Doubting my own memory that Ensign Kim got replaced by Ensign Kim From A Parallel Universe during one of the big Voyager episodes and then as with most major character developments on that show everybody stopped talking about it basically immediately and for the rest of the show. Like...that's exactly what I remember happening? I'm sure I've talked about it with other people? And yet, what? What? I could check Memory Alpha but I refuse, I will remain where I am, in a fog of uncertain memory
I mean this is definitely for sure the same show that split B'Elanna into her constituent Human and Klingon parts with their own wildly different psychologies, got the Klingon part killed, and then just gave B'Elanna gene therapy to re-half-Klingonize her and then they basically never discussed THAT again either so I don't know why I'm questioning myself here.
Maybe what I mistake as really dubious character plotting on the show ("wait, nobody ever talks about this gigantic fucking life change a week later?") is actually just a portrait of visionary acceptance in a universe where pscyhophysical bifurcation and alternate universe swaparoos just *happen sometimes* and everybody is comparatively really radically chill and inclusive about it
It's Not Shitty Writing, It's A Utopian Trans Narrative
@joshmillard I am able to confirm or deny that supposition.
@joshmillard What about Tuvix? A hell of an episode, where Janeway kills two people, and it’s never spoken about again. Also the salamander baby! Maybe that’ll show up in Picard, just for grins
@joshmillard ah, the three genders: transporter accident, holodeck accident, and klingon
@joshmillard remember when Nomad wiped all of Uhura's memories ("The Changeling", TOS) and they reeducated her *using primers in the sick bay* and then she was "back to normal" (but of course lacking any personal history) by the end of the episode? never mentioned again.
@joshmillard i'm maybe a third of the way through my first voyager watch, and so far it is sort of a borderline-hallucinatory haze of every terrible thing about the writing and characterization in most of the rest of star trek, but concentrated and intensified.
@joshmillard I think I am aware of the episode you are remembering, but I don't think it's ensign Kim. One second.
@joshmillard deadlock, S2E21.
@joshmillard parallel universe. One character crosses over. No one ever mentions it again. Lots of destruction.
@ajroach42 That sounds like the one, yeah. Maybe a crossover and no one ever talking about it again thing just feels so much like something that'd happen to Kim that I've made him the character in my mind after the fact?
@joshmillard Kim features really heavy in the episode. Honestly, he might cross over too? But I think it's just Kes.
@ajroach42 fuckin' WHAT
that's like nuttier by an order of magnitude
dammit I'm gonna have to give up and look and maybe just rewatch the damn thing
wait was there a baby too? was there a baby swap, or did Kim save a baby, or did Kim save a swap-baby maybe
i could literally make things up on purpose and believe them by the end of my own toot at this point
@joshmillard I misremembered!
According to memeory alpha, it was Kim and the baby.
@joshmillard "This isn't really my ship and you're not really my captain and yet you are and there's no difference. But I know there's a difference. Or is there? It's all a little weird."
"Mr. Kim, we're Starfleet officers. Weird is part of the job."
- Kim and Janeway
@ajroach42 VINDICATED and also thank you for doing the digging
@joshmillard no problem. This one always sticks out to me becuase it's actually a really good episode, and it bothered me that it was so much better than the surrounding episodes.
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