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Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 9:45am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

I admit I was surprised by the number of negative opinions registered here. Was the episode, at least in part, derivative? Sure. But then, the argument has been well made that there haven't been original stories for millennia, certainly in the broad, central themes and governing principles.

Was it predictable? Well, clearly the answer for some was yes, but I've always found the question a bit foreign. I've never been the "type of person" (ung...what a problmatic expression) that found much to be predictable. I get caught up in the story and my mind is usually too occupied watching emotions play on faces, listening to the score, etc., to even consider what will happen later. Mind you, many friends do find themselves outside the story, and a few even babble their predictions in real time, usually announced triumphantly, and sometimes spoiling it for me. And if a story is truly terrible, I may do the same. In general, though, I am lucky enough (or stupid enough ) to bob along with the moment, so predictability is not an issue.

Why did several people decide the origin of "One" was outlandish? Borg nano probes, if they do anything at all, create (and maintain) more Borg - using whatever resources are available. That's why they exist. If they found themselves suddenly exposed to a new, resource-rich environment, what else WOULD they do? Combined with advanced technology, but short on the biological material with which they are programmed to merge, why was sampling the first living tissue they encoutered a stretch? I don't mean any disprespect, but the many arguments dismissing One's creation seem almost, well, bizarre.

Most of the cast had some strong, small moments. I like Robert Beltran (he is too often underrated) and I love his big smile, which whetever else you might say about him, is never deployed unearned. Even Wang has a nice showing, conveying just the right note when he announces One is still alive in the Borg Sphere debris field.

Jeri Ryan was, as she so often is, amazing. She and ( drat - I can't recall his name- ung SORRY very good actor who also played a creepily-convincing holodeck Nazi in another Voyager episode!) One had visible chemistry (as actors, like Hopkins and Foster, or Shanks and Dean-Anderson, or Varney and Gabriel ) and when One dies, it is quite profitable to watch Ryan's face closely, as the director clealy intends.

Stewart was , and is, in league of his own in the entire Trek universe, and beyond, at being able convey the full range human emotions, sometimes many simultaneously, without saying a word. Nimoy was also amazing at this, as is Mulgrew, on many occasions, and Brooks on several. Jeri Ryan can, likewise, project an internal experience with remarkable skill, and Sevens' arc from beginning to end, from cautious fascination to parental pride to deeper investment to the shock and grief of loss, plays across her face with moving conviction.

There are probably a hundred little moments, but one example has the Doctor (in one of HIS strong moments) say to Seven, on One's death, that he is sorry. Seven jumps as if startled - just the sound of another voice rips her from her stunned instant of bewildering loss. That is great, internal acting; she is RIGHT THERE and we feel it.

So, with respect, for these and many more reasons, this a great episode.

p.s. Petulant, I couldn't agree more. If they had at some point used Todd Babcock again, I would have been very happy.
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