Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Child's Play 

When Icheb's parents are located, Seven of Nine should be overjoyed, but instead does not believe their tale of Icheb's original assimilation.


Michael Vejar (as Mike Vejar)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Manu Intiraymi ... Icheb
Tracey Ellis ... Yifay
Mark Sheppard ... Leucon (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Scarlett Pomers ... Naomi Wildman
Marley McClean ... Mezoti
Kurt Wetherill Kurt Wetherill ... Azan


Icheb, eldest of the four children rescued from a dying Borg cube, shows growing independence and a strong aptitude for astronomy and astrophysics. His parents are located on their home planet, which has been severely damaged by repeated Borg raids. Seven of Nine, conflicted about the boy's imminent return to his family, expresses her opposition to the proposal. Icheb himself resists the proposed return but gradually comes to accept his reintegration into his family and culture, which offers him great opportunities to contribute to their recovery; however, his parents' description of his abduction does not jibe with records obtained from the damaged cube. When Captain Janeway demands explanations, she discovers that Icheb is an unaware genetically-engineered bio-weapon - who has been sent out as bait, once again, to attract and decimate the Borg.

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Did You Know?


Mark Sheppard (who plays Leucon) appeared in Monk: Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005), which also showed a Klingon Bat'leth in the background. See more »


Seven says she never saw her parents after they were assimilated. In fact she later saw her father (as a drone) at the Borg Queen chamber in the episode "Dark Frontier." See more »


[first lines]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: [looking over Rebi's and Azan's science project] Why potatoes?
Seven of Nine: Their first idea was to clone Naomi, but I suggested they start with something smaller.
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How do you solve a problem like Icheb?
2 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the ex-Borglets were brought aboard Voyager a few episodes back, Frauline Maria, I mean Seven of Nine, was given the job of raising the children. Now after several months, she's become attached to her charges and this is a serious problem when Icheb's parents are located. She is NOT thrilled about giving him back--and a lot of this is because of her own anger towards her parents. However, later in the show, her misgivings turn out to have some foundation, as Icheb's parents are hiding a BIG secret--and his homecoming is all a farce.

It's interesting because my wife and daughter were horrified at Icheb's parents and agreed with the insane thing Captain Janeway did to put her ship at risk. I disagreed and felt that the boy's parents really had no choice and weren't the devils that some others thought them to be. What do you think? Let me know.

This episode is very good and I really liked the moral dilemmas posed by this one. Well worth seeing and rather exciting.

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