The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Blood Fever

When Ensign Vorik starts experiencing pon farr, the Vulcan mating urge, he sets his sights on B’Elanna as a potential partner. B’Elanna rejects his advances, but not before Vorik telepathically transmits the pon farr to her. And when B’Elanna leads a caving mission to find a rare ore, her heightened emotional state is a sure fire recipe for disaster.

This episode really takes me back to the days when Voyager was airing, and fans like myself were eager to guess at what kind of storylines might come up. We were all expecting a Tuvok pon farr story, and so the writers decided to do something a little less obvious. The result felt a little disappointing first time round, but improves a bit on rewatching. It still feels a bit too mind-rapey, and I’m unsure as to why a good wank can’t cure pon farr, but overall this is a reasonably entertaining episode.

Character notes

In this episode, Tom admits he likes B’Elanna. Whilst it’s still unclear if she was just pursuing him because she was horny, we of course know that she does fancy Tom, and will start dating him soon.

Other points

  • As we see later in the series, when Tuvok uses a hologram of his wife to ‘cure’ his pon farr, it is possible to get through it by having holo-sex. This hardly seems revolutionary, and is surely a common practice for spacefaring Vulcans. Presumably it didn’t work for Vorik because he just couldn’t get into it.
  • Could another telepath ‘catch’ the pon farr from B’Elanna?
  • Also, if a good fight is enough to get through the pon farr, why doesn’t every Vulcan for whom sex is inconvenient just load up something like Worf’s Klingon calisthenics program and do that instead?
  • This episode features the first appearance of the Borg in Voyager, in the form of a dead, decaying drone (what happened to the Borg being obsessed with retrieving their drones)? At the end of season three, Voyager would well and truly enter Borg space.
  • How could Vorik, one low-ranking officer, disable all of Voyager’s communications and transporter systems? Security on Voyager seems as bad as it was on the Enterprise-D.
  • One from the last few episodes – in Coda, Janeway has a headache, and in The Swarm, B’Elanna tells The Doctor she has a headache. Remember when Crusher was concerned about Picard having a headache in The Battle, because now that the brain has been fully charted, humans don’t get headaches any more?

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 6

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 5

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1

Summary – Blood Fever: In which Vorik mind rapes B’Elanna

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