Star Trek: Voyager

Season 7 Episode 2

Imperfection

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2000 on UPN
8.4
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Stardate: 54129.4
Seven's life is at risk when her cortical implant - essential for regulating her implants and balancing them with her human physiology - starts to degrade. As Captain Janeway and the Doctor try to come up with a way to help her, Icheb realises he may have to take matters into his own hands.

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  • Imperfection

    9.0
    Imperfection was a superb and touching episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development for Seven and Icheb. It was touching that Seven shed tears for the Borg children and Icheb in the end. It was great watching Icheb want to help Seven. The story was well written, the acting was great, and the scenes were well constructed. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

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  • Voyager finally rids itself of those pesty Borg children… except for one…

    6.0
    Voyager finally rids itself of those pesty Borg children… except for one…



    Meanwhile, Seven's cortical implant is failing. She is dying. She goes through the usual stages of denial, concealment, isolation, and a concern about an afterlife. Initially, they try to retrieve an implant from a dead Borg only to find it won't work. They also encounter but quickly defeat some aliens laying claim to the Borg debris. Icheb, the remaining Borg child, offers to donate his cortical implant. After some back and forth, this is what happens. They both survive and we're all left wondering what we gained from this story which is nothing.moreless
  • Janeway has found a home for Rebi and Azan. They are reunited with their people. The adopted parents agree to give Mezoti a home. Seven watches the children leave and a tear comes to her eyes. Icheb notices that seven is crying.moreless

    9.2
    Janeway has found a home for Rebi and Azan. They are reunited with their people. The adopted parents agree to give Mezoti a home. Seven watches the children leave and a tear comes to her eyes. Icheb notices that seven is crying. Seven says her ocular implant is malfunctioning. Seven goes to see The Doctor. He confirms that her cortical node is malfunctioning. The Doctor suggests repairing the node. Seven says that is not a option. She says it must be replaced. Janeway locates a dead drone. The dead drone's node is incompatible. Icheb offers to give up is node. I rate this episode a 9.2moreless
  • An excellent insight into Seven's humanity, and yet another great Icheb episode. Superbly written.

    9.1
    WHAT'S GOOD:



    *** Seven of Nine receives a new intake of original plots after her Borg-centered episodes from seasons 4-6 had begun to be somewhat repetitive. Nothing better than being faced with the most paramount of human traits--mortality--to understand more about her own psyche.

    *** Icheb once again proves himself a well-plotted, well-written character. He has the typical rambunctiousness of teenagers but the conscience of a grown man. Janeway's line commenting that he is no longer a child well suits him. Wesley Crusher who?!

    *** Janeway comes through more and more often as a do-it-all captain. She shoots, she operates, she flies ships, and she even serves at tactical. Her sarcastic "aye sir" to Paris is a beautiful touch.

    *** The writers manage to make room in the plot for five characters, not a small feat. Janeway, the Doctor, and B'Elanna are all well developed, and occasionally there's room for others as well. This is rare in a 44-minute episode.

    *** The episode presents a serious moral dilemma and the solution is not a "shortcut". The issue is examined thoroughly and ultimately solved--and the participative viewer may even shed a few tears.



    WHAT'S NOT-SO-GOOD:



    *** Despite the involvement of many characters, there are a few wasted chances. Chakotay would have been an ideal partner for a conversation on afterlife (even though B'Elanna fits the bill well too, after season 6's Barge of the Dead); both Kim and B'Elanna, as expert scientists and engineers, would be expected to take part in the surgery.

    *** Too quick of a resolution. The filler scene with the alien scavengers in the Borg debris field could (and should) have been cut to make room for a better finale.moreless
  • Another great look into the Borg kids' lives... and into Seven's...

    9.0
    But it was pretty brief, as far as Azan & Rebi's family is concerned; there wasn't a whole lot of information to go on... and what prompted Mezoti to go with them? It would have been nice to see the decesion making going on there... but in in some ways, it does make sense; Icheb's considerably older, and Naomi was quickly growing up... there wouldn't have been another child Mezoti's age for her to play with, and to 'hang out' with, etc...



    Still, it would have been nice to see her reasoning behind the move...



    And Seven's reaction to the kids leaving, and to Icheb's fight to save her life, had a lot of truth in the matter; but I'm curious, why didn't the problem with the extreme emotions show up now...? I would have thought that all those emotions goin' on in Seven would have triggered it then... but that's just my opinion...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

Michael McFall

Michael McFall

Salvage Alien #1

Guest Star

Debbie Grattan

Debbie Grattan

Wysanti

Guest Star

Manu Intiraymi

Manu Intiraymi

Icheb

Recurring Role

Marley McClean

Marley McClean

Mezoti

Recurring Role

Kurt Wetherill

Kurt Wetherill

Azan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Icheb expresses a wish to train for a Starfleet commission and work on the bridge. He should be ineligible based on the regulations against genetically-engineered individuals enlisting in Starfleet, as stated in the Deep Space Nine episode "Dr. Bashir, I Presume?"

    • Trivia: This episode takes place after "Drive", even though it was aired and is officially listed chronologically before it. Some continuity errors include: Tom Paris wearing a wedding ring when he and B'Elanna don't get married until the next episode, and the crew using the Delta Flyer, even though "Drive" features the new Flyer's "test flight".

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tuvok: I have isolated a section that contains the bodies of approximately thirty seven drones.
      Paris: Thirty seven doesn't sound approximate to me.

    • Chakotay: I want to help Seven as much as anyone, but if we're not careful, we'll all end up with cortical nodes.

    • Icheb: Icheb to The Doctor, report to cargo bay two immediately.
      Seven: He's persistent.
      Doctor: Not to worry, I'll make it clear to him that persistence is futile.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The West Wing
      Seven says "several" crew members have died, and puts a list of 10 up on the astrometrics screen. In addition to Kaplan, Ballard and Lang, the list includes Commander J. Bartlett, Lt. Cdr. L. McGarry, Lt. Cdr. T. Ziegler, Lt. J. Lyman, Lt. S. Seaborn, Ens. Claudia J. Craig and Ens. Charles Young. These names are a nod to characters from the NBC show The West Wing: President Josiah "Jed" Bartlett, Leo McGarry, Toby Ziegler, Josh Lyman, Sam Seaborn, Claudia Jean "C.J." Craig and Charlie Young.

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