Voyager finds the Borg territory, as well as the alien race that is crushing them.
To quote George Lucas’s masterwork – ‘there’s always a bigger fish’. In this case, the unstoppable ‘Species 8472’, whose motto is ‘the weak will perish’. That’s the setup for a pretty good action episode that still takes the time for developing the complexity of the Janeway/Chakotay relationship.
There are a few weaknesses – for a start, no one thinks about the implications this new species would have for the Federation. Sure it’s a while off, but there’s a good argument for worrying about that now. And the new aliens are a bit too powerful. It’ll be hard to write around that one later.
478 down, 259 to go.