Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 21

Before and After (9 Apr. 1997)

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Starting near her death with no memory, Kes experiences parts of her life moving backwards through time. The Doctor develops an experimental procedure to extend Kes' lifespan beyond the ... See full summary »

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Starting near her death with no memory, Kes experiences parts of her life moving backwards through time. The Doctor develops an experimental procedure to extend Kes' lifespan beyond the Ocampan standard nine years. We see a possible future Voyager where Janeway and Torres died years ago in a great war and the survivors of Voyager were exposed to temporal radiation. The Doctor's procedure re-activates the symptoms of the radiation, causing Kes to relive moments of her life, from being elderly to her conception. In this reality, Kes and Tom Paris married and had a daughter named Linnis. Linnis and Kes became ship's physicians. At age three, Linnis married Harry Kim and they had a son named Andrew. When the cycle takes Kes back to an embryo, the cycle begins again in the correct order, stopping at present day, leaving Kes with all the memories of the possible future and valuable knowledge of the upcoming war that will be known as "The Year of Hell." Written by Meribor

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First appearance of Kes' longer hair style instead of the very short hair style from seasons 1, 2, and part of 3. Jennifer Lien, the actress who played Kes, was apparently sensitive to the make-up and adhesive used to apply her Ocampa ears. With the longer hairstyle, it was no longer necessary to apply the Ocampa ears each time she was filmed. See more »

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Neelix's fudge cake for Kes's ninth birthday has ten candles. It is traditional for some cultures to add one candle for "Good Luck". See more »

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The Doctor: Activate the bio-temporal chamber.
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If I hear the phrase 'temporal flux', I think I'm gonna puke!!
19 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, Kes is inexplicably and old lady who is experiencing dementia-like symptoms. However, what really is happening is that she's bouncing back in time--starting as an elderly woman and ending up a pre-embryo by the end of the show.

I'll be blunt. While I love the "Star Trek" shows, "Star Trek: Voyager" clearly is its weakest series. While it had some very good shows, too often they were just junk---and I honestly think junk is the way to describe "Before and After". Now if you ONLY saw this one, it might not seem that bad...heck, it might even seem good. However, time and time and time again, this series obviously ran out of ideas and when this happened they did an episode involving 'temporal flux' or 'temporal shifts'. In other words, for some bull#@$% reason that they pull out of a hat at the end of the episode to explain it, folks go bouncing back and forth in time. It happened so much that it became a cliché--a very bad cliché.

If anyone thinks that the MANY temporal shift episodes are good and would like to explain it to my, go ahead. But I contend that one or two would be fine....a dozen or so simply represents laziness and contempt for the fans.


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