Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 7

Parturition

6
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1995 on UPN
6.8
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Stardate: 49068.5
After Neelix and Paris come to blows over Kes, they find themselves trapped together on a planet dubbed "Planet Hell" and become the unwilling parents of an infant alien. They must set their differences aside and work together in order to save the infant's life, while Voyager's search mission is delayed by an alien attack.

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  • Neelix and Paris bond

    6.0
    With Neelix's jealousy and possessive issues the most grating part of the character in the first two seasons, this episode brings good and bad news. The good is that the issues are finally put to bed. The bad is that it takes an episode all about them to do so.



    Neelix shares the A story with Paris, with the two crashing a shuttlecraft and discovering a new lifeform, while the rest of the crew get the B story about the search for their missing people. Along the way, the writer tosses in some inside jokes, having the characters mention longtime backstage terms "planet hell" and "technobabble" and finds a way to work in the plot of Three Men and a Baby (1987). (Sadly, we don't get to hear Neelix and Paris sing "Goodnight, Sweetheart, well it's time to go").



    The episode stays true to the roots of Star Trek, showing respect for all lifeforms, and it's better for Neelix and Paris to look after an alien baby than to turn into aliens and give birth to one. (The word "Parturition" actually means "the act of giving birth"). Besides, the director of Three Men and a Baby is supposedly a Star Trek fan, and he probably enjoyed contributing to the franchise, if only in a small, indirect way.

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  • #teamParis

    6.0
    C'mon people, lets face it, in real life Kes would have kissed Neelix goodbye to hook up with sexypants Tom Paris the moment she landed on that ship. Aslo, in real life, he wouldn't have been hot for her, she's super dull, cute enough but dull! I don't know who to blame, Jennifier Lien, the writers, the producers? Why didn't they give her a personality? Talent? Humor? Mystery? Passion? Something! They gave her super weak, underdeveloped telekinetic abilities and made her a nurse. Seriously. The show got it right later on when they paired Tom with B'Elana.moreless
  • Ehh What's The Purpose

    5.5
    The need for this story arc is just silly. Neelix and Paris having a testosterone party over Kes. Who cares, she's ANNOYING just let Neelix have her for pity's sake. Then to strand them on a planet where they have to take care of an alien baby and that bringing them closer together is just silly. Belch....
  • Parturition

    6.5
    Parturition was a fair episode of Star Trek: Voyager because it was a littleunnecessary and outdrawn as Paris and Neelix get into a fight over Kes. The episode wasn't terrible and there was character growth and development. The cool thing about the episode were the aliens that Neelix and Paris saw. I wish we could have seen more of them and learned about them. It was cool to have this little rivalry thing under the bridge and now we can move on and hope it doesn't flair up again. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!moreless
  • An obligatory 'feel good' episode.

    6.5
    Finally, after over a season of Neelix's growing jealousy towards Tom Paris, a fight breaks out between the two over Kes. When Tom and Neelix are then required to pilot a shuttlecraft to the surface of a nearby planet together, they are forced to work our thier differences. This episode was obviously engineered to resolve this conflict via the time honored 'it is difficult to hate someone when you have to rely on them' plot. Not much in the way of an important storyline per se, but it does finally address the issues between the two characters, hopefully allowing a new begining between the characters.moreless

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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Paris: Lock onto us, Voyager. If you hear muffled screams, consider that a request for a beam-out.

    • Neelix: (to Paris) We lost communication with Voyager thirty seconds ago. You don't have to impress me with your technobabble.

    • Neelix: I feel I owe you an apology.
      Paris: No, you don't.
      Neelix: I had no right to push that pasta in your lap.
      Paris: Well, think of it this way. You saved me from having to eat it. Nothing personal, but I just don't have an affinity for hair in my food.

    • Neelix: Look, I don't know how it is in your quadrant, but in mine we don't abandon a newborn... thing.
      Paris: Fine, fine. You made your point. I officially designate you it's godfather.

    • Neelix: This creature is our responsibility.
      Paris: Ours?!
      Neelix: Look, the moment we came in here it became our responsibility.
      Paris: And you expect to take care of this thing until, what? It graduates from high school... college....?

    • Kes: On my homeworld it's so much simpler. You choose a mate for life. There's no distrust, no jealousy, no envy, no betrayal.
      The Doctor: Hmmm. Your world must have very dry literature.

    • Neelix: I'll kill you!
      Paris: It's too late. I'm betting your hair pasta already did the trick.

    • Kes: Neelix and Tom Paris had a physical... fight... over me.
      The Doctor: How delightful.
      Kes: Delightful?!
      The Doctor: You should consider it a high compliment. Throughout history men have fought over the love of a woman. Why, I can quote you autopsy reports from as far back as 1538.
      Kes: That's not funny!
      The Doctor: It's not meant to be. You've always been interested in autopsies.

    • Paris: I think I'm in trouble.
      Kim: What's new?
      Paris: I think I'm in love.
      Kim: What's new?
      Paris: With Kes.
      Kim: Kes?!

    • The Doctor: I'm a doctor, not a voyeur.

    • Janeway: Set a course for Planet Hell, Commander.

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