Voyager's "Medical Staff"

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  1. Bry_Sinclair

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    She could've gotten bored waiting and bumped off an unwitting redshirt :)

    Also for a species that lives only nine years and develops to adulthood within their first, they would have to be able to absorb and store a considerable amount of information quickly and easily, so in that regard she is the best candidate to train as a medic.

    What about the ship's life science specialist (the biochemists and xenobiologists onboard) wouldn't they have made decent medics, already knowing some of the basics. Then there are going to be those who underwent the same emergency medical course Worf did, making them basic field medics. Then there is the Juliet Jurot conundrum.
     
  2. USS Triumphant

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    If she could even get to Captain Sad Sack, locked in her quarters and crying in a dark corner for months like she was.
    Impressive. You've come up with a potentially realistic way that they could have made Voyager dramatically worse. :shudder:
     
  3. Captain Kathryn

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    Maybe they all died in "Caretaker". All the medical personnel! And science officers...
     
  4. RCAM

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    Laughed out loud at this.
     
  5. MacLeod

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    Perhaps she tried, but made the mistake of broaching the topic before Janeway had her coffee. :p
     
  6. Captain Kathryn

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    Good thing we never lost the Doctor's program (meaning...good thing Robert Picardo never quit). :p Everyone would have died!
     
  7. MacLeod

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    Nah, they would just have done what they did with The Doctor and re-cast the EMH, same character but different face.
     
  8. bbjeg

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    Or replace him with an alien doctor that chose to join Voyager on their trip, for whatever reason. For some reason, I'm thinking El-Aurian. That would have been interesting.
     
  9. exodus

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    Meh.
    Why not make it Hirogen.
    Think of how much more fun it would be trying to teach him how to sew up a patient instead of gutting and eating them?
     
  10. bbjeg

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    ^Are you asking why shouldn't they make a Hirogen a doctor, or giving a reason. :p
     
  11. Guy Gardener

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    There was a show called "Collector" about a thousand year old Monk who collects damned souls for the Devil...

    Every week, the Devil is played by a different actor or actress.

    What if the doctor was constantly changing his face?
     
  12. JD5000

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    It's not unreasonable to think that about the possibility of the Doctor 'decompiling himself' after beginning to understand how he was regarded by all his peers as a mere function of the ship, not as a person. Or some of the situations where he was saved from being decompiled by sinister forces, some of which were his own unintentional impulses.

    As someone else said, if Picardo had quit and someone else had to take on the Doctor role, I'm sure they would have found an alien or altered his backup program somehow. Paris clearly couldn't have cut it, he would have been one of his first fatalities.

    We already see Hirogen scientists and engineers. Although we don't see a doctor, it's a pretty logical extension. I think Hirogen probably think of doctors the same way Klingons do - possessing the necessary skill to put a warrior (or hunter) back into the thick of things. Not necessarily a focus on prolonging a peaceful life, like most Star Trek species we see.
     
  13. teacake

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    aaaaaaaahahaha..
     
  14. USS Triumphant

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    :guffaw: Good catch. I somehow missed that, while thinking about the idea that Strax (or a very similar character) would have made a good replacement for Picardo's Doctor had one been necessary.
     
  15. Shik

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    Actually, had Picardo left & they decided to Neelix themselves a medic, I'd've liked to see a Vidiian in the post.
     
  16. MacLeod

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    Perhaps one that could have treated Jane's caffine addiction. :p
     
  17. bbjeg

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    That would be neat but I'd rather see a healthy/cured one, one who joined after the crew cured their planet perhaps. I'd rather not deal with jigsaw face episode after episode.
     
  18. JD5000

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    I'm sure the makeup artists would have agreed with you, wholeheartedly!
     
  19. Lance

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    They should have retrained Chakotay as a medic.

    I'm sure he'd have been qualified to mop the odd brow or two.

    There's a spin-off in that somewhere.

    Chuckles: M.D.
     
  20. Shik

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    But see, that would be the interesting bit if they were still all phaged up. Think about the possibilities: crew members afraid to see the doctor because they don't want their organs harvested like a night in a back room in Pudong (how would B'Elanna react?), how said medic would also be looking for a cure was a side project wherever Voyager went, & the ship's own advanced medtech could work towards that (or fail), said medic trying to constantly sample & adapt Seven's nanoprobes, all manner of conflict possibilities.