The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Warlord

When Voyager rescues three Ilari from their damaged ship, it turns out one of them is too badly injured to survive. But what the crew don’t realise is that the dead man has transferred his consciousness to Kes, and that he plans to take what he believes is his rightful place as leader of his home planet.

Whilst Warlord is definitely an episode that was worth trying, it’s not exactly one that lives up to its potential. I love the idea of giving the kind and gentle Kes something very different to do, but it’s unclear quite what the writers wanted. If they wanted Kes/Tieran to be terrifying and intense, then Jennifer Lien’s performance isn’t really up to scratch – but if all they wanted was to portray a madman who has long since lost touch with reality, then it’s probably adequate.

Points of Note

  • This episode introduces the Paxau Resort holoprogram, which replaces Chez Sandrine as the crew’s regular holographic hangout. The program is a tropical resort, originally based on a Talaxian resort, but spiced up by Harry and Tom. It includes plenty of scantily clad men and women for the Voyager crew to feast their eyes upon.
  • Whilst under Tieran’s control, Kes breaks up with Neelix in this episode. Although we never see them formalising the break-up once Kes regains control of her body, this episode is regarded as the end of their relationship.
  • I liked that Tieran still loved Nori and wanted to continue his relationship with her after he switched bodies – it would have been a classic cop-out had he said “I’m in a woman’s body now, I can’t kiss another girl”.
  • Although Tieran and his accomplices steal a Voyager shuttlecraft, presumably it is retrieved at the end of the episode.

Lost shuttlecraft running total: 5

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 4

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1

Summary – Warlord: In which Kes becomes an evil warlord who can make people bleed from their eyes. It’s always the quiet ones.

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