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Voyager detects a Federation signal, but it turns out to be a trap by the Kazon-Nistrim working in alliance with Seska, who steal the components of a working transporter. Then the crew discover that Chakotay has taken off after Seska on a solo mission.

This episode has the following tropes:

  • Artistic License – Biology: Seska gets the DNA to impregnate herself by jabbing a needle into Chakotay's neck. One would think she'd jab it somewhere else, but that might have been a bit much for the audience.
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  • Asskicking Equals Authority: With Voyager's technology, Maje Cullah plans to unite the Kazon factions under his command.
  • The Bait
    • Voyager detects a Federation signal with an encryption code dated after they left Deep Space Nine, originating from inside nearby Space Clouds where the Kazon vessels are hiding.
    • The Kazon tractor Chakotay's shuttle onto their vessel, only to find it's empty and he's already beamed on board elsewhere.
  • Band of Brothers: B'Elanna asks Janeway to consider the effect on morale if there's no attempt to rescue Chakotay.
  • Blatant Lies: Cullah tells the other Kazon Majes that he has Voyager's command codes, and his men drag in a barely-conscious Chakotay as "proof". As the battle goes on, however, it becomes obvious that he's bluffing.
  • Breaching Pod: The Kazon (under Seska's guidance) modify one of their shuttles with a bow that can smash through Voyager's hull, enabling a boarding party to steal the transporter component.
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  • Call-Back: Captain Janeway gets the same emotion vs. logic viewpoints from Tuvok and B'Elanna that Captain Kirk did from Spock and Bones.
  • Conflict Ball: Tuvok suggests to Chakotay (in front of several other crewmembers) that he use his intimate knowledge of Seska to manipulate her the same way she has manipulated him. For Tuvok (and indeed the majority of Vulcans before Star Trek: Enterprise) this is incredibly rude and out of character.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Death Glare: Chakotay to Tuvok, when he makes the above comment.
  • Disappointed in You: Janeway gives a low-key reprimand of Chakotay (given that she can't really afford to demote him).
    Janeway: How do you expect me to keep order when the First Officer takes it upon himself to run off like some cowboy because he decides it's a good idea? What you did was commendable. The way you did it was not. You set a terrible example. And on a personal level, you've made my job more difficult.
    Chakotay: If that's so, I regret it.
    Janeway: I'm putting you on report, in case that means anything anymore.
    Chakotay: It means something to me, Captain. It means I've let you down, and for that I'm truly sorry.
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  • Distress Ball: Chakotay takes off on his one-man mission so no-one else will risk their lives to correct his mistake, but of course the crew come after him anyway.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted; everyone's horrified that Seska impregnated herself using Chakotay's DNA, and the act is specifically compared to rape in "Basics".
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Seska is the real brains behind the Kazon-Nistrim, even ordering about Cullah's men, despite the innately patriarchal Kazon culture.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Seska is stuck in mid-transformation from Bajoran to Cardassian.
  • Femme Fatale Spy
  • Get It Over With: Chakotay tells Seska to just go ahead and kill him after he surrenders to her.
  • Guile Heroine: Unable to beam out Chakotay, Janeway beams all the Majes to her ship so she can make a hostage exchange.
  • Humiliation Conga: Played for drama with Chakotay, who blames himself for trusting Seska and everything that came from that. And it happens right up to the end of the episode, when the entire Bridge crew hears her mocking message that she essentially raped him.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Kazon knowing their shield frequencies assumes that Voyager crew apparently didn't bother to change their access codes after Seska left.
    • Chakotay assuming that Voyager won't come after him if he hares off on a one-man mission.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Chakotay tells Cullah that Seska will kill him one day. Afterward Seska tells Chakotay that it was a clever ploy, "But you know, I'm not a killer. If I were, you'd have been dead a long time ago."
  • Impairment Shot: After Chakotay is drugged to make him talk.
  • In Love with the Mark: Despite her denials, it's obvious that Seska has feelings for Chakotay and that is why she won't kill him.
  • It's Personal
  • I Shall Taunt You: Chakotay enjoys telling Cullah about Seska while the Kazon is beating him for information.
    "She's quite a woman, isn't she? Does she rub your shoulders and tell you you're the most exciting man she's ever known? That's what she used to do for me. What's the matter? Didn't she tell you about us?"
  • Kick the Dog: Seska leaves an automated message beacon for Chakotay. He's a father!
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: The only one of her kind in the Delta Quadant... and yet Seska still finds a way to restore her old Cardassian features.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Meaningful Look: Between Seska and Cullah when the former suggests they beam a recalcitrant Maje back to his ship.
  • Obvious Trap: Seska leaves an obvious warp trail for Voyager to follow.
  • Reset Button: So when exactly did Voyager pull into a space dock to repair that hole smashed in her side?
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When things start going leola root-shaped Seska leaves the room, ostensibly to go to the Bridge. Cullah goes to follow her, but is stopped at gunpoint by the other Majes who realise he's been lying through his teeth about having Voyager's command codes.
  • Ship Tease: B'Elanna's interaction with, and defense of, Chakotay takes on an interesting subtext given her "Persistence of Vision" fantasies.
  • Silent Running Mode: Chakotay uses some Old Maquis Tricks™ to sneak up on the Kazon cruiser in a shuttle and scan it for the stolen transporter tech. Seska uses "photonic charges" in the usual submarine vs. depth charge metaphor to detect him.
  • Spoiler Opening: Early on, the crew are wondering how they are picking up a Federation signal in the Delta Quadrant; Paris optimistically suggests that the Federation found some way to send a probe. At this point the credits inform us that Seska's actor, Martha Hackett, will be guest-starring in this episode, giving the audience a big hint about who might actually be sending that signal.
  • Straw Vulcan: Tuvok is uncharacteristically callous in this episode. There are in fact logical reasons for going after Chakotay, as B'Elanna points out.
  • Suicide Mission: Chakotay knows he won't survive his one-man mission, and leaves a recorded message for Captain Janeway telling her to give him up for dead.
  • Swiss Cheese Security
    Janeway: What I want to know, Mister Tuvok, is how he was able to get a shuttlecraft off this ship without either of us knowing about it.
    Tuvok: Apparently he was able to override the lockout command.
    Janeway: I guess Seska's not the only one who knows how to compromise our security systems.
    Tuvok: I assure you it will not happen again.note 
  • Sword over Head: In a What an Idiot! moment for fans, Chakotay beams onto the Kazon ship, destroys the stolen transporter, points his phaser at Seska who tenses in anticipation of her death...then Chakotay hands her the phaser. Isn't this guy a Cardassian-hating, ex-Maquis terrorist? Only the idea that Chakotay still has feelings for Seska explains it.
  • Teleporters and Transporters
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Seska's knowledge of Voyager's systems, the Kazon become a much more serious threat.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Janeway can't afford to abandon or demote Chakotay, as the effect on morale will be too great, especially with the ex-Maquis crewmembers.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: Cullah asks a powerful Kazon faction leader to help him take down Voyager. The Maje isn't interested and implies he might take the transporter technology for himself. So Cullah says he'll beam the Maje and his Number One back to his ship...only Voyager finds their bodies drifting in space.
  • We Will Meet Again: Seska leaves a final taunting message for Chakotay. He's won this round, but she'll be back.
  • You Talk Too Much!
    Culluh: You talk too much, Federation, but you're not telling me what I need to know.


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