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Darkling (Star Trek: Voyager)

"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 program aboard USS Voyager that is struggling with re-programming himself.

Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 18
Directed byAlexander Singer
Story byBrannon Braga
Joe Menosky
Teleplay byJoe Menosky
Featured musicPaul Baillargeon
Production code161
Original air dateFebruary 19, 1997 (1997-02-19)
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This science fiction television show episode debuted on UPN on February 19, 1997.[1]


The Doctor attempts to improve his program 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 paralyzes 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 program is restored to normal. As the episode concludes, the Doctor is heard reciting part of the Hippocratic Oath.


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