The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Human Error

Seven of Nine has been using the holodeck a lot lately. She’s been experimenting with her humanity, creating a version of Voyager where she has her own quarters, deeper friendships with the crew, and even a budding romantic relationship with a holographic version of Chakotay. But it soon becomes difficult for Seven to balance her new hobby with her work in Astrometrics.

Like Extreme Risk, Human Error covers a storyline that should have been slowly worked into the show over the course of several episodes, rather than suddenly dumped on us from nowhere. One might also argue that, with the show coming to an end, the writers wanted to rush to pair up Seven of Nine with another character, not to mention chuck in some last minute character development.

All that being said, this time around I actually quite enjoyed this episode. Seven is usually a very cool and collected character, and Human Error explores a more shy and vulnerable side of her personality – a side that wants to make deeper connection with the crew, but is too scared to do so. And, to make matters worse, when Seven does try to get in touch with her emotions, even her Borg implants conspire against her. It certainly adds a bittersweet quality to this episode.

Points of Note

  • As per usual with episodes about holographic crew members, nothing is made of the dubious morality of having a sexual relationship with the Chakotay hologram.
  • In early season four, The Doctor seemed to think Seven would be able to stop regenerating and start sleeping within short order. Three years later, and she’s not only still regenerating, but it sounds like she would only be able to stop regenerating when all of her Borg implants are removed.
  • Holographic Neelix is as obsessed as the real Neelix with installing curtains in one’s quarters.
  • Given Voyager’s experience with subspace mines in the previous episode, you’d think they’d be more careful here.

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: 4.5

Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5

Summary – Human Error: Voyager’s version of Hollow Pursuits, with Seven of Nine as Barclay.

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