“Unimatrix Zero” is a two-part episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the cliffhanger between seasons six and seven.
Starfleet’s USS Voyager stranded on the other side of the Galaxy, once again encounters a race of cybernetic organisms called the Borg as the ship journeys back to Earth.
The Janeway, Tuvok, and Torres drones are un-connected to the Collective as the Doctor had inoculated them with a neural inhibitor, protecting their individuality. They proceed with their plan to help Unimatrix Zero. However, Tuvok’s inhibitor wears off, and the Collective eventually overcomes his mind.
The Borg Queen confronts Janeway, demanding that the drones of Unimatrix Zero submit themselves for re-assimilation. The Queen destroys several of her own ships, each housing thousands of lives, because only a handful within are “offline” and therefore suspected of being the newly sentient drones from the dream realm. Janeway calls her bluff, pointing out that such a tactic would essentially require her to destroy the entire Collective. Having discovered a means of sending Borg as drones into Unimatrix Zero, she then threatens to release a Borg-modified form of the nanovirus from within Unimatrix Zero which would kill every affected inhabitant’s corporeal drone, unless Janeway agrees to speak with them.
The captain thus informs her crew that Unimatrix Zero can no longer exist. Chakotay realises that she found a loophole the Queen never considered and that the statement is meant literally – —destroying the matrix so the Queen can not reach the affected drones as easily, as well as cutting the Queen’s only way to spread the nanovirus. The drones within are informed beforehand. Seven is forced to say goodbye to her lover, who is on a Borg ship far away in the Beta quadrant. Meanwhile, Voyager, aided by a Borg sphere crewed by liberated drones, manages to rescue the away team. The episode ends as the independent Borg, who now, like the Queen, have the advantage of being self-aware, take command of any vessels they can, rebel, and start a civil war with the Collective.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Mike Vejar.
- Writer(s): Mike Sussman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky.
- Release Date: 04 October 2000.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.