Captain’s log: stardate 52356.2
Robert J. Doherty pens this episode from a story he developed with Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 25 November, 1998, and sees Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) to suffer from a development of multiple personalities when the Voyager comes across compromised Borg technology.
This will affect the developing friendship between Seven and the young Naomi Wildman (Scarlett Pomers) as different personalities begin to manifest.
There’s some cool stuff in the episode, when Seven’s personalities shifts, we see who she really is in reflective surfaces.
As Seven, the Doctor (Robert Picardo) and Torries (Roxann Dawson) try to solve the problem, and investigate the Borg equipment, all in an effort to help Seven deal with her issue.
And the answer may be extreme as Tuvok (Tim Russ) initiates a mind meld with her while the Voyager is under attack by the people who infected the Borg technology.
I won’t lie, I’m a little tired of the Seven of Nine episodes already, and she’s only been on the show for a season so far. I get it, she’s a fairly interesting character, they have her in a tight outfit (that does not look comfortable in any regard), and she’s a more friendly version of one of the scarier villains of Trek.
All good. But I don’t need a new story for her every other episode.
That being said, Ryan actually gets to do a little more this episode as she has portray the physicality, mannerisms, and speech of each of her manifested personalities, and that makes this episode a bit of fun for her.
Captain’s log: stardate unknown
Jeri Taylor pens this Torres/Doctor episode that sees the engineer in dire emergency when a strange alien creature latches onto her, and seemingly can’t be removed. The episode first aired on 2 December, 1998.
The creature design is pretty cool, and where the story goes is pretty solid as well, as the Doctor seeks assistance and turns to a holographic version of a Cardassian doctor. Crell Morset (David Clennon) is a brilliant exo-biologist but when Torres learns that Morset was also responsible for the deaths of thousands of Bajorans during The Occupation she refuses the treatment.
This brings to the fore a great story, because some science has been advanced by terrible things, our history is littered with it. Leading to ethical questions; do we stop using it because of where it came from and the ethics of those who created it? Or do we try to use it for something better?
There’s some lightness to the episode with the Doctor’s slide show, and that makes for a nice balance to the things Torres is going through.
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