Trivia: Tom Paris was originally written to be Nick Locarno, the cadet Robert Duncan McNeil played in the 'Next Generation' episode "The First Duty." Because the character was the intellectual property of that episode's writers, royalty fees would have had to been paid for every new episode in which Locarno appeared. To avoid the unnecessary expense, the 'Voyager' producers instead created a new character, using Locarno as a building block.
Plot hole: In this episode Kes states that she has to decide now whether to have a child or not because Ocampa women can only get pregnant once and deliver one child. If that was the case they would have died out a long time ago, or never even evolved, as two people only getting one offspring would reduce the population to 50% of the original figure each generation.
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