The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Infinite Regress

Something has happened to Seven of Nine. The memories and personalities of people assimilated by the Borg have begun to emerge, and their sheer multitude threatens to engulf Seven completely. Can the crew of Voyager figure out what’s happening, and put a stop to it before Seven’s personality is lost?

If you didn’t get enough of those times when Data was taken over by other personalities – Masks, I’m looking at you – then Voyager has your back with this episode. On the other hand, if you’re already fed up with “Seven the special Borg snowflake” episodes, and don’t really care for Jeri Ryan pretending to be a Klingon, a Vulcan and a Ferengi, Infinite Regress is distinctly underwhelming. It’s not that she doesn’t do a reasonable job of embodying those other personalities, it’s just that, ultimately, I don’t really care. I know everything will be fine at the end, and getting to that stage is merely a series of functional, pedestrian steps.

Points of Note

  • One from the previous episode – Seven’s cranial implant apparently includes an interplexing beacon in order to communicate with other Borg. In Star Trek First Contact, the Borg on the Enterprise-E were building an interplexing beacon on the deflector dish in order to contact the Borg in the Delta Quadrant.
  • Could Species 6336’s virus have actually wiped out the Borg if Janeway hadn’t intervened? I guess the Borg could have adapted anyway, but Voyager dicking around with the vinculum might have given them additional time to do so.
  • Why are the Ferengi Species 180 when the Borg presumably encountered them relatively recently?
  • This episode kicks off the friendship between Seven and Naomi Wildman, which will mean we have to see a lot more of Naomi over the rest of the series.
  • Why does Tuvok need two hours of meditation in order to prepare for a difficult mind meld? Spock was only half-Vulcan and a mere third of Tuvok’s age, and he didn’t need any of that shit.

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: 3

Summary – Infinite Regress: In which Seven has to deal with multiple personalities.

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One thought on “The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Infinite Regress

  1. I haven’t had much occasion to watch the Voyager episodes—my preference being the original series–but I found “Infinite Regress” to be a gripping psychological suspense thriller. It was a well written story, centering on Seven of Nine’s ordeal as she grappled with a whole slew of alien personalities that were actually threatening her life, and the doctor, whom I absolutely can’t stand because he’s such an obnoxious Professeur Je-Sais-Tout, was helpless in this situation. So, despite his prejudices against what he called “Vulcan mumbo-jumbo”, he was forced to step aside and let the Vulcan Tuvok have a go at it. And Tuvok came through. He said he would need two hours to prepare, and that meant only one thing: he was going all-out with the most powerful—and the most stressful—of all the varieties of the mind-meld, the Vulcan mind-fusion, and he knew it was going to be a very rough ride, which he had to undertake if he would be successful in rescuing Seven from her life-threatening predicament. It was indeed a very rough ride, but he accomplished his mission, and after a week of recuperation in the regeneration chamber Seven was herself again. As I watched this sequence I once again got a whole new appreciation of what the Vulcans call “wuh tepul t’wuh kashek”—the power of the mind. And it didn’t hurt that B’Elanna Torres in engineering worked feverishly to destroy the Borg machine. Oh yeah—Jeri Ryan turned in a real tour-de-force of a performance.

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