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Star trek: Voyager 3.10b - Favourite son

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Episode propaganda

Defying a direct order, Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) takes control of Voyager and opens fire upon an apparently peaceful ship. This is followed by his declaration that he is not Human, but an alien who must return to his home planet...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien .... Kes
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Cari Shayne .... Eliann
  • Deborah May .... Lyris
  • Patrick Fabian .... Taymon
  • Kelli Kirkland .... Rinna
  • Kristanna Loken .... Malia
  • Christopher Carroll .... young Harry
  • Irene Tsu .... Mrs Kim
  • Lisa Klink .... Screenwriter
  • Marvin V Rush .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Poor Harry. Again.

The science behind this episode is somewhat dubious. So is the logic. So is the décor. It also seems to cater to the straight man's perennial fantasy of watching two women have sex. Or three. There's nothing wrong with that in itself, but I feel Star trek is already too patriarchal (not to mention white, middle-class, heterosexual and North American). Why couldn't B'Elanna be kidnapped and fawned over by a bunch of men? Or Janeway? Somebody write some fanfic!

You know, sometimes the people at Paramount get really silly, and run with story ideas that don't have the legs. And sometimes they let them happen because they are getting close to the end of the season, and they want to make the final episodes seem even better. Does this mean that I'm a cynic? I think that just maybe I am. But that doesn't mean I'm wrong, just cynical.

Watch Favourite son, if a 9:1 babe ratio is your thing, but don't expect too much. This is not a classic Star trek episode.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 20 November 1998
DVD retail: 9 September 2004

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