Star Trek: Voyager (1999): S05E16 – Dark Frontier, Part 02


Introduction

“Dark Frontier” is a feature length episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 15th and 16th episodes of the fifth season.

This episode originally aired as a feature-length episode that was later broken up into two parts for reruns in syndication.

Actress Susanna Thompson guest stars alongside the cast of this Star Trek television show.

The crew of a spacecraft trying to get back to Earth once again encounter a race of cybernetic organisms bent on Galactic domination.

On first airing, “Dark Frontier” aired as a single-length feature.

Outline

The Borg Queen informs Seven that the Borg “allowed” Voyager to liberate her from the Collective, but she will not be turned back into a drone because they want to study her memories. With her individuality intact, the Borg can look through her eyes to help them assimilate humanity. Meanwhile, Janeway discovers that Borg signals were being sent to Seven in her cargo bay alcove. Determined to rescue Seven, Janeway leads an away team in the Delta Flyer to find the Borg sphere that took Seven away. They use the stolen coil to take the shuttle into transwarp space, and incorporate multi-adaptive shielding based on the Hansens’ field notes from the Raven to go undetected by the Borg.

As Seven is given her first assignment to assist in the assimilation of a species, she secretly helps four of the individuals escape. The Borg Queen scolds her, saying that her human emotions of compassion and guilt are weaknesses that are causing her pain. However, when Seven pleads with her to let the getaway ship escape, the Queen grants her request.

After the away team follows the sphere into Borg space, Janeway prepares to send a message to Seven through her Borg interplexing beacon. The Queen gives Seven a new assignment – to assist in the programming of nanoprobes that will assimilate humans. The Borg plan is to detonate a biogenic charge in Earth’s atmosphere, and Seven will be turned into a drone if she does not comply. Taunting her, the Queen reveals that one of the drones standing next to her is Seven’s father. Suddenly, Janeway’s signal comes through, and the Queen discovers it.

As the Borg adapt to the Delta Flyer’s shielding, Janeway is forced to beam to the vessel and deactivate the shield matrix around the Queen’s chamber. While Paris eludes the other ships, Janeway confronts the Queen and orders Seven to leave with her. A dispersal field is formed around the chamber to block the Delta Flyer’s transporter beam, but Seven tells the Captain to target the power node above the chamber. This disrupts the Queen’s command interface, and Janeway and Seven are beamed to the shuttle. They quickly enter a transwarp conduit, but not before a Borg vessel sneaks in behind them. On Voyager, Chakotay orders Torres to fire a full spread of photon torpedoes at the conduit threshold, collapsing it just as the shuttle bursts through. The Borg ship is destroyed, and Seven is home again. Voyager uses the coil and gets 15 years closer to home before it burns out and is rendered useless.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Cliff Bole and Terry Windell.
  • Writer(s): Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky.
  • Release Date: 17 February 1999.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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