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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 1 E 13 "Faces"

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Human B'Elanna and Klingon B'Elanna.
The Vidiians capture an Away Team and use their technology to create two B'elanna Torres' — one that is completely human, and one that is completely Klingon. Their Chief Surgeon, Sulan, believes that a pure Klingon may be completely resistant to the Phage disease. Eventually she and her fully human counterpart escape captivity to help rescue the others, though they are unable to save a Red Shirt as his face ended up being grafted onto Sulan's.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sulan is clearly attracted to Klingon!Torres, though he's wise to her attempts to use this to her advantage.
  • An Aesop: B'Elanna realises her despised Klingon-side is useful after all, though she still doesn't like having to return to the ridged forehead look near the end.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: B'Elanna always wanted to get rid of her forehead ridges. Human!Torres notes the irony.
  • Being Human Sucks: And in this case, being either Human or Klingon sucks.
  • Big "NO!": Sulan when Klingon!Torres sacrifices herself.
  • Blatant Lies: As the guards drag off Human!Torres for "organ processing".
    Human!Torres: Where are you taking me?
    Guard: For a shower and a hot meal!
  • Brains and Brawn: Klingon!Torres is the brawn, Human!Torres is the brains.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Neelix decides to spice up Mr Vulcan's plomeek soup.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Did Sulan really think that killing Durst and stealing his face would make Klingon!B'Elanna like him?
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Klingon!Torres dies on the transporter pad in Human!Torres arms.
  • Disappeared Dad: B'elanna reveals this as part of her Back Story, which is explained further in "Lineage".
  • Do You Think I Can't Feel: Sulan tries to convince Klingon!Torres that he really is a nice guy forced into doing awful things For the Greater Good.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: It's a lot easier when the guards can change their faces.
    Guard: (suspicious) I've never seen you before.
    Chakotay: My face was just grafted.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The Talaxian prisoner jokes about how the Vidiians can take away your heart "in a heartbeat". Neither Paris nor Durst find it amusing.
  • Facial Horror: Sulan stealing Durst's face and grafting it to his. Did he really think B'elanna would find that attractive??
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  • Fainting: When Human!Torres meets her Klingon half, she passes out, as much from fatigue as disbelief. Klingon!Torres just lets her counterpart fall onto her shoulder and carries her off.
  • Fang Thpeak / Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Torres is not used to speaking through a mouthful of pointy teeth.
  • Fantastic Racism: See below.
    Human!Torres: I grew up on a colony on Kessik Four. My mother and I were the only Klingons there, and that was a time when relations between the Homeworld and the Federation weren't too cordial. Nobody ever said anything, but we were different and I didn't like that feeling. Then my father left when I was five years old. One day he was there and the next he wasn't. I cried myself to sleep every night for months. Of course I never told anybody. And then I finally decided that he'd left because I look like a Klingon. And so I tried to look human.
  • The Grotesque: The Vidiians.
  • Implied Death Threat: See below.
    Sulan: There are several questions I need to ask you before we proceed.
    Klingon!Torres: You can't possibly believe I'm going to cooperate with you.
    Sulan: Perhaps I was in error to leave your consciousness and memory intact.
  • Insufficiently Advanced Alien: The Vidiians can't just take tissue samples from B'Elanna and clone them.
  • Large Ham: Klingon!B'elanna, as you can imagine, is very, very Klingon, right down to the verbal cadence and the decided lack of indoor voice.
  • Lima Syndrome: Sulan seems to have developed feelings for B'Elanna throughout the episode.
  • Literal Split Personality: B'Elanna has two sides of herself expressed through her human and Klingon selves.
  • The Load: Human!Torres, according to her Klingon half.
    "If I hadn't come along, were you just going to waste away in that prison camp until they killed you for your body parts? Were you too frightened to act?"
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Not only does the Vidiian scientist graft Durst's face onto himself, but also the Doctor cosmetically alters Chakotay to make him look like a Vidiian guard.
  • Mauve Shirt: Durst has the dubious distinction of being Voyager's first crewman to die after they arrived in the Delta Quadrant.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Klingon!Torres has not only the features but the Klingon cultural values as well.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: The Vidiians are shown to have the technology to create fully sentient duplicates of B'Elanna. This kind of tech should allow them to create all the organs they need rather than harvest from other species.
  • Mobile Maze: Harry Kim is surprised to find the tunnels the Away Team were exploring have shifted position since he scanned them two days ago.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Sulan, creepy even for the Vidiians.
  • Out Of The Shadows Reveal / Face-Revealing Turn: Done for a Rule of Three with Klingon!Torres, Human!Torres, and Durst-Face Sulan.
  • Playing with Syringes
  • Prim and Proper Bun: After a flirtation with a French twist hairdo over the past couple of episodes, Captain Janeway has reverted back to the Bun of Steel.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The two B'Elanna's end up arguing over which side of themselves they find more annoying.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Default mode for Klingon!Torres.
    Sulan: Your body's successfully fighting off the phage. I am overjoyed.
    Klingon!Torres: How delightful for you.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Klingon!Torres tries to tempt Sulan into freeing her by talking of the "legendary" voracious sexual appetites of Klingon women. Sulan doesn't fall for it as he knows full well he's The Grotesque, but is very tempted to do so. In fact it backfires as instead of freeing Klingon!Torres he tries to make himself more attractive to her by cutting off Durst's face and wearing it.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: Surrounding the prison. Harry works out a way to beam Chakotay through microfissures in the field.
  • So Proud of You: Despite their earlier feuding — reflecting the ongoing internal battle they had (and will continue to have in the future) as a single individual — Klingon!Torres' Last Words to her human counterpart end up being this.
    "You showed true courage. It makes my death an honorable one."
  • Spicy Latina: Averted; B'Elanna's human Latina half is meek, hesitant, and fragile.
  • Status Quo Is God: B'Elanna goes back to being a Half-Human Hybrid when she finds out that her human self cannot live without her Klingon DNA.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Klingon!Torres.
  • Take Me Instead: As the superior officer, Tom Paris demands to go in Durst's place when he's taken away by guards. They don't listen.
  • Taking the Bullet: Sulan draws a hidden weapon to shoot Human!Torres when she lowers the forcefield, only for Klingon!Torres to jump in front of the beam. Cue Big "NO!" from Sulan.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: The hi-tech version with subspace transponders so the next Away Team won't get lost in the Mobile Maze.
  • Trouble Entendre: Taken for "organ processing".
  • We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: The Vidiian use their captives as slave labour as they're too weak from the phage to work. When the captives become too weak to work, they're sent to Organ Processing.
  • You Look Familiar: In-Universe; this is what happens when someone steals the face from a Mauve Shirt.