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Star trek: Voyager 6.13b - Unimatrix 0 I

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Episode propaganda

Experiencing her first dream, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) encounters the shared consciousness that liberated Borg drones know as Unimatrix 0. As the Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson) and her troops seek out and dismantle drones who participate in Unimatrix 0, Janeway sees a way to weaken the collective and hatches a daring plan to re-engage the Borg.

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
  • Susanna Thompson .... Borg Queen
  • Mark Deakins .... Axum
  • Jerome Butler .... Korok
  • Joanna Heimbold .... Laura
  • Tony Sears .... Four of twelve, subjunction of Unimatrix 525
  • Ryan Sparks .... the alien child
  • Mike Sussman .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The season finale.

As a season finale it has a pretty low key approach. Unimatrix 0 is a bland place where everyone is happy and no-one ever argues. Think Disneyland without the rides or marketing department. The alien drones are pretty interesting, for the most part, apart from Axum, who is like a Cardassian/Human hybrid. It would've been more interesting (and less Terra-centric) if he'd been one of the reptiloids, then the message that Unimatrix 0 was a meeting of minds would've been more clear.

The scenes involving the Borg Queen, fabulous though she is, are way, way too revealing. The first rule of horror movies is that the Human imagination is scarier than anything you can show on the screen. Like the Alien films, Star trek has fallen into the mistake of showing more and more of the Borg workings, making them less and less mysterious and fear-inspiring. With this episode the Queen has become a machinating, unscrupulous bitch bent more on revenge than perfection. It should be beneath her.

*Sighs*

I, like every other Trekkie in the universes, have assimilation fantasies, but the Borg are becoming unworthy of my perfection. Mind you, the Queen does have a great line. Janeway asks, "How are things in the collective?" and she replies, "Perfect". Hehehe, hahaha, hohoho! Who says Trekkies don't have a sense of humour?

Meanwhile, the Trojan Horse tactic employed by the Voyager crew is an interesting one, given that the crew are the horses and the soldiers are stuffed inside them. (Pauses for subtle appreciation of imagery that flashes into brain. Fanfic, anyone?) The stratagem has been used by other crews on other ships. The Enterprise-D were going to use typhoid Hugh to insert their virus (I, Borg) while Species 6339 used the vinculum (see Infinite regress). Undoubtedly others have tried and failed (or perhaps succeeded given the unknown assimilation vector of the Unimatrix 0 mutation, perhaps it was designed to splinter the collective mind).

Anyhoo, Unimatrix 0 is an episode you do have to see, if only for having Janeway, Torres and Tuvok as fully assimilated Borg drones.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 23 February 2001

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