Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 13

Virtuoso

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 2000 on UPN
7.1
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Stardate: 53556.4
When the Doctor's singing talents are discovered by a technologically superior race, his new found popularity makes him consider resigning his commission to stay on the alien world with his millions of adoring fans.

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  • Virtuoso

    8.5
    Virtuoso was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this Dr. centered episode which had a lot of character development for him. The aliens in this episode were interesting and it was fun watching them be intrigued by the Dr.'s singing talents. This was a fun story and there were many good scenes and it was great to hear the Dr. sing of course. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!

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  • Voyager is helping the Qomari ship make repairs. Qomari consider the crew inferior, even The Doctor. The Doctor is conducting medical tests and begins singing. The Qomari ask what The Doctor is doing. The Doctor explains he is conducting tests.moreless

    8.9
    Voyager is helping the Qomari ship make repairs. Qomari consider the crew inferior, even The Doctor. The Doctor is conducting medical tests and begins singing. The Qomari ask what The Doctor is doing. The Doctor explains he is conducting tests. The Qomari ask what The Doctor is doing with his voice. The Doctor says he is singing. The Qomari want to hear more. Janeway sets up a recital in the mess hall for The Doctor. The Qomari fall in love with The Doctor's singing. They want him to do a concert on the Qomari homeworld. The Doctor's is a star. I rate this episode a 8.9moreless
  • An insight into the doctor's individuality. Lacks the verve of a masterpiece, but it is still a very fine episode.

    7.9
    WHAT'S GOOD:



    *** The Doctor's development is consistent with his character: in need of affirmation, sometimes frustrated, and capable of impulsive decisions. Voyager writers have been able to give him a sound and strong personality, and it is because of these episodes that he remains one of the most fascinating (if not the most) Voy character.

    *** Janeway and Seven of Nine's reactions to the Doctor's departure are genuine and, those too, in line with what we know of their characters. Particularly the final scene, with Seven's "fan mail," is beautifully touching.

    *** One of the funniest lines in the series --- Tuvok: [The Qomar] are interfering with normal ship business. Janeway: When has business on this ship ever been normal?

    *** The episode is just plain DAMN FUNNY in the first two thirds, and then becomes introspective and offers a lot of food for thought. It's rare for one single episode to have both. However.......



    WHAT'S NOT-SO-GOOD:



    *** ...... this duality also creates the episode's major problem: the ethical issues of individuality, freedom of will, and self-dermination is underdeveloped. Five more minutes and this would have been a masterpiece.

    *** Poor involvement of many regulars: Chakotay, Tuvok, Neelix, and Kim might as well have not been there.

    *** The Qomar serve the ironic purpose of this episode well, but fail to deliver on a more serious, introspective dimension. They are inconsistent and poorly designed. It is hard to believe, for example, that such a technologically advanced species would not know of music--especially since they have speaking ability. It does not seem as though they ignore acoustics altogether, since they know how to design an acoustically favorable hall. Their fascination with the Doctor and music is funny and serves the plot, but is ultimately too far-fetched.moreless
  • Musings on the cult of celebrity with the Singing Doctor

    8.5
    A sparklingly witty and amusing episode, with several musings on the cult of celebrity.



    Pushed once more to centre stage (literally) Robert Picardo proves that he can carry an episode on his own again, and shows that he has a deft feel for comic timing. There's a lot of silliness in this episode, and the idea of a culture encountering music for the first time has been done before, but the whole set up was used to good effect. As I've remarked elsewhere, great science fiction holds up a mirror to ourselves, and the obsession that the Doctors fans show is laughable only because it is so well observed. As is the speed with which they move on to the next big thing.



    As ever Picardo is supported by some excellent performances, lead inevitably by a pouting grumpy borg ex-drone as she realises she is being abandoned by the only person who truly feels understands her. And as for interpreting a deluge of fan mail as an attack on Voyager, - priceless.moreless
  • Math and music and the Doctor's huge ego.

    6.0
    Robert Picardo is a fun and interesting guy. He's got a lot of talents and is one of those people that amaze me. This is definitely a huge episode for him. Unfortunately it's not a huge episode for almost anyone else. No...no, maybe that's not a bad thing. Oh... I don't know. I was really down on the fifth season episodes, so I suppose I should be nice. I think the sixth season is at least moving along nicely.



    It's not bad, I guess. This episode isn't bad. It's okay. It's not great. It's light, though it tries to be deeper and more dramatic than it should be. IN the end, it is what it is. It's Voyager folks. But Robert Picardo rocks!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

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Seven: I have something for you.
      The Doctor: What is it?
      Seven: Fan mail.
      The Doctor: Delete it. I don't want to read another word.
      Seven: Then I'll read it for you.
      The Doctor: Seven...
      Seven: 'Dear Doctor, I regret that your last performance was not as successful as you'd hoped. There are still those who appreciate your unique talents and admire you as an individual. I'll always consider myself your loyal fan.'
      The Doctor: Who's it from?
      Seven: t's signed 'Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01.'

    • Seven: I believe the Qomar are attempting to disable our com system.
      Janeway: How?
      Seven: By overloading it with millions of teraquads of irrelevant data.
      Janeway: What do you mean by 'irrelevant'? (she takes a look at them) They are transmissions... all addressed to The Doctor.
      Seven: Precisely. I've only been able to decipher a small fraction of them so far, but they include invitations to social and scientific functions, requests for personal encounters, cloying tributes to The Doctor's talents.
      Janeway: Computer, stand down red alert. This isn't sabotage, Seven. This is fan mail.

    • B'Elanna: (to The Doctor) I can expand your musical subroutines all you like. I can even reprogram you to be a whistling teapot.

    • The Doctor: Hello Seven. I wanted to see you before I left. I downloaded some social lessons we haven't covered yet. There are 17 new chapters.
      Seven: (not looking at doctor) Does one of them include instructions for ending a friendship?

    • Tuvok: (about the Qomar) They are interfering with normal ship business.
      Janeway: Since when has business on this ship ever been normal?

    • The Doctor: I'm only doing what I can to ensure that first contact with the Qomar goes smoothly.
      Janeway: Does that include using our replicator reserves to create miniaturized versions of yourself?
      The Doctor: I would never do such a thing. As a matter of fact, the Qomar have devoted an entire holo processing plant to manufacturing them for me.
      Janeway: I see. Well in any case, you've been neglecting your Sickbay duties. I haven't received a report in three days.
      The Doctor: Oh, come now, Kathryn. It's not as though there's been a flood of medical emergencies.
      Janeway: I wasn't aware we were on a first name basis.
      The Doctor: I... I meant Captain. I'm sorry.
      Janeway: Oh, that's perfectly all right, Doctor, or do you prefer Maestro?
      The Doctor: Oh, please! (afterthought) Either is acceptable.
      Janeway: Well, then, let me make it clear to both of you. Maestro, you're finished for today. Doctor, report to Sickbay. Now.

    • The Doctor: Excellent, but we still have the problem with the sight lines.
      B'Elanna: What's wrong with the sight lines?
      The Doctor: If you consider the height of the average Qomar, it's obvious that anyone seated in the back five rows will have an obstructed view.
      B'Elanna: You're right. They won't be able to see anything but the top of your head. (sarcastic) The glare could blind them.
      The Doctor: (equally sarcastic) You'll have to excuse Lieutenant Torres. Her appreciation of music is limited to a smattering of Klingon drinking songs.

  • NOTES (2)

    • When The Doctor hands his resignation to Captain Janeway, he remarks "if Mr. Kim decided to leave the ship with a woman and marry her..." Ensign Kim almost did that in episode 5x17 "The Disease".

    • Robert Picardo does much of his own singing as The Doctor, but some of the more complicated pieces in this episode required the work of a professional singer.

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