Tanis, the Ocampa who hails Voyager and leads the visiting party, looks like he's wearing a Red Bull can for the whole episode.
Of course Suspiria will respond within "forty-seven hours." It's Star Trek, therefore it couldn't be forty-eight hours.
Does anyone else find it odd that "Security, meet me in Main Engineering" seems to have meant "One single yellow-shirt, meet me in Main Engineering"? Something tells me that Starfleet regulations wouldn't have such a small security team confront an unknown threat in the heart of a ship. It just seems really odd. (Also, he only appears in that one short segment. He wasn't with Tuvok and B'Elanna later.)
There are parts of this episode that I really like, such as the fact that Kes really gets to be a person with side interests and not just an assistant to the Doctor. But the hokey writing around Suspiria and her band of Ocampa telepaths bothers me. So much of this plot seems to come out of nowhere, or go nowhere. Especially with regard to Suspiria herself, who has an irrational hatred for the Voyager crew because she thinks they killed the Caretaker, which is kind of resolved but not really (and nothing further comes of this later in the series).
A story like this had to happen at some point, because they did say in "Caretaker" that there was another Nacene out there for Voyager to find—and to leave that thread loose at the end of the series would have been silly. I just wish it had been more…consequential.
I'm quickly learning that episodes which give Kes a lot to do generally benefit from Jennifer Lien's good acting abilities. I also enjoyed this one due to the continuity of picking up plot threads from the pilot episode - the opening montage actually got me excited that something big was going to happen here. Ultimately, it doesn't, but that doesn't detract from proceedings too much.
When all is said and done, it does fall right into the standard Trek storytelling template. The Ocampa which we meet turn out to be evil and manipulative, and the possibility of getting home by means of Suspira goes nowhere. And yet, the episode focuses on Kes' character and manages to make the whole thing mostly interesting. There's also some surprisingly strong moments of horror when Tuvok's blood begins to boil, and we see people strung up in engineering (where are the rest of the engineering crew and Tuvok's security team, though?). I find myself quite interested in what Kes is really capable of.
The most problematic and annoying part for me is that it ends exactly where it begins, with nothing really changed. Gotta make sure to hit that reset button before the credits roll.
Suspiria and the other Ocampo; loads of unanswered questions... Kes is on a bad path :(