This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe. An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.
Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, our subject is Seska from Voyager.
Seska was a Cardassian operative who was surgically altered to appear Bajoran so that she could infiltrate the Maquis. Seska happens to be aboard Chakotay's ship the Val Jean when it is thrown into the Delta Quadrant with the Voyager. Seska then becomes a part of the Voyager crew for a short time.
Although Seska was close friends with B'Elanna Torres and formerly romantically attached to Chakotay, she bristled far more than the other former Maquis at the principles and operations of the Federation starship. As a result of this distaste, she secretly collaborates with the first major recurring villains of the show, the Kazon, in an effort to get herself back home to the Alpha Quadrant.
This deceit continues until she is critically injured during one exchange, leading to the revelation that she is Cardassian and her escape to be a consort of a Kazon sect leader named Culluh. She then serves as a primary villain against Voyager for most of the first two seasons of the show, including a temporary Kazon takeover of Voyager in the episode, The Basics.
Seska remains infatuated with Chakotay even after she departs Voyager, going to great lengths to lure him in and get herself impregnated with his DNA. Although it appears that she actually had the baby of the Kazon Culluh rather than Chakotay, the end result for the baby after Seska is killed is never revealed.
Seska was apparently granted a field commission of ensign aboard voyager, but her rank insignia is inconsistent with this. The insignia she wears is that of an enlisted personnel, like Miles O'Brien.
Our notable quote this week comes from the episode State of Flux:
"We are alone here, at the mercy of any number of hostile aliens, because
of the incomprehensible decision of a Federation captain - a Federation
captain who destroyed our only chance to get home. Federation rules!
Federation nobility! Federation compassion? Do you understand, if this
had been a Cardassian ship, we would be home now! We must begin to forge
alliances. To survive, we must have powerful friends. The Kazon-Nistrim
were willing to be our protectors, in return for some minor technology."
Actress: Martha Hackett played Seska, and she can also be seen in movies such as Never Been Kissed and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Clearly, she's a valentine's day favorite.
Until next time, live long and prosper...