So, I’ve been watching Star Trek: Voyager. I watched it way back when it aired (20 years ago) and have been re-watching it.
I just watched an episode and wanted to get Dopers’ thoughts on it.
The premise of the show is that the starship Voyager got flung into the delta quadrant 70,000 light years from earth so it will take them 70+ years to get home. They are pretty much out there by themselves and don’t have any access to Starfleet. They can’t communicate with them or anything.
In this episode, Voyager encounters an alien ship transmitting a communication of some sort that they can’t translate but they interpret it as a distress call. They beam the sole occupant of the ship to sick bay before the ship explodes. This alien looks like a big slug. The chief engineer comes into sick bay and this alien launches itself at her and “attaches” itself to her. The alien is basically using the chief engineer as a “life support system”. While it is doing this, it is killing her and the doctor doesn’t know how to treat this issue because because he is unfamiliar with this type of life form.
So, they decide to “call up” another expert on this type of life form. Using the information in their database they create a holographic representation of this expert. He is a Cardassian. In case you don’t know, Cardassian’s are kind of regarded as “bad guys” and this doctor is reputed to have performed experiments on innocents and generally has done “bad things”.
The chief engineer, having had experience with Cardassians says she doesn’t want this guy treating her. And she doesn’t want any treatment devised by this guy. And another crew member (of the same species as the innocents that were experimented on and claims to have family members directly affected by this Cardassian) says that this hologram should be deleted and all information about this guy as well as any research he did should be deleted from their database).
I’m going to stop here for now and ask you what your thoughts are on this. Do you think all information about this guy and his research should be deleted from the database and never used again?
I’ll fill you in on the conclusion of the episode later.