^^ 1. I do hope that my recollections and observations will give the OP to gain some understanding as well. 2. Once again, I can't understand what Jennifer Lien's shyness at conventions has to do with her daily work on Voyager. I haven't encountered anything about her shyness ruining the daily work and it's definitely not visible in any episode in seasons 1-3. 3. I see those "false starts" as evidence for what an intersting character Kes was. It was possible to come up with different scenarios for the character which led to some very good episodes where Kes played an important role. Compare that to Harry Kim's development during the same time. 4. When it comes to the change of hairstyle, that was because Jennifer Lien had an allergic reaction to the glue which was used to attach the Ocampa ears to her head. By making her have long hair, they could simply omit the ears. As for the catsuit, well Braga seem to be obsessed with catuits so when it wasn't possible to have Janeway or Torres in one, Kes became the victim. 5. As for time-consuming things, it took a lot of time with Neelix's make-up and no one complained. 6. There were no hints or reports about Kes being hard to write for until the "hard to write for decease" suddenly struck the writers in the beginning of season 4.