Why was Kes written off the show?

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  1. exodus

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    Well yeah, that's why their original plan was her only to live nine years anyway. So even if Kes stayed in the show for 7 years, Kes fans were going to have to deal with her dying anyway. Besides, she was going home to die anyway.

    Where was this?
    I saw hints that they were cutting her ties by mid-3rd season. Regardless of the line in "Future's End", the interaction of Kes with other cast members and her lines decreased. By end end of 3rd season, Jen Lien had the fewest lines of the entire cast. Harry Kim even had more dialog and screen time than Kes all season long.
     
  2. Guy Gardener

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    If the Bees had their way... Year of Hell was going to last 26 episodes.

    Before and After teased Year of Hell.

    Before and After was a Kes story, ergo Year of Hell was a 26 episode Kes story.
     
  3. You_Will_Fail

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    In the last few episodes of season 3 (Distant Origin, Displaced and Worst Case Scenario), she didn't have much to do but its quite obvious to me that in season 3 she was not being pushed into the background whatsoever, quite the opposite. Three episodes I would consider Kes episodes - "Warlord", "Before and After" and "Darkling" (and she did have tons of screentime, it by no means just a Doctor episode) as well as fairly central roles to play in "The Swarm", "Coda" and later the Scorpion two-parter as the telepathic liason. If Harry did have more lines in the season, then its only because he got a lot of typical bridge officer filler material........and that brings me right back to the original point, Kes was only "harder" to write for when compared to someone like Harry/Tuvok/Paris because she couldn't have her line quota per episode bulked up by meaningless, empty crap like "shields down to 20%". Besides helping the doctor, they actually had to think up some material and stuff for her to do because she wasn't naturally in the middle of every situation like the bridge officers.
    Which is why I feel that if some of the writers truly felt that she was a difficult writer to work for (and we know Biller didn't feel that way, and I'm sure a couple of other staff writers too) then it was just a testament to their laziness.
     
  4. Guy Gardener

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    Do you think Voyager carried the entire back-catalogue of Days of our Lives?

    Her exposure in Futures End wouldn't have been the end of it.

    The intervention episode where they forced her to deal with her problem would have been hilarious.
     
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    It's not sure that "Kes fans would have to deal with her dying anyway". There were hints of prologing her lifespan and even if not, she would probably have survived until they arrived to Earth. As for the sick, morbid episode made to insult the fans in which "she was going home to die anyway", we don't know if this really happened. In fact we don't know if that pathetic creature with very little resemblance to the real Kes really was the real Kes.

    If we look at season 3, Kes was the main character in two episodes, "Warlord" and "Before And After". She was a most prominent character in "The Swarm and "Darkling" and had a lot of screen time in episodes like "Basics#2", "Sacred Ground", "Coda" and "Scorpion#1#.

    Compare that to Harry Kim who had one episode where he was the main character, "Favorite Son" and two episodes where he was a prominent character, "The Chute" and "Alter Ego".

    We can also compare with Neelix who had one episode where he was the main character, "Fair Trade" and one episode as a prominent character, "Rise".

    If we compare the episodes where Kes played an important part, like "Warlord", "Before And After", "Darkling", "The Swarm" and "Scorpion#1" with those with Kim and Neelix as important characters, we can see that Kes is a head of both Neelix and Kim when it comes to importance for the episodes as such and when it comes to save the day for the crew.
     
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    solid analysis. I stand from the sidelines and applaud.
     
  7. Therin of Andor

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    They wrote out the ongoing romance because fan feedback showed that most fans found it rather icky that Neelix was with the immature Kes long before she even reached the Ocampan version of puberty ("Elogium"). A main character with a lifespan essentially equivalent to the projected run of the whole series sounded like a good idea when the series was conceived but, as more details revealed themselves in those early seasons, the writers kept hitting a brick wall.

    They had no plans to ditch Kes at that point, but the many changes in the direction with that character shows how they kept tinkering, and yet few of the tinkers were working. You don't train up the alien with only five years left to live to be the nurse on a journey that was projected to take 70 years. Thank goodness they didn't pull out the miracle cure for her limited lifespan, although they teased with it in "Cold Fire".

    Kes wasn't the only poorly conceived element of VOY. So were the ever-replaceable shuttles, the two-year journey through neverending Kazon Space, the lone helmsman who is also the only trained medic, the Maquis who turned good by Episode #2, and many more.
     
  8. spot_loves_data

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    Granted, that doesn't make much sense. Still, it beats the hell out of their backup plan which was to have no nurse at all. Once Kes left, no one took her place as a trainee.
     
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    There should have been limited edition EMH nurses all exactly like the EMH but.. limited, lol. The whole sickbay could be filled with the EMH only some of them would be shorter because the Doctor wanted to make sure they were distinguishable from his esteemed self.
     
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    Sometimes feels like VOY was a ship full of yellow-tops. No wonder they couldn't find a sub nurse. I think Seven could have spent a season in sickbay. Work on her bedside manner.
     
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    Paris as the nurse was completely stupid. Did anyone find this believable? Kes was a very quick learner so it made some sense because it would get someone up to speed rapidly. However they should have been training a couple other people as well.

    For some reason I thought Nurse Ogawa died in First Contact but looking it up I see I was wrong. I always liked her, too bad she wasn't on VOY.
     
  12. Guy Gardener

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    She was on babylon 5.

    only said just enoguh that my veiwing buddy called her a bitch for years after her 15 seconds were over

    She was a hundred years in the future calling Sheridan a myth in Deconstruction of Falling Stars.

    It was very message board forum now that I think about it.

    How she attacked facts with a filter to sell her supposedly more interesting point of view.

    Probably trying to sell a book.
     
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    Thank you.

    You just turned a bunch of my filed away dusty fantasies retroactively into threesomes.
     
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    Believable in that many VOY officers should have had minimal medic training - but how ludicrous that Paris had to keep leaving his helm post.

    Yep. Like the need to populate the ship with children in case the journey really will take 70+ years.

    The ST novels have given Ogawa two futures, both without husband Powell. The "Genesis Wave" books say her child ("All Good Things") was a girl, and the ongoing "Titan" series says that her child was male.
     
  16. teacake

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    Yes more is better when it come to medical training. All it would take is a few mentions by the doctor of training sessions. People with any medical background should have been identified and their training should have been a priority.

    I wonder how long it would have taken for them to make a decision to begin the breeding. Would they have chosen to be a generational ship or ended up settling in another 20 years somewhere. They were no where near that point by the end of VOY, still hoping for something super out there to save them.
     
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    Supposedly Paris was it.

    I would think that all Starfleet officers would at least have Emergency Care training, and yet they sent their best helmsman to sick bay regularly.
     
  18. exodus

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    More like paper thin.
    The fact that Harry Kim is is in nearly every single bridge scene and has dialog in all those scenes, still gives him 3x the amount his character is in the show over Kes. He still gets 3x as much exposure than Kes without even being featured prominately in an ep. There are eps in season 3 that Kes isn't even in or ones like "Displaced", where she doesn't even have dialog.
     
  19. You_Will_Fail

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    Yes, by that logic, Lieutenant Ayala was a wonderfully developed secondary character that was indispensable to the show :rolleyes:
    Its amazing the things people will argue on this forum.
     
  20. exodus

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    Yes, by this point in the show the Doc had unlocked the key to reprogramming nano-probes. Paris didn't need skills when you have a magical cure all.

    If we are to believe "Before & After", Kes' title is nurse but wasn't she actually studying to be a doctor?