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Unimatrix Zero, Part 1

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Title : Unimatrix Zero, Part 1 Rating : 2
First Aired : 24 May 2000 Stardate : Unknown
Director : Allan Kroeker Year : 2376
Writers : Michael Sussman Season : 6
Rating : 2.0000 for 3 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 2
Review : OK, Captain Janeway has officially gone insane. Doctor, confine her to quarters and don't let her have any coffee until she's talking sense. As if launching a raid on a Tactical Cube wasn't mad enough, deliberately allowing yourself to be assimilated is a heck of a Plan B. She's lucky she didn't have an eye or an arm removed. How did that woman ever become a starship captain? Perhaps if she had gone for the old method, sneak up and rely on the Borg ignoring you unless they consider you a threat, it might have made a bit more sense. They could even use the bio-dampeners from "Dark Frontier". To deal with the rest of the story, I'm not sure about the Borg Queen. Why does she speak to Drones when she can surely hear their thoughts? There was no need to interrogate the unfortunate Drone at the beginning of the episode, she would have been certain that he knew nothing. Acting like the Evil Empress is out of character for the Borg and detracts from the story. Unimatrix Zero itself is an interesting concept. Sometimes, computer networks do some very strange things, so why shouldn't the Hive Mind do something unusual occasionally. Building in a love story for Seven was a good idea in some ways, as it adds a lot to the character to see that she has a lot more to her history than first thought. I suppose that redeems it partly. Overall verdict, flawed, but watchable. This was supposed to be a review, not a rant, and I'm sorry if it sounds that way. By the way, I notice that Tom got his pip back, but poor old Harry didn't get one at all. I also notice that one of the Borg heads looked awfully familiar, rather like a certain android we all know.
Reviewer : Satan Rating : 2
Review : Not exactly one of Voyager's shining episodes. For one thing, the characterization of the Queen in this episode is very odd, she is acting more like an individual leader of the Borg instead of literally BEING the Collective as established in First Contact and "Dark Frontier." It really takes something away from the Borg that I really liked. And how come Tom earns his rank back but Harry is still an ensign? Harry's did a lot more in Voyager's last few seasons than Tom has recently. I guess the writers didn't think Ensign Paris sounded as good as Lieutenant Paris. The episodes premise is fascinating though. Given the Borg's technological nature it's easy to believe that something like Unimatrix Zero could exist within the Borg, and Seven's explanation of a "random malfunction during the assimilation of a single drone that spread to others" only solidifies this. I can also see why Janeway would want to help the drones in Unimatrix Zero, as it could potentially weaken the Federation's most lethal enemy and keep them from staging another attack on the Alpha Quadrant for some time. The battle scenes also made for some very nice special effects and the sight of Janeway, Torres, and Tuvok as drones added a nice cliffhanger. Unfortunately a promising premise can't substitute for poor execution. Attacking a Tactical Cube, sorry, that's just retarded. Sure Starfleet, and the Voyager crew in general, has learned a lot about the Borg and how to fight them over the years, but this is a simple question of raw firepower, and Voyager should have been destroyed with one shot. A Sphere would have been much more realistic (as the Doctor points out). Of course the writers axed this idea because they wanted to show something "new," and they probably could have gotten away with it if it wasn't some enhanced Cube. That combined with the Queen's characterization in this episode just severely weakened it. And just a random nit, the Doctor claims that Seven had her first dream in this episode. Not ture. She mentioned dreams she had in season 4's "One" and when the Queen contacted her in "Dark Frontier" Seven believed she was dreaming. Once again, the writers screw up.
Reviewer : MarcusP Rating : 2
Review : Big things going on like in a good season finale cliffhanger episodes. Janeway, Tuvok and Torres being partially assimilated. But the episode lacks punch and failes to deliver the appropriate suspense.
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