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Deep Space Seven
As the Borg warrior Seven of Nine, Jeri Ryan is Star Trek: Voyager's last, best hope for becoming must-see Sci-Fi TV
THE PAST three years have hardly been easy for Star Trek: Voyager. Ever since Captain Janeway and crew first arrived in the Delta Quadrant, the lavish space opera has faced constant criticism from casual viewers and Star Trek aficionados alike, most of whom feel that Voyager lacks originality and simply isn't going where no Science Fiction series has gone before. To make matters worse, the show's ratings Stateside have been disappointing at best, suggesting that Paramount were pushing their luck by producing a fourth Star Trek series.
Fortunately, however, this sorry state of affairs looks set to change at the start of Voyager's fourth year, thanks to the arrival of Seven of Nine. Introduced in the fourth season première, Scorpion Part II, Seven of Nine is a Borg drone who finds herself cut off from the evil Collective and reluctantly joins Voyager's crew. The character promises to open up the show's potential for bold, new storylines, and will also add a welcome edge to the crew's interpersonal relationships. On top of that, the bewitching Borg babe will no doubt have red-blooded males switching on in their millions. Move over Baywatch - 'Star Trek: Borgwatch' is here!
Seven of Nine is played by Jeri Ryan, who Cult Times readers will probably remember as Juliet in the pseudo-historical SF drama Dark Skies. Jeri joined that show's cast midway through its first and only season, and beamed aboard the Starship Voyager a little over a month after Dark Skies' demise.
"That departure came about not unexpectedly," she recalls, "because by the time my character was added mid-season, NBC had pretty much written Dark Skies off. So it wasn't a surprise when the show was cancelled.
"It was a disappointment obviously, because it was a wonderful job. I loved the show, I thought it was very well written. The premise was great, the character was great, she was a lot of fun to play. I loved the people I was working with. And it was my first series, so it was a big treat. But that was cancelled and within a month I did Star Trek. So I didn't have a whole lot of downtime!"

By Mike Thomas

Read the full interview with Voyager's Jeri Ryan in Cult Times
The Best Monthly Guide to Cult Television
Issue 31 (April 1998) available now
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