Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Survival Instinct 

A forgotten past decision confronts Seven of Nine when she meets three ex-Borg former shipmates permanently mind-linked to one another.


Terry Windell


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Vaughn Armstrong ... Lansor / Two of Nine
Bertila Damas ... Marika Willkarah
Tim Kelleher ... P'Chan
Scarlett Pomers ... Naomi Wildman
Jonathan Breck ... Dying Borg
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Voyager docks at a space outpost with a variety of Delta Quadrant species. Eager for some cultural exchange and friendly first contact, Captain Janeway grants shore leave to the crew and the welcome mat for visitors. Despite a few minor incidents, all seems to go well until an alien approaches Seven of Nine holding Borg synaptic relays from her original unimatrix. Seeing them overwhelms her with images and memories of when she was last in contact with the items. Written by Meribor

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Great Seven of Nine backstory episode
2 February 2021 | by hughnwilliamsSee all my reviews

This episode did a lot of things well. First it gave us a glimpse of Seven of Nine's life as a drone, second it allowed us to meet some of the other "of Nines" and third it continued the theme of exploring individuality versus the collective, and what that individuality is ultimately worth.

The key to this episode is Seven's drive to always strive for perfection, and yet she is confronted with a past decision that was anything but, and that influenced lives beyond her own. Jeri Ryan does a great job of communicating that realization just through facial expressions. Her reactions say much more than words could, and say it more powerfully. That is the essence of great acting.

Side not to these reviews: I'll never understand why some reviewers spend so much time recapping what happened in the episode. I just watched the episode, that's why I'm here. Why do I need a blow by blow plot summary? Or if I didn't watch the episode yet, why would I want to read the specifics of it before watching it and ruin all the surprises?

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29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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