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Star trek: Voyager 7.01b - Imperfection

Stardate 54129.4
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Episode propaganda

Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) faces rapid deterioration and death when the Borg implant which controls her vital functions begins to malfunction. Impossible to repair, the implant must be replaced, and it quickly becomes obvious that the donor must be a live Borg drone.

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
  • Manu Intiraymi .... Icheb
  • Marley S McClean .... Mezoti
  • Debbie Grattan .... the Wysanti
  • Kurt Wetherill .... Azan
  • Cody Wetherill .... Rebi
  • Michael McFall .... the salvage being
  • Andre Bormanis .... Storywriter
  • Carleton Eastlake .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Doherty .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

What? Another Borg episode? So soon?! And how can they get rid of the Borg babies?! What will I do without Azan and Rebi?! Waaaahhh!!!

*20 mg impedrizine*

What a lovely night, the stars are shining bright, they make a lovely sight, upon this lovely night. Doi, de doi, doi doi...

*Sighs*

Poor Seveny Weveny. First her parents abandon her to the Borg, then Janeway rescues her from them. Then she rescues the babies, then she has to give them back to their families. Even when those families are not in the least bit interested in their Child's welfare. She got Icheb back, but now the three littlies are leaving for good. Poor babies. Poor borgies.

And then she has a problem with her technobabble translator and no-one has any spares, so it's drama time: do or die. In this imperfect case it's the lovely Icheb who saves the day by throwing Seven's morality back in her face, the same way she used to do it to Janeway. The boy's a quick learner.

And then, he decides that he's also going to join Starfleet. You know, as if alien ex-Borg from another quadrant join up every Stardate. Sheesh! Icheb is going to be one hell of an officer. Trained by Starfleet, Seven, the Borg and Janeway? Watch out galaxy.

Of course, you know that no-one's going to die, not at this stage of the game, but the relationship dynamics are what make Imperfection so watchable. Jeri plays a subtle second fiddle to Manu's virtuoso violin, pulling back into an introverted fatality which is so out of character that it is almost like watching someone else. Manu has lots of fun with Icheb, pulling out the stops on arrogance, pig-headendness, deception and defiance.

If nothing else, it's great to see a child genius who isn't a dweeb. Burn in hell, Wesley Crusher!

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, supernatural themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 9 March 2001

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