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Naomi Wildman (2375)

Naomi Wildman (2375)
Gender: Female
Species: Human/Ktarian hybrid
Occupation: Captain's assistant
Status: Active (2378)
Born: 2372
Died: 2372; replaced by duplicate
Father: Greskrendtregk
Mother: Samantha Wildman
Children: One daughter, Sabrina
Played by: Scarlett Pomers
Brooke Stephens (young Naomi)
Vanessa Branch (future Naomi)
Unknown performer (baby Naomi)
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Naomi Wildman (2372)

Naomi Wildman (2372)

Naomi Wildman was the mixed-species daughter of Ensign Samantha Wildman, a Human, and Greskrendtregk, a Ktarian. She was born and lived on the USS Voyager while it was lost in the Delta Quadrant.

Life on Voyager

Naomi Wildman was born aboard the USS Voyager to Ensign Samantha Wildman in 2372 on stardate 49548.7. She was the first of two children born aboard the Federation starship, the other being Miral Paris. During her birth, Voyager was duplicated by a spatial scission phenomenon. Because of this, both tried to stabilize their rapidly-draining antimatter supply with a series of proton bursts, leaving one of the ships badly damaged. When sickbay lost power, Naomi died on this ship due to hemocythemia, a correctable condition caused by a fetal transport. The completely healthy baby from the undamaged ship was brought on board by that ship's Harry Kim, as the one from the damaged ship was blown into space during a hull breach, before the undamaged ship self-destructed to stop a Vidiian attack. (VOY: "Deadlock")

This episode marks the birth, and death, of the "original" Naomi Wildman, who is replaced by a duplicate.

Early in her life the Kazon captured Voyager and stranded the crew on a primitive planet. Naomi, because she was born in space, became ill and almost died. After Commander Chakotay rescued a young girl belonging to a native tribe inhabiting the planet, she was saved by the leader of the tribe using herbs and roots. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")

Naomi Wildman, Mortal Coil

Naomi Wildman in 2374

Due to her Ktarian heritage, Naomi grew astoundingly quickly in her early childhood: in 2374, she grew five centimeters in only three weeks. (VOY: "Mortal Coil")

Naomi and Seven

Naomi and Seven in 2375

In early 2375, Naomi was apprehensive about Seven of Nine's Borg nature, and consequently avoided her. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time") However, by the middle of that year, the two had become friends following Voyager's encounter with a telepathic pitcher plant, when they were the only two people immune to its telepathic influence due to their relative indifference to returning to Earth. (The Doctor was also immune, given his holographic nature.) (VOY: "Bliss") Naomi and Seven became such close friends as to say that they considered each other family. (VOY: "Survival Instinct")

Later that year, Naomi helped persuade Captain Janeway to launch a rescue effort to save Seven who had been recaptured by the Borg, as well as being present when Janeway realized that the Borg had been communicating with Seven of Nine prior to her departing with the Collective. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

Neelix was Naomi's godfather, and used to tuck her into bed at nights. (VOY: "Mortal Coil") He also cared for her while her mother was on away missions. In 2375, her mother was aboard the Delta Flyer when it was caught in an ion storm and crash-landed. Neelix looked after Naomi while the search operation took place, and was prepared for the possibility that he would become her adoptive father should her mother not be found. He played with her on the holodeck and helped comfort her when she found out the truth about her mother. Eventually, she and her mother were reunited. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time")

The following year, Naomi began educating herself on the Delta Quadrant in preparation for nominating herself as captain's assistant. She sought out Seven for much of this education, and in return she agreed to teach Seven how to play kadis-kot. (VOY: "Infinite Regress")

Some of her duties as Captain's Assistant would include greeting new crewmembers. Naomi found Ensign Marla Gilmore in the mess hall and offered her services in providing replicator rations or a tour of the lower decks. Gilmore thanked her and said she would keep her offer in mind. (VOY: "Equinox")

Naomi was also educated by some of the crew, such as Neelix (astronomy), Seven of Nine (geometry), Icheb (genetics), The Doctor (biology) and Commander Chakotay (paleontology). (VOY: "Blink of an Eye", "Memorial", "Shattered", "Homestead")

Naomi was hesitant around holocameras during her annual physical, and The Doctor had to constantly ask her to hold still. He allowed her to photograph him to show that no harm would be done, and she mocked his constant nits about holding still. (VOY: "Latent Image")

After his ordeal with the shuttle Alice, Tom Paris received a hand-drawn get-well card from Naomi while he recuperated in sickbay. The card featured crayon drawings of Paris and B'Elanna Torres. Torres was impressed with the likeness of Paris, but she said Naomi "didn't quite capture her eyes." (VOY: "Alice")

A glitch in the secondary systems caused by Seven upgrading the computer core caused the communications net to malfunction, redirecting different comm channels to the wrong people. While trying to reach the bridge, Commander Chakotay received a number of comm calls, including "Computer, locate Naomi Wildman." The voice clearly belonged to her mother, Samantha Wildman, who sounded quite annoyed with having to make the inquiry, as if it was a regular occurrence. (VOY: "One Small Step")

Naomi was concerned about Seven when she tried to assimilate Voyager's database. Seven tried to make sense of more than she could process, and she questioned Naomi about her father's heritage and asked if she sided with Chakotay or the captain. Naomi grew worried, but in the end she forgave Seven and they played kadis-kot. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")

When the Vaadwaur children came on board, they called Neelix names in Naomi's presence. Naomi took offense and refused to play with them. When Neelix questioned her about it and found out what had happened, he said that she didn't have to play with them anymore. (VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")

Naomi Wildman and Ktaris

Naomi Wildman with a model of her father's homeworld

Naomi also befriended the Borg children who were taken on board in late 2376. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes", "Child's Play") At one point, the Borg twins, Azan and Rebi, wanted to clone Naomi as a part of the first Annual Voyager Science Fair, but were eventually persuaded to use potatoes instead. Naomi's own science project was a holographic model of her father's homeworld, Ktaris, which depicted weather patterns. (VOY: "Child's Play")

In addition, Naomi enjoyed telling stories to the children. Mezoti claimed that Naomi had said that a monster lived on deck 12, section 42. Neelix said he would have to have a talk with Naomi. In addition, Mezoti said Naomi told her that Neelix always exaggerated. (VOY: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve")

While investigating an assault on Crewman Tabor, Tom Paris and Harry Kim were able to reconstruct a photon-displacement silhouette of the attacker. The computer was able to isolate general parameters of the attacker, as between 170 and 190 centimeters in height, weighing about 75 kilograms. After Paris noted that described half the members of the crew, Kim joked "at least we can rule out Naomi Wildman." (VOY: "Repression")

After Neelix returned from an away mission to Tarakis, Naomi went to visit him in the mess hall. She informed him of her school project, but Neelix was apprehensive and did not appear do be listening. Naomi offered to help Neelix, so that perhaps Neelix could have time to help her. In the process of seeing what Neelix was making, Naomi burned her hand slightly. This caused Neelix to panic over her, and when three crewmen entered, he shouted at Naomi to get down behind him. A security breach was declared, but after several minutes, Chakotay was able to reason with Neelix. He then freed the frightened and confused Naomi. (VOY: "Memorial")

In an alternate timeline, when Kes returned to Voyager, the Tuvok from the past saw Naomi exiting a turbolift. Since there were no children on board at that time, he was puzzled over Naomi's existence. He told Captain Janeway, who in turn spoke to The Doctor and confirmed that Ensign Wildman was indeed pregnant. (VOY: "Fury")

In 2378, Naomi helped host a First Contact day celebration. She learned that Neelix had discovered more of his people, and asked Neelix to introduce her to Dexa and Brax. She and Brax went to play a holoprogram, and were later seen playing kadis-kot. Naomi was upset that Neelix would leave Voyager to begin a new life with a colony of Talaxians, but understood his need to be with his people and start a family. (VOY: "Homestead")

Future adulthood

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Naomi Wildman of 2394

In an alternate timeline, an adult Naomi was a Lieutenant serving aboard Voyager, along with Icheb's future self. Wildman helped the Chakotay of the present and the Janeway of the start of Voyager's journey comprehend the predicament. She and Icheb used advanced instruments that were developed in the astrometrics lab to help them chart the ship and develop a plan to restore time to normal. She later helped fight the Kazon and Seska in engineering, before the timelines were restored. (VOY: "Shattered")

In another alternate timeline where Voyager returned home after 23 years, Naomi had a daughter named Sabrina in 2404. The two of them attended the ten-year reunion of Voyager's return at Admiral Janeway's apartment. (VOY: "Endgame")

Although probable, it was not stated if Naomi was a Starfleet officer in this alternate timeline.

Personal relationships

Family

Samantha Wildman

Naomi and Samantha Wildman

Naomi and her mother in 2375

Samantha gave birth to Naomi in 2372. (VOY: "Deadlock") When the Delta Flyer crashed in 2375, she was injured and was more worried about Naomi than herself. Her final goodbye message was to her daughter, but the two were reunited later. She and Naomi enjoyed going to the holodeck together, especially to play The Adventures of Flotter. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time")

Greskrendtregk

Greskrendtregk was Naomi's father. He worked on Deep Space 9. Since he was not on Voyager when it was thrown into the Delta Quadrant, he was unaware that he had a daughter.

Friendships

Neelix

Neelix was Naomi's godfather, as well as her friend. He often took care of Naomi, especially when her mother was on an away mission. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time") He and Naomi enjoyed playing kadis-kot together. (VOY: "Homestead")

Seven of Nine

Although Naomi was originally very hesitant about Seven's Borg nature, the two eventually became very close friends. (VOY: "Bliss") They would play kadis-kot or go to lunch together. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Survival Instinct") Naomi occasionally stayed with her when her mother and Neelix were occupied. (VOY: "Dark Frontier") Sometimes she even imitated Borg behavior (e.g. memorizing borg species designations), to the annoyance of both her mother and Seven. (VOY: "Survival Instinct")

Borg Children

Naomi befriended the ex-Borg children Icheb, Azan, Rebi, and Mezoti who were rescued by Voyager in 2376. Naomi tried to play a game of kadis-kot with them shortly after they were brought on board, but the game ended when Azan and Rebi were caught cheating and Icheb refused to play. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes") Naomi also told them stories, like one about the ghost on deck 12. (VOY: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve")

Voyager Crew

As the first child born aboard Voyager, Naomi's friends were limited to the adults on the ship. She made the most of the opportunity and befriended officers on board.

Quotes

"And, splash! He'll sink like a log."
"But, Flotter... logs float."
"(Scoffs) Details, details."

- Flotter and Naomi, arguing about how to catch the tree monster


"Try to hold still, please."
"Are you making fun of me?"
"No..."

- Naomi and The Doctor, as the latter allows Naomi to photograph him


"Redecorating isn't work."
"Aesthetics are irrelevant. I am modifying this alcove to function as a cortical processing subunit."
"That was my next guess."

- Naomi and Seven of Nine


"Hmm... there!"
"Excellent. You recognized the complementary base pair."
"Actually, I just found two pieces that fit together."
"You're missing the point."
"I thought the point was to finish the puzzle."
"And learn something about genetics."
"If you really want to help, find me a green piece that looks like Tuvok's ear!"

- Naomi and Icheb, assembling a genetics puzzle


"And once, there was a transporter accident. Neelix and Commander Tuvok got combined... to make a completely different person!"
"Really?"
"You don't think I could make up a story like that, do you?"

- Naomi and Brax

Appendices

Appearances

References

Background

As with other child characters in Trek, Naomi Wildman appears to age rather quickly. She is seen at age two in 2374 appearing to look about six years old and then later seen from 2375-2378 (at age three to six) to look about ten years old. However, unlike other such characters, an on screen explanation was provided. (Her Ktarian heritage caused her to age more rapidly than a purebred human.)

The horns she possesses have not been seen on any full Ktarian.

Naomi Wildman was portrayed by an unknown actress (as a baby), Brooke Stephens (as a young child), and Scarlett Pomers (regularly). As an adult, the character was played by Vanessa Branch.

Apocrypha

Naomi plays an indirectly prominent role in the String Theory trilogy, when a Nacene attempted to infiltrate the crew by posing as Janeway's sister and altering the crew's memories to believe she had been present since the beginning; due to her being slightly "out-of-phase" with the rest of the crew because she originated from the duplicate ship in "Deadlock", Naomi – along with Harry Kim – could perceive the Nacene for what she really was, although she was briefly rendered unconscious when the Nacene attempted to escape detection.

In the game Star Trek Online, Naomi is the commander of Deep Space K7, a Federation space station located in the Klingon/Federation neutral zone and on the front lines of the war.

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