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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 3 E 18 Rise

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Neelix finally grows a pair and calls Tuvok out. Big time.
Stranded on a planet under threat from meteor bombardment, Tuvok, Neelix and several survivors must use an orbital tether to escape. Unfortunately one of the survivors is a murderer.

This episode provides examples of:

  • The 47 Society: Neelix gets the orbital carriage to 47 kph.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: A platonic version with Neelix for Tuvok.
    Neelix: It's strange, but I really like him. I just wish the feeling were mutual.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Tuvok to Neelix.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Dr Vatm gasps out that he has to get something on the roof before dying. Tuvok believes he's delusional and was trying to open the door to escape, but Neelix insists there's something behind what Vatm was saying.
  • Blood Knight: On being threatened by a superior vessel, Janeway just smiles and has Voyager go to Red Alert.
  • Captain Crash: This time the shuttle is piloted by Tuvok.
  • Character Development: This episode reveals that Neelix isn't completely lacking in perspective, and isn't oblivious to Tuvok's feelings towards him. In fact, Neelix has been quite frustrated over Tuvok's condescending attitude, and finally makes it known during their mission. Okay, sure, maybe he could've picked a better time to call Tuvok out for this, but even Tuvok grudgingly admits he has a point.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The data storage unit hidden on the roof has information used to knock out the vessel attacking Voyager.
  • Cold Equation: Hanjuan suggests they throw out Dr Vatm, in revenge for him trying to take the elevator without them, so there'll be more oxygen for the rest of them.
  • Colony Drop: Turns out the asteroids that keep dropping on the colony aren't an accident.
  • Crazy Survivalist: The woman who briefly takes Neelix hostage. Fortunately, she's not too crazy to be reasoned with.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Tuvok: I am looking for Mr Neelix's...instinct. Perhaps it will be marked.
  • Deadly Euphemism: When Sklar tosses Tuvok off the elevator to his apparent death, he quips that he "returned to the surface." Later when the ambassador asks what happened to his aide, Neelix uses the same line.
  • Death in the Clouds: Recycled In Space with the protagonists confined to the space elevator cabin.
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  • Disney Villain Death: Sklar falls out of the elevator to his death. Which must have taken some time.
  • Explosive Decompression: Neelix opens the door to let Tuvok in, and the blast of escaping air throws Sklar off balance so Tuvok can grab him.
  • Gut Feeling: The usual defense of instinct (or 'luck', as Tuvok would put it) over Vulcan logic.
  • He Knows Too Much: Vatm is killed because he found out the truth about the asteroids.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Justified as the victim's heart tissue has broken down from poisoning.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Thanks to Tuvok's encouragement, Neelix recovers enough to get them the rest of the way to safety.
  • His Name Is...: Doctor Vatm is cut off by a Snowy Screen of Death before he can report what he's found to the ambassador. He refuses to trust the rescue party sent to find him, knowing there's a Double Agent involved.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tuvok does not have to have the last word. He does not. Really.
  • Jumped at the Call: Neelix is eager to go on an away mission with Tuvok.
  • Literal Cliffhanger: Sklar throws Tuvok off the elevator tens of thousands of feet above the ground, smugly goes back inside and locks the door. Then we see Tuvok has grabbed onto part of the elevator that's sticking out. Problem is, he can't get past the door, and the elevator is climbing into the upper atmosphere where there's no air to breathe.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sklar pretends to be nervous about everything that happens, but is actually a Double Agent.
  • Punch Catch: Tuvok showing Hanjuan who's top dog.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Tuvok flinches when Hanjuan gives him a celebratory hug; he quickly desists.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech
    Neelix: I'll tell you who's being emotional. You! You hide it beneath that Vulcan calm but truth is, you're filled with contempt and sarcasm, and I'm tired of being the target of all your hostility.
    Tuvok: You are mistaken.
    Lillias: No, he's not. I can see it every time you talk to Neelix. You're dismissive and condescending.
    Tuvok: You are projecting your own emotional bias onto my actions. I have no feelings towards Mister Neelix.
    Neelix: That's right! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You have no feelings for me, but you have feelings against me. For three years you've ridiculed me and made it obvious to everyone that you have no respect for me. And I've tolerated it. You know why? You know why? Because you are smarter than I am, Tuvok, and more logical, stronger, superior in almost every way. And I admire you. But you don't have any instincts, have any gut feelings, and you don't really understand people. But non-Vulcans have feelings and they have to listen to them, and I've got to listen to mine, And right now they're telling me we need to get up on that roof and find out what the Doctor was talking about.
  • Salvage Pirates: The Etanian Order do this on a planetary scale, creating a natural disaster that requires the planet to be evacuated, then staking their claim.
  • Screen Shake: The shuttle crashing and the elevator taking off (before it's stabilized).
  • Shout-Out: To The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). "You built...models?"
  • Space Elevator: The fact that space elevators have not appeared in Star Trek other than this one time may be related to the fact that that region of the Delta Quadrant never discovered transporter technology.
  • Spanner in the Works: Voyager's presence screws up the Etanians' plans.
  • Straw Vulcan: As per "The Galileo Seven", a Vulcan goes round telling everyone how illogical they are until someone blows their top.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Neelix loses his temper at Tuvok's condescending manner and shouts, "YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO ME!"
  • Tap on the Head: Neelix gets kicked in the face and falls to the deck.
  • Traintop Battle: It's moving up instead of along, but all the other aspects of the trope are there.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Neelix exaggerates his knowledge of orbital tethers so Tuvok will go along with his idea of using one to escape instead of waiting for rescue.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: The elevator is so far up this trope would count.
  • Wham Line
    Tuvok: I believe he was murdered.
  • You Talk Too Much: Tuvok tells off Neelix for wasting his time in unnecessary conversation when he should be making repairs.

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