Star trek: Voyager 5.11b - Someone to watch over me
Stardate around 52800
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
To broaden her knowledge of Human behaviour, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) gets lessons from the Doctor (Robert Picardo) on socialising and dating rituals. When they enter a holodeck simulation in Sandrine's nightclub, Seven not only learns the art of small talk, but how to slow dance and sing a song. Eventually, she makes a date with Lieutenant Chapman (Brian McNamara) but it's the Doctor who falls in love with Seven. Meanwhile, during a tour to help facilitate a trade agreement with the monastic Kadi colony, Neelix (Ethan Phillips) unwittingly provides their ambassador, Tomin (Scott Thompson), with forbidden food and drink.
Persons of interest
- Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
- Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
- Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
- Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris, Director
- 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
- Brian McNamara .... Lieutenant Chapman
- Scott Thompson .... Ambassador Tomin
- Ian Ambercrombie .... the Kadi Minister
- David Burke .... Steven Price
- Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
- Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
- Kenneth Biller .... Screenwriter
Cinematic intelligence sources
Special Agent Matti
Seven goes for the horizontal mambo but ends up playing lawn bowls.
While many Trekkies will mutter about "Yet another Seven episode", Someone to watch over me is about more than just the Borg babe. In fact, she is really just a foil for the EMH's emotional growth. From the moment he falls in love with her everything she does is just to build up to the point where she can break his heart. It's great. No-one gets a broken heart on Star trek without a special guest death of the week. These two erstwhile lovers have to live with their new relationship for the rest of the series (a good two and a half years at least).
The ongoing earthy gags between Tomin and Neelix are a great contrast to the introspection created by Seven and the EMH. It's wildly over the top, like a kid let loose in a chocolate shop, a refreshing change to the arrogantly superior aliens which have been infesting the Delta Quadrant of late.
Robert Duncan McNeill's direction is very, very smooth, like sipping liquid chocolate after a meal of my infamous nachos. Mmm... nachos...
*Returns to point*
Like Unity, Robert's previous time in the big chair, the characters take first place over everything else and characters are the backbone of Star trek. His camera work is as smooth as silk, framing, supporting and serving the work of his actors. This Trekkie wants more directing time for Robbie.
Someone to watch over me is a fairly closed episode which will more than fill the average Trekkie's craving.
Security censorship classification
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS rental and retail: 10 November 1999
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Lesson one: First contact
Lesson two: Encounter in a public place
Lesson three: Getting to know you
Lesson six: Beguiling banter
Lesson eight: Dress for success
Lesson ten: The first date
Lesson eleven: Life of the party
Lesson twenty-two: Thanks for the memories
Lesson twenty-three: Toast the town
Lesson thirty-five: Shall we dance?