Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Favorite Son 

Ensign Kim's DNA changes, bringing with it memories of the region while a planet of alien women claim him as a favorite son returning home to mate.


Marvin V. Rush


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Cari Shayne ... Eliann
Deborah May ... Lyris
Patrick Fabian ... Taymon
Kelli Kirkland ... Rinna
Kristanna Loken ... Malia (as Kristanna S. Loken)
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Alben


Ensign Kim, while experiencing bizarre DNA changes, instinctively leads Voyager to an all-female planet whose inhabitants claim him as a member of their race who is ritualistically returning home. When his welcome seems too good to be true, Kim loses contact with Voyager and begins to uncover the aliens' true intention. Written by Meribor

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This installment is the third in what is known to some fans as the "trilogy of terror," three consecutive episodes that are often considered to be remarkably bad, the other two episodes being Darkling and Rise See more »


No one says 'cancel red alert' (or anything to that effect). Voyager returns to normal status on its own as soon as Tuvok says the Nasari ship is moving away. See more »


Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Harry... What happened to your face?
Ensign Harry Kim: We're still trying to figure that out.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: It's kind of cute, makes you look like a speckled targ.
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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This felt too much like...
24 December 2019 | by GreyHunterSee all my reviews

A TOS or early TNG episode. I respect both series, but it's hard to deny they had some very cheesy locations with decidedly hammy extras/guests with a contrived low-budget concept, episodes that felt exactly like what they were -- odd little flights of fantasy taking place on a sound stage rather than compelling sci-fi. The location felt especially suffocating and claustrophobic, because it was too easily seen as a sound stage; this only accentuated the awareness there were only a dozen members of this "race," all moving around a rather undifferentiated set. It just felt cheap. I know the Star Treks series were all on budgets, but these episodes only heightened the sense of low-budget uninspired storytelling. Good writing and good direction can -- as many superior episodes of various Star Trek series have demonstrated very well -- overcome a low budget. But neither of these could be found here.

Speaking of the writing, it was overwhelming predictable almost from the moment they set foot on the planet. The ceremony, specifically what was done to the guy and the effort made to write a line of dialogue explaining it, just screamed out the ending. That was just clumsy and poor writing. I read in the Trivia section that this is the final episode of a run of three episodes that fans consider terrible, and I agree the previous two weren't particularly great ("Rise" wasn't terrible, though, imho) but this one was clearly on an entire lower tier than the other two. They don't deserve to be lumped with "Favorite Son." Not the worst episode of Voyager, but pretty far down there.

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