Stardate not given: Seven of Nine reports a startling experience during her regeneration cycle, which the Doctor explains away as a dream. Moments after Tom Paris is reinstated to the rank of lieutenant, Voyager receives a distress signal – which goes dead a second later. Tracking the signal to its source, the crew finds a colony built on an asteroid…and destroyed by the Borg.
Seven’s next regeneration cycle finds her in a verdant jungle again, greeted by a familiar man named Axum. He explains that Seven is not dreaming, but has been drawn to a virtual environment known as Unimatrix Zero. One in a million Borg drones has a recessive mutation which allows them to visit Unimatrix Zero while they regenerate. In this environment, the drones have individuality, their original appearance…and no memory of events there once they return to the Collective. But one drone no longer belongs to the Collective. Seven can retain her memory, and she promptly relays this information to Captain Janeway, who sees an opportunity to undermine the Borg once and for all.
Janeway mounts a bold offensive against the nearest Borg vessel, which is a heavily armored tactical ship. She reluctantly brings Tuvok and Torres with her on a mission to infiltrate the Borg ship – a mission which results in the destruction of the Delta Flyer just as its away team beams aboard the cube. But Janeway’s team is quickly overcome – the captain, Tuvok and B’Elanna are all assimilated. Was this part of her plan?
teleplay by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
story by Mike Sussman
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Mark Deakins (Axum), Jerome Butler (Korok), Joanna Heimbold (Laura), Tony Sears (Borg Drone), Ryan Spears (Alien Child)
LogBook entry by Earl Green