Star Trek
Voyager 7.3

Starring: Kate Mulgrew
CIC Video
VHR 5173
Certificate: PG
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The Doctor has been stolen and no one seems to know where he's gone. except for the Doctor of course, who finds himself stranded on an alien hospital ship. Worse still, his ethical subroutines are challenged when he is forced to ration treatment depending on the value to society of the patient. Can Voyager find him before he is totally tied in with the hospital's central computer..?

At its best Critical Care is a sly parody of American health care policy and there are some genuinely sharp judgements made by the script about the balance between ethics and money. However, much of this gets washed aside by a glib ending and some poor comedy moments. But a Doctor episode can't be all bad.


Instead of getting letters from home, the monthly news bulletin to Voyager from Star Fleet turns out to be a hologram of Reg Barcley who claims to have found a way to get Voyager home. But is the hologram of the nervous engineer really telling the truth..?

Reg, Deanna, Ferengi, a totally stupid plot and lots of crass comedy: that's enough cholesterol to give an elephant heart failure. But despite the over-egging, Inside Man works, albeit in a rather fragmented way. It's just a shame that the writers couldn't decide which way to play out the action - drama or comedy.

Anthony Clark