The Doctor’s mobile emitter is stolen from Voyager by an alien trader who then sells it to an overcrowded hospital. While Voyager searches for the trail which will hopefully lead them to their friend The Doctor soon realises that medical care at the facility is not the same as he is used to but is in fact allocated based on the patients status in society.
The Doctor teams up with Dr Voje (Paul Scherrer) and Dr Dysek (Gregory Itzin) to affect the beginnings of change in the thinking of how patients are treated at the facility. The Doctor is then rescued by Voyager where back on board his own ship he questions if his program was malfunction regarding some of his conduct on the facility. Seven of Nine confirms that his program was operating properly the whole time.
Firstly allow me to say that the choosing of this episode to review was literally random (by dice role) which makes the fact this episode came up first slightly more ironic.
One of the criticism I have of Star Trek Voyager in it’s later seasons was most episodes focused too heavily on certain cast members to the detriment of some of the other cast members. I do categorise The Doctor as someone who perhaps got too many episodes focused on him. However I feel Critical Care is one of the better offerings.
The Doctor being placed in a different medical environment which is so vastly different from the one he is used to was rather interesting. It was quite fascinating to see how he worked, reacted and interacted to the setting he found himself in. With Robert Picardo giving a solid performance in this episode.
I opened my review by saying how ironic this episode being first was and some of you may be thinking why.
We here in Australia recently had a federal (National) election and one of the key elements of the election was the public health system and that one day the level of treatment a patient receives is based on how much money they have (how much treatment they can afford). In other words their status in society determines the level of care they receive much like the theme of this episode.
Finally for those of you with a keen ear you may hear a familiar voice for the voice of Hospital ship alpha.