Kes breaking up with Neelix - without a warlord having to possess her to do it for them - would've been really hard for me, were I charged with writing that episode. Mostly because Kes is so guileless and vulnerable and I wouldn't want to compromise that aspect of her character. I'd probably chicken out by presenting it at the start of the show, how their breakup has already happened, very recently. Neelix, The Moral Officer, is now at his lowest ebb and his crewmates make it a point to turn his frown upside down. Then, to button things up, have Neelix and Kes make peace and agree that the best course is to move on ... as The Best of Friends. Not an especially original way of handling it, I must confess. But there's a lot more meat on it than the closure they got, on-camera, otherwise. And that's for certain! I'm forced to agree with Ghislaine, in that having Chakotay finally winning Kathryn over, by series' end would've come off as totally inorganic. It may have even been perceived as fan-service and that's not the way to go. Janeway did NOT want Chakotay, that's how it's been written over and over, again. Not in a bad way, like being rejected for being unattractive, or not being Manly enough ... she's just not interested. And Torres has already played the "I was just hiding my True Feelings, because I didn't want to get hurt" card. Having Kathryn using it, even 4 seasons later, is too repetitive and it's not going to work. So, what are we left with? Chakotay only won Janeway over, because of some technicality. Nobody wants that. What they SHOULD have done was suggest, very strongly, that Kathryn did want Chakotay, and that if the situation ever allowed, she'd give him something that he'd never forget. But that's not in their narrative. It was one way and that way went on for far too long. It made him look hard-up, in the end and it wasn't fun to see. I like Chakotay. He deserves a smokin' hotty who's willing ... unfortunately, that doesn't describe Janeway.