Why was Kes written off the show?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by Kooz, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Miss Lemon

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  4. Fruitcake

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    Dude it's like vegetables, gotta eat them so the dessert tastes sweeeeet.

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  5. Guy Gardener

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    not a lot of people watch star trek.

    The audience of horny little bastards trading those first sexy snap shots of Seven of Nine would of been about a hundred times the size, and probably still larger, than the actual audience who watched the show week in week out to discover that she was more than a pin up dolly bird.

    perception is everything + majority rules.

    Inshow answer...

    The EMH is a pervert.
     
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    Also clearly gets off on being vicarious as he could stimulate his own hair any way he liked. Unless his creator had some huge firewall preventing that. Which sounds likely.
     
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    Did you meet Zimmerman?

    If he couldn't have hair, then his dopplegangers would most certainly not. besides, if his dopplegangers did have hair, or even too much hair, the public at large would think that he had deep psychological problems starting with an inferiority complex.

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    Ha, that would have made sense. Can't have those youthful holograms running around looking virile when you're about to cark it.
     
  9. tomswift2002

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    In Season 4 the Seven character had potential. But for Season 5 onward Seven turned into a whiny brat who always needed pampering. If she didn't get her way then she would throw a temper-tantrum.

    Seven reminded me of Eve and that line she said in "Mudd's Women' about how the miner wanted his wife to be. With Eve it was funny, but with Seven it got old real quick.
     
  10. timtonruben359

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    Here's what happened:

    Voyager was slipping in the ratings by its third season so word came down from UPN to mix things. Make the show more action based and 'sex it up' to appeal to a wider audience.

    It was Brannon Braga who came up with the idea of adding a 'borg babe' (his words not mine) to the cast. UPN and paramount loved the idea but the budget wouldn't allow for 10 regular cast members so one of the characters had to go.
    All the actors (with the exception of Kate Mulgrew) had signed 7 year contracts, but like most shows, there's a clause in the contracts that allows the studio to opt out of an actor's contract at the start of a new season. The actors are generally paid out of certain percentage of the remainder of their contract when they're not renewed.

    It was originally decided that Garrett Wang. Wang was notorious for being late and unprepared for filming and at one point late during the 3rd Season was suspended from the show for two weeks. Harry Kim was attacked by Species 8472 in Scorpion Part 1 and was going to be killed off in part 2. During the hiatus however, Wang was voted by People Magazine as one of the 50 sexiest people on TV. The producers felt they couldn't let this free publicity go so they decided to keep Wang on cast.

    It's largely believed that Jeri Taylor decided to axe the Kes character because she felt that character wasn't working and hard to write for. Several members of the writing staff like Kenneth Biller and Jeo Menosky were not happy with the decision. And Kate Mulgrew was furious.

    Originally Kes was going to stay on board for a few episodes. The Gift was supposed to be the 5th episode of the fourth season and Kes' mental abilities were supposed to gradually expand over the previous 4 episodes. However, Jennifer Lien's schedule made her only available for the first two episodes.
     
  11. sonak

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    did Voyager's ratings actually climb up that much after Jeri Ryan came on? And was it a lasting bump, or just a temporary one?
     
  12. Guy Gardener

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    barely.

    I found a graph a while back.

    Voyagers worst ratings where 20 times smaller than TNG's best ratings.
     
  13. Dr. Crusher

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    I was always curious about this point. I also thought Kes was an extremely interesting character with a lot of potential. I remember seeing "The Gift" at some point--probably after it originally aired--and being very confused by the change in the cast. I appreciate the very detailed explanations here.
     
  14. sonak

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    well to be fair, TV had changed a lot from '87 to '95.
     
  15. Guy Gardener

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    The only thing Tim got wrong is that Brannon wanted a Bloke.

    He said to the network... "S'cool, right?"

    And they replied coldly "Give it tits."

    You can talk about how wonderful Jeri is till the cows come homel, but that's nothing compared to the comedy of Tom and Harry teaching a MALE Seven of Nine how to pee standing up with accuracy.

    (My mind just pulled up some files label Jim Carey going to the toilet in Me, Myself and irene.)

    "I son't think that you can, that any one could write "Seven of Nine tertiary Adjunct to Unimatritrix One" in the snow all by themselves, and no I didn't mean that you should assimilate a small collective to get the job done."

    Um.

    Changed my mind.

    There'd be nothing as funny as B'Elanna teaching a FEMALE Seven of Nine to pee standing up with accuracy.
     
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  16. Guy Gardener

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    From memory...

    I think TNG's highest rated show was it's finale with a 19.

    Voyager levelled off very quickly consistently scoring between 3 and 4.

    So yeah, we're just comparing 94 to 95 mostly.

    edit.

    FOUND IT!

    http://www.madmind.de/2009/05/02/all-star-trek-movies-and-episodes-in-two-charts/

    the first ds9 got a 19.

    the last TNG got a 17

    the first voyager got a 13

    the lowest Voyager got a 1.9.

    The lowest Voyager is almost 9 times smaller than the highest TNG.

    :)

    I blame Fan Fatigue.
     
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  17. You_Will_Fail

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    Voyager's ratings were never as bad that they only got 1/20th of what TNG got! Edit- oh you posted. Well that 1.9 was that "special extra episode" Juggernaut so that doesn't count! Their lowest ever rated regular episode was "Shattered" with a 2.8 rating compared to the tenth episode of TNG's 7th season which got a 12.1...so yeah pretty big drop off, although the number of households/viewers that a nielsen point represent does change with time so its not a completely 100% fair comparison. Although obviously a huge drop off of around 75%.

    As for the impact Seven of Nine had on the ratings, very short lasting. Claims that the show was on the verge of being canceled and that she saved it are just flat out wrong.

    http://users.telenet.be/WebTrek/Voy/Ratings/ratings.html
     
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    Well, Jeri Taylor wasn't telling the truth when she stated that "Kes wasn't working and was hard to write for". In fact, Mrs. Taylor herself managed to come up with two good Kes stories in the books "Mosaic" and "Pathways". Not to mention that Taylor and the other writers had no problems with writing stories for Kes in the first three seasons of the show.

    "Jennifer Lien's schedule made her only available for the first two episodes". What schedule? Have I missed something?

    As for the ratings, they went up when Seven joined but it didn't take long before they were lower than in the first three seasons.
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  19. You_Will_Fail

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    It also confused me that of all people, it was Jeri Taylor who thought getting rid of Kes was the best decision because as you said, she wrote stories for her in her books. Frankly I've never thought much of her as a writer and she is the one responsible for keeping those infamous Voyager holodecks just so she could have Janeway engage in her gothic holonovel.
     
  20. Fruitcake

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    What if they'd had Kes assimilated and then freed in a double ep so Kes herself became the "borg babe"?