Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 1996 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 50348.1
An injured alien named Tieran transfers his consciousness into Kes' mind moments before he dies. He then gains control over her and uses her abilities to steal a shuttlecraft and return to his home world to attempt a political coup.

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  • Vanilla Body Snatchers episode

    Another Star Trek version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this one allows Jennifer Lien (Kes) to step out of her usual sedateness and into a bad boy role reminiscent of the possessed characters in TNG's "Power Play". The result? She's damn annoying. (And she can use the force).

    The episode, which spends its A story following the bad guys for a change, cuts a fast pace and keeps its vanilla plot interesting by fleshing out the villains and their culture (which would mean more if we ever saw them again). It's most notable contribution, however, is a holographic Caribbean resort that continues appearing throughout the season.

  • Warlord

    Warlord was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because Jennifer Lien was awesome in this episode and she really played her parts perfectly. I thought it was great to see her explore some character range and it was a nice contrast to the usual Kes we see. The story of the episode was engaging and well written. There was a lot of character development for Kes as she had to come to terms with every thing she had done under the control of an alien warlord spirit. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Kes is taken over by an alien consciousness who is determined to regain control of his throne with her body and mental abilities.

    This is a brilliant episode with an excellent plot and fantastic writing. Jennifer Lien turns in nothing short of a career performance. She is mind blowing portraying a power hungry Warlord, a male no less, in a woman's body. And don't even get me started on how amazing she looks in full body leather. Kes is usually so reserved and bubbly, and dresses the part. The intent was to let Jennifer Lien stretch her acting chops, and she lives up to the challenge remarkably. It wouldn't be unfair to say that all the other members of the cast pale in comparison during this episode. Not usually the case, but certainly true in this episode.moreless
  • An underrated season 3 standout featuring a convincing performance by Jennifer Lien.

    Despite a low episode rating, I thought this was one of the best of the season. The plot is straightforward (that's a relative term, given some of Voyager's recent plotlines) and the magical, last-minute technical solution is unsuccessful. The crew actually has to get their hands dirty. Lien, despite being about 2 feet shorter than everyone else in the episode, is nasty and does a great job portraying the evil tyrant trapped in a tiny Ocampan body. The focus is very heavily on her, probably the most of any episode to date, and displays why it's a shame she didn't get more attention.moreless
  • Brilliant Showcase For Jennifer Lien!

    Wonderful acting showcase for Jennifer Lien, who was, regretfully, axed from the show at the end of the season simply because Garrett Wang received some honorable mention as one of the sexiest male stars on television in the summer of 1997.

    This episode is the perfect showcase for Ms. Lien's considerable acting talents. She makes a delicious warlord, wreaking havoc and mayhem for anyone in her path as her character of Kes is inhabited by the consciousness of a tyrant.

    This is also the first time Kes' abilities are brought back into play and used for nefarious purposes. It's truly sad that the Ocampa character and history was snuffed out so prematurely by idiotic executives hungry for higher ratings. Their stumble ended up hurting rather than helping the show.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Tieran (in Kes' body) while on the shuttle on the way to the planet, is able to locate and find a single alien among the entire planet and beam him to the shuttle with just a few buttons. Generally, even Voyager cannot do that with their own crew, they require specific bio-readings, or a communicator.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Kes: How can I go back to my old life as if none of this happened?
      Tuvok: You cannot. This experience will force you to adapt. You are no longer the same person, and the course of your life will change, as a result. Where that new course leads is up to you.

    • Paris: Tuvok!
      Tuvok: Mr. Paris.
      Paris: No time for a tearful reunion, I've got to get you out of here.

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