The Hirogen Outpost

Story: Flesh and Blood
Written By: Bryan Fuller and Raf Green & Kenneth Biller
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 2000

Voyager answers a Hirogen distress call, and finds a Hirogen Base that is essentially one big holodeck, using the very tech Voyager gave the Hirogens at the end of “The Killing Game, Part II”....and the Hirogen are practically all dead. Voyager then tracks down a Hirogen ship overtaken by Holograms...they are able to beam over and treat some Hirogen...but the Doctor is kidnapped by the ship of holograms. Essentially the holograms want the Doctor’s help to fix their programs and find a new home away from the Hirogens.
I find it someone ridiculous that after all this time and all he has been able to prove and achieve...Janeway is still the biggest fucking racist in the world when it comes to the Docotr and holograms. He has proven to be a person, just as much a person as anyone else (and more interesting than anyone on that ship to boot)...and yet every time there is an issue of human rights for holograms, she is CONSTANTLY on the wrong side. Hell even when the Doctor arrives with the holograms and asks for peace...Janeway has this look of disappointment. Clearly for her, the only good hologram is a dead hologram. I really think she is the most unenlightened person in the 24th century.

Then you get someone like B’Elanna who joined the Maquis in a similar way that the Doctor joins these holograms...and she still refuses help? “That was different” Everyone on this show seems intent on NOT acknowledging the life form status of holograms even after years of living side by side with the Doctor (and hell if Data is a life form by Starfleet standards then holograms count too!) I just don’t get it, why would Voyager side with Hirogens over Holograms.

This is one of those odd feature length episodes of Voyager, one that is feature length for no real reason. I actually kind of liked this one, because its feature length and focuses on the Doctor. I don’t understand why Voyager had these mid season feature length episodes, but at least in the times they did them they focuses on Seven and then the Doctor (the two strongest characters/actors on the show).

I think it dealt with the allegory of minority rights quite well actually. The holograms want freedom and rights, they try to develop Religion (which is always scary to me, an atheist), and they struggle to find who they are, and even taking their fanaticism too far. I always find it surprising when this series shows signs of competence, even if it is unfortunate that the Holograms turn out to be bad guys (just like everyone else this ship meets).

NEXT TIME: Chakotay and the Time Shifts