been some time since the crew of the Starship Voyager faced an assault
from the Borg Collective. They last appeared en masse in Scorpion,
the acclaimed two-parter that bridged seasons three and four and
introduced the latest crew member, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). However,
this February the Borg are back. And they want Seven returned to them
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"It's a movie," enthuses Jeri Ryan of Dark Frontier,
the two-hour epic that will air on UPN during the sweeps period. "It
could have been a feature, the script is so outstanding. You can
always tell the Brannon Braga scripts: they're phenomenal, and this
script is a perfect example of his work. It's Seven of Nine and the
Borg Queen, who we haven't seen since First Contact."
When it is pointed out that the Queen, played by Alice Krige, died at
the climax of the eighth Star Trek movie, Ryan laughs.
"It's a different Borg Queen! Come on, this is Science Fiction -
work with me here! It's not Alice Krige. I think they were checking
her availability but she was working on something in South Africa.
They got a very talented actress, Susanna Thompson, and she was
It seems that Dark Frontier could be the story that Voyager
fans have been anticipating for months. Ever since Seven's début,
when she was forced to join Janeway's crew and adjust to becoming
human, it has been inevitable that the Collective would attempt to
track her down. Stories like The Raven, Drone and Infinite Regress
have featured the Borg, but Dark Frontier promises to be the
showdown, which will put Captain Janeway head-to-head with the leader
of the emotionless cyborgs.
so much I want to tell you, but I'm afraid I'm going to give away plot
points," says Ryan, frustrated. "Janeway decides that
they're going to start assimilating the Borg, because they come across
a crippled Borg scout ship. They're going to attack the ship to get
their Transwarp coils so they can get home faster. The Borg know about
this plan, and the Queen contacts Seven of Nine and essentially
blackmails her to come back and join the Collective in order to save
Voyager. So the threat is you can either come with us, or we can kill
you all and your crew can never get home. That is Seven's choice and
she can't tell anybody this, because she knows that Janeway will try
and save her.
"Part of the reason that the Queen wants Seven back is because
she is an individual now. She has lived among humans as an individual
for a year and a half. No Drone has ever done that before. They want
her individuality and her humanity - they don't want to reassimilate
her, they want her to join of her own choice so she can help them
With Space battles, chase sequences, outstanding production design
and some brilliant character scenes, Dark Frontier promises to
be the closest Trek has ever come to presenting a big-budget
feature for television.
"It touches a lot on the relationships between Seven and
Janeway, and Seven and the Queen," Ryan clarifies, "and the
way Seven has been torn in two directions. It's sort of like a birth
mother and an adoptive mother. It's beautifully written, there are
some really wonderful scenes, and I'm really excited about it. It was
so much fun to do."