When Voyager’s route home is blocked by a nebula filled with deadly radiation, it is up to The Doctor and Seven to guide the ship through whilst the rest of the crew goes into stasis. A month alone aboard an empty ship is a daunting prospect for Seven, but when the ship’s computer also starts to break down under the effects of the radiation, it becomes a challenge just to get through the nebula intact.
This episode is one which does not improve with repeat viewing. The first time around, I was fully invested in what Seven was seeing and experiencing, and willing to accompany her on her difficult journey. This time, knowing that large parts of what was going on were just hallucinations made it hard to really engage.
It’s a shame, because it feels like it should be a good idea. Here we have Seven of Nine, who up until a year ago lived with the voices of the Collective in her brain, now practically alone. Under such circumstances, how could she not fail to crack? And yet, the way the episode unfolds just doesn’t grab me in the way it could. I’m left only really appreciating the end of the episode, where we never really find out how much of what Seven experienced was real. She’s left with all the crew praising her for doing a successful job, but knowing deep down that she felt like she messed up and made a real hash of it. It’s a feeling I know all too well.
Points of Note
• When Tom admits he gets feeling of claustrophobia, his enlightened Starfleet colleagues all start teasing and mocking him.
• Given that stasis should essentially pause time for a person, how can Tom Paris possibly sleepwalk?
• How did Voyager have the resources to build stasis pods for the entire crew? I doubt they had 150 pods just lying around.
• According to the holographic Torres, she joined the Maquis because of Chakotay. We never find out additional canon details about this.
• The Doctor wears his mobile emitter even in the holodeck, where there’s no need.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 11
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 7
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 2
Summary – One: In which Seven must spend a month with only The Doctor for company.