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Star trek: Voyager 5.01b - Drone

Stardate around 52100
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

A transporter malfunction merges the Doctor's (Robert Picardo) mobile emitter with Seven's (Jeri Ryan) nanoprobes, leading to the birth of a new crewmember for Voyager: a super-advanced Borg drone (J Paul Boehmer). Although the crew is initially enthused by the new arrival's quest for knowledge, attitudes change when the drone summons an extremely hostile Borg sphere...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • J Paul Boehmer... One
  • Todd Babcock .... Lieutenant Mulcahey
  • Bryan Fuller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Screenwriter
  • Harry Doc Kloor .... Storywriter
  • Les Landau .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Oh yeah!

I forgive the Voyager writers for using another transporter malfunction as a plot device (see Tuvix) because this episode is really good.

What happens is a merging of the Doctor's mobile emitter, Lieutenant Mulcahey's genes and Seven's nanoprobes. Them clever little critters start using the advanced 29th century technology to create the superborg One, who has wonderful things like internal transporter nodes. Oh yeah!

The good part of it is that One is not connected to the collective, so Janeway and Seven have the opportunity to initiate their own programming. All goes well until One's nanoprobes send a homing signal which brings a Borg sphere to Unimatrix 325 grid 006 where Voyager is studying the birth of a nebula. The upside of the ensuing battle is that one improves Voyager's shielding and phasers. The downside is that the Borg now know that Voyager has technology from the 29th century. The upside of that is: more Borg stories!

I like the Borg.

One's individuality is very different from Hugh's, Riley's and Seven's - not only because one is technologically and intellectually superior, but because he has no actual experience of the collective - thus he is more able to integrate with UFP oneness. And it all helps Seven experience a variety of new emotions, such as fear, anxiety, motherhood and loss.

For better or worse, Tom continues to indulge in his passion for 20th century Earth culture with The adventures of Captain Proton, the retro holoprogram that depicts him as a kitsch 1930s space hero. The best part of this is seeing how humanity's vision of the future has changed over the years: from monochromatic evil space dudes trying to conquer the Earth (although why they ever wanted to has always been beyond me) to computer generated evil space dudes trying to conquer the Earth. Hmmm...

Of course, One dies at the end because there is no room for another regular cast member, but Drone is a great episode, even better than other great one-off episodes like Before and after and The chute. Watch and enjoy!

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 29 January 1999

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