Lion of the Blogosphere

Star Trek: Voyager S06E13 Virtuoso

The holographic doctor becomes a famous musician on an advanced alien planet. He resigns from Star Fleet in order to pursue his new career as a rock star (except that he sings opera and not rock ‘n’ roll). But then the aliens on the planet program their own hologram who’s an even better singer, making the doctor obsolete.

The ridiculousness of this accurate synopsis of the episode belies the fact that it was pretty entertaining.

Everyone on Voyager is really pissed at the doctor for wanting to leave them in order to pursue his dream job. But why shouldn’t he? Voyager is on a pointless impossible mission to return to the alpha quadrant that it will never complete, and it’s pretty likely that they will be killed along the way because Janeway is incapable of not sticking her nose in business where it doesn’t belong. If they don’t die investigating some space anomaly, then the Borg will surely get them. Anyone with any common sense would take the opportunity to leave and settle down on a nice planet rather than inevitably die under a Janeway dictatorship.

Anyone, that is, who’s sentient. If the doctor is just a computer program simulating a sentient being, then no, he can’t do that. I know that I would be pretty pissed if, one day, my MacBook Pro which I paid two thousand dollars for suddenly announced that it’s leaving me to go self-actualize. I’d have to go back to watching Netflix on a crappy older Windows computer, which is the equivalent of having Tom Paris take over sickbay.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 31, 2020 at 11:03 PM

Posted in Star Trek

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  1. The main thing I find ridiculous about this is that Voyager was on for 6+ seasons.

    Blue Tribe Dissident

    September 1, 2020 at 12:40 AM

    • I don’t get Star Trek fan’s problem with Voyager. This is an average series 6 episode, yet it is better than almost any episode from series 5, 6 or 7 of TNG.

      And if Lion continues watching, he will view some absolute classics in series 6, especially ‘Muse’ which is the most ‘meta’ episode of Star Trek ever, as it can be taken as a metaphor for writing Star Trek scripts, I think. I’m surprised that Lion chose to mention this episode though, which is only OK, not the one before it, ‘Blink of an Eye’ which is another Star Trek classic.

      I will only give one piece of advice that any Star Trek watcher should konw anyway: the moment you hear hokey Irish accents….stop!

      prolier than thou

      September 1, 2020 at 1:02 PM

      • Blink of an Eye felt like they were trying too hard. I supposed that episode partially inspired an episode of The Orville.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 1, 2020 at 10:39 PM

  2. Don’t you have a TV? Why watch TV shows on a laptop. We have a cord we can hook a laptop up to a TV and watch anything from the laptop on that.

    Regarding Voyager, I didn’t see the whole series, but the series premiere had a dumb premise: they had to stay in the other quadrant to blow up some alien ship or something to protect other aliens. They couldn’t use an explosive with a timer that would allow them to escape back to this quadrant?

    David Pinsen

    September 1, 2020 at 4:09 AM

  3. At some point, they should have stopped indulging the doctor and just tell him, “you can’t resign because you are software. Starfleet owns the patent. Now get back to work.”

    Mike Street Station

    September 1, 2020 at 6:00 AM

  4. Only in Star Trek where an earthling like Captain Jerk (William Shatner) jerks off to any germ and he’s safe from diseases. That’s because Covid-19 and any other infectious material have been completely eradicated by the 23rd century. Unsavory extraterrestrials, both non-parasitic and parasitic are the only threats.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 1, 2020 at 8:57 AM

  5. Lion: Outside of Star Trek, where’s Upstate NY again?

    I just realized any county north of the city that doesn’t have a Chassidim community is certifiable Upstate NY. You find Chabad presence in certain college towns north and west of Albany, but that’s not the same as a Monsey or Kiryas Joel.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 1, 2020 at 10:08 AM

  6. Regarding your twitter post: “If Trump were smart, he would have hastened the collapse of higher education which is totally owned lock-stock-and-barrel by liberals. But instead, he urged colleges to reopen, resulting in virus outbreaks that could lead to a major second wave of infections”

    The majority of the reactionary Whites tend to be less intelligent and explicitly tribalistic where they see their fellow Liberal Whites as less problematic than their NAM “minions”. This is the reason why America runs on Virtue Signalling Liberals and why they have their prolier White counterparts by the balls.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 1, 2020 at 11:17 AM

  7. Land is an excellent investment; because as the old saying goes, they’re not making any more of it.
    How about 20 acres with magnificent views for just $200,000?



    September 1, 2020 at 4:17 PM

  8. Alonzo Portfolio

    September 1, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    • That’s a totally bogus interpretation of the data. When the death certificate lists both Covid-19 and respiratory failure or pneumonia, it was Covid-19 which CAUSED that other condition to happen in the first place.

      The NY Times reported that there have been more than 200,000 excess deaths since the pandemic. That’s people dying who wouldn’t have died in normal non-pandemic times.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 1, 2020 at 10:43 PM

      • Nursing home residents are about 0.4% of the US population and account for 42% of the deaths from This Disease Thing. So we destroyed the economy and put everyone out of work for that?



        September 1, 2020 at 11:31 PM

      • What about the other 58%? Just let them die because along with them, there are also people in nursing homes who are dying?

        I know one of the nursing home dead, she was a nice old woman. Yes, she was pretty old and probably only had a few years left at best.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 1, 2020 at 11:40 PM

      • If we didn’t destroyed the economy, then NAMs would complain that America is even more racist. Liberals would have shut down the country anyway. We all know NAMs die at a greater rate than Whites from Covid-19 and this is with the implementation of face masks and social distancing. Just imagine if we decided to let the virus run its course in society like a cold virus.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 2, 2020 at 8:02 AM

      • As I’ve pointed out before, NAMs are more likely to be “essential workers” and are less good at social distancing. (Being good at social distancing is no-doubt highly correlated with IQ and future-time orientation.)

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 2, 2020 at 8:58 AM

      • It was determined that unemployed NAMs made up the bulk of the hospitalizations with Covid-19. Furthermore, NAMs are more likely to have an underlying health condition stemming from a bad diet which allows the virus to ravage in its host. If society did not close down and acted as if it was a flu season, poor NAMs who like to congregate in public areas such as parks and libraries and dine inside of a Burger King would have died at greater numbers.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 2, 2020 at 10:11 AM

      • Correlation doesn’t prove causation.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 2, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    • Yup. Lion, Sailer, Unz, even Vox Day were owned by the CDC. The very perpetrators of humanity’s largest mass hysteria admit it was all a medical coding fraud.

      Take off your facediaper, idiot.


      September 2, 2020 at 12:08 AM

      • And China shut down their whole country back in January because of a “medical coding fraud” that happened two months later in the United States?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 2, 2020 at 8:56 AM

  9. Actors often brag about doing their own stunts. But Picardo does most of his own singing and he’s very good. The only exceptions I’m aware of are in this episode — Tincoo’s hologram aria, the Don Carlo duet and, of course, his farewell Rondino al Nido. I was a little startled the first time I saw his farewell because, if you watch his throat and tongue, he’s obviously not lip syncing. He’s really belting it out.

    HOWEVER… he mentioned in an interview that they dubbed over his voice with Castagnola’s version because he had trouble hitting some of the higher notes. I kind of wish they’d left Picardo’s voice in. Even if his voice cracked on a couple of notes, it would have only made it more authentic and sad.

    Speaking of authentic and sad, the Voyager crew were very moved by his farewell performance while the Qomar were unimpressed to say the least. The Qomar may have been impressed by the math behind the music but had no understanding or appreciation of the music itself. The new hologram, while perhaps more technically capable, was actually very lame because it lacked the Doctor’s passion and soul. Which was one of the points of this episode.

    Another point of this episode was that fame is fleeting. Which brings up the issue of wanting to be famous in the first place. No matter how many times I hear about people craving fame (and status) I still find it strange. Now, I can understand someone wanting to be famous for the money. But I just can’t understand wanting to be famous for its own sake. Regardless, I do sympathize with the Doctor’s wanting to be more than a ship’s medical program.

    PS: I wonder what Maslow would make of that last paragraph? 🙂


    September 2, 2020 at 3:16 AM

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