Star Trek: Voyager (1997): S03E18 – Darkling


Introduction

“Darkling” is the 60th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 18th episode of the third season.

This show focuses on the holographic Doctor, a self-aware computer programme aboard USS Voyager that is struggling with re-programming himself.

Outline

While Kes pursues a romantic interest, the Doctor attempts to improve his programme by including elements of the personalities of various famous people that he admires, taken from holocharacters of them.

However, the darker, less well-known sides of these people’s personalities form a second, evil personality. This evil version of the Doctor attempts to murder an alien from the planet being visited by Voyager by pushing him off a cliff.

The evil twin also temporarily paralyses Lt. Torres when she discovers it. It later jumps off a cliff with Kes but is beamed back to Voyager while falling.

At the end of the episode, the Doctor’s programme is restored to normal. As the episode concludes, the Doctor is heard reciting part of the Hippocratic Oath.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Alexander Singer.
  • Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
  • Release Date: 19 February 1997.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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