Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 19

Child's Play (8 Mar. 2000)

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While Seven of Nine should be overjoyed when Icheb's parents are located, she does not believe them when told of the circumstances of his original assimilation.


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While Seven of Nine should be overjoyed when Icheb's parents are located, she does not believe them when told of the circumstances of his original assimilation.

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[first lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Why potatoes?
Seven of Nine: Their first idea was to clone Naomi. But I suggested they start with something smaller.
[on Rebi's and Azan's science project]
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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The Secret Origin of Icheb
25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Borg Kids have been settling into life on Voyager with their surrogate "Mom" Seven of Sixty-Nine. At first she does not want the job, resists it, but eventually complies. And starts getting attached to them and protective of them.

But Voyager comes into contact with the Brunali, the race of the eldest of these kids, Icheb- Who has been showing an interest in Astrophysics and joining the Crew of Voyager as a kind of Cadet. But it seems like he may not be able to fulfill this dream, as his actual physical parents are located and he would have to leave Voyager.

Tracey Ellis (From X-Files "Oubliette" and "Audrey Pauley") is his mother Yifay and Mark Sheppard (From Supernatural) is his father Leucon. Their race, once a great Space faring society now live in a Low-Tech Agrarian society as to not arouse the interest of the Borg, who have a trans-warp Conduit near their system. But they have become Genetic Engineers, mostly they use this to grow food, but there is something more insidious happening.

At first, Icheb does not want to go - He had made a home on Voyager and he has started to learn that he likes working with Seven in Astrometrics. But he sets that aside and agrees to go live down on the surface of the planet, at least for a few days.

As he stays, he finds that he could accommodate living there, even liking it eventually. Finally he decides to do it, stay with his real parents.

But not all is as it seems. Apparently Icheb was some sort of secret Brunali weapon against the Borg. And it was mostly his mother Yifay who keeps this agenda. Seven discovers that the story given by Yifay of Icheb's abduction by the Borg does not jibe with established facts dredged from the Log of the Cube where Icheb was found. And Yifay cannot set that agenda aside and be happy that Icheb is back, she pushes it.

So this episode's performance award goes to Tracey Ellis- In one of her last Television appearances.

This episode is a testament to the use of Kids for any agenda, be that religious or political. Seven finds that the use of Icheb in this way is revolting and she wants to put a stop to it, as does Voyager.

So Voyager has to take Icheb back - Before a Borg Sphere which is attracted back to the area by Yifay can absorb him again.

Icheb decides to stay with Voyager and he remained with them all the way back to Sector 0-0-1. where he assimilated all their technology - But as a student, not as a Borg Drone.

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