Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 25


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 13, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: 51929.3
Seven must deal with almost complete solitude when the crew must go into protective stasis for a month in order to cross a dangerous nebula.

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    One was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it focused on Seven of Nine and had a lot of character development for her as she was the only live crew member to remain awake on trip through a Nebula. The space scenes were beautiful as were the touching scenes of Seven engaging in her duties. The story was awesome and perfect for Seven, and I really liked the last scenes when she was connecting with the crew members. Her hallucinations were interesting and there was definitely a psychological aspect to this episode which added to the story. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A character moment for Seven as she stands alone piloting Voyager for a month, unfortunately the episode is bogged down by hallucinations and scientific logic-bending.

    A great premise for this episode to flesh out the character of Seven of Nine and see her make a breakthrough about how social dynamics fits into her life. Unfortunately, the episode is bogged down by unneeded hallucinations and no attempt at scientifically explaining anything.

    So opening scene we are introduced to the danger: A nebula releaseing subnucleonic radiation damaging all organic tissue. We establish the threat by the bridge crew keeling over with burning skin as soon as they enter the nebula. One lowly ensign even dies! So a problem is established, how do you get through the nebula without dying from its severe effects (hard to swallow with the presumed cosmic radiation resistant plating on the ship, but let's go with it....). Janeway, instead of asking the crew, just unilaterally decides they should all go in stasis for a month, instead of going around the nebula which would take a year. Really? Very very risky move which threatens the whole ship and the lives of the crew for 11 months, but ok......

    Oh, and STASIS tubes are the answer? What kind of protection does stasis tubes provide to keep from being burned by subnucleonic radiation. Especially tubes that just have a flimsy glass covering, which the crew can open from the inside whenever they feel claustrophobic. Which Tom Paris helpfully demonstrates by sleepwalking, without any skin burns at all. Good logical consistency there.

    Oh, and the Doctor as a hologram with no organics I can understand, but Seven of Nine has at least some organic tissue. Not explained how she can be resistant from organic tissue burning for a whole month, while the people with same human skin fall dying and burning from several minutes of exposure. C'mon writers, at least some sort of logical explanation for it would help. But I guess there is's all artificially setup so that Seven ends up alone running the ship.

    So how about that? The idea of examining how Seven would react to complete isolation for a month is interesting. She's shown to disdain social relationships as inefficient, and rarely partakes, so I was curious to see whether the isolation would matter at all. Also, she was a drone before tied ot a constant collective, so that is an interesting twist. Normally we think of her as a robot-like person, but it seems that Borg in their collective are probably the most social neediest people of all. Interesting dynamics. All of which are mentioned briefly, but not explored at all. Instead, you get a crazy scenario of Seven hallucinating not only people but whole sensor readings, conversations, and exchanges with creepy aliens. At least the writers seek to explain this as a degradation of her internal sensors like the doctors. But again, that doesn't make much sense as the radiation affects organics by burning them. Somehow in the middle of the episode, the threat was changed for convenience's sake to start affecting machinery. It made sense that the subnucleonic radiation would affect the organic neural gel packs of the ship, but then it starts conveneiently taking out the optical sensors of the Doctor's mobile emitter, and Seven's optical proceessor's as well. Oh well....let's just get to the artifical ending the writers obviously wanted to get to by any means necessary. So Seven gets through it with cool makeup for the crew and a glimpse of the Borg to save the day. In the end, she asks politely in the mess hall for companionship with Harry, Belanna, and Tom. A good character ending moment. But how we got there.....sheesh.....can we stop writing badly in committee and at least arrive at some logical consistency with these Voyager episodes?moreless
  • Janeway decides to go through the middle of a nebula to save a year of travel. All of the crew are placed in stasis for safety. The Doctor and Seven are left to take care of things.moreless

    This episode had three things going for it. One: The age old question of taking the longer and safer route or the much quicker and more dangerous route. Two: Crisis can make for unlikely allies or friends. Three: Developing the character of Seven.

    Janeway had to make a decision about a route. She weighed in or the risk factors and decided to go for it. Given the desire of the crew to get home it was probably a good one. But it begs the question, what would you have done? Janeway has always been about getting the job done. I think this decision was another example of a no nonsense captain.

    I found the relationship between The Doctor and Seven interesting. At the start of the episode it seemed that Seven did not feel that she needed anyone with her. She seemed to resent the fact that the Doctor was in charge, but in the end she and the Doctor worked well together. When he was no longer available to her, she was and felt completely alone. By the end of the episode you could clearly see a difference in the relationship between them. This has been done with many characters throughout the history of television. The episode with Harry and Seven comes to mind. Different circumstances, but the character's relationships were strengthed.

    Finally, Seven. This episode plot forced Seven to accept her weaknesses. It forced her to face her fears. We watched Seven go from a confident former Borg to a scared human. She was left alone on a ship in the middle of nowhere. She was the only "one." What could be worse for her Borg side? However, she was able to move through her fears and get the ship through the nebula at the same time. Since Seven joined the crew we have watched her Borg deconstruction with great interest. This episode is a focal point for that change. It did its job well.moreless
  • Voyager has found a new nebula. Janeway takes Voyager in closer to the nebula. The Voyager crew, except for The Doctor and Seven experience severe radiation exposure.

    Voyager has found a new nebula. Janeway takes Voyager in closer to the nebula. The Voyager crew, except for The Doctor and Seven experience severe radiation exposure. It would take a year to go around the nebula, while it would take only a month to go through it. Janeway thinks it is best, with the exception of The Doctor and Seven the crew be placed in protective stasis. The ship’s computer is also being affected by the radiation. The Doctor’s program goes offline. Seven is now all alone. The computer even with minimum power is still malfunctioning. Will Seven be alright?moreless
  • Far from perfect, this episode does provide *some* inside to certain characters...

    Take Seven for instance. By the end of the episode, she seems more human than Borg. The writers don't really touch on this issue, not really anyways, until the seventh season again... except, perhaps, in relations to the Borg kids.

    But during those times, she seems more Borg instead of human...

    This would have been the perfect opportunity to start making Seven more human...

    It was as if Seven becamse resistant to change after this... and then rushed to develop during the last season. Why not do some more character development during the early part of next season... and more here... than what they did?

    And as for Tom being claustophobic... what prompted this? Was it related to his issues with his father? There was no other story lines invovling this, though there should have been...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


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: When Seven is told to give the doctor Tom's vitals, she reads the body temp as 97.2 degrees, although not establishing if that's Celsius or Fahrenheit. However, if it were 97.2 C, his blood would be almost boiling. If Fahrenheit, this is unusual because all other measurements used on Voyager are given in metric and Celsius.

    • Nitpick: When Seven walks into the Mess Hall, you can see a clear starscape through the windows, rather than the nebula they are passing through.

    • Nitpick: After entering the Mutara nebula it has a degenerative effect on the entire crew of Voyager within seconds. When Tom Paris escapes from his stasis-chamber he is exposed to the nebula's radiation for several minutes, but no burns or other skin damage can be seen. Even The Doctor's scans show no signs of cellular damage.

    • Nitpick: The mobile emitter disappears when The Doctor's program destabilizes; however, it should have simply fallen to the floor.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kim: Neelix, this soup is great. What is it?
      Neelix: It's my secret recipe. I've never told anyone what's in it.
      Paris: Why does that make me nervous?
      B'Elanna: Oh, come on, Tom, where's your sense of adventure?
      Paris: Not in my stomach.

    • The Doctor: I can complain if I want to, it's comforting.

    • Paris: Why do they have to design these things like coffins?
      Kim: Should we replicate you a teddy bear?

    • Chakotay: Look at the fact that here's someone who's butted horns with you from the moment she came on board; who disregards authority and actively disobeys orders when she doesn't agree with them.
      Janeway: And this is the person I'm giving responsibility for the lives of this entire crew. I suppose you want me to tell you I'm not crazy.
      Chakotay: In a nutshell.

    • Janeway: We've come 15,000 light years. We haven't been stopped by temporal anomalies, warp core breaches, or hostile aliens. And I'll be damned if we're going to be stopped by a nebula.

    • Seven: Don't panic, it's counter-productive.
      The Doctor: That's easy for you to say. You're not facing cybernetic oblivion!

    • The Doctor: If you had even a slight sense of humor, you would realize I was making a small joke.
      Seven: Very small.

    • The Doctor: Between impulse and action there is a realm of good taste, begging for your acquaintance.

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