Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Survival Instinct 

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 »


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)


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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29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bertila Damas previously played the Vulcan Maquis member Sakonna in DS9: "The Maquis, Part I", "The Maquis, Part II". Vaughn Armstrong also appeared on DS9, playing Danar in "Past Prologue" and Seskal in "When It Rains...", as well as appearing in TNG as Korris in "Heart of Glory" and having several other roles in Voyager, notably Telek R'Mor in "Eye of the Needle". He later played Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Star Trek: Enterprise. Tim Kelleher previously had portrayed Ensign Gaines in TNG: "All Good Things...". See more »


Marika Willkarah: We need consensus.
Lansor: We can't act without it.
P'Chan: I know.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A well-written episode
8 January 2020 | by GreyHunterSee all my reviews

As a character study as well as an exploration of the nature of the Borg versus individuality, this episode actually managed to revisit an oft-visited topic since Seven came onto the show (as well as during later TNG) without seeming like a rehash. Waiting for the twist actually kept me interested, and while the twist wasn't extraordinarily shocking or anything, it was very well-done and appropriate to the episode's themes, including the question of guilt.

My only tiny little objection: since Borg can clearly be out of range of the Collective's, well, collective thought -- that was a central premise of the episode, after all -- it seems to me that the logical course of action the trio should have taken was to get as far away from each other as possible. Somehow, I seriously doubt Seven's ad hoc quickfix would be stronger and range farther than the transmissions of the entire Borg collective. Why not pick three different vectors with large angles between them and start going as far as they could as fast as they could until the interlink was interrupted? It seems too obvious a solution for the script not to have at least technobabbled why it wouldn't work.

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