The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy

The Doctor has embarked on his latest attempt to improve himself – by incorporating the ability to daydream into his program. The Doctor’s daydreams cast him as a dashing, suave hero, beloved by all the women aboard Voyager and frequently called upon to save the ship. But his harmless flights of fancy take a dangerous turn when a group of alien observers mistake them for reality.

As we draw into the closing seasons of Voyager, the accusations of it becoming “The Doctor and Seven of Nine show” ring ever more true, bringing us entries like this episode. This is clearly meant to be a hilarious romp, and I think I even enjoyed parts of it back in the day – the operatic response to Tuvok’s imagined pon farr, for one – but overall episodes like this are never going to grab me. The Doctor is far too egotistical to be likeable here, and his daydreams about Janeway, Torres and Seven all fighting over him are utterly cringeworthy.

Points of Note

  • Has The Doctor learned nothing from Darkling? Get B’Elanna or Seven to help you when you modify your program.
  • The Emergency Command program will be properly implemented in time for a future outing.
  • The Starfleet Medal of Commendation sounds suspiciously like it was made up on the spot, a bit like The First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 16

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 10

Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3

Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5

Summary – Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy: I now have “La donna è mobile” earworm.

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