Star Trek: Voyager (1999): S05E22 – Someone to Watch Over Me


Introduction

“Someone to Watch Over Me” is the 116th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 22nd episode of the fifth season.

It was directed by cast member Robert Duncan McNeil (Lt. Tom Paris).

In this episode, the Doctor and Seven of Nine, a hologram and an ex-Borg, are learning to deal with romance in a Pygmalion-esqe story, with the Doctor as Henry Higgins and Seven as an intergalactic Eliza Doolittle.

Outline

Captain Kathryn Janeway and Tuvok leave the ship as official guests of a nearby colony; Neelix is assigned the task of escorting the colony’s guest, Tomin, aboard the ship. Neelix is surprised that Tomin is quick to break the strict regime set by his people to sample everything from food to entertainment that Voyager has to offer. The crew finds that Tomin’s physiology is unable to handle the synthahol used in drinks and becomes highly intoxicated on the night prior to the return of his elder, on the night a shipwide reception is due to take place for him. Neelix works with the Doctor and Seven of Nine to use Seven’s Borg nano-probes to process the synthahol. Tomin, though still unsteady on his feet, is collected enough to greet his elder, Janeway, and Tuvok with Neelix’s help in the same regiment he initially arrived with. To their surprise, the elder thought that Tomin would have taken time to sample what Voyager had, in moderation. Neelix is commended for his duties.

Meanwhile, after Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres become upset after discovering Seven observing and documenting their romantic interactions, The Doctor offers to help teach Seven on human courting rituals through an elaborate educational course, including such elements as singing. Seven works her way up from interactions with holodeck men and eventually ends up on a date with another human crewman. When they attempt to dance, Seven’s strength strains the crewmen’s arms, prematurely ending the date. Seven comes to believe that she is unsuitable for dating. The Doctor has become somewhat smitten with her, and on a bet with Paris, offers to take her to Tomin’s reception. Seven’s behaviour is perfectly appropriate for the event but upon learning of the Doctor’s bet, she storms off.

The Doctor, alone, practises wooing Seven in the holodeck, noting to the simulation that the last few days have been “unforgettable”. However, his practice is interrupted by the real Seven. She presents the Doctor with an enhanced tricorder as a gift for his help, but admits that she believes there is no suitable mate on board, leaving the Doctor unable to express his feelings to the real Seven. After she leaves, the Doctor begins to play George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” on piano in one of the training hologram simulations.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Robert Duncan McNeill.
  • Writer(s): Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 28 April 1999.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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