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Poorly Planned Parenthood

TiVo had recorded a suggestion for me: "Star Trek: Voyager: Elogium," which is an episode from the first season where Kes enters the Elogium, a period of fertility, early due to [TECH]. She explains that it only occurs once, and if she is ever going to have a child, it must be NOW! Anyone else see the problem? Me, too. I also saw it fifteen years ago when it first aired. (PS: Fuck, that makes me feel old.) Yeah, so if female Ocampa only enters this state once, and generally from the language used to describe it, has only one child from it, then, well, you do the math. It's no wonder the Ocampa were dying out as a species. Oh, well, I guess we just have to always give Star Trek: [SERIES SUBTITLE] season one writers a lot of slack.

Also, the whole part about the little creatures wanting to fuck the ship was amusing, but everyone on board assumed that the large one was the male, which I think is silly. Earth analog: The Angler Fish. Seriously, click that link; their mating thing is fucked the fuck up.

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netmystique
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I remember that episode. It bothered me immediately. The ocampa should not exist with that kind of reproductive system. I quit watching after that. My mind couldn't take it.
mandydax
Jun. 20th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
All it would have taken is for the writers to insert something along the lines of "If I don't conceive during the elogium, it won't come again," or "After the bonding, I will conceive a child, and the genetic material from the bonding will continue to reside in me, allowing me to conceive more children in the future without having to go through this again." Simple as that. I prefer the first one because it's simpler and nearly logical.
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