Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 15

Dark Frontier: Part 1 (17 Feb. 1999)

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Members of the Voyager crew train on the holodeck for a raid on a Borg ship. Should they be successful, they will steal the Borg trans-warp coil in hopes of integrating the technology into ... See full summary »

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Members of the Voyager crew train on the holodeck for a raid on a Borg ship. Should they be successful, they will steal the Borg trans-warp coil in hopes of integrating the technology into Voyager's systems. The Borg seem to be one step ahead when the Borg Queen communicates with Seven of Nine. Written by Meribor

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At the 8:33 mark a schematic of a Borg vessel is shown on the monitor. It's a sphere, and the diagramming shows a sort of 'peace sign' when connected. An odd image when looking over anything Borg. See more »

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The Borg: A vessel has been detected - Unimatrix 424, Grid 116 - activate. Alter course to intercept.
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The family that hunts Borg together get Assimilated together
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And that would be The Hansens. Magnus and Erin Hansen had gone Borg- Hunting (Long before Q introduced Picard to The Borg) and had been sucked into the Delta Quadrant via a Transwarp Conduit.

Janeway has it up her nose to steal a Transwarp Coil from some unsuspecting Borg Ship, so she finds a small Borg ship that is not as much threat as a full Cube. But when Harry transports the Photon Torpedo too close to the Plasma Generator, the Borg Octagon becomes Mince-Meat.

The Doc finds a great Drone Arm with Medical Attachments, lucky him, but the Prize Janeway was seeking, the Transwarp Coil, was damaged beyond repair by even 7-of-69.

But the Octagon had Data Modules that contain some tactical information and ship movements so she inaugurates "Operation Fort Knox" so that she can swipe a coil from a damaged Sphere which is limping back to The Collective at low warp.

Janeway elicits Seven's help to plan this debacle, orders Seven to read her parent's mail that they stole from the decayed remains of "The Raven" - The Hansen's partially assimilated and wrecked ship that they found when Seven was compelled to find it earlier. I don't know when they had time to set up a full Core Data Transfer, in "Star Trek: Next Generation" Geordi had to set up a Link and suck the Data up each time they did it, which was a time consuming process.

We have to suspend disbelief (again) and surmise that while Seven and Tuvok were on the Raven being bombarded with Photon Torpedoes, Tom Paris was able to connect to The Raven's computer Core and suck up all the Data and Logs. Or maybe Voyager did it, in the few seconds they had before having to Haul Arse out of that sector before being chased by the paranoid aliens who lived there.

Nevertheless, Voyager now has the Hansen's Full Logs of all of their endeavors while peeping at The Borg. And Seven has to go through all of this stuff to find advantages they can use to get into a Borg Vessel.

The Vignettes of Life on The Raven are your typical 24th Century Family gone Borg-Hunting. Each time Seven delves into it, she finds a gadget or two her Dad made to spy on Borg without being absorbed.

But somehow The Beta-Borg Queen Suzanna Thompson has found Seven and Blackmails her with Voyager's Safety if she does not come back to The Collective.

So Seven has to whine her way back on the Away Team because Janeway was suspicious and had changed her mind abut Seven going.

This is the first time we get to see the Borg Unicomplex in all of it's Glory. I presumed this was all CGI, but I have seen Dan Curry's Model of the Unicomplex, a huge City in Space with millions of Borg. Sort of looks like Dan's House in Beverly Crusher's Hills.

At first I thought Suzanna was just replacing Alice Krige as the Main Queen, but now it is apparent that there is an Hierarchy of Queens, Suzanna being in control of the Unicomplex while Alice was in charge of the Transwarp Hub we see later in the series.

The Away Team manages to get their sweaty hands on a Transwarp Coil, but the Mission does not quite go as planned...


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