Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Voyager encounters a swarm of mysterious life forms that has a strange effect on the ship's key operating system and who's presence accelerates Kes' reproductive cycle.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Nancy Hower Nancy Hower ... Ensign Samantha Wildman
Hudson O'Brien Hudson O'Brien ... Crewmember (as Gary O'Brien)
Terry Correll Terry Correll ... N.D. Crewmember


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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18 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of four episodes that were written and produced as part of the first season but held back to air in the second season, the other episodes being (in production order) "Projections", "Twisted" and "The 37's". See more »


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 »


Neelix: [the prospect of fatherhood] It's just all happening so fast. I don't know what to think.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


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 MartinHaferSee 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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