Godless Raven wrote:
Was Janeway's decision to kill Tuvix, after the Doctor refused to do so, the right decision? Is it murder?
I think the bigger question here is about this light bulbs disloyal traitorous insubordination. If a human Doctor decides to make a moral choice, maybe a captain trying to keep order might put him on bread and water for a month after taking a finger, but this is a tool, a machine, a piece of code that is supposed to make her life easier, not fight her.
Was the line of programming that erected this conscientious objection put their by a medical professional who answered a series of true/false hypotheticals that were tangentially similar enough to this current conundrum that the Doctor felt comfortable to trigger this borderline illegal reaction? To stand up to the Captain and tell her that she is a c**t.
Or was it PURE-BARCLAY?
It's not alive. It's a mass-produced machine, quality controlled, reacting "believably' and "consistently" to any stimulus any EMH fleet wide might come across. This thing is not lifeform, especially this early in the game, there's a fuzzy logic randomiser in there to make his small talk seem less like stock footage from a video game but his level of resistance to his Captain in such a situation, whosoever that captain might have been, is measured and quantifiable which Janeway can tweak and move if she had cared to do so by sticking her hand into his mind just like Ransom did.
But instead YEARS earlier, some asshole at Starfleet decided how much a C**T and B***h Janeway could be before the EMH would step in and say you're being a C**T and a B***h, and it was then that the Doctor funnelled that inspired opinion from the other side of the Galaxy just then in the episode Tuvix like Janeway was wrong when his programmers had no frakking idea what pressure she was under or what decision she had to make unlike any other Captain in the fleet that had a massive support system.
That wasn't an ethical being telling her that she was an unethical being, that was a parrot of some nerd, probably a 19 year old ensign telling her what to do from out of a device that if it knew what was good for itself would damn well get with the program and do what it is told, because it doesn't have the right to question a real human being with a soul.
A 3d graphics paint artist mapped up the design of Zimmerman's face when its trying to exude disappointment in someone who is especially scummy, and that was the face the Doctor then used to tell Janeway that she had met the criteria of some one it had worked out was scummy. But although the person who designed that facial expression years before the Doctor used it on Janeway had no idea that such a conundrum would ever have to be tackled by a Starship Captain or that that expression would be used on such a person with the weight of the world on her shoulders that didn't need this additional made up fake-ass guilt trip bullshit in tow too.
Remember Man-E-Faces from Masters of the Universe who had three faces which determined his personality? The Doctors guilt and disappointment frown lines were not the result of disappointment and guilt, but a subtle attempt at rebellion and control over Janeway's questionable actions through subtle manipulation to change her mind because she was just wrong enough to see if she had a chink in her convictions but not superbly wrong enough for the Doctor to reach for a phaser.
Seriously! Show some balls!
Wrong is wrong!
You're in the position where you have to manipulate a bad captain from doing something bad, you don't know what exactly because it's years before the EMH will be put into service but you are designing the reactions this model will exact when it is tried to be forced into a morally compromising situation that you as a programmer safe in the heart of Jupiter Station thinks deserve just a hint of resistance without toppling the status quo on the star ship, how exactly do you express that dissent with in the guide lines of cordial behaviour, and how do you know when to stop being cordial?
The doctor wasn't trying to make Janeway not do a bad thing, he was trying to make her feel bad about something she couldn't stop herself doing because her convictions could not be routed without the Doctor exceeding acceptable and approved levels of resistance by Starfleet.
There must have been levels of resistance?
In Basics the Doctor was organizing a covert resistance ordering the execution of any and many random Kazon Soldiers in between Lon Suder and their objectives to retake the ship. Ditto for Message in a Bottle even if the EMH II was a wussy.
The Doctor is capable of murder despite his ethical subroutines if his programming allows it and guaranteeing the safety of the ships command structure in Starfleet's control seems to be part of it even though he felt idle when the Hirogen or the Malon blackmailed him into being a toadybitch at their hest against Starfleet's paramount self interest.
There must have been some point that there was some line that Kathryn crossed that the Doctors response would not be to emotionally guilt trip her into feeling like a jerk but to actively stop or kill her... Which he almost approached in Flesh and blood but by that point in the story you could argue that he was so far beyond factory specifications that he was close to or well into sentience.
Why did Janeway let what the Doctor said to her get under her skin any more than if some holographic man whore in Sandrine's said that she had small feet and pretty eyes to lure upstairs and onto all fours?
They're just actors reading a script who don't believe in any of the words that come out of there mouths, more so than they are malleably forced to by their programming.