The EMH sings opera, loses his memory, and meets his maker. Plus Voyager encounters nasty aliens, prompting Janeway to violate all the principles she said she’d follow for no compellingly good reason. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch is overwhelmed by “The Swarm.”
At least the EMH plot is fun for a while, because Robert Picardo is always awesome, so two Robert Picardos is twice the awesome! From singing opera while wearing a ridiculous wig to his heartbreaking loss of memory to the even snottier Zimmerman, Picardo is superb throughout. On top of that, Jennifer Lien puts in a fantastic performance, as Kes argues vehemently and passionately for the EMH’s rights as a person. She was the first one on board to treat the doctor as a person rather than a computer program, and she values his friendship too much to just let him be reset without a fight.