Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 2

Survival Instinct (29 Sep. 1999)

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Stardate 53049.2 Voyager docks at a space outpost filled with a variety of Delta Quadrant aliens. Eager for some culture exchange and friendly first contact, Captain Janeway grants shore ... See full summary »



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Stardate 53049.2 Voyager docks at a space outpost filled with a variety of Delta Quadrant aliens. Eager for some culture exchange and friendly first contact, Captain Janeway grants shore leave to her crew and rolls out the welcome mat for visitors. Tuvok worries about security, Kim and Paris get drunk and start a fight, Naomi Wildman makes a lunch date with Seven. Despite a crowded ship, a few thefts, security breaches, and the gift of a plant (that bites!) all seems to be going well. Seven of Nine is approached by an alien who holds relics from her Borg days, actual Borg relays from her original unimatrix. Upon seeing the relays she is overwhelmed with images and strong memories of when she was last in contact with the items. She eagerly accepts them and promises compensation, not recognizing the man as Two of Nine (guest star Vaughn Armstrong,) a former member of her original unimatrix. Enter flashbacks: Eight years ago, Seven of Nine and her unimatrix crashed their sphere on a ... Written by Meribor

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[Tom Paris and Harry Kim both have black eyes after a visit on a space station]
Captain Kathryn Janeway: A "friendly game"?
Tom Paris: Well, that's how it started.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: I see. Perhaps you could explain to me how this friendly game turned into a street brawl?
Tom Paris: Well, Harry and I... wanted to explore the station. Um... we wanted to broaden our understanding of alien cultures, and, uh...
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Skip the recruiting speech. You were looking for a bar.
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Fleeing the collective
25 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with a Borg sphere crashes into a jungle planet, it soon becomes clear that this took place in the past as one of the surviving drones is Seven of Nine. We then return to the present day and find Voyager at a space station where the crew are enjoying some R&R and the locals have been invited to come aboard as a way of fostering good relations. While Seven of Nine is settling down to have dinner with Naomi Wildman a trader approaches her and offers her some Borg parts which came from her unimatrix. After she leaves we learn that the trader was in fact a former drone, however unlike Seven he is still connected to two other drones. At first it seems their intentions towards Seven aren't good but we soon learn they just want to find a way to break the connection so they can live as individuals. As they work with Seven we get several flashbacks to their time on the planet when they lost contact with the collective and started to remember their lives before assimilation. They find that the part of their memory covering the reason they were linked to each other have been erased. When they find out the cause it is quite a shock and leaves the three of them in a coma. The treatment which could free them would mean they will only live a few more weeks, the alternative is to return them to the Collective. Seven is left to make the decision.

This was a good episode which raised interesting moral dilemmas. I liked how the former drones were introduced as a potential threat before revealing they just wanted help. As usual Jeri Ryan does a good job as Seven of Nine.

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