The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Imperfection

When Seven of Nine’s cortical node begins to fail, the outlook is bleak. The technology is too complicated to replicate, and even the Borg themselves never bother repairing them. Unless drastic action is taken, this could be the end for Voyager’s resident Borg drone.

Well, here we are at Voyager’s final season, and it’s time for yet another Seven of Nine episode. Seriously, Seven is just One of Nine when it comes to the cast of this show, but the writers have pretty much forgotten about most of the others by now.

Imperfection is clearly meant to be an opportunity to explore terminal illness and impending death, but unfortunately it’s hard to really care. We know Seven will be fine, and her stoic approach to her own demise doesn’t give us much to work with on the way. Has Seven experienced any kind of emotional epiphany from her experiences in Unimatrix Zero? Of course not – it’s as if it never happened.

There is one good thing about this episode – it’s the first time that Icheb is actually likeable. Freed from the baggage of the younger Borg children, Icheb is starting to develop a personality as an actual person, instead of just one of a group. Actually, whisper it softly, but I was actually starting to like Mezoti, and am sad that she chose to leave. Not so much for Azan and Rebi.

Points of Note

  • Given that they were assimilated in the previous episode, did Janeway, Torres and Tuvok have cortical nodes installed? They look like pretty hefty bits of hardware to have shoved into your brain. And yet of course our intrepid trio are absolutely fine now, with no lingering after-effects.
  • Chakotay is clearly also suffering from short-term memory loss, as he claims that Voyager doesn’t usually deliberately go up against the Borg. Uh, Chakotay, you were awake last episode, weren’t you?
  • When Seven brings up a list of deceased crew members, it includes J Bartlett, L McGarry, T Ziegler, CJ Cregg, J Lyman, s Seaborn and C Young. TV aficionados will recognise these as the main characters from The West Wing.
  • Even though the brand new Delta Flyer II hasn’t been unveiled yet, it is used in this episode.
  • What happens if Seven’s cortical node breaks down again? Well, let’s hope that never happens.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 17

Destroyed Delta Flyer running total: 1

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 10

Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3

Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5

Summary – Imperfection: Yet Another Seven of Nine Episode.

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