Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Darkling”

For the first time in this rewatch — hell, for the first time ever — I write a review of something Robert Picardo is in and I do not say nice things about his performance. I was stunned, too. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch is amazed at how awful Picardo is as the Evil EMH in “Darkling.”

An excerpt:

This is the only time I’ve seen a performance by Picardo that I would classify as awful. He’s been in so many things, from Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe) to Hail Caesar! to Supernatural to The Flash to Justice League Unlimited to China Beach to The Wonder Years and on and on and on, and he’s always been superlative.

And yet, he’s just dreadful as Evil EMH, overenunciating everything, and deepening his voice in a manner that sounds like he’s parodying Christian Bale’s Batman (yes, I know that was a decade later, work with me, here). Truly, what his performance reminds me most of is Alexander Siddig’s horrendous turn as Bashir possessed by Vantika in DS9’s “The Passenger,” which is also the single worst performance of Siddig’s career.

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