Friday, May 10, 2013

Body and Soul

*** (3 stars out of 5)
The Lokirrim hate photonic beings like the Doctor. They are at war with Photonics seeking freedom from subjugation. Or, depending on your point-of-view, ungrateful insurgents making trouble. Simply bringing a photonic into Lokirrim space carries severe penalties. They might even make you watch Voyager episodes every day for a month!

To prevent them de-rezzing him, the EMH hides inside Seven of Nine. And, as you'd imagine, things get awkward. Since he's in control of her body, he discovers how much fun human senses are. The way he's going through the replicated cheesecake, she's going to have to change her name to 7 of 90 pounds heavier.

While a prisoner He/She gets drunk and hits on Lokirrim Captain Tuning Fork Nose to get the mobile emitter back. Even this silliness is unlikely to get them points for Man-On-Man kissing.

Speaking of kissing, Tuvok's Pon Farr has finally arrived. Granted, it seems much milder than Spock's. And, like Betazoid women, Vulcan libido apparently increases with age. As "Doctor" Tom Paris (more sensible and discreet than the Silver Blood Tom from the Lori Petty episode) points out: "It wouldn't be breaking your vows if it's a hologram of your wife." Presumably Lady Tuvok is seeing a photonic back home, too. Just close your eyes and think of Vulcan.

"Body and Soul", and I can't say this often enough, was funnier when it was the Red Dwarf episode "Bodyswap". That snarked about, Jeri Ryan does a great Robert Picardo impression. And as they say, never judge someone until you walk a mile in their boobs.

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