Star Trek: Voyager: Season 7, Episode 2

Imperfection (11 Oct. 2000)

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Seven of Nine's life is threatened when her cortical implants begin to degrade. Icheb wants to help her, but his proposition is very risky.

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Seven of Nine's life is threatened when her cortical implants begin to degrade. Icheb wants to help her, but his proposition is very risky.

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Captain Janeway: Captain's log, stardate 54129.4 - It's a bittersweet day for the crew of Voyager. We've finally found a home for some of our most precious cargo.
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Seven Of Nine faces death.
8 August 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Voyager. Season 7, Episode 2. "Imperfection" Seven Of Nine faces death.

Absolutely superb.

There are many, many things to love here.

1. Most of the screen time is devoted to the show's three best characters: Seven, Janeway and The Doctor. But it's not just that they get lots of screen time, it's that they get lots of good screen time. For instance, there's a wonderful, emotional moment between Janeway and Seven that is a huge step forward in their relationship/friendship (and it's perfectly played by Jeri Ryan and the amazing Kate Mulgrew). Impossible to watch this exchange and not feel tears forming. And it's a scene that is typical of many in the story.

2. It's an emotional episode, all round. Seven's scene with Janeway is probably the best, but the final scene with Icheb is also a killer and the scene with B'Elanna is another one likely to generate a tear or two. And there's more. It's a very powerful episode, very sad and affecting. Uplifting and wonderful in the way that this show frequently is. Voyager's skill, indeed the gift that the Star Trek legacy gives it, is the ability to write on-the-nose about big topics and make it palatable. Seven might die. And it gives her pause to think and, eventually, talk about it. And it's epic stuff.

3. There's some cool Janeway action. The episode (wisely) takes a break from all the stuff likely to make you cry and drops Janeway, Tuvok and Paris into the middle of a battle where Janeway jumps an imposing alien and holds him at gunpoint (sorta). It's fun stuff. Typical of Janeway when she chooses to wear her bad ass hat.

4. It's funny. After seven seasons is there any need to say it? But, anyway... Robert Picardo is worth his weight in gold. Many of The Doctor's utterance's are hilarious. Usually, in scenes with Seven e.g. Seven's joke about her 'last meal'.

5. The core values of Star Trek are in display in spades, here. Janeway's attempt to head off on a dangerous mission alone is scuppered by Tuvok and Paris in fine style, and once again we see that these people are a team through and through.

6. Manu Intiraymi is a curious performer. Sometimes I find his delivery stilted and over-earnest. Yet, in all the scenes where it really mattered he totally nailed it. Totally. All his scenes from the last third of the episode are A+ material. It's taken 5 episodes, but I really like the guy now.

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