Star Trek 101 debuted in October 2016 — and the latest regular StarTrek.com column serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We’re pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films.
SEVEN OF NINE (Jeri Ryan), Borg Drone
“I am no longer Borg… but the prospect of becoming human is… unsettling. I don’t know where I belong.” — from “Hope and Fear“
Born Annika Hansen, she was captured and assimilated by the cybernetic species known as the Borg when she was very young. The Borg renamed her Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One. That’s a real mouthful, so her new friends on Voyager just called her Seven.
Seven was assigned as the Borg liaison to Voyager when the Collective formed a temporary alliance with Janeway to defeat their mutual enemy, Species 8472. But you can’t just trust a Borg: after they got rid of Species 8472, Seven tried to hand Voyager over to the Collective. Janeway responded by destroying Seven’s link to the Borg and removing most of her high-tech hardware (she was allowed to keep a fetching piece of facial jewelry and a punk-looking glove).
Seven initially resisted Janeway’s attempts to restore her humanity, but eventually she came to accept her new life — even the Doctor’s occasionally overbearing attempts to play Professor Higgins to her Eliza Doolittle.
“Scorpion” – The Borg drone designated as Seven of Nine
“Drone” – Seven of Nine’s nanoprobes fuse with The Doctor’s mobile emitter.
“Dark Frontier” – The Borg Queen attempts to lure Seven of Nine back to the hive.
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.
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