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  • Voyager episode, Critical Care is easily one of my favorites of the series because it tackles a very serious and real issue
  • Those that are most important, get the best, top-notch care while those that are the least important or have not accomplished much yet, like the young, barely receive any care

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      The Star Trek: Voyager episode, “Critical Care” is easily one of my favorites of the series because it tackles a very serious and real issue: rationing healthcare. In this episode, the Doctor is kidnapped and sold to a world where a computer determines who gets what care based on the skills of the individual and the importance of those skills to the well-being and survival of society.

      Those that are most important, get the best, top-notch care while those that are the least important or have not accomplished much yet, like the young, barely receive any care.


      It is really quite painful to watch, and the actor that portrays the Doctor does a brilliant job conveying his disgust and revulsion over how medical care is assigned based on an individual’s worth.

      It’s exciting and touching to watch as the Doctor attempts to use his clout that he eventually builds thanks to his skills and knowledge to try and help those that he feels are just as entitled to medical treatment.

      In one instance, the Doctor learns that a medicine that is being distributed to perfectly healthy people in order to extend their lives could ...


      • be saving the lives of “less accomplished and skilled” patients.

        The Doctor is horrified, and again, he takes matters into his own hands in an effort to do what he believes is the right thing.

        The consequences of his actions are painful, and again, the actor carries the material beautifully, and the steps that he takes to change the system for the better near the end are quite drastic and clearly affect the Doctor in a profound way after he has a chance to reflect on what he has done.

        The story is solid, the acting is

        vibrant and convincing and the material is both compelling and relevant.

        On a side note, the special effects, are really something in this episode, even if the shots are brief.

        The hospital complex is a ship that hovers over a city with skyscrapers and buildings.

        The renderings are real convincing and special - such grand and complex planetside CGI scenes are not common in Star Trek.

        All in all, one of Star Trek’s best episodes in terms of substantive and relevant storytelling, compelling and convincing characters, emotional performances on the part of the cast and excellent CGI renderings.

        Truly exceptional!




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