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Here's an interview with Susanna Thompson,
Voyager's Borg Queen, about the upcoming season finale, "Unimatrix Zero".
It does contain spoilers!
Return as Borg Queen Challenges
by Ian Spelling
The Borg Queen, the sinewy
and sweaty villianess last seen making life hard for Captain Janeway (Kate
Mulgrew) and company in the Voyager telemovie "Dark
Frontier," returns to menace anew in "Unimatrix Zero," which will air
on May 24.
And once again stepping into
the Queen's lair for the sixth season's cliffhanger is actress Susanna
"I wasn't really surprised
that they called," Thompson says. "I was more surprised that I said yes."
This time, the Borg Queen
discovers a disease is runnig rampant among her drones--a disease called
individuality. During the regeneration process, some Bort temporarily regain
access to memories of their lives before they were assimilated.
"When the Queen learns what
is happening, she brings in a drone and asks for his help," Thompson says.
"the Queen's testing method is too slow, and she wants to get to the crux
of it immediately."
"He doesn't respond, so she
tears apart his cortical array," the actress says. "In effect she becomes
a mad scientist, and she's desperately in search of this wiring problem
that's allowing this to happen.
"In the meantime, the Voyager
has discovered this as well."
Not to give away too much,
but the Borg Queen makes Janeway a most tempting offer.
Janeway, of course rejects
the proposal, setting in motion a chain of events that won't be resolved
until Voyager's 7th season opener which airs next fall.
Thompson spent much of previous
Voyager shot blinded by the Borg Queen's contact lenses, being led around
the set by a production assistant. Though she still wore lenses for "Unimatrix
Zero," the actress reports that the production staff was "extra-sensataive"
about how long the lenses stayed in, adding that writer-producer Branno
Braga space her work days to give her eyes time to recover.
However, "Unimatrix Zero"
was still a tough, tough shoot.
"They work so fast over at
Star Trek, and it's not really the way I like to work, particularly when
they throw last-minute script revisions at you," says Thompson, now a regular
on ABC's freshman drama "Once and Again. And a lot of the revisions are
huge techno-babble paragraphs. I've been in situations like that before,
where they worked very fast," Thompson says, "But I was dealing with normal
language, and I wasn't in costume or elaborate makeup."
"But to be the Borg Queen
and do that was not so easy," she concludes. "It doesn't come second nature
Practice makes perfect, however,
and Thompson will be back as the Borg Queen later this summer when she
films "Unimatrix Zero" part 2. The actress hopes not only that there will
be a finished script, but also that the episode will feature a scene as
deliciously decadent as her favorite moment in "Unimatrix Zero."
There's one scene where you
see me with a bunch of drone heads that I'm dissecting and have already
dissected. There was a moment when they handed me a head before we started
a scene, and the head was dripping and there werewires and other electrical
pieces hanging out of it."
"It was very sci-fi Hamlet.
It was very 'Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio.'"
Here are some pretty extensive
information regarding the last few episodes of this season:
Live Fast and Prosper:
This new episode deals with three alien con artists named Feydra, Mobar
and Zev, who
have obtained extensive
information about Voyager and are now posing as Janeway,
Tuvok and Chakotay, respectively.
In this way they're trying to scam others out of money and needed materials.
Hilarity ensues when an
inspector investigating the scams holds the Voyager crew for the crimes.
and Harry crash in the Delta Flyer on an alien planet. The planet is developmentally
comparable to earth in the
Shakespeare period. A 'poet'
finds Torres in the downed flyer (Harry punched out in an escape pod) and
begins writing plays based on Voyager and the crew. Torres ends up helping
him perform his last 'play', which keeps a war from breaking out on the
planet because of the play. The B plot has a really rather funny bit with
Tuvok snoring and sleeping in the Captains chair.
Life Line (Formerly I,
Zimmerman): This is the much talked about ep with Troi and Barclay.
In one of their now monthly transmissions, Barclay sends info to the Doc
that Doctor Zimmerman his creator has a terminal cellular disease, and
that he will die in a couple of months. The doc convinces Janeway to let
him send himself back to earth over the wire to treat his creator. His
experience in the Delta Quadrant and with Borg technology gives him an
edge over Earth doctors. When the doc arrives, he finds that Zimmerman
wants nothing to do with him. The Mark I holodocs have been found incompetent
and relegated to scrubbing plasma conduits. They are already up to the
Mark 4 EMH. The two docs bump heads and fight a lot. In the end, the doc
cures him and they reach an understanding. Troi, and Barclay have fairly
The Haunting of Deck Twelve:
This story is mostly told as a campfire type story by Neelix to the
Borg children. The power on ship goes down, and the regenerating children
wake up. Neelix tells them what is happening in the form of story. Basically,
while flying through a Nebula, Voyager picks up an entity which makes its
way through the ships systems wreaking havoc and trying to force the crew
to take it back to the nebula. The crew just thinks the ship is fraught
with malfunctions due to flying through the nebula and doesn't figure out
there is intelligence behind it for quite some time. In the end, they give
the creature some place to live and everyone is happy. Seems this
episode will not deal with Tuvok and time travel as previously thought.
Unimatrix Zero: Unimatrix
Zero is a place where the Borg's minds go to when the regenerate. A kind-of
cyberspace, where they can be their old selves (being individuals) before
being assimilated. It is in this realm that Seven has a boyfriend. Only
certain people went there and 7 of 9 was one of them. Susanna Thompson
returns as the Borg Queen (does this chick ever die??)
Although most will already
now this, but there is another shift of power for Voyager for it's final
seventh season. Brannon Braga will be stepping down as Executive
Producer at the end of the sixth season, and Kenneth Biller will be taking
his place. Joe Menosky will also be leaving at the end of the sixth
season, but he plans to come back to Trek.
The Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson)
will be back in the cliffhanger finale for this season, "Unimatrix Zero".
(The Borg Queen must have nine lives or something). In this episode,
there are several major revelations. Tom Paris gets his Lieutenant
rank back, the Borg Children return, and Janeway, Tuvok and Harry get assimilated.
The Delta Flyer will also be destroyed. The episode will deal with
a Borg resistance.
The other two episodes of
the season which little information about is "Muse" and "The Haunting of
Deck Twelve". "The Muse" is supposed to be like Shakespeare, and
"The Haunting..." is a time travel episode involving Tuvok.
Well, the episode doesn't
air for another month or so, but here are two pictures which appeared in
Cinescape magazine of the upcoming Kes episode, "Fury":
As for some minor tidbits:
Tom Paris gets his rank back in "Life Lines" (formerly "I, zimmerman").
The Borg children also reappear in this episode.
The producers are contemplating
having a huge Borg episode to cap off the season...it would involved, according
to Brannon Braga:
"a massive resistance movement
within the Borg that could unravel them once and for all, that Seven gets
involved with. It may also include, finally, a true romance for Seven of
Nine against the backdrop of the resistance. It may possibly see the return
of a new Borg Queen. It's very conceptual at this point, but it's
safe to say that there's
one more Borg epic to come."
Here's some more details
on the upcoming "Good Shepherd":
When Janeway finds that there
are a total of three crewmembers who have not been on an away mission,
and seem to lack her personal attention, she takes them on an away mission
on the Delta Flyer to investigate a newly forming galaxy. Durin the
away mission, the crew is attacked by an overpowering alien force.
The aliens beam one of the crewmembers off the Delta Flyer, and takes over
Well, here it is. The
plot summary of Kes's return in "The Fury". This comes from the wonderful
site, Star Trek Universe
. He is never wrong, so I am very displeased with this upcoming episode.
Read for yourself, how it seems to destroy the character of Kes.
An old Kes shows up out of nowhere, requesting help from Janeway and seeking
It is not bad enough that they
had to write her out of the show, but now they are ruining the character
too. Way to go producers!!
permission to come aboard. Of course, Janeway gives permission. Kes proceeds
to RAM Voyager with her shuttle, taking half of deck 10 with her. Kes then
proceeds to walk through deck 11, flexing conduits and blowing out bulkheads
left and right in a fit of rage. When a couple of security guys try to
her, they are killed. She makes her way to engineering where she starts
sapping power from the warp core. Torres tries to intervene, and is killed
well. Kes, hugging the warp core, suddenly becomes young again, then
Next we see Kes reappear, only now it is three years earlier (she has
traveled back in time). Old Kes finds past Kes in the aerponics (spelling)
bay, sedates her, and takes her place amongst the crew. Kes is angry with
Janeway, and blames her for filling her head with a bunch of space
exploration stuff, and convincing her to explore her telepathic side. It
turns out that Kes was not ready to become a 'being of light' - and blames
Janeway for forcing her into it. ANYWAY, Kes then begins a devious plan
have Voyager captured by the Vidians (the guys that steal peoples organs)
Due to Kes' strong telepathic abilities, Tuvok begins to have bizarre
visions. He sees and speaks to Naomi Wildman in the turbolift, and sees
of Nine and the Borg twins in the cargo bay. This obviously disturbs him,
none of these people yet exist - none of that has happened - so he does
know what or who he is seeing. He even makes a reference to using the Delta
Flyer for an away mission, and it has not been built yet. Tuvok becomes
confused and asks to be relieved of duty.
When the Vidians attack, Janeway figures out whats going on, and confronts
'future' Kes as she is trying to get a semi-conscious 'past' Kes off Voyager
to take her back home. Janeway ends up having to kill 'future' Kes.
We then jump back to the present, and back to where the show originally
started. Kes again pops up and requests to come aboard, but this time Janeway
is ready. She raises shields to prevent the crash, and shuts down the warp
core so when 'old' Kes gets to it, she cannot travel back in time. Torres
does not die. 'Old' Kes then sees a holo-message that she recorded in the
past (as young Kes - after the vidian incident) to try to dissuade her
self from doing this. Old Kes is moved to tears, and leaves the ship once
Just some upcoming information
on some new episodes:
Live Fast and Prosper:
Alien "con artists" take the form of Janeway, Tuvok and Chakotay in order
to obtain technology from other races.
The Fury: Kes returns.
I've received an email from someone who says they know what the show is
about, but I think it is just someone trying to pull a prank. But,
I'll report it anways, but remember, it is most likely not true:
Sesperia will return in this episode, and that is why Kes returns.
We will see Kes like "we've never seen her before". Maybe that's
because we haven't seen her for three years.
Counselor Troi and Reginald
Barclay to return....
(side note from MajCullah:
OK, OK...I think this is a really bad idea to bring these two back.
It is obviously a gimmick to rope in viewers. Yes, it was fine to
see them both in "Pathfinder", but to see them again is just rehash.
It would be different if it was an episode for next season, but I think
it is WAY TOO SOON to bring them back. But that is just my two cents.
Fell free to go against it by discussing it in the forum...) Oh,
thanks to Trekweb for the report.
I, Zimmerman: The
Pathfinder Project (grr, should be Project Voyager I think ;) sends
its first transmission to Voyager, and the Doctor discovers that his creator,
Zimmerman, is dying. Thinking he can save his creators life, the
Doctor uses the experimental hyper-subspace technology to send his program
back to the Alpha Quadrant. This is the episode where Barclay and
is a ton of new information on upcoming episodes, courtesy of the Star
Trek Universe . I should warn you that some of it is pretty spoiler
Paris, Kim and Neelix return from a mission and start to exhibit signs
of post traumatic stress syndrome to a war that they fought in. As
Voyager begins to investigate, the whole ship becomes affected. They
soon discover a war memorial in space that transfers actual thoughts to
those who are within range. Against Chakotay's wishes, Janeway keeps
the memorial active, and establishes warning beacons.
The Collective: Chakotay,
Paris, Kim and Neelix get captured by five Borg children who run an entire
cube by themselves. They hold them as ransom, demanding that Voyager
give them Voyager's deflector dish, so that they can contact the Collective
to retrieve them. Upon further investigation, it appears that all
the drones on the cube died of some kind of pathogen that infiltrated the
cube. Seven soon discovers a message that the Collective does not
want the children, as the Collective believes they are "defective".
Four of the drones return to Voyager as individuals.
Spirit Folk: Tom
and Harry manage to recover the Fair Haven Program. However, the
characters begin to suspect that the Voyager crew are not who they say
they are. Some of the townspeople capture and accuse Tom and Harry
of being 'spirit folk', and Michael (Janeway's love interest) saves the
day. There are a few scenes of Michael and Janeway together, including
one where she gives him a tour of the ship (Voyager).
Ashes to Ashes (New!!):
Voyager officer who died several years before during an away mission with
Kim returns to Voyager as another species. This species manages to
survive by taking dead bodies, reanimating them and turning the DNA into
their own. During this process, the newly revived aliens are supposed
to forget their former lives, but this officer does not. She returns
to Voyager, much to the chagrin of Kim who was in love with her.
The Doctor uses his "revert the DNA to it's original state oven" to make
the woman look human again. When the aliens arrive, they begin to
attack Voyager, looking for the young woman. The B-Plot to this show
is Seven and the four Borg children, as she starts to teach them, etc...
They are quite a handful, so she dumps them into a room with Naomi Wildman,
saying "Now, the fun will commence".
Child's Play (New!!):
Borg children return, when the oldest is reunited with his parents.
Although he doesn't want to leave Voyager, Seven convinces him it will
be for the better. He has been helpful for Voyager, as he designed
devices to scan for wormholes. When the child returns to his parents,
one of the other children informs Seven that the parents lied about how
the child was assimilated. When Voyager returns, they find the child
alone in a shuttle that activates a beacon to attract Borg cubes.
Upon further investigation, Seven finds that the child was created by his
species as a "Borg Killer". The Child then ends up on Voyager at