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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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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This takes place in 2372. See more »

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The Doctor suggests that Kes' cravings may be due to a nutritional deficiency. That is a common belief but has long been proven false. If cravings were an indicator of nutritional deficiency, we'd all crave fruits and vegetables. See more »

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Lieutenant Tom Paris: What was that all about?
Commander Chakotay: I'd call it an example of indiscreet shipboard fraternization.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: Really. Sorry I missed it.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Kes, the bug-eater!
8 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this episode begins, Kes begins acting very strangely. First, she finds herself feasting on bugs. Next, she begins eating just about EVERYTHING!! She is voracious and not surprisingly Neelix is worried about her and insists on dragging her to sick bay. Soon they learn the answer--Kes is entering elogium. In other words, she's hitting her fertility cycle. But unlike humans, this only occurs once and if she doesn't take this opportunity, it probably will not return. I say probably because she is way too young to be in elogium. Could these weird creatures dancing about outside the ship have anything to do with this?

The episode is good and bad. Talking about sexuality and procreation makes sense, as the ship is expected to be in space for decades. But the whole giant space blob wanting to fight with Voyager over mating rites--this just seemed really goofy. Not a bad episode but a strange and slightly disappointing one.

By the way, maybe I am just being overly sensitive but Neelix seems an awful lot like a controlling and abusive boyfriend in this and a few other episodes. What do you think?


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