Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Unimatrix Zero: Part II, and Imperfection

Captain’s log: stardate 54014.4

The seventh and final season of Star Trek: Voyager got underway on 4 October, 2000 when the conclusion of the cliffhanger ending from the previous season resolved in a script by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky that they cooked up with Mike Sussman.

It seems Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Torres (Roxann Dawson) being assimilated by the Borg was the plan all along. Now, part of the Collective, they plan to release the virus created by the Doctor (Robert Picardo) which will allow the drones to reclaim their individuality, something only a select few can currently experience in the virtual reality of Unimatrix Zero.

Unfortunately, the plan can’t go off without a hitch as Tuvok slowly succumbs to his assimilation, and informs the Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson) of their location, leading to their capture before Chakotay (Robert Beltran), Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and the rest of the Voyager’s crew can save them.

Against the backdrop of the Borg civil war that erupts, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) gets a bit of a romantic interlude, but it can’t last, as events race to their conclusion.

Janeway proves to be more than an adequate nemesis for the Borg Queen, and I enjoy watching them go head to head.

The episode sets up season seven nicely, as you just know there is going to be more Borg encounters before the end to see how this civil war arc within the Collective pays off.

A great season opener!

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Captain’s log: stardate 54129.4

Carleton Eastlake and Robert Doherty pen the teleplay for this Seven of Nine episode (already?) from a story by Andre Bormanis. It debuted on 11 October, 2000.

Seven’s life is in risk when a number of her Borg implants begin to degrade and malfunction. Of course, one of the Borg children aboard, Icheb (Manu Intiryami) has a risky plan that may save her.

On the plus side, the other three children have now left the Voyager.

Janeway, Tuvok, and Paris take the new Delta Flyer II (they built that quickly) to retrieve a new cortical node from the Borg to save Seven’s life. All while Seven contemplates life, existence, and how and if she’s made an impact on those around her.

Of course, she survives, but it gives the character a chance to examine her own mortality, and how we deal with that.

It’s not a terrible episode, but it seems like there are way too many Seven of Nine episodes. She’s an okay character, but I don’t need to have so many episodes for her, especially one after another. How about letting someone else in the limelight for awhile?

The Human Adventure continues Thursday as I explore the final season of Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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