Star Trek (VOY): Revulsion – SF Debris

Opinionated Voyager Episode Guide has an A-plot with a psychopath hologram and a B-plot where Seven is confused by Harry’s awkward advances. Add in food poisoning, and it’s a typical day on Voyager.

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  1. That guy is a total… total… A word has yet to be invented for what he is, but whatever it is, he’s a total one! Also, SMEGHEAD!

    (For some reason, I have a craving for Vindaloo and a beer-flavored milkshake).

  2. thespecialneedsgroup

    Arnold Rimmer? Guess that shows why you’re the professional–I’d have gone with Maxwell Edison.

  3. To be fair, Star Trek writers have had trouble grasping the concept of a hologram since season one TNG.

  4. Yes! Voyager’s own Rimmer!

    This is why I love your videos so much! Also, the commentary on the “sexist” outlook of this episode and your deconstruction of it was pretty good too.

    Voyager had some neat ideas, like we see in this episode. They liked to play with the idea of photonic/holographic life like they did with Data and artificial intelligence in TNG, but it just couldn’t pull them off very well with the cast, characters and writing.

  5. Pretty sure the hologram character that appears in this episode is also the guy in Alien: Resurrection who (having been previously impregnated with an alien) allows it to burst out of his chest and subsequently through the face of the evil scientist character in that film. Fun fact.

  6. So, if holograms are solid because of force fields and magnets, then why doesn’t the doctor just put a force field around the mobile emitter. For that matter why doesn’t he turn it invisible. For that matter, shouldn’t he have abilities similar to telekinesis. What’s the difference between using his fake hand and just moving things with the emitter.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      The answer to that is “You’re thinking too hard about this.”

    • The holo emitter is a device that allows the Doctor to appear outside sick bay, not a Green Lantern ring. Nor should it be really, since having it act as one would pretty much remove all suspense from any story the Doctor appeared in.

  7. Sigh, this episode was a giant missed opportunity. Imagine if they had written that opening scene with the hologram freaking out and aghast over various bloodily-killed bodies, and later announcing that some kind of rage-zombie virus had caused them to kill each other. He seems sweet and harmless, but gradually we see he’s sort of off… and eventually it’s revealed his early freakout was because of the mess the newly-killed aliens left when he killed them.

    This could’ve been Voyager’s version of “Psycho.” But you need to misdirect people, not just make it clear, “This person is a crazy killer, now sit there awkwardly and wait for them to kill somebody.”

    Oh, and the Seven/Harry subplot was stupid, continues making Harry look like a sexually-confused dork who would make Edward Cullen jealous, and emphasizes why — for the time being — nobody should have a sexual relationship with Seven. It’s borderline child molestation.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      For this to be Voyager’s “Psycho” would require writers who are capable of building suspense, telling exciting stories, and creating compelling characters and putting believable dialogue in their mouths. Clearly you are expecting far too much from the professional writers who were paid actual money to pen this script.

  8. Snorgatch Pandalume

    It’s truly amazing just how mind-numblingly mediocre and uninspired an average episode of Voyager is. This one reads like a checklist of bad television sci-fi. Science that makes no sense? Check. Horny but shy techie who has no idea how to interact with women? Check. Women who are either helpless victims in peril or who treat sex as casually as a handshake, thus ensuring they will spread their legs for any male, no matter how much of a pathetic, sniveling little man-child he is? Check.
    I suspect this episode’s title was a reference to Roman Polanski’s classic 1965 movie “Repulsion,” starring Catherine Deneuve as a young woman repulsed by sex who starts hallucinating about rape and violence.

  9. Oh good I can get the new episode while his site is down. Phew! :0

  10. How in the world has this episode not been done before? It is THE main evidence of his version of Harry. I could have sworn this one had already been done, and that’s what started Harry’s characterization.

  11. So essentially, the ship’s computer killed the crew. It’s really the problem with the whole “holographic lifeform” scenario. It’s highly unlikely there’s a single program called “The EMH”. Programming is modular. A good chunk of The Doctor would be shared by other systems on the ship. He wouldn’t have medical knowledge “in his program”. He’d access it from files on the ship;s computer.

    It would have been interesting to add limits to the mobile emitter. It could only store so much data, so that when communication with the ship was disabled, he’d either have less medical knowledge or his personality would become more robotic because choices have to be made.

    As a result, it’s the computer that’s actually sentient, not one application. If The Doctor actually did “expand his program”, those subroutines should be accessible to any other hologram on the ship.

  12. I think it’s been said about Star Trek holograms that the “holographic matrix” itself contains the program data for the hologram, at least while it’s active. This was even referenced in several earlier episodes, such as when they had to “graft” a maintenance program’s matrix onto the Doctor’s in order to allow him to retain all the extra data for his personality and relationships, or when he lost an arm to a photonic life form in the Viking simulation, and even when all those rogue holograms tried to kill the Hirojan hunters, the one whose program was being run from the mobile emitter was unrecoverable when it was disrupted. So based on that logic, the program for a hologram can live in the computer’s data banks, but when active it is contained in the light projection itself. Which does explain 2 things: 1-why you can create a sophisticated AI like the Doctor but can’t mass produce a similar AI in an android body like Data’s, and 2- why holograms aren’t able to do anything in the computer’s memory when they aren’t actively running in their “solid” forms.

  13. I thought in Star Trek, holograms were a combination of light & force fields, which, when attacked, overload & dissrupt or drain the power from, their projectors.

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