[VOY] Season 3, Episode 26: Scorpion: Part 1
It’s nice that the writers are trying to up the stakes, but they do it in the laziest way possible and it actually ended up bothering me. The newly introduced villain’s (Species 8472) only quality is that they’re even tougher than The Borg. This is treated like a huge deal, until the crew of Voyager immediately figures out how to defeat them.
Remember how TNG introduced the Borg? Only the intervention of Q saves them the first time, and when they show up the second time The Borg assimilate Picard and generally wreak an incredible amount of havoc before the Federation is able to rally. That’s how you introduce a scary villain.
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In the intro of the episode we see that something (species 8472) easily takes out a couple Borg cubes.
Janeway hangs out with Gimli. I guess it’s better than her holonovel.
They’re headed towards Borg space!
The Borg are avoiding an area of space for some reason and Voyager thinks they can travel through there.
We get a cool montage of everyone preparing for the possibility of a Borg encounter.
The Doctor tries to figure out a way to slow the assimilation process.
Kes has a vision of a pile of Borg
A bunch of Borg cubes drive right by Voyager.
Chakotay kind of asks Janeway on a date… “According to my calculations neither us have eaten dinner”
She touches his chest.
They find the wreckage of all those Borg cubes
They decide to go inside a cube. They see what Kes envisioned.
An organic ship is docked with the cube
They see a really stupid looking monster.
But B’Elanna invents a way to beam them out.
The alien ship attacks them, and luckily Voyager fares better than all of those Borg cubes.
Kim gets infected by one of them
The super powerful scary evil aliens that eat up the Borg without a problem are so terrible how will Voyager ever survive never mind they already figured out how to beat them. It only took them about 12 minutes of show time after they saw them for the first time.
The Borg had been avoiding that passage of space because of species 8472. Kes can hear them. The bad alien’s motives so far seem to be that they just want to kill weak things.
Janeway comes up with an idea to make an alliance with the Borg.
But Chakotay says that there was this one time a scorpion stung a fox blah blah shut up Chakotay.
Janeway makes her proposal to the Borg. They’ll work on the counter to species 8472 together and Voyager gets safe passage through their space.
But Species 8472 attacks and if 9 of them get together they can make a beam that destroys a planet. Why not.
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