Date: October 31, 2020
Season 3, Episode 20
Musical Accompaniment: Random spooky music, because it’s sadly the end of spooky season
Interstellar News: Happy Halloween! It’s finally here! Unfortunately I’m not in the holiday spirit, but I am so glad to be writing about Trek again. I hope you missed me! Also, it was hoodie weather today… my favorite time of year, and I got to watch Hocus Pocus with a friend who had never seen it. A not terrible day.
TL;DR: A Nasari ship approaches but Kim thinks they are going to fire, so he starts the fight first. Kim has a weird dream and then develops a rash, but it’s really Taresian markings because apparently he was born to a (unknowingly) surrogate Earth mom. The Taresians help Voyager fight off the Nasari, who are apparently their sworn enemies. The Taresian women are all over Kim and another male, Taymon, explains that the children are all born on other worlds and then eventually find their way back to help perpetuate the species. The rest of the crew return to Voyager to try and make peace with the Nasari and Kim stays behind. He witnesses the marriage of Taymon to three Taresian women and then is pressured by other women to stay. He tries to escape and finds out Taymon was killed for his genetic material and the women are trying to get Kim’s. Janeway tries to rescue Kim, is locked out for a while, but beams him out right in the nick of time. Voyager also escapes as the Taresians and Nasari are more interested in fighting with each other, the EMH heals Kim (who really is an Earth man), and Paris gets his best bro back.
Paris: I don’t see what’s so bad about being you. You’re good at your job, everybody likes you.
Kim: Being likeable is fine, but sometimes I wish I could be more, oh, confident with women. More like you.
Paris: Like me? You might want to reconsider that, Harry. There could be prison time involved. Actually, since I’ve been on Voyager, I’ve tried to be more like you.Paris and Kim, keeping the bromance alive and well
“We are no longer being pursued. — Let’s not give them a chance to change their mind.”: I absolutely hated that Kim made it a point to say marriage was usually between one man and one woman, especially when Trek trail-blazed in so many other ways. On the other hand, I completely enjoyed that he was more enthralled with being something more than himself, rather than the possibility of being with three women at once. It was so very pure and so very Kim, he really is very young in more ways than just age. I will admit I was swept away with the thought that Kim was more than he could be, I mean Odo was sent away by his people so why couldn’t Kim’s fake alien dad have impregnated his mom? Once the EMH did some digging I was shocked and started to have the same bad feeling Kim did. Actually, it was once the “mood enhancer” came out and I was so proud of Kim for just saying “no” like we were taught in D.A.R.E. all those moons ago.
I was left more confused than anything though with the whole Taresian and Nasari blood feud. Why did they hate each other? Did the Nasari have radar for the Taresians? How did they fool Voyager‘s sensors? How do the Taresians really survive? Are there any males that weren’t stolen? I was also confused by weird Uncle Neelix at the end being creepy to Kim. I mean Neelix is usually weird but he was extra weird and I don’t know why. This was just an overall weird and creepy episode and I’m not a fan of predatory aliens who steal people for procreation. Just try mail-order-grooms, I’m sure there would be plenty of aliens who would be willing to become Taresian for unlimited wives. Here in the United States, we call them Fundamentalist Mormons. Anyway, 3 cheers for Kim who almost got to have three wives but wound up with Paris instead.