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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 2 E 10 Cold Fire

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Kes, exploring her abilities, gets frustrated with how slowly Tuvok is forcing her to take it. When some of her own kind arrive and begin to train her, speaking of the possibility of her ascending, Kes enjoys it and begins to consider leaving Voyager with them. But are these fellows as friendly as they seem?


This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: Suspira never appears again after this episode, ending any involvement by the Caretaker and his species in Voyager's efforts to get home.
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  • Attack Hello: The Array greets our heroes by shooting at Voyager.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kes.
  • Blood from Every Orifice: Tanis when Kes starts getting pissed off.
  • Book-Ends: The episode starts and ends with Tuvok instructing Kes.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The remains of the Caretaker that the crew retrieved in the pilot episode.
  • Continuity Nod: Chakotay asks Kes if any Ocampans were taken away by aliens. It's happened to humans often enough, courtesy of the Preservers.
  • Creepy Child: Suspiria appears in the form of a weeping human girl-child, but quickly turns nasty.
  • Easily Forgiven: Rather than castigate Kes for nearly getting him killed, Tuvok advises her to treat the incident as a learning experience and remains committed to instructing her.
  • Evil Feels Good: Kes receives a taste of this when her new mentor shows her new heights of her power and she ends up burning all the plants in the hydrobay. She confesses later to Tuvok that this power felt good, even though she knew there was something bad about it.
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  • Evil Sounds Deep: Suspira child-avatar when she starts getting nasty.
  • Failure Is the Only Option
  • Foreshadowing: Tanis says the Ocampa can Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Kes will do this in "The Gift". Unfortunately the episode also serves as foreshadowing for Kes' Dark Side in "Fury".
  • Heroes With Bad Publicity: A later episode reveals that the Kazon have been damaging Voyager's reputation to prevent them gaining allies.
    Tanis: Captain, are you aware of how your ship is regarded? That when Voyager appears people fear destruction.
    Other Ocampan: Your ship is known as a ship of death.
    Janeway: (incredulous) What?
    Chakotay: None of that is true. We've never attacked anyone except in self-defense.
    Tuvok: And we did not kill the Caretaker. He died of natural causes.
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  • Innocent Flower Girl: Inverted when Kes burns up all her flowers... and likes it.
  • It's a Long Story
    Tanis: What would an Ocampa be doing on an alien starship?
    Kes: It's a long story. But I'd like to know what an Ocampa is doing on an alien space station.
    Tanis: That is also a long story.
  • Layman's Terms
    Torres: We've placed the remains in a hexiprismatic field, Captain. The next time it responds to sporocystian energy, the field should give us a heading to the source.
    Janeway: You're using the remains like a compass.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Tanis gives Kes the powers needed to interrupt Suspiria long enough for Janeway to grab the anti-sporocystian gun-thingy.
  • Power Incontinence: Kes suffers a terrifying instance of this when she accidentally starts boiling Tuvok's blood while trying to push her abilities.
  • Previously On…: Majel Barrett reminds us of events in "Caretaker" ten months ago.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Tanis making contact with Suspiria.
  • Psychic Powers: Telepathy & Telekinesis
  • Rain of Blood: Janeway is trying to communicate with Suspiria when she feels blood drip onto her shoulder. She looks up and sees Tuvok and B'Elanna suspended above her head.
  • Revenge Myopia: Suspira believes that Voyager killed her mate, and isn't interested in listening to Janeway telling her otherwise.
  • Screaming Woman: On seeing Tuvok in convulsions, Kes delivers a terrified shriek several octaves higher that any human woman could.
  • Space Station: A smaller Array houses the Ocampa colony.
  • Starfish Alien: Suspira is a "sporocystian lifeform".
  • Sword over Head: Janeway holds back from killing the defenceless Suspira, in order to show they're not the killers she thinks they are.
  • They Were Holding You Back: Tanis urges Kes to abandon the crew to whatever fate Suspiria has in mind for them. He doesn't know Kes very well.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Super?: Tanis is only interested in Kes, and even though the crew's behavior doesn't match their "ship of death" reputation, has no interest in the possibility that Suspiria might be wrong in judging them guilty of killing the Caretaker.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see Suspiria again.
  • You Are Not Alone
  • You Leave Her Alone: Neelix yells this when Kes' new mentor is pushing the distressed girl to come with them and not worry about the fate of the crew. It doesn't work, but seeing him thrown backwards causes Kes to get dangerous.

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