Species 8472

Story: Scorpion
Written By: Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1997

"Scorpion" is actually a pretty damn fine finale. I know I’m not a huge fan of this series, I’m watching it almost purely out of OCD...but I’m not so adamant that the show can’t occasionally have strengths. Hell if this whole season had scripts as tight as this one, I wouldn’t find it so difficult to sit through this show so often.
Voyager has finally reached Borg space, but getting there they soon find that their biggest threat isn’t even the Borg, but another race, designated Species 8472 by the Borg, that is destroying the Borg one by one. Everything is working in this episode...from the great special effects to the script, from the acting to the character struggles, and from the action down to even the music (music from TNG on tends to be bland, with few exceptions, but this episode happened to be one of those exceptions)...it’s a damn fine episode that proves that Voyager could be good when the effort was put forth (which makes the fact that the effort wasn’t put forth more often than not so infuriating).

I especially liked that while Janeway has yet another ridiculous and dangerous plan that could kill her whole crew based on the slim chance that it MIGHT guarantee a slightly faster route home, Chakotay calls her out on it. He points out that she often does this and this time he really can’t even back her up. It added believability to this often used premise. I hate that she is always risking everyones life for some little sliver of hope...but I hate even more that she is almost always right and her decisions are rarely questioned by the crew (barring a few “I dunno Cap’n” lines).

So the episode ends in cliffhanger with Janeway offering an alliance with the Borg...Voyager gives them a way to defeat Species 8472, Borg allow them to travel safely through Borg space...and before a decision is made 8472 show up to reek havoc on the Borg.

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