Star Trek: Voyager: Season 4, Episode 20

Vis À Vis (1 Apr. 1998)

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Bored with his daily routine, Tom Paris finds a refreshing friendship with a visiting alien willing to share a new method of propulsion with Voyager. Unwittingly, Tom finds trouble when his... See full summary »


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Bored with his daily routine, Tom Paris finds a refreshing friendship with a visiting alien willing to share a new method of propulsion with Voyager. Unwittingly, Tom finds trouble when his new friend swaps bodies and delivers him to authorities ready to charge Tom with the aliens' crimes. Meanwhile, the alien in Tom's body makes waves in Tom's personal and professional relationships on Voyager. Written by Meribor

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The title vis à vis (pronounced veez-ah-vee) is French for face to face. See more »


Ensign Kim mentions having a golf match with Ensign Kaplan, but this character was killed in the previous season in Star Trek: Voyager: Unity. See more »


[first lines]
[Paris is working under an old Camero when the Doctor arrives and activates the car's horn]
Tom Paris: Ah! Ah!
[crawls out]
Tom Paris: What do you think you're doing, Doc?
The Doctor: An impromptu auditory exam.
Tom Paris: Did I pass?
The Doctor: With flying colors.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Sort of like a much, much more subtle version of "Turnabout Intruder"
23 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the dumbest episodes of the original "Star Trek" series was its final show, "Turnabout Intruder". In it, a crazy woman trades bodies with Kirk against his will. The idea wasn't bad, but watching William Shatner overacting like a menopausal woman on crack was hilariously bad. Here in "Vis À Vis", however, they took a very similar plot but made it work much better--mostly due to much subtler acting.

When the show begins, Paris is acting a bit like an irresponsible jerk-face. However, when the ship encounters a seemingly nice alien (Dan Butler), Paris makes a new friend--or so he thinks. Soon, however, this alien steals Paris' body and creates all sorts of havoc.

If the alien sounds familiar, it's because Butler played Mad Dog on "Frasier" and you probably heard him there. Overall, well worth seeing though not exactly brilliant.

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