“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.
The attack by Species 8472 leads the Borg to accept Janeway’s offer in exchange for safe passage through their space towards the Alpha Quadrant, and she and Tuvok begin discussions. However, the Borg, believing verbal communication to be inefficient, attempt to attach a neural probe to Janeway through assimilation. Janeway stops them, and instead suggests they choose a representative Borg for her to speak through. Soon, a drone calling herself Seven of Nine emerges as the chosen representative. Janeway and Seven resume discussions on how to deal with Species 8472. As they discuss the development of specialised weapons, a bioship appears and starts firing at the ships, and Janeway is injured. The Borg transport Janeway, Tuvok, Seven, and several drones to one of Voyager’s cargo bays before ramming the bioship, destroying both of them. The Doctor finds Janeway’s injuries very severe and needs to fully sedate her to protect her higher brain functions. Janeway makes Chakotay promise to maintain the alliance with the Borg before she is sedated.
Seven and the drones are working on assembling the weapon when she learns from the Borg Collective that Species 8472 have killed over four (4) million Borg in the middle of their sector, and demands Chakotay direct Voyager to help. Chakotay refuses, since this would significantly deviate from their course home, and states his intentions to strand the Borg on an M-class planet to be picked up later. Seven is able to access the ship’s deflector dish from the cargo bay and uses it to create a subspace rift. Chakotay orders the cargo bay depressurised, causing all of the drones but Seven to be lost to space, while she is forced to abandon her access to remain aboard. Though the crew regain control of the dish, the rift has grown large enough to draw Voyager into it.
Voyager finds itself in “fluidic space”, where Species 8472 originate from according to Seven. Seven asserts to Chakotay since he refused to help, Voyager must face Species 8472 on their own, revealing that the Borg started the war with them. Their argument is stopped when Janeway announces she has recovered and taken command of Voyager again. After having Chakotay placed in the brig, Janeway starts working again with Seven to prepare a weapon to defeat the bioships and perform other upgrades on the ship, as several bioships are detected heading towards them. The modifications are done in time, and they are able to destroy the attacking ships.
Seven reverses the process that drew Voyager into fluidic space, but the ship returns to normal space in the middle of a bioship fleet. They quickly reapply their modifications to a large-scale weapon that destroys most of the enemy fleet and the surviving ships flee. After learning that the Borg have prevailed in their fight, Seven then turns on the Voyager crew and tries to assimilate the consoles. Janeway, having prepared for this, tells Chakotay to start “Operation Scorpion”. Chakotay uses a neural relay to distract Seven long enough for Torres to electrify the console, knocking Seven out. Voyager resumes its course for the Alpha Quadrant, but Janeway is still unsure about their alliance with the Borg and Seven’s true allegiance.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Winrich Kolbe.
- Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
- Release Date: 03 September 1997.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.