[VOY] Season 4, Episode 21: The Omega Directive
This episode has a couple elements going for it – First, the ominous setup where the Omega Particle is detected by ship sensors, automatically triggering the mysterious directive. Second, the concept of what Seven would find spiritually significant feels like a natural extension of her values both as a former Borg and as someone exploring their humanity. “The Omega Directive” doesn’t isn’t quite able to fill in the emotional stakes of that situation as well as it could, and the subject is unfortunately not really revisited, but this is still a strong episode of Voyager.
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Janeway is being super secretive about something called the Omega Directive, which is apparently issued to all the top level Starfleet people.
The crew is like voices the audience’s reaction: “What’s happening??”
Seven knows about the Omega stuff because of the Borg, so Janeway asks for her help.
Actually she just lets everyone in on the super secret stuff. It’s a highly volatile molecule that could destroy everything, or unlock a super power energy source. The Omega Directive is to destroy it whenever you find it
These aliens were able to make hundreds of these molecules, but they had an accident.
Seven is using her authority in the project to organize things more like the Borg, including designating people with numbers, it’s pretty silly.
They find the molecules and swipe ’em. The Omega Directive overrides the Prime Directive in the fabled Directive Battles.
They beam them to Voyager.
Seven wants to harness the molecules, and almost sees them as a religiously aspirational, the essence of complexity and harmony creating perfection. Janeway doesn’t want to take any risks, and just wants to destroy them.
The molecules randomly become stable and Seven is like “whoooaaaaaa”
But then they still destroy them the end.
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