110 – Dark Frontier, Part 2

Grade: B+

Dark Frontier (1999) on IMDb


At the end of the previous episode, Seven stayed behind with the Borg. The Borg queen tells her that it was their idea to place her onto Voyager, and that they surrendered her to Voyager easily. This seems a bit like revisionist history to me, which may or may not be intentional. Meanwhile, back on Voyager, Naomi Wildman suggests a rescue mission strategy.


Actually, I don’t remember seeing this episode when it originally aired. But having seen it recently, I think it’s a pretty good one. The story is pretty exciting and fun to watch. I have a few minor concerns with it, but in general it’s pretty good. I still don’t understand why the Borg are so concerned with keeping Seven with them. I know they say it’s so she can help them assimilate Humanity, but we don’t know why she can help. In the past, we’ve seen the Borg send one or maybe two cubes at a time to attack the Federation, but we’ve never seen them send over a bunch of them. It seems to me that if they sent a couple dozen ships or so, they can assimilate Earth in no time flat. The Federation has no defense against them. Oh well.

Now that I think about it, this two-part episode is much like Data’s two-part episode called Descent. That’s the one when he joins the Borg so he can be with his brother Lore.

Of Note

Something funny happens here. While they’re on the Borg ship, Captain Janeway and Tuvok walk down a hallway. She then says she will “try to locate the shield matrix”. She turns around and finds the one thing that’s attached to the wall. It’s kinda funny, actually.

At the end of this episode, they use the transwarp coil and get 20,000 LY closer to Earth. They should now be about 35,000 LY away, which means that in 5 seasons, they’ve made up about 30 years of travel time.