Star Trek: Voyager (1996): S02E19 – Lifesigns


Introduction

“Lifesigns” is the 35th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 19th episode of the second season.

The episode centres on a Vidiian woman whom the Doctor works to save.

This episode was previously known as “Untitled Doctor” and “Magnetism”.

The finally adopted title has a dual meaning: the lifesigns the Doctor finds in the body of Danara, the Vidiian woman, and his own growing self-awareness as a sentient life form through the experience of romance.

Actress Susan Diol guest stars as the alien woman Denara Pel.

Outline

Paris arrives late to the bridge as a distress call is picked up. Voyager beams aboard the dying body of a Vidiian woman. The Doctor works to save her in Sickbay. He creates a holographic body of her to assist him; a hologram which looks and acts the way she would if she were healthy. Her name is Danara Pel and she is a physician, ready and able to help heal the disease-ravaged body on the bed. The Doctor soon realises he is falling in love with Dr. Pel, but has trouble sorting out his feelings toward the vibrant hologram and the real, dying patient.

Torres’ past mistreatment at the hands of the Vidiians causes her to be reluctant to help Dr. Pel – Klingon DNA has been shown to be resistant to the Phage, the disease afflicting the Vidiians— – but she soon relents.

Sandrine’s bar makes a reappearance, a long-standing holo-location that many members of the crew enjoy.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Cliff Bole.
  • Writer(s): Kenneth Biller.
  • Release Date: 26 February 1996.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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