Captain’s log: stardate 51186.2
Lisa Klink pens this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode that first aired on 1 October, 1997.
The Voyager receives a distress call from a lone survivor aboard a damaged ship. The crew is stunned to discover that the survivor, Dejaren (Leland Orser) is a sentient hologram, not so dissimilar from their own Emergency Medical Hologram.
However, as the Doctor, and ship’s engineer, Torres (Roxann Dawson) attempt to aid Dejaren aboard his ship, they learn the real cause of death, and that the horror may now be stalking them.
In terms of continuity, Tuvok (Tim Russ) gets promoted to lieutenant commander. There is also some nice character beats and development in the romantic relationship between Torres and Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) as well as Harry (Garrett Wang) working with Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), and consequently developing a bit of a crush on her.
The episode plays like a bit of a thriller, and while not necessarily Hitchcockian in nature, there are some very familiar feeling moments, and Orser is always a joy, and brings the iso-morph of Dejaren to life with a portrayal that is by turns frightening, and unnerving.
Dejaren comes across almost as a mirror reflection of the Doctor, even as the seemingly insane (he’s got a real hate on for organics) iso-morph prepares to kill Torres, and turn his vengeance on any other organic that gets in his way, and denies him his freedom.
A nicely tense episode that lets Dawson, Picardo and Orser have some great moments together, while the series continues to build relationships and let their characters grow.
Captain’s log: stardate unknown
LeVar Burton directs this Seven of Nine episode that has a teleplay by Bryan Fuller from his teleplay in conjunction with Harry Doc Kloor. It first debuted on 8 October, 1997.
We see the beginning of the Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Seven relationship, which will grow to be akin to Picard and Data, or Kirk and Spock.
While Janeway is negotiating with a xenophobic race to cross their space, Seven of Nine believes she is being contacted by the Borg collective, being called back, which also begins to fire flashbacks to her life before becoming a Borg drone.
Janeway begins to go over notations from Seven’s log entries and pieces together part of her life, while Tuvok pursues and catches up with Seven of Nine, aiding in her quest, and discovering the true nature of the call, bot that of the Borg, but her own memories.
It’s a solid character piece for Ryan to bring Seven a bit more to the fore, and to realize her role a little stronger. The writers had to flesh her out quickly to catch her up to the rest of the Voyager crew who had been together for three seasons already. Her character had to have the same level of believability and backstory as the rest and this episode helps with that.
The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore The Complete Series on DVD available now from Paramount Pictures.