Cardassian Holographic Doctor

Story: Nothing Human
Written By: Jeri Taylor
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1998

Some non-Human alien attaches itself to Torres, and in order to successfully remove the creature from her without causing her too much harm they create a holographic recreation of a Cardassian exo-biologist. The episode actually was doing a real good job of showcasing that not all Cardassians were bad...but then they just drop that entirely and make him into yet another Cardassian war criminal. But everyone treats the hologram as if he is the real guy.
The episode was okay, but yet again the writers on Voyager can’t keep up their own steam and drop the ball partway through the episode. I don’t know, it raises a few solid issues, and luckily Picardo holds his own and the episode together, but I just feel like Trek used to be the opposite of racism, and somewhere during Voyager it lost it’s way. The moral issue was interesting, and I was glad they decided to not be as dogmatic about their Starfleet way as they usually tended to be by this point. Sometimes the writers made moral issues seem black and white, which is totally the wrong way to go about it. Luckily they didn't follow that standard this time.

Not a terrible episode, if only because of Picardo. I wouldn’t say this one was an awful installment, but I am also a little bit desensitized to how bad standard Voyager can be.

NEXT TIME: Paris Demoted