“Scorpion” is a two-part episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager that served as the last episode of its third season and the first episode of its fourth season (the 68th and 69th episodes overall).
“Scorpion” introduced the Borg drone Seven of Nine and Species 8472 to the series.
In these episodes, the Federation starship Voyager makes a “pact with the devil” (i.e. the Borg) in order to combat a new enemy which poses a serious threat to both.
The title is an allusion to the story of the Scorpion and the Frog, which Chakotay tells Janeway (replacing the frog with a fox) as a warning against attempting to cooperate with the Borg.
Voyager’s crew discover from long-range probes that they are approaching a sector of space occupied by the Borg. The Borg occupation covers thousands of star systems, but they find a narrow path through the sector that the Borg avoid due to the numerous gravimetric distortions within it. The senior staff agree that it is better to ride out through this path, dubbed the “Northwest Passage”, rather than to face the Borg directly. Captain Janeway orders preparations for a Borg encounter. While helping the Doctor craft antibodies to disable Borg assimilation, Kes has a brief vision of a pile of Borg corpses. She starts to experience several more, all based around the destruction of Borg and Voyager.
As they near the Northwest Passage, they find 15 Borg cubes rapidly approaching. The crew prepares to engage but the ships travel past them at high speeds. Shortly after they pass, the Borg ships no longer register on their scanners, and Janeway orders an investigation. They find the ships have been destroyed, while a bioship is attached to a portion of a Borg hull. An away team transports over to discover a pile of Borg corpses, just as Kes had seen, and alien roars elsewhere on the ship. As they try to scan for the source, Kes has another vision, this of Ensign Harry Kim being attacked. Janeway orders an emergency beam-out just as an insect-like creature strikes at Kim. Aboard Voyager Kim is raced to Sickbay. The bioship detaches from the hull and fires at Voyager as they depart the area, the near-miss negatively affecting the ship. Kes reports hearing a voice say, “The weak will perish”.
Janeway orders the crew to continue course for the Northwest Passage. Lt. Tuvok and Chief Engineer B’Elanna Torres analyse the Borg’s logs to find that the alien species is cataloged as Species 8472 and has defeated the Borg many times before. The Doctor is able to eliminate the infection in Kim’s body using a potent modification of Borg nanoprobe. Eventually Voyager reaches the Northwest Passage, only to find a fleet of bioships waiting with more appearing through the gravitational distortions. After moving to a safe distance, the senior staff discuss their options. Janeway comes up with the radical idea of an alliance with the Borg to face a common threat, offering the Doctor’s cure for the Species 8472’s infection as a bargaining chip. The staff is dubious but agree it is their only option.
Voyager travels to a nearby Borg-occupied world, and is met by a Borg cube. Janeway announces their intentions, and the Borg beam her to their ship, where she begins negotiations. Suddenly, a fleet of bioships appears nearby and lays waste to the Borg planet. The Borg Cube, with Voyager in tow, narrowly escapes its destruction.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): David Livingston.
- Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
- Release Date: 21 May 1997.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.