Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 22

Someone To Watch Over Me

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 1999 on UPN
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The Doctor tries to introduce Seven of Nine to the concept of dating.

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  • Someone To Watch Over Me

    Someone To Watch Over Me was a perfect episode and of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had so much character development and depth for both Seven and the Doctor. It was so fun and interesting to see Seven explore dating and to watch the Doctor coach her. The other story about a Kadi ambassador who was partaking in the many delights aboard Voyager rather than attending to his duties and driving Neelix crazy with worry was fun to watch as well. Jeri Ryan truly does have a great singing voice and it was great to hear. This is one of my favorite episodes for Seven. I love how she interacts and uses her short relevant phrases to communicate. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • A sweet, funny and well written Seven/Doctor episode

    It's episodes like these that show off the great acting and great relationships on the show, which is what makes Voyager so enjoyable and what keeps me coming back. The scene with the Doctor & Seven singing "You are my sunshine" together was sweet and there were also a lot of funny moments in this episode:

    -Seven observing Tom & B'Elanna's interactions

    -The Doctor's lesson for Seven in the holodeck

    -Seven attempting small talk: "you look beautiful too", "I was a drone", "Borg don't have families they have unimatrices" "our small talk is terminated"

    -Seven picking out a suitable partner, Harry being rejected

    -Seven breaking Lt. Chapman's arm

    And of course the usually moral and dignified alien ambassador indulging himself & Neelix's futile attempts to control him. Lt. Chapman's personality was also a great (mis)match with Seven's character. On another note, the Doctor's line about people not being able to look past Seven's exterior is also true for Seven of Nine as a character. Most members of the anti-Voyager squad tend to take cheap shots at Seven in an attempt to discredit the series. Their basic criticism is that Seven is just a 'hot blonde in a catsuit' used to boost ratings and have teenage boys drooling over. If they'd look past their assumptions based on her exterior they would realize that she is in fact an amazingly interesting & complex character. It is unfortunate that any attractive (usually feminine) female character is regarded as nothing but something to look at by a small portion of people (Troi, Leeta, Seven, T'Pol etc.) and are consequently open to all kinds of criticism. Although most female characters have to work a lot harder to gain the respect of certain male viewers, the overly-attractive ones have it even worse. Anyway a great episode 10/10.moreless
  • Seven is secretly watching Torres and Paris. Torres catches her and asks her what she is doing. Seven explains and Torres gets offended. So Torres gets revenge and calls sickbay.

    Seven is secretly watching Torres and Paris. Torres catches her and asks her what she is doing. Seven explains and Torres gets offended. So Torres gets revenge and calls sickbay. Seven is now in sickbay, the Doctor tells Seven she needs to take a course in social skills. The Doctor offers to help. Meanwhile, Janeway and Tuvok are going away on a diplomatic mission aboard a Kadi vessel. Neelix is charge of escorting a Kadi ambassador around the ship. The Kadi ambassador indulges in Voyager's luxuries. Seven is ready to start dating. So, she goes on her first date. I rate this episode a 9.7moreless
  • Funny and lighthearted, but incredibly rich with content and character development.


    *** The alchemy between Seven of Nine and the Doctor has no matches. The two are better integrated than any other pair of characters in all of Star Trek history.

    *** Music and singing in Star Trek? Such a rare and welcome treat! It doesn't happen frequently (TNG's "The Inner Light" and "Lessons" are fortunate exceptions).

    *** Hilarious situations and witty dialogue, especially with the "ambassador" situation as well as beetween Seven and the Doctor.


    *** Different, but not all that original after all: TNG's Data's Day, and so on. Never the less, it's a first for Star Trek: Voyager.moreless
  • Borg takes lessons from hologram on how to be human. Weird or what?

    Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine is a character that divides Voyager fans, in particular those who resented the unceremonious dumping of Kes. This episode shows why the producers made a change. Great science fiction is at its best when it holds up a mirror to ourselves & enables us to see ourselves from outside. This perception usually comes from an alien. The trick here is that it comes from someone who is human but also isn't. She is more alien than either Neelix or Kes, simply because she is like us.

    Which brings us to this examination of human dating rituals. The plot isn't original, but that doesn't matter. It's is all in the writing, the quality of dialogue & the beautifully understanded performances of the cast as it exposes what we all go through as teenagers, and how it might be if we were all remorselessly logical. And poor old Harry Kim tries to put himself in the firing line again.

    This is a gentle, funny episode and one to be treasured.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

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