Date: October 16, 2020
Season 3, Episode 10
Musical Accompaniment: YouTube is still not behaving, so it’s the Ironman soundtrack for me.
Interstellar News: Today I had a wonderful egg bagel with veggie cream cheese for breakfast, rice ball casserole for lunch, and homemade crab rangoons, vegetable lo mein, and Mongolian beef at dinner. I ended the evening with lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting… lots of yum.
TL;DR: Voyager rescues three Ilarians from a disabled vehicle, two men and a woman. One of the men dies, the other is a doctor, and the woman is now a widow. Kes begins to act strangely and wants to take a break from dating Neelix. A representative of the Autarch beams aboard but Kes fires a phaser, they knock out Janeway, and beam down to the surface. It’s made clear that Kes has been taken over by the dead man, Tieran, who wants to be the Autarch again. The Autarch’s oldest son wants Voyager’s help but Janeway wants him to exhaust all peaceful solutions first. Kes tries to fight against Tieran, but he’s very strong. All the while everyone sees only Kes but she’s acting like a mad warlord. Tuvok tries to infiltrate, and is caught, but eventually Voyager does help and Kes is recovered.
Kes: Everything seems so different now. My thoughts and perceptions, even my relationships with my closest friends. You, the Doctor, Neelix. How can I go back to my normal life as if nothing ever 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.Tuvok is the best mentor on the ship, and possibly one of the best in the universe. Though he has nothing on my work mom.
“I love plants, flowers, anything that grows.”: Kes is beautiful here, she completely owns being this megalomaniac man, and her, and some combination of them. I still can’t stop laughing about the “I love plants” line. The few scenes on the holodeck were okay, but Torres looks fantastic in a bathing suit, I wish I looked that awesome in a one piece… but alas I have almost no torso. This was a fantastic episode with a little bit of awesome technobabble and a sprinkle of polyamory in there. When Tieran-as-Kes suggests that his wife and Ameron become a triad, I almost spit my water out. I thought it would have been more difficult for Tieran to accept being in a woman’s body, but my assumptions were completely wrong. What I don’t understand is why he would sacrifice his concentration, and his doctor, just for some of Kes’s mind abilities? I mean she’s only going to live a few more years, I would have thought he would want a more durable and long-lasting body, as well as a doctor who can help him stay jumping from body to body. I don’t really have a lot bad to say about this episode, 8 cupcakes with LOTSA frosting for this one.