Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Before and After 

Starting near her death with no memory, Kes experiences parts of her life moving backwards through time. The Doctor develops an experimental procedure to extend Kes' lifespan beyond the ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Kroeker

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Jessica Collins ... Linnis Paris
Michael Maguire Michael Maguire ... Benaren
Christopher Aguilar ... Andrew Kim (as Christopher Aguilar)
Janna Michaels Janna Michaels ... Young Kes
Rachael Harris ... Martis
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Storyline

Starting near her death with no memory, Kes experiences parts of her life moving backwards through time. The Doctor develops an experimental procedure to extend Kes' lifespan beyond the Ocampan standard nine years. We see a possible future Voyager where Janeway and Torres died years ago in a great war and the survivors of Voyager were exposed to temporal radiation. The Doctor's procedure re-activates the symptoms of the radiation, causing Kes to relive moments of her life, from being elderly to her conception. In this reality, Kes and Tom Paris married and had a daughter named Linnis. Linnis and Kes became ship's physicians. At age three, Linnis married Harry Kim and they had a son named Andrew. When the cycle takes Kes back to an embryo, the cycle begins again in the correct order, stopping at present day, leaving Kes with all the memories of the possible future and valuable knowledge of the upcoming war that will be known as "The Year of Hell." Written by Meribor

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The doctor (Robert Picardo) has a full head of hair. See more »

Goofs

The Doctor says there are no other Ocampans on board to compare with, although there are two others, Kes's daughter Linnis and her grandson Andrew. However, the Doctor was referring to the symptoms of the morilogium - which only affects Ocampa in the final stage of their lives - he had no other Ocampa to compare them with. Since Linnis and Andrew haven't reached that stage yet, the Doctor's statement is quite correct. Furthermore, Linnis and Andrew are both only part Ocampan, so their genetic structure is likely to be different anyway. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kes: If there's one thing that this experience has taught me, Captain, it's that there's no time like the present.
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Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Year of Hell: Part II (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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If I hear the phrase 'temporal flux', I think I'm gonna puke!!
19 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, Kes is inexplicably and old lady who is experiencing dementia-like symptoms. However, what really is happening is that she's bouncing back in time--starting as an elderly woman and ending up a pre-embryo by the end of the show.

I'll be blunt. While I love the "Star Trek" shows, "Star Trek: Voyager" clearly is its weakest series. While it had some very good shows, too often they were just junk---and I honestly think junk is the way to describe "Before and After". Now if you ONLY saw this one, it might not seem that bad...heck, it might even seem good. However, time and time and time again, this series obviously ran out of ideas and when this happened they did an episode involving 'temporal flux' or 'temporal shifts'. In other words, for some bull#@$% reason that they pull out of a hat at the end of the episode to explain it, folks go bouncing back and forth in time. It happened so much that it became a cliché--a very bad cliché.

If anyone thinks that the MANY temporal shift episodes are good and would like to explain it to my, go ahead. But I contend that one or two would be fine....a dozen or so simply represents laziness and contempt for the fans.


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