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Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 2

Survival Instinct

4
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1999 on UPN
8.2
out of 10
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Stardate: 53049.2
While Voyager is docked at a space station, Seven of Nine is approached by three former Borg drones from her former unimatrix, who, despite being free from the Collective, are neurally linked to each other. Tracing the origin of this link to an accident eight years before, in which they and Seven were the only survivors, the three former drones believe Seven is the only one who can help them sever the link and achieve true individuality.

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  • An episode exploring the Borg is never wasted, but...

    8.5
    The high-ish score for this episode represents another vote for Jeri Ryan and it can't be argued that she is ever anything other than excellent in this series. She can act.



    However, there are a few points with this episode that don't quite hang together with her back story so far. This shouldn't distract from an otherwise enjoyable episode.



    It seems that Borg can throw off the collective rather easily from this episode (and on one previously) so why does Seven have such a problem? Is it just that she was assimilated so young? This is hinted at but never said explicitly.



    The explanation of the sound in a Borg's head from the collective is interesting as well, - it is claimed it is like "White noise" although Seven implies in previous episodes that when colected to the hive mind you simultaneously hear and understand all the voices. Hmm. Thinking not quite joined up?



    Anyway, the meat of the episode is that Seven has done some bad stuff in her past, - not only has she taken part in numerous assimilations but when given the chance to escape from the collective she forcibly made three other drones return. Not just a Borg by assimilation, but also by inclination it would appear. No wonder the Queen Borg is so interested in her.moreless
  • Survival Instinct

    9.0
    Survival Instinct was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a pretty good story dealing with Seven's past as a Borg. There was a lot of character development as we learned more about her past. It was also fun to see Paris and Kim getting in trouble for getting into trouble on the space station, and I really liked when Captain Janeway asked if they won. This was a pretty entertaining episode and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!

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  • Voyager is docked at the Markonian Outpost Space Station. The Voyager crew is welcome to visit the station. So the crew mingles and socializes with the aliens. Seven meets some interesting aliens. They offer Seven some Borg technology.moreless

    9.4
    Voyager is docked at the Markonian Outpost Space Station. The Voyager crew is welcome to visit the station. So the crew mingles and socializes with the aliens. Seven meets some interesting aliens. They offer Seven some Borg technology. Seven thinks about it for a while. She offers to negotiate a price for the Borg technology. The technology turns out to be some of Seven's original unimatrix. The aliens turn out to be part of Seven's old Borg group. Seven introduces them as Two of Nine, Three of Nine, and Four of Nine. They want to experience individuality as humans. I rate this episode a 9.4.moreless
  • seven runs in to some old friends.

    7.0
    Seven run in to her old crew. who she apperently (*spoilers*) turned into drones after a breif moment of being them self again. they are not happy...



    My big objection; why did it take a few hours (more or less?) for the drones in sevens unit to regain humanity, and the will to be human, when it in previous star trek history has been a big deal. compare with Hugh (TNG) and Seven for example. It cant be that hard then. shouldent take sevareal seasons (like seven) to gain humanity. even if she was assimilated as a child, it looks like all that it takes is to cut of the connection to the collective, and you go back to your self again.moreless
  • Seven makes a life or death decision to clear her conscience of a mistake from her past.

    8.5
    This episode excelled at what fifty percent of all voyager episodes excelled at. It picked one character, saddled them with a problem stemming mostly from their past and beliefs. Then spent the next 40 minutes having them talk it to death with the other characters in the show until a very star trek resolution was arrived at.



    In this case the ultimate question doesn't present itself until late in the game. The mystery leading to the question is only a mediocre one at best. The intrigue is gone once it is presented because, at least to me, the clues pointed exactly to the solution the minute they were revealed.



    But not withstanding, the last twenty minutes of the show took us to the moral and just path the Star Trek treads so often and consequently so well. Leaving Seven of Nine with a choice to make to clear her name and seek salvation.



    Jeri Ryan and her fellow borg do an excellent job in this episode. This was good Voyager.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

Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Two of Nine

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Tim Kelleher

Tim Kelleher

Four of Nine / P'Chan

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Jonathan Breck

Jonathan Breck

Dying Borg

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Scarlett Pomers

Scarlett Pomers

Naomi Wildman

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