Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Parturition”


Neelix and Paris both love Kes, but Kes only has eyes for Neelix, but Paris is in love, and Neelix is jealous, and instead of talking it out like mature adults, the two men act like total fucking morons, and then bond over taking care of an alien infant on a hostile planet, because of course they do. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch has a very hard time typing the word “Parturition.”

An excerpt:

So I’m glad that this whole mishegoss is done with by the end of the episode. Neelix and Paris bond over raising the cute alien baby (who, I gotta say, reminds me so much of the baby from Dinosaurs that I was just waiting for it to cry out, “Not the Mama!“), and in the end all three of them are friends.

On the other hand, in order to get there, we have to suffer through an hour of my two least favorite characters on the show. It boggled my mind to read that the episode was prompted by a belief that Paris was underused in season one, as it flies in the face of the season one that I just watched. (Hell, he was pretty much the POV character and lead protagonist of “Caretaker” and “Heroes and Demons” portrayed him as if he were in charge of the damn ship.)

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