Virtuoso (Star Trek: Voyager)


Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 13
Directed byLes Landau
Story byRaf Green
Teleplay byRaf Green
Kenneth Biller
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Production code234
Original air dateJanuary 26, 2000 (2000-01-26)
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"Virtuoso" is the 13th episode of the sixth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, 133rd episode overall. It was aired on January 26, 2000 on United Paramount Network (UPN).[1]USS Voyager, the fictional starship and the show's primary setting, is making its way slowly back to Earth from the other side of the Galaxy when they encounter Qomar aliens.[1] These advanced aliens are intrigued by the singing abilities of The Doctor (played by cast regular Robert Picardo), indeed by music itself which despite their advanced technology they have not yet discovered.[1]

This episode was directed by Les Landau, with a teleplay by Raf Green and Kenneth Biller from a story by Raf Green.[2] This episode includes the Voyager band "Harry Kim and the Kimtones", which have a brief performance in the episode.[3]


Voyager encounters a technologically advanced race called the Qomar, and renders aid after a Qomar crew suffers minor injuries from a reaction with Voyager's scanners. The Qomar are extremely arrogant and dismissive to everyone, and dislike the Doctor simply for being a holographic entity. However, once the Qomar happen to hear the Doctor singing, they are immediately enthralled by him, since they never conceived the concept of music.

When the Doctor explains how music is used and how many others on the ship can perform it naturally, the Qomar invite the Voyager crew to their home system—previously off limits to outsiders—to learn more about music. The Voyager crew discover thousands of subspace channels encrypted in many ways, and tons of traffic just above the home world. The Qomar decide to transmit the Doctor's singing planet-wide, and make him a star. This accentuates his vanity, making him unpopular with his friends on Voyager. He asks to leave so he can pursue his music career on the planet. This causes more anger, as the crew believes they need his medical skills and have grown to love him as a member of the crew.

The Doctor protests, even preparing Paris to take over his position, and severely upsetting Seven of Nine, who feels like she is being abandoned. However, the aliens replace him with an upgraded singing hologram capable of a greater vocal range. The Doctor's hopes for a new life are dashed. In the end, the Doctor realizes they simply wanted him for his singing, not who he is as a sentient entity. The Voyager crew welcome him back, as symbolized by Seven delivering him a fan letter praising his talent and personality, signed by Seven of Nine.


"Virtuoso" includes several guest stars, including Kamala Lopez-Dawson, Ray Xifo, Paul Williams, Marie Caldare, and Nina Magnesson.[4]

See also List of Star Trek: Voyager cast members


The shot of the Qomar homeworld is the same one previously used in the beginning of the episode "Year of Hell."

A clarinet (reed woodwind instrument), standup bass, and some other instruments are played in this episode.[5]

The background the Doctor orders for his recital is based on the one from the Teatro alla Scala's set for the opera Pagliacci.[3]


In 2020, The Digital Fix said this was "fun episode" and allowed actor Robert Picardo to show off his singing.[6]


This episode was released as part of a season 6 DVD boxset on December 7, 2004.[7]

See also

"That Old Black Magic", was first recorded and released as a single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. The music was written by Harold Arlen, with the lyrics by Johnny Mercer.


  1. ^ a b c "Star Trek: Voyager - Season 6, Episode 13".
  2. ^ Ruditis, Paul (2003). Star Trek Voyager Companion. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743417518.
  3. ^ a b Ruditis, Paul (2003). Star Trek Voyager Companion. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743417518.
  4. ^ Ruditis, Paul (2003). Star Trek Voyager Companion. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743417518.
  5. ^ Childs, T. Mike (10 June 2014). "The Rocklopedia Fakebandica". St. Martin's Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Star Trek: Voyager Revisited - A Look Back At Season Six | Feature | The Digital Fix". Television @ The Digital Fix. 2020-08-20. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  7. ^ Holly E. Ordway (November 29, 2004). "Star Trek Voyager: Complete Sixth Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  8. ^ "Robert Picardo speaks". BEHIND-THE-SCENES. Janet's Star Trek Voyager Site. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-10-11.

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