The Gift
Episode 2 of 26 within Season Four. Item 69 of 171 overall.
Production number 40840-170.
Joe Menosky - Writer
Anson Williams - Director
650 votes

Stardate: 51008--After the Voyager escapes the Borg Collective, most of Seven of Nine's cybernetic implants are removed and she must adapt to life as a human.

Elsewhere, Kes's mental powers increase rapidly and she must leave the Voyager before she loses control. Before her atoms break down and she enters a subatomic realm of energy and thought, Kes uses her powers to throw the Voyager 9.5 thousand light-years away, ten years closer to Earth and safely out of Borg space. 

original airdate--September 10,1997  rating--5.6 million

network--UPN        Alien Races: Ocampan

music--theme by Jerry Goldsmith

Goof: Up until the moment when Seven fully realizes her isolation from the Collective, she generally refers to herself as "this drone" or "we/us", which is typical for a Collective-bound Borg. However, just after being awoken at the beginning, she accidentally says, "*I* can't hear the others", and later, when revived in sickbay, "What have you done to *me*?"

Trivia: Annika Hansen, a.k.a. Seven Of Nine, was born on Stardate 25479 at the Tendara Colony.

  • In this episode we learn that Lt. Ayala has been demoted to ensign. The reason for this is unknown.
  • 47 Reference: As Seven helps Harry with the plasma relay, she is able to focus on a very small piece of equipment to see that it is Communication Node Starfleet ID 49547B.

This episode is the last episode that Kes is seen in as a regular character. The staff at Star Trek felt that Kes' character arc had been taken as far as it would go, so actress Jennifer Lien was released from her contract and asked to leave the show. However, Kes makes a guest aEthan Phillips (Neelix) once stated in an interview that a farewell scene between Neelix and Kes was taped, but it never made it into the final episode.ppearance in the season six episode "Fury".


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Previous episode :
068 Scorpion (II)
Next episode :
070 Day of Honor
Related to this story :
067 Scorpion (I) (season finale)
  Star Trek: Voyager, Season Three
068 Scorpion (II)
  Star Trek: Voyager, Season Four

regional titles

The Gift
Le Don
Die Gabe
L'addio di Kes
El Obsequio