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Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 6

The Raven

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 1997 on UPN
7.9
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As Janeway attempts to gain passage through alien territory, Seven of Nine believes that she is being contacted by the Borg.

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  • The Raven

    10
    The Raven was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because it blended character development with intrigue and action. It was really cool to see Captain Janeway continuing to mentor Seven. I like the flashbacks Seven had and it was awesome to watch what happened next as dormant Borg nano cells reactivated within her. The Bomar aliens were different and it was cool how intensely they monitor their space. Tuvok also had some good scenes helping Seven to work through what was happening with her. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Episode that was ALMOST for the birds.

    7.5
    During this episode Chakotay is conversing with Janeway concerning Seven Of Nine's supposed defection and says something along the lines of "maybe this was inevitable" or "or it was just a matter of time as maybe deep down in her nature she is and always will be borg and is just returning home". It is kind of funny because that sentiment is exactly what enters the audiences' head as soon as it becomes evident that this episode is one in which Seven once again attacks her new crewmates and appears to want to return to the Borg; not a good sentiment at that either. Even though the Seven character and storyline is new at this point (and thus you would assume there would be tons of room and ways to develop it in) you just get the feeling that the show is going to revisit the theme of defection and turning on the human crew again. Call it a kind of viewers intuition or what you will, but even five or six episodes into the new season, you get the feeling that the road will be taken again in the near future. Thus when this episode starts you are kind of disappointed in your intuition being confirmed. Thankfully, this defection is infact only a a "pure" defection in a leading way and in reality turns out to have more meaning and content behind it than you would at first glance assume. As a result the first half of this episode kind of drags or comes of as uninspiring because the audience is still under the impression that this is a run of the mill return to the Borg story, but the second half redeems the first through a nice piece of character background/building, as well as visual presentation. Once we find out that Seven is not being called back by an active Borg vessel but infact is returing to the ship on which she was initially assimilated on as a child, the viewers interest is peaked; not only because this kind of story has not been tackled before in the Star Trek universe, but also because it is evident that we will be introduced to some more background behind Seven's childhood and actual assimilation experience. We do in deed get to see some flashbacks of Seven as a child back on the USS Raven during the attack and learn some of the story of the actual event from her voice over during the sequence, but it is not as detailed or played out as it could have been, which is a bit of a let down. Overall though it does provide an interesting few minutes that does give us more information than we were previously privy to concerning her and her recollection of her humanity (celebrating her birthday in space, some information on her parents and her dad's death defending them from the Borg) so we come away richer rather than poorer from it.



    Story and character building aside, the fact that we get to see a twenty year old Federation vessel in such poor shape, crashed on the surface of a moon, gives us a pretty captivating visual environment. Voyager has always been a more visually "interesting" show in regards to how it shows the ships and models compared to the other Star Trek shows (from the planet landings of Voyager, Voyager over L.A. etc) and seeing a vessel crashed on the surface with a blown out viewscreen and cracked nacelles, is just another example.



    One final negative to point out is that the aliens in this one are a prime example of the one of the more ugly and idiotic ones from the series. Why any species would need metal guard bars over half their heads (ala the guard from a football helmet) is beyond comprehension.moreless
  • Does every race in the delta quadrant have to be a bunch of jerks ?

    7.4
    This episode is a pretty average story about yet another alpha quadrant coincedence; I have no idea how the Raven could have gotten anywhere near the delta quadrant and an explanation isn't really given. Maybe species in the delta quadrant have got it tougher, I don't know. Every once in a while it'd be nice to come across a race that isn't obnoxious, pure evil, insane, etc. These guys are no exception, being paranoid and annoying. Luckily, their defensenet and armada were greatly exaggerated, or maybe just didn't fit into the episode conclusion. Not a bad episode to watch, just lots of plot holes.moreless
  • Seven of Nine and Janeway are in the holodeck. Seven is looking at the model of a bird in Da Vinci and begins having flashbacks. She sees a Raven and the Borg in her vision. She goes to The Doctor and he suggests she eats some real food.moreless

    9.6
    Seven of Nine and Janeway are in the holodeck. Seven is looking at the model of a bird in Da Vinci and begins having flashbacks. She sees a Raven and the Borg in her vision. She goes to The Doctor and he suggests she eats some real food. Seven goes to the mess hall. Neelix gives her some of his cooking. Seven begins eating and has another flashback. This time with the flashback she begins acting like a Borg. She leaves the ship in a shuttlecraft. She finds what she is looking for. What was left of her childhood?moreless
  • Well, there\'s a good story lurking inside here somewhere, but it\'s sabotaged by a host of cliches and other annoying plot anomalies

    7.0
    The discovery of The Raven in Bomar space also continues the line of the \"Voyager discovery coincidence theory,\" that convenient story device that allows the Voyager crew to keep finding Alpha Quadrant elements in the vastness of the Delta Quadrant, despite such unlikely odds. It\'s the same line of reasoning that allowed Chakotay to find his ancestor race in \"Tattoo,\" allowed B\'Elanna to find the Cardassian missile in \"Dreadnought,\" and allowed the crew to find Amelia Earhart in \"The 37\'s.\" It\'s not a major demerit, but it is something that\'s a little bit silly.



    And, of course, what cliche-ridden episode would be complete without the Shuttle Loss [TM]? Seven\'s stolen shuttle gets left behind in the frenzy of eluding the Bomar. Tally four for this season so far. At this rate, look for the count to be approaching 20 by season\'s end.



    Because so much of Seven\'s backstory and characterization is so nicely envisioned, I\'m going to say that this episode is still worth the time of view, despite its pervasive problems. But the plot\'s cliches and just about everything concerning the Bomar prove utterly annoying. The show just has too much unnecessary flab. The plot has weaknesses that are weak in the most obvious of ways, and they too often shift focus away from the emotional drive of the story. Janeway and the crew may not get a shortcut this week, but the Voyager writers apparently took some so they could pad out this episode.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

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: In this episode Seven of Nine eats regular food for the first time since her assimilation, reducing her dependence on the regenerative alcove.

    • Goof: In some shots of Seven's flight to the Raven, the registry number "74656" on the shuttle's hull, is reversed due to the actual footage being flipped.

    • Goof: During her flight to the Raven, Seven's shuttlecraft switches several times between being Type-6 and Type-8.

    • Goof: It is stated that Sickbay is on Deck 8, although it has been on Deck 5 in all previous and subsequent episodes.

    • Nitpick: Neelix says he is going to steam Seven's first meal, and then puts it in a frying pan.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Seven: I experience...a series of disjointed images in my mind.
      The Doctor: Can you be more specific? Were these...hallucinations?
      Seven: I don't know, I've never hallucinated.

    • Counselor: You are committing an act of war, Captain!
      Janeway: You left me no choice, Counselor.
      Counselor: Reinforcements are arriving, you will be destroyed!
      Janeway: (Signaling Harry with her hand to cut communication.) I don't have time for this!

    • (Neelix is chopping vegetables as Seven enters the Mess Hall)
      Neelix: Well, what an unexpected pleasure. Welcome to the Mess Hall! Would you like me to show you around?
      Seven: My physiology has re-asserted the need to process solid nutrients. The Doctor has prepared a list of dietary requirements, you will provide them for me. (Seven hands Neelix a data padd)
      Neelix: Oh, let's see what we have here... 250g Glycoproteins, consisting of 53% Poly-peptides and 26% fibrous glycogen. Oh, doesn't sound very appetizing. However, a plate of my Shandra Kham should satisfy most of these essentials, while providing a pleasurable culinary experience at the same time!
      Seven: Pleasure is irrelevant.
      Neelix: Oh I beg to differ! A good meal involves more than simply providing the proper nutrients.
      Seven: Why is that?
      Neelix: Er, well, there's a certain satisfaction from eating food that's been carefully prepared. I'm sure once you try it you'll understand. Now how would you like your Shandra Kham? Boiled? Baked? Stir fried?
      Seven: Preparation is irr...
      Neelix: Irrelevant, maybe - maybe not. This is the first time ingesting food, for you, in quite a while. Er, we'll go a little easy on your stomach. Steamed. Yes. This recipe has been in my family for generations. It's considered a delicacy among my people.
      Seven: You are Talaxian?
      Neelix: Guilty as charged!
      Seven: Species 218.
      Neelix: Well I suppose so.
      Seven: Your biological and technological distinctiveness was added to our own.
      Neelix: I hadn't realized that.
      Seven: A small freighter containing a crew of 39, taken in the Dalmine sector. They were easily assimilated. Their dense musculature made them excellent drones.
      Neelix: Well, lucky for you, I guess. (Neelix puts Seven's food on a plate) Your nutrients.

    • Seven: (to Tuvok recalling her frightening childhood memory) It happened here. This is where it began. This is where I was assimilated. This was our ship. We lived here. We lived here for a long time. My father did experiments. They were very important, and we had to travel a long way... I had my birthday here... My cake had 6 candles on it and 1 more to grow on... And then the men came. Papa tried to fight them, but they were too strong... I tried to hide... Maybe they wouldn't find me because I was little. But they did. Then Papa said we were going to crash and the big man picked me up... And then suddenly we weren't on this ship anymore. We were somewhere else... And then I became Borg.

    • Kim: Apparently, she finds my behavior easy to predict, whatever that means.
      Janeway: Don't take it personally. Coming from Seven, that's probably a compliment.

    • (showing Seven how to eat)
      Neelix: Scoop some up. That's the way. Right into your mouth just like a little scout ship flying into a shuttle bay. Take the fork out. Keep your mouth closed. That's right. Now, you chew. Chew, chew, chew, chew, chew.

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