Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 2

The Gift

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 1997 on UPN
8.7
out of 10
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Stardate: Unknown
Kes' telepathic and latent psychokinetic powers begin to grow rapidly while Voyager's newest crewmember, the former Borg drone Seven of Nine, deals with her new individuality.

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  • The Gift

    10
    The Gift was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of plot and character development for Kes, Seven of Nine, and Captain Janeway. I thought the story was well written, and the actors were at their best. It was awesome to see how Captain Janeway handled Seven of Nine, she dominated and made her comply! It was also sweet what she did for her and the last scene was great. What happened to Kes was shocking and sad but some good came of it. Seven of Nine made much progress in this episode. I can't wait to watch the next episode to see how things develop further!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Bittersweet

    10
    I think the writers and producers made a huge mistake getting rid of a vital, fundamental, fascinating character in Kes. They could have explored her unique abilities and her origins even further than they already had. She was a goldmine for future stories, but they snuffed her out after only three seasons. Very bad move.



    Just as the actress was spreading her wings in episodes like Warlord and Before and After, they decide to axe her, instead of following the original plan of getting rid of Garrett Wang as the "oh too boring" Harry Kim. Apparently, during the summer of 1997, Garrett was recognized in a magazine as one of tv's sexiest stars and so the decision was made to axe Jennifer Lien instead. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when that hair-brained decision was made! Jennifer's fellow actors were extremely shocked by the decision as well.



    That's the sad part of this episode. The good part is the introduction of Seven of Nine. What a bold and fascinating direction they took in the series by adding this character!



    Why this episode only gets an 8.7 rating here is nonsensical to me. This episode should rate a 9.5 at least.moreless
  • Goodbye Kes, Hello Seven.

    9.5
    This is a pretty good send off for Kes. It's sad that the producers wrote her out of the show. They thought since they'd created a character with a limited life span, Kes had a limited shelf life on the show. Especially after Cold Fire, I think they could have explained a way for her to age slower than normal for an Ocampan--that was one plot point that I'm confused they never picked up again. Still, this episode is a love letter to Kes. Her scene with Janeway is poignant and summarizes all of our feelings.



    I wish there had been more of a goodbye scene for the whole crew, especially Neelix and the Doctor. Still, the episode balances the de-borgification of Seven story, with Kes' departure.



    Plus her gift to the crew truly shows how much her family on Voyager means to her.moreless
  • Seven resists efforts to return her to her humanity. Kes' abilities are expanding and she uses them to help Seven during surgery. She stops Seven from sending a message to the Borg. Kes decides she must leave Voyager as her powers are destroying Voyager.moreless

    9.4
    Seven of Nine is angry that medical procedures are removing her borg implants and restoring her human qualities. Kes' powers are expanding to such an extent that she is able to remove a borg implant with her mind, and is then able to stop Seven from contacting the Borg by sending an electrical surge to a subspace transmitter. The captain uses her powers of persuasion to encourage Seven to accept her humanity, showing her the child she once was. Seven finally responds by revealing the child's favorite color was red. Meanwhile, Kes' abilities are destroying Voyager, and she feels she must leave. This episode is pivotal. It shows the closeness of Janeway and Kes, reinforcing the bond formed in the episodes Elogium, Tuvix and Sacred Ground. Which is why the episode in season six, Fury, is so ridiculous. Kes could never have been angry with Janeway and gone back in time to destroy the ship.moreless
  • As Kes's telepathic power continues to grow, Seven of Nine is recuperating in sickbay. Seven’s connection with the Borg has been severed. Without the Borg Collective, Seven will die if the Borg implants are not removed. Seven goes into shock.moreless

    9.4
    As Kes's telepathic power continues to grow, Seven of Nine is recuperating in sickbay. Seven’s connection with the Borg has been severed. Without the Borg Collective, Seven will die if the Borg implants are not removed. Seven goes into shock. To the amazement of those in sickbay, Kes saves Seven by using her new found power. Tuvok is impressed, but concerned. Tuvok conducts a training session with Kes. Kes focuses on a flame. She is able to make the flame grow more. Kes soon learns it would be best for the safety of the crew if she left. So Kes leaves.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Early in this episode when Seven Of Nine wakes up in sickbay she asks "what have you done to me" the rest of the episode she refers to herslf as "us" like she is still part of the collective.

    • Trivia: Annika Hansen, aka Seven Of Nine, was born on Stardate 25479 at the Tendara Colony.

    • Trivia: In this episode it becomes apparent that the events of "Before And After" never took place, as Kes could never have gotten the radiation poisoning mentioned in that episode, or stayed aboard Voyager long enough for the Doctor to trigger its effects. The reasons for this are made clear a few episodes later, in "Year Of Hell (1)".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Janeway: Ah, Tuvok's meditation lamp. I was with him when he got it six years ago from a Vulcan Master... for double the price when he saw our Starfleet insignia.
      Kes: I'm sure it was the logical thing to do.

    • Seven of Nine: We fully recall the engineering specifications of your vessel.
      B'Elanna: Good. Can you also recall the way it looked before you turned it into a Borg circus?

    • Janeway: I can tell by the expression on your face that you've got some bad news.
      Tuvok: I have no expression on my face. However, you are correct.

    • (talking to Seven after surgery)
      The Doctor: I also took the liberty of stimulating your hair follicles; a vicarious experience for me, as you might imagine.

    • Janeway: I've got an Ocampan who wants to be something more and a Borg who's afraid of becoming something less. Here's to Vulcan stability.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) lent her voice to an episode of Dilbert coincidentally also titled "The Gift". In the episode, Dilbert, at the mall, comes across a Seven Of Nine-themed alarm clock. Dilbert's experience as a child was similar to Seven of Nine's experience when she was assimilated by the Borg.

    • Ethan Phillips (Neelix) stated in an interview that a farewell scene between Neelix and Kes was taped, but it never made it into the final episode.

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