When Star Trek Voyager got really interesting

Yes, I know. You’re gonna think I’m such a pig by the time you finish reading this. Well, I’ll try not to be too lecherous. No promises, but I will try.

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The original cast, lacking a certain sex appeal.

A couple few months ago I started re-watching Star Trek: Voyager for the first time since it originally aired (1995 – 2001). I saw that this the fourth (fifth if you count the animated version) Star Trek series was streaming on Netflix, so I figured I’d watch it again.

It’s not bad. It gets a little silly at times and it doesn’t attain the high water mark that was set by Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it gets close at times. The visual effects are good. The title sequence looks fantastic. It is the best title sequence of any of the Star Trek series.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the show: The Federation Starship Voyager gets pulled from the Alpha quadrant of the Milky Way galaxy into the Delta quadrant. The Delta quadrant is way the heck out there. Traveling at top speed, it would take Voyager 70 years to return to earth. The series is about how they make their way home, while still being explorers. They even pick up a few passengers along the way.

For the first three seasons, the show didn’t have much sex appeal. Sure, Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) were pretty sexy male characters, but the women weren’t packing much of a punch. I suppose having male “eye candy” was some kind of progressive “turnabout is fair play” option. Torres (Roxann Dawson) and Kes (Jennifer Lien) are certainly attractive, but they just did not possess the va va voom factor. For me, at least.

Then came season four. If you’re not familiar with Star Trek this might get a little difficult to follow. I’ll attempt to explain as quickly and concisely as possible.

In Star Trek: The Next Generation we were introduced to the Borg. The Borg are a species of nearly unbeatable cyborgs (part humanoid, part machine) who advance technically by assimilating other humanoid species, thereby adding the assimilated species’ knowledge and expertise into themselves. They are a devastating and terrifying force in the galaxy. And they originated in the Delta quadrant, right where Voyager finds herself.

By season three, Voyager had entered Borg space and had been encountering some very outlying aspects of that species. But not enough to be noticed by the Borg, until another species from a different dimension had found its way into the Delta quadrant. This species out-powered the Borg, making them an even greater threat to the galaxy.

The Voyager crew and the Borg teamed up to force this new species back into its own dimension. A common and greater enemy had forced an uneasy alliance between Federation and Borg. In order to assist in communication without assimilating the Voyager crew, the Borg sent a drone with the designation Seven of Nine.

This drone was a female human who had been assimilated 20 years earlier when she was just 6 years-old. Her parents had taken her exploring deep into outer space and they became, possibly, the first humans assimilated by the Borg.

Through the plot of the show, Seven of Nine was separated from the Borg and became part of the Voyager crew. Not willingly, at first.

The Voyager’s doctor, known only as the Doctor, was able to remove virtually all of the Borg cyborginess from Seven, returning her to mostly human. She would still have some Borg technology in her, but she was essentially human again.

When she first appears, she has all the Borg “steampunk” looking technology. Her skin was bluish and slick looking. She had no hair. She had one human eye and one Borg antenna probe thing for the other eye. Plus all sorts of other metal body plating and wires and gears and what not, but the Doctor (a hologram, not a Timelord) was able to fix her up.

“Move over, Mr. Tuvok. I’ll be bringing the sexy now.”

And, boy, did he fix her up. Oh. My.

Seven of Nine was portrayed by Jeri Ryan. And, in my humble opinion, when she loses all the Borg attachments and somehow gets herself into that extremely form fitting silver outfit she is… Well, stunning isn’t a strong enough word for it.

I realize tall, athletic-without-being-too-muscly, statuesque, blond women with naturally full lips, big eyes, and ample breasts aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. However, for me, I’ll put it this way…

That first episode with her all human again, I lost track of the number of times I said, “God damn!”

God damn!

I know. I’m a pig.

Her character did bring some intriguing story-lines to explore (and the va va voom factor, of course). For instance, when she was Borg she was part of a collective mind. She had no individuality. No thoughts of her own. Now her mind was silent but for her own thoughts and separate from all around her. She would find that a difficult adjustment.

There were other stories to explore, but I noted something very interesting and probably a little gross.

As a Borg she didn’t need to eat. With her being human again, she would need food and water. That led to a scene with her learning how to use a fork and to chew and swallow food. This was a strange new sensation for her.

That’s when it occurred to me.

Borgs do not consume food and liquids. Their energy is replaced in much the same way one recharges a battery. Borg drones place themselves in a sort of battery charging station when they run low on power. Seven still needed to do that to keep what’s left of her Borg parts functioning, but she also needed to eat

Since Borg don’t eat, they don’t use their digestive systems, they don’t have any requirement for the use of a restroom. In other words, they don’t poop or pee!

Think about that. Seven needed to be taught how to eat, do you think she’d remember how to use a toilet from when she was six? Some member of the Voyager crew would need to potty train her! That would be interesting.

I think I may have blunted some of the sexy. For me, at least.

Packing Peanuts!

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