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Cabbie
Sat, May 19, 2018, 12:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

While I watched this episode, I thought that showing the children departing Voyager at the beginning was a prelude to Seven experiencing emotions, particularly a sense of loss. I think this was supposed to make her bond with Icheb stronger and more important to her, and explain why it was so important to her that he not be endangered.

I thought the aliens on the Borg wreckage were there to prevent Voyager from further salvaging efforts. Wouldn't want them to get transwarp technology this soon, for example. So there needed to be a reason for them to need to leave quickly. This also allows the crew to not keep hunting for a useable cortical implant, and to pursue a different strategy. I appreciated that the hard-headed aliens of the week were dispensed with quickly.

I actually didn't mind Neelix that much this episode; he usually bothers me more. I missed Naomi, and thought her absence was notable. I imagine that the actress was simply not available. I wonder if the Neelix game stuff was actually supposed to be Seven and Naomi, and it was rewritten to use Neelix instead.
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cabbie
Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 6:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I am left feeling ambiguous about this episode. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the evidence that Seven's memories were recently deliberately suppressed. The Doctor harps on this point initially, but then it seems to be forgotten. If Kovin was innocent, why were Seven's memories suppressed? The absence of the medical bed in his lab isn't definitive- they could have transported her elsewhere for the procedure, then transported her back again.

I appreciate the points that others have raised- innocent until proven guilty: I agree wholeheartedly. The danger and damage of false accusations- yes. Of course. The unreliability of recovered memories- yes. Though the fact that they are unreliable does not equate to them always being wrong.

But... yes. I find the ambiguity of Kovin's guilt or innocence to be unsettling and also to be unsettled. I disagree that this is a strength in the writing; rather, I found it to be a cop out. The memory suppression is, for me, strong evidence (albeit circumstantial) that SOMETHING happened to her. Her behavioral changes further suggest this.

And I found it to be contradictory when Janeway told Seven that no one is abandoning her. In fact, they all abandoned her, and where is she left now? Who is dealing with the aftermath of her trauma? Regardless of its basis in reality, its still there. I would hate to be Kovin in this episode, but I would also hate to be Seven. I find the Doctor most culpable, and I am glad he realizes this. He was irresponsible re Kovin, but also re Seven.

If I were Seven, I would have lost my trust (if I had any to begin with) for the whole Voyager crew. Not because they didn't just accept her story at face value, but because in the absence of confirming evidence, they just blew it off. Hardly the way you treat someone who's subjectively experienced a trauma.
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