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Kes

Character

Kes is a fictional character, portrayed by actress Jennifer Lien, on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they are stranded in the Delta Quadrant, far from the rest of the Federation. Kes is a part of the Ocampa species, and thus is telepathic and has an average life expectancy of nine years. She works as a medical assistant with the Doctor as well as actively developing her mental abilities. After leaving the series in the fourth season, she returns for one episode and features in apocrypha.

The Ocampa were originally envisioned as an androgynous alien species. Lien was cast as Kes due to her youthful appearance. Research was done on parapsychology to choose a way in which the character's mental abilities should be portrayed. Michael Westmore created the prosthetic for the Ocampa, although Lien developed an allergy to it during the show's third season. Michael Piller added Kes to make viewers more empathetic to the character of her boyfriend Neelix. Neelix's actor Ethan Phillips enjoyed his scenes with Lien, and Kenneth Biller wished he could have explored the couple's sexuality.

Kes is a fictional character, portrayed by actress Jennifer Lien, on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they are stranded in the Delta Quadrant, far from the rest of the Federation. Kes is a part of the Ocampa species, and thus is telepathic and has an average life expectancy of nine years. She works as a medical assistant with the Doctor as well as actively developing her mental abilities. After leaving the series in the fourth season, she returns for one episode and features in apocrypha.

The Ocampa were originally envisioned as an androgynous alien species. Lien was cast as Kes due to her youthful appearance. Research was done on parapsychology to choose a way in which the character's mental abilities should be portrayed. Michael Westmore created the prosthetic for the Ocampa, although Lien developed an allergy to it during the show's third season. Michael Piller added Kes to make viewers more empathetic to the character of her boyfriend Neelix. Neelix's actor Ethan Phillips enjoyed his scenes with Lien, and Kenneth Biller wished he could have explored the couple's sexuality.

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