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Recap / Star Trek: Voyager S4 E18: "Vis Vis"

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While Tom Paris deals with boredom and disillusionment with Voyager life, the ship brings on board a mysterious alien that physically swaps identities with whomever it touches.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Accent On The Wrong Syllable: B'elanna mispronounces Camaro as CA-ma-ro, not Ca-MA-ro.
  • Auto Erotica: Tom and B'elanna in the Camaro at the end of the episode.
  • Body Snatcher: The alien shapeshifter.
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  • The Charmer: While disguised as Paris, the alien sucks up to the Doctor and smooth talks B'elanna to cover for any weird behavior.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The carburetor.
  • Choke Holds: The alien shapeshifter nearly strangles Janeway to death. Or so it appears to be the case.
  • Cool Car: The Camaro that Tom Paris works on in the holographic garage.
  • Drinking on Duty: Seven of Nine catches the alien impersonating Tom Paris drinking syntheholic beverages in the mess hall while he was still on duty.
  • Gender Bender: The swapping of physical identities does leave its victims with whatever gender the alien's last appearance assumed, seen twice in the episode with the last instance being the alien swapping out Tom Paris' appearance with Captain Janeway's.
  • Glamour Failure: The alien shapeshifter has a brief moment while Tom Paris isn't looking when its male form temporarily assumes a female form, yet still speaks in the voice of the male form.
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  • Grand Theft Me: The alien shapeshifter swaps physical forms with whoever it touches, and uses this ability to steal its victims bodies and identities.
  • Grease Monkey: The name of Tom Paris' holodeck program, and what he is in that program.
  • Identity Impersonator: Finally ends up in Janeway's body, and nearly leaves behind a lot of confusion.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: More like, Impostor Didn't Know Any Of The Details. It takes a lot of fast-talking and flattery to keep the ruse going as long as it does and even then his cover is blown laughably fast.
  • Reset Button: The crew has fixed all the damage from "The Killing Game".
  • Retro Upgrade: Tom Paris solves the problem of the alien test pilot's ship's engine through the appliance of a piece of 20th-century automobile technology called a carburetor.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: The alien impersonating Tom Paris threatens Seven of Nine by grabbing her arm when she catches him reading through the Captain's personal logs.
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  • Transferred Transformation: The alien can swap bodies with whomever he touches, and this has been going on for quite a while.