Guy Gardener wrote:
By that time, if they kept to the original concept, Kes should have been middle aged, about 40 in human terms, in mind if not body, and watching Seven discover her humanity SO FUCKING SLOWLY would have made her wonder if Anika was just a little bit retarded or backward.
They did keep with the original concept.
Kes was supposed to be so overly curious, she's wander off from safety to explore unknown.
She did it when she left the Ocampan city to go to the surface.
She did it again when she defied her people to go off with strangers on Voyager.
She thought about leaving Voyager in "Coldfire" & again in "Darkling" to be with a man she hardly knew.
So when she requested it again in "The Gift", Janeway said "if you still wanna go so bad, C-Ya!"
So basically, while Kes was book smart she didn't have any street smarts.