The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Body and Soul

When the Delta Flyer is captured by a race who detest holographic life forms, Seven of Nine is forced to take drastic action in order to save The Doctor. She downloads him into her cortical implant, which has the side effect of giving The Doctor control of her body. Can The Doctor take advantage of this unusual situation to effect an escape, or will he just spend his time overindulging in new sensations?

I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to this episode – mainly because of my fear that having a male character inhabiting a woman’s body would lead to all sorts of ‘hilarious’ and painfully outdated #nohomo romantic moments. And yes, there is some of that in this episode, but I was so steeled for it that the heteronormativity of every single character was less unbearable than I feared.

Putting that aside for a moment, in every way this is the classic “noncorporeal life form gets access to a human body” story. We all know exactly how it will pan out – overcome by the novelty of sensations, the inhabiter overindulges, much to the annoyance of the body’s owner. There will be romantic misunderstandings aplenty, but ultimately the day will be saved and everything will go back to normal. This episode is entirely in keeping with that formula, but whilst it offers nothing particularly original, we should at least applaud Jeri Ryan for doing an excellent job at copying The Doctor’s mannerisms and speaking style.

Points of Note

  • Tuvok finally succumbs to the pon farr in this episode (we all knew it was, er, coming). The solution here is for Tom Paris to create a holographic version of his wife, because as we apparently all know, it’s not cheating to have sex with a hologram of your loved one. Try telling that to B’Elanna, Tom.
  • I hope the Lokirrim were supplying the power to the Delta Flyer’s replicator, otherwise they’ve just wasted loads of precious power on champagne, wine, Ktarian chocolate puffs and New York cheesecake.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 17

Destroyed Delta Flyer running total: 1

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 – Body and Soul: The old body steal.

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