Monday, September 28, 2015

Character Insight No. 161: Best of Seven of Nine

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, we continue the "Best Of" series with a look at the best episodes featuring Seven of Nine, from Voyager. 


(Promotional shot of the character, courtesy

Seven of Nine joins the cast in Season 4, likely as a pseudo-replacement for Kes, who was leaving the show after the first three seasons. We are introduced to her in the two-parter Scorpion, where she initially acts as a Borg liaison during a temporary alliance with Voyager, and she is definitely all Borg:

"When your captain first approached us, we suspected that an agreement with Humans would prove impossible to maintain. You are erratic, conflicted, disorganized. Every decision is debated, every action questioned, every individual entitled to their own small opinion. You lack harmony; cohesion; greatness. It will be your undoing."

After struggling with her internal desires to both go back to the Collective and continue to be human for much of this fourth season, she gets a chance to step into the role of teacher and counselor in the episode Drone from Season 5. An advanced Borg is accidentally made by a transporter accident with her implants and the Doctor's mobile emitter, and Seven has trouble training it during a short but eventful life:

"You are hurting me"
"You will adapt"

Later in Season 5, the Borg tries to tempt Seven to rejoin the collective by threatening to assimilate her friends on Voyager in the epic two-part episode Dark Frontier, as reviewed this week on Episode Insight. We see Seven's history as Annika and her father again as a drone, but the best scenes are interplay with the Borg Queen.

"They left behind their trivial, selfish lives, and they've been reborn with a greater purpose. We've delivered them from chaos into order."
"Comforting words. Use them next time instead of 'Resistance is futile.' You may elicit a few volunteers."

Finally, on a lighter note, Seven learns from the Doctor some tips for dating and romantic relationships in the Season 5 episode Someone to Watch Over Me. Needless to say, training Seven for a date is somewhat difficult. 

"What are your likes, your dislikes?"
"I dislike irrelevant conversation."

Seven is a good character to help the crew work against the biggest recurring villain of the back half of this show, that being the Borg. It was great to finally see the story of reclaiming a drone play out over a long run rather than previous attempts at the same theme lasting only one episode. 

Until next time, resistance is futile. 


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