Date: April 15, 2021
Season 6, Episode 23
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Interstellar News: Tuesday was Star Wars: Episode VIII (we’re almost done with our movie marathon) and Wednesday was poker night, but today is “Trek Thursday” so let’s get on with some Voyager.
TL;DR: A visibly older Kes, last seen in “The Gift“, asks permission to come aboard. She rams her ship into Voyager, beams aboard, does some damage to the ship, sucks energy out of the warp core, and disappears back in time to when Voyager had only been in the DQ for two months. She knocks her young self out, tries to sell out the Voyager crew out to the Vidiianss, and eventually gets killed by Janeway. Younger Kes records something so that when Voyager comes into contact with older Kes again, they’re all prepared. Kes returns to Ocampa along with a care package from Neelix.
Janeway: This may seem like a strange question, but I need to know if she’s pregnant.
EMH: I’m not at liberty to disclose that information. Doctor-patient confidentiality.
Janeway: What about Captain’s orders?
EMH: Sorry, medical protocol supersede your authority in these matters.
Janeway: The security of this ship could be at stake.
EMH: She planned on telling you herself.
Janeway: Boy or girl?
EMH: Female. Half Ktarian, as a matter of fact, which should nearly double the infant’s gestation period. How did you know?Janeway and the EMH talking about Wildman’s pregnancy right before she tells Janeway… which means this episode’s time travel bits puts it before “Elogium“
“It took exhaustive research, sifting through teraquads of data, separating fact from rumor, but eventually I arrived at the truth.”: I did not like this episode. Kes was mad because she though Voyager had betrayed her, but she never explains why. I get she was trying to get her younger self back before she turned into whatever she was now, but the story just doesn’t quite make sense to me. When Janeway kills her and they go back to the top of the episode so only her and Tuvok know what’s happening, it completely erases everything’s that happened in the episode. Also, I find it hard to believe that whatever Kes did in the past kept Voyager‘s future exactly intact. When your favorite part of the episode is Janeway giving Tuvok a hard time about his birthday, and it’s even better the second time, you know the rest of the episode was suspect. We don’t really find out what Kes was up to, all of her rage dissipates when she sees her younger self and it’s not entirely convincing, and she clearly holds a lot of contempt for Neelix. Happy almost 3 digits to Tuvok!