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/edited by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

19 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


As Harry Kim is led into a bedroom, there is green tape visible on the floor used to indicate where the actor should stand. See more »


Ensign Harry Kim: But how could I know so much about a place I've never been?
Lyris: It's been coded into your Taresian genes. As you've gotten closer to home and seen familiar sights, your dormant genetic memory has been reawakened.
Rinna: You'll remember more about us as you spend time here.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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15 December 2018 | by zitacarnoSee all my reviews

While watching this episode I was struck by its resemblance to a familiar theme, and I wasn't thinking about the old story of Odysseus and the sirens. I was thinking of an episode of "Star Trek: The Animated Series"---a story called "The Lorelei Signal", which has a similar theme---and I suddenly realized how much the later Trek series has taken from the original! You may recall that the male members of the landing party were being drained of their energy and their life signs by the all-female inhabitants of the planet and how Lt. Uhura had to effect the rescue by beaming down an entire all-female security team to put a stop to the deleterious proceedings. I couldn't help smiling as I noted how similar the denouements of both episodes turned out---and I was also scratching my head in bewilderment over Harry Kim's propensity for getting into trouble. Yes, I enjoyed this story a lot, especially because of the resemblance to the animated Trek episode.

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