Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 4

Elogium (18 Sep. 1995)

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Voyager encounters new life forms that have a very unusual attraction to the ship. Meanwhile Kes's reproductive cycle, called "the elogium", is mysteriously triggered. She is not prepared ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
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Crewmember (as Gary O'Brien)
Terry Correll ...
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Voyager encounters new life forms that have a very unusual attraction to the ship. Meanwhile Kes's reproductive cycle, called "the elogium", is mysteriously triggered. She is not prepared for it, as she is too young. But the elogium occurs only once in the Ocampans' short lifespans, and if she wants to have a child, it must be now. Written by mmfsa2002

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First appearance of Ensign Wildman. See more »


Kes indicates that the Elogium is her one and only chance to get pregnant. Kes further implies that she only expects one child from this pregnancy. If this is true, simple math indicates that the Ocampan species would quickly die out. See more »


[Kes gives Neelix mashed potatoes to taste]
Neelix: A... Awful! How can you eat it?
Kes: I can't stop eating it. I've had six bowls! And the reason it tastes so strange, I've put a container of nitrogenated soil in it.
Neelix: Dirt? You're eating dirt?
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Beetle-O's: Part Of This Nutritious Breakfast!
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Voyager encounters a swarm of spaceborne aliens, while Kes and Neelix must decide whether to have a child.

Kes eats beetles. Crunchy beetles. Part of this nutritious breakfast. After driving into a cloud of microscopic spaceborne lifeforms Kes somehow enters puberty. Your guess is as good as mine. Her puberty includes eating binges, a fever, and a single chance to reproduce which will be lost forever if she's not impregnated in the next fifty hours. Sounds like prom night here on Earth.

Kes and Neelix's marriage- vaguely defined by an uncertain writing staff- faces its first test here as Kes ASKS Neelix to be the man to impregnate her. (If they're really married wouldn't his role as the father of her child be assumed?) Neelix waivers for no apparent reason, citing his deep concerns that:

a) She is his wife

b) She is extraordinarily beautiful

c) The voice that melts butter

d) No one else in the galaxy wants to touch him

e) This is their one and only chance to have a child

With all these solid arguments Neelix is still able to pad the episode out by expressing uncertainty and asking to "sleep on it." Meanwhile the eco-friendly starship is doing everything in its power to escape the swarm WITHOUT harming the lifeforms within. Better to kill yourself and your crew than fight anyone at anytime. This insane-pacifism trend has been in a downward spiral throughout the Trek series: caveman Kirk did hand-to-hand combat with any alien who looked at him funny, Picard- cardigan draped over his shoulders- sipped tea and quoted policy, and now Janeway simply surrenders to any and all challengers.

While we were talking, Neelix (not associated with Netflix) finally caved and agreed to sex with his own wife, but now Kes changes her mind because we need another plot point to eat up ten minutes of screen time.

Offscreen, Kes decides not to have a child but- lest we think the previous forty minutes had justified itself by closing a door for two of our lead characters- the lovable girlwoman nullifies all that came before by proudly declaring this was a false alarm and she'll still have the opportunity to have a child in the future. Can't wait to go through this again!


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