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The Gift

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Title : The Gift Rating : 2
First Aired : 10 Sep 1997 Stardate : 51008
Director : Anson Williams Year : 2374
Writers : Joe Menosky Season : 4
Rating : 3.0000 for 4 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Satan Rating : 3
Review : An episode with the scope of "Scorpion" needs a "recovery" episode, similar to what was done with TNG's "Family" after "The Best of Both Worlds". While there is nothing spectacular about this episode in general, it's not a bad one either. The fact that the writers were considerate enough to do an episode like this does deserve some praise, and like I said, there's nothing wrong with it, just a calm down from "Scorpion". 3/5.
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : This was a good wind-down from "Scorpion". We see Seven of Nine beginning her own personal journey as she rediscovers her humanity, or at least that seems to be the metaphor they use, which would be in keeping with the general theme. Much has been made of the catsuit, but is it really much more revealing than Counsellor Troi's leotard, or Major Kira's uniform for that matter? It is also our farewell to Kes, who was never very convincing as a character. Still, it turned into a fairly big thing, and was a decent excuse for the first 'leap' towards home. Perhaps they should have given us a few more episodes running and hiding from the Borg, but it was sensible to clear their territory quickly. Finally, they actually gave us an excuse for removing the Borg technology, which was a lot better than simply ditching it when it had been very useful. Verdict, a decent episode.
Reviewer : ajdedo Rating : 3
Review : Small technicality, but I would have liked to see Kes' abilities develop towards the end of last season, so when the moment came, it would feel more like 7 was replacing Kes rather than Kes being replaced by 7.... If you know what I mean.
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 3
Review : I think the above reviewers have perfectly stated everything that needs to be said about the actual episode. It's a shame to see Kes go, I only recently learned that it was going to be Harry Kim who'd be sent on his way by the producers and they seem to have picked on Kes instead due to Garrett Wang being more popular (you could say his Wang was strong). The official reason was that Kes's character had nowhere to go. While I can actually understand this - her character becoming a geriatric by season 6 was going to be unworkable, so ultimately her Ocampan nature had painted the character into a corner - I feel there are a ton of things they could have done with Kes. Pity Trek is hard-line against its characters having exceptional mental powers. I've often thought Roddenberry's rulebook for Trek should have been chucked out by the end of TNG's run. DS9 did it and it was one of the greatest sci-fi series ever. They seemed to bring the rulebook back for Voyager to the show's detriment. Trek needs more female leads, it's nowhere near progressive enough to live up to its own mission statement, they should have cut the number of episodes per season and used the money saved to retain Kes and tell more focused stories.
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