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Recap / Star Trek: Voyager S4 E18: "Vis à 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 Upon 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.
  • The Charmer: While disguised as Tom, 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...
  • Cool Car: The Camaro that Tom works on in the holographic garage.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Steth tries to impersonate Tom without bothering to learn anything about his life. It takes a lot of fast-talking and flattery to keep the ruse going as long as it does and even then, that cover is blown laughably fast.
  • Drinking on Duty: Seven of Nine catches the alien impersonating Tom drinking actual alcoholic (not 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; it's seen twice in the episode, with the last instance being the alien swapping out Tom's appearance with Captain Janeway's.
  • Glamour Failure: The alien shapeshifter has a few brief moments while Tom isn't looking when its male form temporarily assumes a female form, yet still speaks in the voice of the male form.
  • 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's 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.
  • Reset Button: The crew has fixed all the damage from "The Killing Game".
  • Retro Upgrade: Tom 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. He observes that this is how he often solves technical problems, by looking back on prior eras and adapting an old concept into a modern solution.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: The alien impersonating Tom threatens Seven of Nine by grabbing her arm when she catches him reading through the Captain's personal logs.
  • Transferred Transformation: The alien can swap bodies with whomever he touches, and this has been going on for quite a while. At the end of the episode, more victims still need to be tracked down.