Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 16

Blood Fever (5 Feb. 1997)

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Ensign Vorik undergoes the Vulcan mating drive known as Pon farr. The strong chemical imbalance affects B'Elanna Torres as well, leading her to irrational thoughts and behavior. Trapped in ... See full summary »

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Ensign Vorik undergoes the Vulcan mating drive known as Pon farr. The strong chemical imbalance affects B'Elanna Torres as well, leading her to irrational thoughts and behavior. Trapped in a cave, Tom Paris must try to reason with B'Elanna and get her medical attention while trying to respect his friend and deny her uncharacteristic sexual advances. Written by Meribor

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Tuvok's right elbow is an artificial replacement, a result from an injury during combat simulation. See more »

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In Star Trek: Amok Time, which introduced the Vulcan concept of Pon Farr, it was made clear that the challenge of Kali Fee is a fight to the death. This seems to have been forgotten, and also makes no sense if the potential mate is allowed to chose herself as a dueling combatant. See more »

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[the Doctor is studying information about the Klingons]
The Doctor: There's a copious amount of information in the cultural database about their mating practices. Did you know that fracturing a clavicle on the wedding night is actually considered a blessing on the marriage?
Captain Janeway: As a matter of fact, I didn't.
The Doctor: I'm planning to do a comparative study of all these mating rituals. It really is fascinating.
[Janeway looks at him quizzically]
The Doctor: ...from a socio-biological point of view.
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Garak!!
19 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Andrew Robinson played one of my favorite characters on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9", Garak. Interestingly, Robinson directed this episode of "Star Trek: Voyager"--and he also directed one other as well as a "Deep Space 9" show as well. There certainly is precedent for this, as LeVar Burton and Jonathan Frakes (both from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" both directed quite of few episodes of the various Trek series.

When the show begins, Vorik* is entering the Pon Farr--the Vulcan mating season. Like Spock in the classic episode of "Star Trek", this is a highly illogical and violent period. In Vorik's clumsy attempt to begin the mating ritual with an uninterested B'Elanna, however, it sets of a HUGE problem that only becomes apparent later- -it creates the same Pon Farr rage within her! To make things much worse, this becomes obvious on an away team mission and she is one frisky and out of control woman! Her crazed state soon results in not only creating enemies with a new race they encounter but she and Paris become stuck in a cave after a cave-in and there's no telling what is next! However, I was very happy about the closing scene where a really, really interesting enemy's presence in the Delta Quadrant is introduced!

This is a pretty exciting episode of the series--well directed and full of enough action and mayhem to keep the viewer's interest.

*I have no idea why Vorik was introduced on the show but it seemed very awkward. While he'd never been a presence on the ship before, only a few episodes back (in the midst of season 3) he suddenly becomes a somewhat regular member of the cast. I wish they'd introduced him better and more realistically instead of acting as if he was ALWAYS there!


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