doctor is shown possessing a higher level of humanity than most other humanoid lifeforms. I believe there is a lot to learn from this episode, how we can misinterpret facts to suit the need for our own version of the truth and how hard it is to change our beliefs, and the struggle we have to go through to accept a truth that might not agree with our views. I wish politicians around the world could learn a lesson from this episode. To me, every time as if it was the first, the ending brings a tear to my eye.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Seven Of Nine

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • The Doctor: Pure fiction! This is absurd!
      Quarren: Halt re-creation. This is a reasonable extrapolation from historic record. But if you'd like to point out any inconsistencies...
      The Doctor: Inconsistencies!? I don't know where to begin! Granted, this looks like the briefing room, but these aren't the people I knew! No one behaved like this...well, aside from Mr. Paris.

    • The Doctor: Somewhere- halfway across the galaxy, I hope- Captain Janeway is spinning in her grave.

    • Janeway: When diplomacy fails, there's only one alternative: violence. Force must be applied without apology. It's the Starfleet way.

    • Doctor: Voyager wasn't a warship. We were explorers.
      Quarren: Yes, I know. Trying to get home... to Mars.
      Doctor: Earth! You see? You couldn't even get that right! This is a nightmare.

    • (to Evil Neelix)
      Evil Paris: Watch your mouth, hedgehog!

    • Janeway: Defeat, genocide... why quibble with semantics.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chakotay's Tattoo:


      The dark version of Chakotay has a very different tattoo covering half of his face, with much heavier lines. The patterns are more like the ta moko of the Maori people of New Zealand, though there are some differences, as well.

    • The Doctor: Like a holographic Rip Van Winkle?

      The Doctor is referring to the main character of the 1809 Washington Irving story of the same name. In it the farmer Rip Van Winkle falls asleep shortly before the American Revolutionary War and wakes up 20 years later in a world that has completely changed.

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