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HARRY KIM

Garrett Wang


SPECIES
Human

HOME
planet Earth

AFFILIATION
Starfleet

POSTING
Operations officer
USS Voyager

RANK
Ensign
Captain ("Endgame")

PORTRAYED BY
Garrett Wang

Ensign Harry S. L. Kim is a fictional character who appeared across all seven seasons of the American television series Star Trek: Voyager.

Portrayed by Garrett Wang, he is the Operations Officer aboard the Starfleet starship USS Voyager. There was some difficulty in casting the part, with Winrich Kolbe recalling that there were a lack of young Asian actors to choose from.

The character first appeared in the pilot episode of the series, "Caretaker". The character continued to appear throughout the series in a main cast role, with his final appearance in the finale, "Endgame". In that episode, an alternative future version of the character is seen as a Starfleet Captain. He is typically shown as being naive, especially in romantic situations, but gifted. The character finds the ship's first possible route home, and in one alternative future, he manages to develop a transwarp drive which allows him and Chakotay to travel home in a matter of hours but kills the rest of the crew. The producers had considered whether or not to kill off Kim during the third season. Wang subsequently returned to Star Trek as a different character for the fan-made production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, and reprised the role of Harry Kim for Star Trek: Renegades, made by the same team.

Reviewers said that Kim represented one of the elements of multiculturalism in the crew of Voyager, which also represented a proxy family for Kim. The storylines featuring Kim frequently had the character captured by aliens, something which was described as a typical Voyager storyline by The A.V. Club. The best episode listed by Den of Geek which featured Kim was "Timeless" which was also listed as the third best of the series, but holodeck episodes featuring Kim have also been listed by Io9 as some of the worst of their type in the franchise.

The character went through more than one name prior to casting, with it being called Jay Osaka at one point. The series bible for Star Trek: Voyager described Kim as being a sheltered individual who had sought to repay the love of his parents through fulfilling their expectations for him at Starfleet Academy. Winrich Kolbe, the director of the Voyager pilot "Caretaker" was involved in the casting process and found Kim difficult as there wasn't a great number of young Asian actors to choose from. He said that the role was a "inexperienced, naive character", and that the actor cast as Kim would need to fight to stay in the forefront of episodes.

At the time of the casting, Garrett Wang had only been acting for about a year and a half, and after he was cast in the role he was described by Kolbe as a "young, up-and-coming actor, but he needs to learn, and that's going to take some time. He's one of the actors who has to really work hard on his craft in order to keep up with the others." The naivety of the character was emphasized in the media reports, with TV Guide describing the character prior to the launch of the series as "green-around-the-gills".


Garrett Wang was cast as Harry Kim, and appeared in all seven seasons of Voyager in that role.Wang was enthusiastic about his new role, describing Kim's background by saying that "I had a stellar Starfleet Academy career and am basically the rookie on the bridge. I'm an Asian-American. There's the professional competence, but also the inner fear, 'Oh my God, are these britches too big for me?' His heritage is one of focus, of Zen and martial arts". Of the casting, he said that he said that "My goal now is to do the best job possible playing Harry Kim and to begin repaying my parents for the unaccountable financial support they have given me throughout the years."

Wang had initially gone along with the writing on the show until towards the end of the second season when he asked the production writers if he could have some actions scenes and perhaps a romance. He had realised at the time that he was the only member of the main cast without a stunt double as he had never had an action scene that required one. This resulted in the Brannon Braga penned "Non Sequitur", to which Wang said to Rick Berman that there wasn't a need to give him all his requests in a single episode. Following that, he became more involved in suggestions for character direction but the writers avoided given Kim more of a comedic element similar to The Doctor and Neelix. Wang described himself as someone who tells jokes and makes impersonations on sets and was disappointed at not being able to utilise this nature. The producers at one point had planned to permanently kill off Harry Kim during season three, but after Wang was included in a list of TV's 50 Sexiest Men, the plan was abandoned.

By season five of Voyager, certain characters were seen by the production staff as being under-utilised, Kim amongst them. This led to episodes placing Kim, Chakotay and Tuvok in central positions, including the episode "Timeless" for the character of Kim. Wang was pleased with the episode, and felt that being able to act as the two different versions of Kim showed "a great dichotomy". Wang had felt that the character should have been promoted during the course of the series, but was told by producers that "someone's got to be the ensign".

Wang later returned to Star Trek with the fan-made production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. He then returned to the role of Harry Kim in Star Trek: Renegades which was made by the same team, alongside Manu Intiraymi and Tim Russ from Voyager.

APPEARANCES

Kim was born in 2349. After graduating from Starfleet Academy in 2370, his first assignment was as the Operations Officer aboard USS Voyager as seen in "Caretaker". Kim immediately became friends with Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) after he was assigned to the vessel for the mission which saw Voyager sent to track down a Maquis vessel in the Badlands. During this mission, the ship is sent some 70,000 light years into the Delta Quadrant where Kim and B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) are abducted and awake in an Ocampan medical facility. With the two infected by an unknown ailment, they escape from the underground city and are rescued by Voyager. On board they are cured by the Doctor (Robert Picardo). At the time of the stranding of the ship, Kim was engaged to be married, but Kim was encouraged to date other crew members by Paris.

In "Eye of the Needle", Kim found the ship's first contact back with the Alpha Quadrant when he discovered a micro-wormhole, however it was discovered that it linked through to Romulan space some twenty years in the past. Twice he travelled through long-range transportation systems, in "Emanations", he is accidentally transported to the Vhnori homeworld by the effects of an alien burial system. He escapes the aliens and manages to go through the funeral system, killing him but returning him to Voyager where he is revived. When the crew meet the Sikaris in "Prime Factors", Kim is the first crewman to be transported through their spatial trajector over a distance of some 40,000 light years. Ultimately the technology proves incompatible with Voyager's systems. On stardate 48693.2, Kim is the first crewmember to be converted into energy by an alien creature appearing in a Beowulf holodeck programme during the episode "Heroes and Demons". After the Doctor resolves the situation, Kim and two other crewmembers are restored.

Following a transporter accident, Kim awakes in San Francisco next to his fiancée, Libby (Jennifer Gatti) in the episode "Non Sequitur". He finds that he never travelled on board Voyager, and nor did Paris. After being contacted by an alien, he discovers that the transporter interacted with an alien "time-stream" and sent him into an alternative reality. After he receives assistance from Paris and the alien, he manages to restore the timeline and return to Voyager. During the episode "Persistence of Vision", Kim hallucinates Libby after Voyager attempts to enter Bothan space. On stardate 49548.7, Voyager enters a plasma cloud to avoid Vidiian vessels in "Deadlock". It is damaged, and Kim is sucked out through a hull breach into space and killed, while Naomi Wildman dies shortly after being born. The crew then find a duplicate Voyager in better condition occupying the same space but slightly out of phase. When the Vidiians attack the other Voyager, the alternative Kim is sent to the damaged version of the ship carrying the living Naomi Wildman shortly before the alternative Voyager self-destructs. This destroys the two Vidiian vessels, and the damaged version of Voyager continues on its way, carrying a different version of Kim and Wildman.

Whilst on shore leave on Akritiri, Kim and Paris are falsely accused of a terrorist bombing and are imprisoned until the Voyager crew track down the real offenders who help them rescue their crewmen in the episode "The Chute". Whilst the crew are studying a nebula in "Alter Ego, Kim and Tuvok both become romantically attached to a holodeck character who turns out to be an alien on a nearby space station. Kim becomes infected with Taresian DNA leading him to suspect that he may be a member of their species in "Favorite Son". But after discovering that it is all a ploy to extract his genetic material, he is saved by Voyager. In an alternative future seen in "Before and After", Kim is married to Linnis (Jessica Collins), who is the daughter of Tom Paris and Kes (Jennifer Lien).

Kim becomes infected after being attacked by a member of Species 8472 whilst as a member of an away team aboard a Borg Cube in "Scorpion". He is cured by the Doctor after the hologram develops a process utilising Borg nano-probes. He is initially apprehensive working with the former Borg Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) but soon forms a new friendship. Following the events of "Demon", Kim is one of the first crewmembers to be duplicated by an alien entity on a class-Y planet. The duplicate crew are later killed after they leave the planet and forget that they are duplicates. The duplicate version of Kim is the last Captain of the ship before his decision to drop out of warp by ejecting the warp core destroys it. Kim develops a Transwarp drive in "Timeless" which should allow Voyager to return to the Alpha Quadrant in hours. During the trip home, the ship is ...


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