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Star Trek Voy - Season 2 - Episode 07

Star Trek Voy - 2x07 - Parturition

Originally Aired: 1995-10-9

Neelix and Paris crash land on a toxic planet. [DVD]

My Rating - 6

Fan Rating Average - 3.81

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- The wormhole imagery during Kes' piloting simulation is a reuse of the wormhole telemetry from Voy: Eye of the Needle.
- The attacking ships during Kes' piloting simulation were Jem'Hadar fighters of the Dominion.

Remarkable Scenes
- Kes' piloting simulation.
- Harry, having replicated a new clarinet, playing for Tom.
- Paris lamenting about having fallen in love with Kes
- Janeway lamenting about the Doctor's eavesdropping.
- The Doctor: "I'm a doctor, not a voyeur!" Count 12 for "I'm a doctor, not a (blah)" style lines, which McCoy was famous for.
- Neelix and Paris fighting one another then being summoned by Janeway for an away mission.
- Kes' reaction to Neelix and Paris fighting.
- The Doctor: "How delightful!" Kes: "Delightful!?" The Doctor: "You should consider it a high complement! Throughout history men have fought over the love of a woman. Why, I can quote you autopsy reports from duels as far back as 1538."
- Neelix: "You don't need to impress me with your technobabble."
- Harry counseling Kes.
- Neelix and Tom caring for the baby... thing.
- Neelix and Tom settling their differences.
- Paris: "Lock onto us Voyager. If you hear muffled screams, consider that a request for a beam out!"

My Review
All I've got to say is finally. As much distaste I have for Neelix' jealousy and Tom's advances on Kes, at least we're getting some official recognition of it now and in fact a resolution and it actually does make for some decent story. I'm fond of Neelix and Paris being forced to survive together on a hostile planet in order to resolve their problems. Normally I don't like when it takes an unusual situation in order to get two people to get along, but in this case I liked it because in the end Neelix and Tom didn't only resolve their differences but they gained a deep respect for one another. The aliens of this episode were intelligently and credibly displayed. A very interesting and alien reptilian species fights to protect its young. I wish there could have been some kind of communication establishes, or at least some kind of explanation as to why the Reptiles leave their young alone on that planet. A number of rationalizations could have worked, but they give us none. Overall, a very pleasing Voyager episode.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Gilos on 2013-07-05 at 5:46pm:
    Watching two people bicker at each other for over 30 minutes is terribly unpleasant... I don't understand why the writers thought this would make a good episode. The baby reptile was cute but the mother costume was horrendously cheesy, especially the immovable jaw. This was a stinker and IMHO Kethinov was awfully generous in his review.
  • From Mitchell O on 2023-08-28 at 3:54am:
    It only occurred to me when rewatching this episode that the Jem'Hadar fighters at the start might be a continuity error.

    In the fourth season episode "Message in a Bottle", the Doctor is unaware of the Dominion, and up till this point there is never a mention of them in Voyager (as best I can recall).

    Seems like the footage was handy and they slipped it in hoping no one would notice!

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