Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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A dying warlord takes over Kes's body and is determined to retake his home planet.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Anthony Crivello ... Adin
Brad Greenquist ... Demmas
Galyn Görg ... Nori
Charles Emmett ... Resh
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Ameron
Leigh McCloskey ... Tieran (as Leigh J. McCloskey)


A dying warlord takes over Kes's body and is determined to retake his home planet.

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20 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The rifles that the Ilari guards in the Imperial Hall are armed with were reuses of Jem'Hadar rifles from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Kes, while possessed by Tieran, carries a pistol prop from the weapons display in James T. Kirk's cabin in Star Trek Generations. See more »


At the start we see Neelix having his foot massaged. It is clearly a 'Talaxian foot'. In Caretaker (1995), his foot is shown to be 'human' looking. See more »


[the Doctor has suggested to use a synaptic stimulator on Kes's body to remove Tieran's neural pattern from her]
Demmas: Yes, but how close would you have to get to use this device?
The Doctor: To be fully effective, it would have to come in direct contact with her skin.
Demmas: If I could get anywhere near her, I'd use a thoron rifle to be absolutely sure.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Kes could use a bit of Dale Carnegie ("How to Win Friends and Influence People") in this one...
17 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, Voyager discovers a ship that's about to explode. Naturally, being galactic goody-goodies, the ship swoops in to rescue the three person crew--even though they were at serious risk for being killed in the process. One of them seems beyond help but the other two are fine. What Voyager does NOT realize is that the dead crew member is a megalomaniac jerk who is a disposed despot. In his dying moments, he secretly places his consciousness into Kes. Soon, Kes and the two survivors steal a shuttle and head back to the home planet to take over and take revenge on everyone. Soon authorities who are seeking the despot arrive. When they hear what has occurred, they want to work with Voyager. Voyager wants to rescue Kes and the authorities just want to kill her...just in case.

It's nice to see Kes behaving like a sociopathic jerk--it was a welcome relief to her usual nice persona and must have been fun for Jennifer Lien. Her husky voice, promiscuity, nasty demeanor and overall yechiness was a nice change of pace, that's for sure. So is the show worth seeing because of this? Yes, but logically, I would have just shot Kes/despot in the face and points to the usual problem with "Star Trek: Voyager"--they cannot ever make a sacrifice and they always wait to have a magical solution. Additionally, seeing Kes and the despot arguing with each other inside Kes' head is pretty dull--and very talky. But, on the other hand, the blood out of the eye socket and fun over-acting was pretty cool and on balance it's pretty good.

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