Trekathon 604: Child’s Play (VOY)

December 30th, 2012

Voyager finds the parents of one of the Borg children.

This episode puzzled me for most of its duration. Why are we spending so much time on this character who we don’t know? Shouldn’t we have more focus on Seven in this plot? And then at the end I realised – he’s a new member of the crew. It’s been so long since that’s happened (Seven of Nine was the last) that I didn’t even think of it as a possibility. That realisation lifted the episode a few notches in my mind (from ‘bad’ to ‘OK’), as now we were at least learning a little about someone who would be back.

But I’m not a fan of this overall plot arc. Seven has a lot to learn, and I’m not sure that ‘embrace your maternal instincts’ is the best way to prod that plot forward. Still, on the plus side at least the usual backsliding in her character is being avoided a little this time around.

A couple of final asides: The Voyager Science Fair? Someone misses Captain Picard Day. Also: OMG it’s Sterling. He must be bad…

604 down, 133 to go.