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ST:V, Life Line - abates
Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2005-09-05 19:04
Subject: ST:V, Life Line
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Tags:star trek: voyager
Life Line: When the news that the HoloDoc's creater is dying, he has himself transmitted back to the Alpha Quadrant.

Yes, I'd like to phone a friend.

In the Alpha quadrant, Barclay shuttles up to a starbase where he meets with Doc Zimmerman. Zimmerman is cranky, and dying of an illness the doctors haven't been able to diagnose. Time to send in Greg House. Hmmm, House vs HoloDoc. The snark would be glorious.

Pathfinder transmits to Voyager a data stream which turns up badly degraded. Apparently they're using a pulsar which goes off once a month. Neelix distributes mail, including one to the HoloDoc from Barclay saying Zimmerman is ill. HoloDoc thinks he can use Borg tech to halt the cell degradation, and wants Janeway to transmit him to the Alpha Quadrant. She reluctantly agrees.

Hmm, is the sickbay ocean grey or military grey? HoloDoc is mildly annoyed because Seven's extracting the enhancements from his program so he'll fit in the datastream.

What? Zimmerman's assistant has a pet fly? Barclay turns up with a holo-emitter. Zimmerman is less than impressed at the HoloDoc, and tells him that the mark 1 EMH programs have been reassigned to drudge jobs. The examination does not go well.

Oh, the fly is a holographic fly named Roy. HoloDoc attempts to get on with Zimmerman, but experiences extreme resistance. Barclay rings Troi and asks for councelling help. Shouldn't she... I dunno, have her own command by now?

Back on Voyager, Janeway is concerned that a message from an Admiral is specifically asking about the Maquis.

Zimmerman and HoloDoc fight some more. Then Troi turns up for some EXTREEEEEEEEME COUNCELLING! Hmm, interesting how they've saved themselves some money by reusing part of the holodeck wall as the wall of Zimmerman's lab. Mind you, makes sense, seeing as he works in the field of holography. Anyway, the session ends when Troi calls them both jerks and storms out.

Troi notes that Zimmerman's assistant is a hologram too. Barclay says he's up to EMH mark 4, but none of the later models looked like Zimmerman. Troi starts seeing the problem.

Troi drops in on the HoloDoc, who's hanging around in Barclay's Voyager sim, to invite him to dinner. Then HoloDoc starts disappearing, and Barclay says his primary matrix is degrading - he's going to die. Zimmerman says HoloDoc's just a program, he'll send Voyager a Mark 4, but his assistant talks him into fixing the HoloDoc.

Zimmerman stabilises the HoloDoc and informs him he's developed new subroutines to improve his personality. When HoloDoc complains, Zimmerman says the mark 1 EMH programs were regarded as a joke and kicked out of the medical corps. HoloDoc talks him into trying the borg medical procedure...

Some 32 hours later, HoloDoc emerges and says Zimmerman found that HoloDoc had been sabotaged. Troi says traditional methods weren't working. Heh. HoloDoc and Zimmerman are now friends, sort of. Grudgingly. Barclay manages to take a picture of them together before the end credits rudly interrupt them. Teh end.
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Acetal: Why
User: acetal
Date: 2005-09-05 09:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe Troi needs someone to look at her ethical subroutines.
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User: spooforbrains
Date: 2005-09-05 10:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think enough people have looked at Troi's "ethical subroutines" already
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2005-09-05 11:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sure there are pictures of them all over the net. :)
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User: kiri_l
Date: 2005-09-05 19:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What season is that in? I've just finished season 4 (DVD) I need a reference list to your reviews.. so I can comments ever so belatedly..

btw was neat speaking to you - even with the bizzare delays!
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2005-09-05 20:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Near the end of season 6... Season 4 starts in my February archives. :)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2005-09-09 09:44 (UTC)
Subject: Jeff's Voyage Is Over
I;'ve finished Voyager now...anda am currently 20 episodes
into Enterprise. Slap me if you like, but so far the series
is NOT THAT BAD. Bakula's dreadful, but so far the rot has
not set in...
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2005-10-10 07:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would like apologise for my bad spelling in the LonelyStoat
message, and also report that I am now halfway through Enterprise.
I know you care deeply, and wish to hear this.

Barclay is Star Trek's beeyatch. Everyone talks down to him,
treats him like a moron. Yet he's smarter than all of them.
It is blatantly obvious that Reg is just a metaphor for Trek
fans, or rather how Braga and co view Trek fans ie awkward
socially, bright but uncoodrinated, friendless, obsessed with
a fantasy world. Reeeeeeeeeeeeal subtle, Brannon. I don;'t
think anyone picked up that Enterprise's Stugma was actually
a very clever allegory about gay rights and AIDS, because the
message was so well-veiled. (That's called ironoy, folks) :)
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