Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 15

Dark Frontier (1)

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 1999 on UPN
9.1
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Stardate: 52619.2
After defeating a Borg ship, Captain Janeway decides to launch an attack on another damaged Sphere to steal a trans-warp coil. However, as the crew prepare for their heist, the Borg Queen is secretly aware of the entire plan.

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  • Dark Frontier (1)

    10
    Dark Frontier (1) was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had the Borg which is always cool, and also there was a lot more character development for Seven as she explored some of her parents files and had some memories of the past. The story was great, the action was awesome, and the special effects for the ships and Borg Colony were spectacular. I look forward to watching part 2 of this story line in the next episode!!!!!!!!!

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  • Voyager is approached by a Borg ship. The Borg plan on assimilating the Voyager crew, but the crew pulls the shades on The Borg. A Torpedo casing is beamed aboard the Borg ship. Bang. The Borg ship is damaged.moreless

    10
    Voyager is approached by a Borg ship. The Borg plan on assimilating the Voyager crew, but the crew pulls the shades on The Borg. A Torpedo casing is beamed aboard the Borg ship. Bang. The Borg ship is damaged. Janeway and an away team beams over to the Borg ship to retrieve Borg technology. They are successful in retrieving Borg nodes that have tactical information. Using the Borg node, Voyager locates a disabled Borg ship. An away team beams aboard the disabled ship. The away team is somewhat successful. They beam the transwarp coil aboard Voyager. Seven decides to stay behind.moreless
  • I love all episode and all series of the Star Trek Universe including this series and this episode.

    10
    I would have to say this episode is very well written and I love this episode even more because it has one of my favorite species in it the "Borg". I loved all of the action in this episode and Star Trek is all about the action and thats why I'm a Trekkie. I loved all of the characters in this episode. And I also thought the storyline and the storyboard was absolutely wonderful. I liked each and every scene down to the millisecond. My favorite part was when the showdown on the Borg Sphere took place. So on a scale of 1 of 100 I rate this episode 100.moreless
  • Fine example of why ST are great.

    9.0
    This is Voyager (or, even ST as a whole) at its best. Great writing, great action, great emotional stuff. *spoilers*

    The crew plans a heist on a borg sphere and Seven gets contacted by the borg queen. The borg queen lets the away team get away under condition that Seven stays, witch she does. Cant wait for next episode.



    The only bad part in this episode are when they are training for the heist, and they complain that they need to shave off 12 seconds in time. They dont seem to be in a hurry though! They dont run, or even jog!

    ok, shouldent complain... great episode!moreless
  • Another Seven Episode

    7.0
    Someone forgot to inform the writers of Star Trek: Voyager that all good things need to be enjoyed in moderation. That, in a nutshell, is what I think hurt seasons 4 and 5 of Star Trek: Voyager (things started to get a little better again after that).



    To what am I referring? Well, if you watched the show, you probably know that I'm talking about Seven of Nine and the Borg. Don't get me wrong: at one point, the Borg were one of the most interesting and potentially dangerous foes the Federation had faced and a regular crew man (or woman, in this case) trying to regain their humanity is a great idea. And the Voyager writers are not without their successes as far as Seven of Nine is concerned. She's very popular with the fans (particularly male fans, one presumes), and Jeri Ryan is a pretty good actress.



    That being said, 9 out of season 5's 25 episodes revolve around Seven, and at least 3 of those episodes involve the Borg in some respects. I complain a lot about Seven episodes (as you will learn if I write more reviews....and if you read them of course), but the character had so much potential to be interesting if the writers hadn't gone so overboard. If the Borg can't beat one little ship in the Delta Quadrant after God only knows how many attempts, why should the Federation fear them at all? And a character recovering their lost humanity can only show the audience so many faces unless the writers really rush the recovery process: certainly not enough to maintain my interest when Seven is focused on this much in one season.



    Okay, those are my main complaints about Seven and the Borg. And as this episode LARGELY revolves around (You guessed it, smart guy) Seven and the Borg, it naturally suffers a bit when you watch the series in sequence (which is really the way a show like this should be watched). We got a Seven episode the week before with "Bliss" and following this two-parter, a few weeks later we have "Think Tank."



    On a more individual level, this episode was pretty good. It didn't quite reach the heights the writers seemed to be aiming for (I got the impression they were trying to make this the Voyager equivalent of TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds"). Most of the suspense is supposed to be derived from our wonder if Seven would really join the Borg Collective (a topic that has been explored the season before, I might mention). Naomi Wildman, who seems to spring up like a soap opera baby, apparently has been adopted as Seven's sidekick. We also learn a little more about Seven's parents. The whole issue of them studying the Borg seems to go against the fact that the Federation didn't know about the Borg until Q sent the Enterprise-D into Borg territory on TNG. But, little writing errors like that don't necessarily make for a worse episode. They are bound to happen from time to time.



    Finally, the Borg Queen returns (although this is her first appearence on Voyager, and she is played by a new actress). The Borg Queen provided some good scenes in "First Contact" so the Voyager staff hopes that lightning can strike twice. Of course, Part I of Dark Frontier is mostly build-up for Part II. And despite the fact that Part I focused on an overused character and a conflict similar to ones we've seen before, it still wasn't too bad. Does all of this build up pay off in Part II? Only time, and my next review, will tell.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Susanna Thompson

Susanna Thompson

Borg Queen

Guest Star

Eric Cadora

Eric Cadora

Alien

Guest Star

Kirk Bailey

Kirk Bailey

Magnus Hansen

Guest Star

Scarlett Pomers

Scarlett Pomers

Naomi Wildman

Recurring Role

Tarik Ergin

Tarik Ergin

Lt. Ayala

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: In the fourth season's "The Raven", there was no opportunity to download anything from Seven's parent's ship the Raven. Seven and Tuvok spent very little time in the ship and fled it while it's being bombarded from orbit. Voyager picked them up and left quickly to avoid further confrontation with the Bomar. They were also not shown carrying hard copies of the files from the ship.

    • Goof: The Queen says that Seven of Nine is the only Borg that has ever returned to a state of individuality; that is not true. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "I, Borg", a drone is removed from the collective, given individuality and the name Hugh. He then returns to the collective and his individuality creates chaos among the Borg.

    • First Appearance: Borg probe

    • Trivia: Seven's parents are named Magnus and Erin.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Paris: (after saying they'd done the drones they killed a favor) Seven, I didn't mean anything by that.
      Seven: (scathingly) Your apology is irrelevant. It's impossible to offend a 'mindless drone'.

    • (After destroying Borg ship and looking for parts to salvage)
      Janeway: I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel lucky today!

    • Janeway: Now this is how I prefer the Borg... in pieces.

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