Resistance is Happening

Story: Unimatrix Zero, Part II
Written By: Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 2000

When we last left off, Janeway, B’Elanna, and Tuvok were willingly assimilated (with this neural suppressant in their brains) by the Borg in order to inject a virus which will help several Borg Drones who live as individuals while regenerating live as individuals when not regenerating, and separate themselves from the Hive mind. We pick up where we left off, with the away team assimilated and working to inject the virus...but Tuvok’s neural suppressant loses it’s control, and he becomes a drone the Queen access to all of Voyager’s security codes. Meanwhile Seven finds a bit of romance in Unimatrix Zero with her apparant old flame from her former days there.
The Queen...I hadn’t talked about Susanna Thompson in her previous two appearances. She lacks both the creepy and oddly sexy elements of Alice Krige’s performance in “first Contact”. Krige’s performance was so damn strange and sensual, that it was constantly interesting to watch. Thompson is just stiff and boring.

That goes for the episode as well. Much like the initial installment of “Unimatrix Zero,” this episode is just slow and boring, with sloppy action scenes that lack any kind of urgency or interest. As far as I’m concerned...this is the story where the Borg had finally worn out their welcome. There were some weak Borg episodes prior to this, but here they are just old hat, nothing new to offer, but nothing entertaining on even the most basic level anymore. The music sucks half the energy out of the room too.

In the end Voyager wins, Janeway, Tuvok, and B’Elanna return to normal, and the Borg are on the Drones of Unimatrix Zero are on their way to leaving the Collective indefinitely. Happy day.

NEXT TIME: Bad Implant