Stardate 48921.3: A strange energy disturbance detected by the crew turns out to be a swarm of space-dwelling life forms whose electrophoretic emissions cause sudden hormonal maturation in Kes. She spontaneously enters the Elogium in preparation to have a child, which she desperately wants. Neelix is troubled by the thought of becoming a father and seeks the advice of Tuvok. Kes’ condition causes Janeway to wonder about the implications of raising families aboard Voyager, but the crew’s immediate concern is the dominant member of the swarm, which views the ship as a rival for mates.
teleplay by Kenneth Biller and Jeri Taylor
story by Jimmy Diggs and Steve J. Kay
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Nancy Hower (Ensign Wilder), Gary O’Brien (Crewmember), Terry Correll (N.D. Crewmember)
LogBook entry by Paul Campbell