Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 26

Scorpion (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 21, 1997 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 50984.3
The inevitable finally happens, as Voyager enters Borg space. However, they soon encounter a new threat, in a species even more powerful and dangerous than the Borg.

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  • Excellent end to season 3

    This was, in my opinion, the best Voyager episode so far. My wife and I have been watching on DVD since life prevented me from watching it while it was on the air and although this series appeals less to me than any of the other ST series this episode is way up there. Of course there were Borg and that almost has to make it good. But then there were the other aliens who appeared a bit like the classic from the movie and were outright nasty and dangerous, after all, they could beat the Borg. Their ships were quite interesting and the ships and the singularities they used for travel reminded me of Babylon 5. Finally there was the story itself and the interplay between Janeway and Chakotay as well as the attempt at an alliance with the Borg. A great fast moving episode and tonight we move to season 4 and the continuation of this two parter.moreless
  • Scorpion (1)

    Scorpion (1) was a perfect episode and season finale of Star Trek: Voyager's 3rd season. I really enjoyed this episode as Voyager finally run into the Borg, who seem to be doing some running of their own. This episode had it all from awesome space scenes, action, drama and over all sci fi goodness. This new species of alien are quite interesting and I thought the scene with Captain Janeway and Commander Chakotay added a lot of character depth to the story. I really can't wait to watch the 1st episode of the next season of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!!!

  • I Couldn't help it said the scorpion ... its my nature

    after the HUGE success of the movie First Contact, star trek fans everywhere were desperate for more Borg action, all eyes and pressure was on voyager to deliver, we knew it was only a matter of time before they reached borg space, in the episode 'unity' we knew it was imminent and when the news on the finale was released we all prepared ourselves ...borg space!!!

    this episode is amazing, the most destructive force known to the federation ...yet they are being destroyed by something even worse. Kes's telepathic visions, Leonardo Da Vinci, an ALLIANCE ...this episode has it all!

    good end of season cliffhanger, lets just say in 1997 it was a long summer!moreless
  • A great episode.

    I thought this was one of the most entertaining episodes of Voyager. It had a great storyline, a great plot, and great action. I thought that it was very refreshing from the normal storylines Voyager had crapped out before. I couldn't stop watching as it had very good scenes and a compelling story. My favorite parts of the episode had to be where we see the Borg defeated by a mystery species. I thought that was cool and I wanted to know who it was. I also liked the fight scenes and the battle between Borg and Voyager. 7 of 9 made her debut. Thank you.moreless
  • The “Voyager” crew has found what seems to be the heart of Borg space. Everyone on “Voyager” feels uneasy about being in Borg Space. Janeway suggests going through the area the crew has called the “Northwest Passage”. The Borg is avoiding this area. Why?moreless

    The “Voyager” crew has found what seems to be the heart of Borg space. Everyone on “Voyager” feels uneasy about being in Borg Space. Janeway suggests going through the area the crew has called the “Northwest Passage”. The Borg is avoiding this area. Why? Kes has visions of the future. In here vision she sees many Borg dead and “Voyager” completely destroyed. Voyager is suddenly surrounded by Borg, but they soon retreat. What could scare the Borg away? I can tell you a species called 8472. The same species are also occupying the Northwest Passage. To be continued.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Kim, Tuvok and Chakotay are ambushed on the cube by Species 8472, it bursts from the wall between Harry and the other two. It swipes Chakotay and Tuvok off their feet on its left and faces Harry to its right, swiping him of his feet into the opposite direction of Tuvok/Chakotay. Yet he lands right between them. Both men had no time to get up again, pass the creature to be there when Harry lands.

    • Trivia: As of this episode, the Borg's signature line, "We are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile", is slightly amended to "We are the Borg..."

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The story for this episode was originally shelved by the producers but was put into production at the last minute after Paramount and UPN demanded that Rick Berman et. al. make some attempt to improve the show's sagging ratings. While the "return" of the Borg previously that year in February was deemed less than a success it was thought that this more traditional storyline would draw more viewers.

    • From this point on, the Borg became the closest thing Voyager has to a recurring villain. By order of Rick Berman, they did not appear in any other Star Trek franchise until a brief "stunt appearance" in the Star Trek: Enterprise season two episode, "Regeneration".


    • The Scorpion and the Fox:

      Chakotay tries to warn Captain Janeway about the treachery of the Borg by telling her the story of the Scorpion and the Fox. There are many different versions of the story, and the role of the fox is often played by a frog, or turtle, or a farmer, while the scorpion is sometimes replaced by a viper. A version of the story appears in Aesop's Fables, which were written in the 6th century BC. Other versions can be traced to India's Panchatantra from the 3rd century BC, and Western Africa folklore.

    • Northwest Passage:

      Captain Janeway dubs the Borg-free corridor she hopes to use to avoid Borg space "The Northwest Passage", seemingly forgetting that the Northwest Passage was the object of centuries of fruitless search by a number of European countries for a navigable sea passage through North America, or over it by the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific and the Far East beyond it, only to have their search end in failure, and on many occasions, death when the ships were trapped in sea ice.

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