| [Mess hall]
(The stars outside are not moving. Seven walks up to a table where Kim and Torres are eating.)
KIM: Hey, Seven.
TORRES: Have some dinner. The potato salad isn't half bad.
SEVEN: I do not require nutrition at this time. I would like to talk
SEVEN: Ensign Kim, what is your place of origin?
KIM: You mean, where am I from? Well, I was born in South Carolina, but
I grew up in
SEVEN: Lieutenant Torres, explain why you became a member of the
TORRES: It was through Chakotay. I met him. Well, actually, he saved my
SEVEN: List the sports you play.
KIM: I've dabbled in quite a few. Tennis, Pareses Squares, but my
favourite is volleyball.
SEVEN: Specify the foods you find enjoyable.
TORRES: Seven, what is this?
SEVEN: Describe the nature of your sexual relationship with Lieutenant
TORRES: Okay, that's it.
EMH: Computer, freeze programme. Would you care to explain what you're
SEVEN: I'm doing exactly what you instructed me to do.
EMH: I hardly think so. I created this programme to help you become
more comfortable in social situations, not to practice alienating
SEVEN: You made recommendations about how to carry on a conversation.
EMH: That's true.
SEVEN: You said it's helpful if people feel you're interested in them.
SEVEN: And that drawing them out by asking them about themselves is one
way to demonstrate that interest.
EMH: That doesn't mean subjecting them to an interrogation. You have to
let them answer, listen to what they're saying. Ask another question on the
same subject. Take your time. Shall we try again?
SEVEN: I believe I am overdue for my weekly medical maintenance. We
EMH: Seven, you've never volunteered for a check-up before.
SEVEN: It is preferable to remaining here.
(Voyager approaches a large pink and purple nebula.)
JANEWAY: What have we got here?
KIM: Looks like a Mutara class nebula with a few trace constituents
that aren't in our database, but they're showing up in minute
TUVOK: The nebula is vast, Captain. It extends beyond the reach of our
JANEWAY: Oh, then I guess we won't try to go around it. Tom, take us in
at one half impulse.
PARIS: Yes, ma'am.
KIM: I'm detecting a slight radioactive field. It's oh, oh.
KIM: Nothing. It's just a headache coming on.
CHAKOTAY: Maybe you should go to Sickbay.
KIM: Yeah, maybe so.
(Then Tuvok is in pain as well. Kim is getting burns on his hands.)
KIM: Oh, god.
(The pain strikes Janeway and Chakotay.)
JANEWAY: Tom, turn us around. Get us out of here.
(But Paris collapses before he can touch the helm.)
JANEWAY: Janeway to Sickbay.
EMH [OC]: Yes, Captain.
JANEWAY: We need help.
EMH [OC]: What happened?
I'm being inundated with calls.
JANEWAY [OC]: Hurry.
EMH: Seven, go to the bridge. Use the dermal regenerator to treat the
(Only Tuvok is able to ignore the pain long enough to set a course.)
Course laid in.
(The pain goes away.)
KIM: We've cleared the nebula.
JANEWAY: All stop.
(Seven enters, and turns over a crewman lying by the turbolift door. His face is badly burnt.)
SEVEN: He's dead.
The nebula extends for at least one hundred ten light years. Possibly
JANEWAY: At the least, it would take us well over a month to get
through it, and more than a year to get around it.
SEVEN: The crew was unable to tolerate the nebula for even a few
minutes. They certainly could not survive a month.
JANEWAY: We've come fifteen thousand light years. We haven't been
stopped by temporal anomalies, warp core breaches, or hostile aliens.
And I am damned if I'm going to be stopped by a nebula. I'll be in
I've analysed a sample of the gases from the nebula. I think the damage
came from subnucleonic radiation. Even the briefest exposure is
devastating to organic tissue.
JANEWAY: Can you give us any protection against the effects?
EMH: Yes. Stasis chambers. Independent life support for each unit.
JANEWAY: Are you suggesting that the entire crew be put in suspended
EMH: Yes. I, of course, would stay online in order to monitor everyone.
JANEWAY: This is a drastic step, Doctor. Are there any other options?
Adjusting the shields? Inoculations?
EMH: I assure you, I've considered all possibilities. This is the only
JANEWAY: There's more to getting through the nebula than monitoring the
crew. Who would regulate ship's systems? Make course adjustments?
EMH: I think I've demonstrated that I have a command of the rudimentary
aspects of piloting.
JANEWAY: Of course you have, and I know you could do it. But you'll
need back-up. We have no idea what effect the nebular radiation might
have on your holomatrix. What if you went offline?
EMH: There was only one crewmember besides myself that seemed
unaffected by the nebula.
JANEWAY: I want you to understand the seriousness of this
responsibility. The lives of the entire crew will be on your shoulders.
SEVEN: You doubt my ability to fulfil this task?
JANEWAY: Ordinarily not at all, but this is an unusual situation. After
being in the Collective, it wasn't easy for you to adjust to a ship
with only a hundred and fifty people on it, was it, Seven? How would
you feel with only the Doctor for company?
SEVEN: I will adapt.
JANEWAY: Most humans don't react particularly well to long periods of
isolation. Borg Drones have even more difficulty.
SEVEN: As you pointed out, I am neither Borg nor human. I can do this,
JANEWAY: All right. I'll work with the senior staff to draw up a list
of duties. But let me make it clear. The Doctor will be in command. You
will follow his instructions just as you would follow mine.
SEVEN: Follow the orders of a hologram?
JANEWAY: He's our Chief Medical Officer, and he is thoroughly grounded
in Starfleet protocols. You will report to him.
SEVEN: I understand.
CHAKOTAY: The Doctor's preparing the stasis units now. They should be
ready by seventeen hundred hours.
PARIS: And how long will this be for?
JANEWAY: We don't know for certain. At least a month. Maybe longer, if
the nebula is larger than we estimate.
TORRES: I've never been in long term stasis. Are there any side
JANEWAY: The Doctor assures me it'll be just like taking a nap. We'll
go into the units, our cardiopulmonary systems will be slowed, neural
activity suspended, and we'll wake up feeling as though we'd had a good
KIM: There are things that can go wrong. At least, that's what I've
JANEWAY: We will be carefully monitored by Seven and the Doctor, who
will check our vital signs four times a day, and take care of any other
PARIS: I assume that we've explored all the alternatives?
JANEWAY: I think we're all feeling uneasy about this, and I'd be lying
if I said I don't have concerns myself. And I think it's about loss of
control. We always feel better if we think we're in charge of our own
circumstances. In stasis, we're giving up that control, and no
Starfleet officer likes to do that. But crews have been in stasis much
longer than a month. I think we can handle this. All right. You're free
until seventeen hundred hours. I'll make a ship-wide announcement when
the Doctor's ready. Dismissed.
JANEWAY: Something else?
CHAKOTAY: I want you to tell me that this isn't a mistake.
JANEWAY: Your turn to get reassurance?
CHAKOTAY: Maybe. But my concern isn't about going into stasis. It's
about who you're leaving in charge.
JANEWAY: You're worried about Seven.
CHAKOTAY: Maybe you need to step outside yourself for a minute. Look at
the fact that here's someone who's butted horns with you from the
moment she came on board. Who disregards authority and actively
disobeys orders when she doesn't agree with them.
JANEWAY: And this is the person I'm giving responsibility for the lives
of this entire crew. I suppose you want me to tell you I'm not crazy?
CHAKOTAY: In a nutshell. I know your bond with Seven is unique,
different from everyone else's. From the beginning, you've seen things
in her that no one else could. But maybe you could help me understand
some of those things.
JANEWAY: I don't know if I can. It's just instinct. There's something
inside me that says she can be redeemed. In spite of her insolent
attitude, I honestly believe she wants to do well by us.
CHAKOTAY: That's good enough for me.
JANEWAY: See you at seventeen hundred hours.
If I have to take a nap for a month, I really would rather do it in my
EMH: Everyone's being relocated here to deck fourteen so we can monitor
you more easily. Hop in.
KIM: Come on, Tom. Sleepy time.
PARIS: What if we had to get out in a hurry?
JANEWAY: You can unlock the unit from inside, Tom.
EMH: Do I detect a hint of claustrophobia, Lieutenant.
PARIS: Why do they have to design these things like coffins?
KIM: Should we replicate you a teddy bear?
EMH: Sleep tight.
(Kim and Paris lie down, and the EMH closes the transparent lids over them.)
EMH: Have no worries, Captain. You'll go to sleep and the
next thing you know I'll be standing over you, telling you we're
through the nebula.
JANEWAY: I'm leaving the ship in good hands. I have every confidence in
both of you. See you in a month.
(Janeway gets into her stasis chamber.)
EMH: It's just the two of us now.
Personal log, Seven of Nine, stardate 51929.3. This is the tenth day of
our journey through the Mutara nebula. I have created an efficient
Nutritional supplement fourteen beta seven.
(The replicator produces a mug and she sits to drink it. Then she goes to Engineering to check the systems there.)
Computer, adjust heading by point three four seven degrees starboard.
COMPUTER: Course adjusted.
(Seven discovers Paris lying in the corridor.)
Seven of Nine to the Doctor.
Lieutenant Paris has left his stasis unit and is unconscious.
EMH [OC]: I'll be right there.
Apparently he's more claustrophobic than I thought. But he doesn't seem
to have suffered any ill effects.
SEVEN: Is this likely to happen again?
EMH: It's not unheard of for people to come out of stasis and start
wandering. Leave it to Mister Paris to be just as much trouble now as
when he's awake.
SEVEN: You knew this might happen. Why complain about it?
EMH: If you had even the slightest sense of humour, you'd realise I was
making a small joke.
SEVEN: Very small.
EMH: Give me his vital signs, please.
SEVEN: Pulse, forty two. Body temperature, ninety seven point six.
Blood pressure one hundred over fifty.
SEVEN: I will continue on my rounds.
EMH: I think not. We're paying a visit to the holodeck.
SEVEN: I have no time for frivolous pursuits.
EMH: This isn't frivolous. It's essential. You've been getting more
irritable and short-tempered with each passing day.
SEVEN: So have you.
EMH: Only because I'm having to put up with you. I think you need a
little brush-up course in getting along with people.
SEVEN: There is no one here to get along with.
EMH: I'm here. This isn't a suggestion and it's not a request. It's an
- Mess hall]
(A party is in progress, with the senior staff in casual dress.)
Try one, Commander.
CHAKOTAY: Thank you, Neelix.
JANEWAY: Ooo, what have we here? Delicious!
NEELIX: Join the party, Seven. It's no fun to stand there by yourself.
SEVEN: I have no desire to have fun.
SEVEN: I am attempting to recalibrate the warp field in order to resist
the nebula's radiation. I understand you have some knowledge of warp
field theory. Perhaps you could assist me.
NEELIX: I'd be happy to give it a try. Let's see, the subspace field
matrix looks right.
JANEWAY: Excuse me.
SEVEN: Perhaps you could help as well. We're attempting to
find a stronger warp field calibration.
JANEWAY: How interesting. Maybe if we vary the EM stress parameters,
the warp field dynamic would increase.
NEELIX: Excellent idea, Captain. And if the warp coils were re-phased,
it would increase power to the nacelles.
SEVEN: There is an additional problem. We must compensate for a
subspace induction drag on the engines.
EMH: Pardon me, Captain, Mister Neelix. Computer, freeze programme.
You're completely missing the point of this exercise. You're supposed
to be mixing and mingling, not working on engineering problems.
SEVEN: You ordered me to participate in this programme. You did not
specify topics of conversation.
EMH: You're splitting hairs. You know very well what purpose this
programme is supposed to serve.
SEVEN: I find that it serves no purpose whatsoever.
EMH: Because you're being intentionally perverse.
SEVEN: Holodecks are a pointless endeavour, fulfilling some human need
to fantasise. I have no such need.
EMH: What you need is some editorial skill in your self-expression.
Between impulse and action there is a realm of good taste begging for
SEVEN: I find your self-expression ponderous.
EMH: And I can't put up with this for another month.
SEVEN: We can arrange to avoid one another.
EMH: I wish it were that simple. Unfortunately, you have to report to
me four times a day to keep me informed about the crew.
SEVEN: We can minimise those reports.
COMPUTER: Warning. Emergency procedures in effect.
EMH: Computer, what is the nature of the emergency?
COMPUTER: The antimatter storage tanks are failing.
(Seven uses a wall console.)
A cascade effect is in progress. The warp field coils are compromised,
primary deuterium tank is rupturing, and plasma conduits are ready to
EMH: This is awful.
SEVEN: We have to eject the antimatter tanks.
EMH: We've got to coordinate the effort. You go to Engineering, I'll
go to the bridge.
Doctor to Seven.
EMH [OC]: It's worse than we thought.
Engineering is flooded with plasma. You'll never get in.
I believe I can survive long enough to eject the assembly.
EMH [OC]: It's too late.
Sensors show plasma conduits rupturing on decks seven and thirteen.
I can do it.
Seven. There's been another plasma discharge in Engineering. The hull
is breaching. Get out!
[OC]: Seven, do you hear me?
SEVEN: It's all right, Doctor. False alarm.
(A short time later, they are both looking at Vessel Schematic 4747.)
Look here. I think I've found the problem. There are malfunctions in a
number of neural gel packs. As a result, false readings were fed to the
sensors which detected an emergency when there was none.
SEVEN: We must repair them.
EMH: They seem to be in sequence six theta nine. We'll need replacement
packs and a repair
(Seven gives the EMH a box.)
EMH: Repair kit.
These tubes certainly weren't designed with creature comfort in mind.
It seems to me the shipbuilders should've created a space in which one
can walk upright.
SEVEN: But they did not. It doesn't help to complain about it now.
EMH: I'll complain if I want to. It's comforting.
SEVEN: We can access sequence six theta nine from this junction.
(Two gel packs are blue, but one is black.)
EMH: Odd. I've never seen this kind of neural activity in the
SEVEN: In what sense?
EMH: The neurodes are discharging in random bursts. I would imagine the
nebula activity is causing it. I'll this back to Sickbay for further
SEVEN: I will reroute the command processors to bypass this series.
EMH: This journey certainly hasn't lacked excitement. I can't complain
about being bored.
SEVEN: Since you find it comforting, you'll undoubtedly find something
else to complain about.
EMH: No doubt. You really should try it.
(The EMH glitches.)
SEVEN: What's happening?
EMH: My programme is degrading.
SEVEN: The mobile emitter?
EMH: I don't know. I have to get back to Sickbay. Hurry.
SEVEN: I am hurrying.
EMH: If the mobile emitter goes offline while I'm out of Sickbay, my
programme may be irretrievable.
SEVEN: Don't panic. It's counterproductive.
EMH: That's easy for you to say. You're not facing cybernetic oblivion.
(They leave the tube and stand in a junction. The Doctor disappears then reappears.)
EMH: If that happens again, I'm a goner.
(They run in.)
Ah! Home sweet Sickbay. I never thought I'd be so glad to see these
SEVEN: Give me the emitter. The electro-optic modulator is damaged.
EMH: You're right, it's worthless. There's no way I can risk using it
now. I'm stuck here.
SEVEN: The nebula is having a deleterious effect on all the ship's
EMH: And we still have weeks to go. It's up to you to keep the ship
running. We can't afford to break down in this nebula.
SEVEN: I won't disappoint you.
(Seven dreams that she is standing in a snowfield.)
COMPUTER: Oh six hundred hours. Regeneration sequence complete.
SEVEN: Personal log, Seven of Nine, stardate 51932.4. The twenty ninth
day in the Mutara nebula. I believe I'm beginning to feel the
effects of this prolonged isolation. My dreams have been disturbing.
But I'm determined to fulfil my responsibilities. With the Doctor
confined to Sickbay, I have taken on increasing duties. Ship's systems
are beginning to require constant maintenance in order to avert
disaster. This morning I must purge the auxiliary plasma vents. End
Computer, trim heading by point three one degrees port. Computer,
respond. Computer, trim heading by point three one degrees port.
(The computer sounds ill.)
COMPUTER: Attempting to make correction. Stand by. Attempting to make
correction. Unable to comply.
SEVEN: Manual override. Computer, initiate a level four diagnostic of
your command processors.
COMPUTER: Diagnostic in progress.
COMPUTER: Diagnostic complete.
COMPUTER: Quantum failures are present in thirty three percent of
gel pack relays.
SEVEN: Reroute all functional relays through subprocessor chi one four.
COMPUTER: (normal) Rerouting complete. Relay failures bypassed.
Display Voyager's current position within the nebula. How long to
complete passage through the nebula?
COMPUTER: Six days, five hours.
SEVEN: Six days.
[OC]: Seven. Help.
(Seven cannot see anyone. She enters -)
(Everyone is in their stasis chamber, including Paris.)
COMPUTER: Proximity alert. Vessel approaching. The vessel is hailing.
SEVEN: Open a channel.
COMPUTER: Channel open.
SEVEN: This is the Federation starship Voyager. State your identity.
TRAJIS [OC]: I'm Trajis Lo-Tarik. I'm in need of a microfusion chamber.
Would you consider a trade?
SEVEN: Why are you in this nebula?
TRAJIS [OC]: Trying to get through it, as I imagine you are.
SEVEN: Do you have liquid helium?
TRAJIS [OC]: You're fortunate. I have an ample supply.
SEVEN: I'll beam you directly to our Cargo Bay.
(Seven is trying to find the microfusion chamber by searching the last inventory.)
Seven of Nine. That's an unusual name. How did you get it?
SEVEN: It was my Borg designation.
TRAJIS: Borg? Never heard of them. Are you alone on this ship?
SEVEN: No. The entire crew is here in stasis, and our Doctor is in
TRAJIS: I'm both pilot and crew on my ship. Fortunately, I happen to be
resistant to the effects of the nebula.
SEVEN: What about your technology? The radiation is causing damage to
TRAJIS: I've had to rebuild my engines twice already. If you've been in
the nebula for three weeks, you're doing well.
SEVEN: I am hopeful our propulsion system will remain operational for
the next six days.
TRAJIS: I'll admit I was surprised to find another ship headed toward
me. No one has ever managed to cross the nebula.
SEVEN: If it weren't necessary, we wouldn't be attempting it.
TRAJIS: I'm here by choice. I'm determined to be the first to get
through. I've tried five times before and failed, but this time I'm
sure I'll make it. I want to see what's on the other side.
SEVEN: It is nothing remarkable.
TRAJIS: But I'll be the first of my kind to see it. Tell me, how are
you handling the loneliness?
SEVEN: What do you mean?
TRAJIS: You know what I mean. No matter what you say, you're all alone
SEVEN: The microfusion chamber you requested.
TRAJIS: I've heard that drones can't stand being alone. They're too
used to the Collective.
SEVEN: How could you know that?
TRAJIS: It's true, isn't it?
SEVEN: You said you'd never heard of the Borg.
TRAJIS: Don't be offended. I've got no grudge with them.
SEVEN: You have what you asked for. Now leave.
TRAJIS: I thought we could keep each other company for a while. Maybe
have something to eat.
TRAJIS: And if I want to stay longer?
(Seven draws a phaser.)
SEVEN: You will not be accommodated.
There's no need for this, you know. I mean you no harm. I think maybe
you're a little paranoid. That's what loneliness can do to you. You'd
be a lot better off to spend some time with me. We could get to
know each other.
PARIS [OC]: Seven, help me, Seven.
(Trajis has vanished. Seven runs and sees a shadow turning a corner.)
SEVEN: Seven of Nine to the Doctor. We have an intruder on board.
must have a cloaking device. Sensors show no alien lifesigns and no
evidence of a ship. I've been working on my mobile emitter. I think I'm
making progress, but I still can't leave Sickbay. You'll have to try to
track him down. Arm yourself and use extreme caution.
COMPUTER: (slowly) Warning. Deuterium tank levels are fluctuating beyond
EMH: The computer sounds like it needs a stimulant.
SEVEN: It has been experiencing relay failures. I have not been
performing my maintenance duties.
EMH: Do what you have to, but keep an eye out for the alien. We have to
assume he's up to no good. Seven? Are you frightened?
SEVEN: I am Borg.
(Seven stalks the corridors with a phaser rifle, hearing all sorts of distant noises.)
PARIS [OC]: Seven. Help me, Seven.
NEELIX [OC]: I'm dying, Seven. Don't let me die.
JANEWAY [OC]: The lives of the crew are on your shoulders.
PARIS [OC]: Seven, help me.
KIM [OC]: Help, Seven, I need help.
CHAKOTAY [OC]: We need you, Seven.
(A cacophony of overlapping voices and groans.)
TUVOK [OC]: Assist us.
NEELIX [OC]: I'm dying, Seven.
(Seven enters deck fourteen and checks the status of the stasis chambers. All is well, so she continues her search.)
TRAJIS [OC]: Seven of Nine. that's an unusual name. How did
you get it? Don't want to answer me? That's all right, I don't mind. I
know you're not yourself today. But you might be interested in what I'm
doing now. I know your sensors can't detect me. So if you want to know
where I am, you'll have to ask. Playing stubborn? That's a mistake. It
could lead to an unfortunate accident. Just to prove I'm willing to
give you a fair chance, I'll ask you. What would happen if the
structural integrity around the warp coils collapsed? You wouldn't have
much time to keep them from rupturing.
(All is well here.)
[OC]: I couldn't bring myself to destroy your ship. I hope you're not
afraid of the dark.
(The lights go down.)
SEVEN: Where are you?
TRAJIS [OC]: Finally. I'm glad you're responding. It's going to be much
more interesting if we play this game together.
SEVEN: Your location.
TRAJIS [OC]: A long way from you. On the bridge. Command centre of your
ship, I believe. I can do just about anything from here.
PARIS [OC]: Seven, help.
(Paris and Kim on on the upper level. She climbs the ladder, leaving the rifle behind.)
[Engineering upper level]
(When she gets there, she sees them burst into flames. Not real. She goes to a console.)
SEVEN: Seven to Trajis. Are you still there?
TRAJIS [OC]: Of course. Do you think I'd leave now?
SEVEN: I'm enjoying this game. What's next?
TRAJIS [OC]: That's better. Well, let's just imagine that one of the
photon torpedoes was activated but not ejected.
SEVEN: I would have to get to the torpedo bay quickly.
TRAJIS [OC]: Even then you might be too late. But of course you
have to try.
SEVEN: Let's play another game. Let's imagine that the oxygen on the bridge has been depleted.
TRAJIS [OC]: What?
SEVEN: What do you suppose the results might be? Computer, seal the bridge with a level three forcefield.
(Sounds of Trajis gasping for breath.)
COMPUTER: Bridge sealed.
SEVEN: Seven of Nine to the Doctor.
SEVEN: I have incapacitated the alien. He will not trouble us again.
EMH: Good work. I have my mobile emitter back online.
[OC]: Where are you now?
SEVEN: In Engineering.
EMH [OC]: I'll be right there. I have interesting news about the neural
(Seven gets her rifle. Trajis enters.)
TRAJIS: In your heart you knew you'd see me again.
(Seven fires at Trajis. No effect.)
TRAJIS: You can't defeat
me. You're too weak.
SEVEN: Don't come any closer.
TRAJIS: You couldn't stand being alone, could you? You felt vulnerable,
afraid. Because you know what you are.
TRAJIS: At first you thought you could become human, but now you know
that's impossible, don't you? You're Borg. That's what you were meant
(The warp core glow turns Borg green.)
TRAJIS: One of many. But your days of power are gone. You're alone now.
SEVEN: Don't come any closer or I'll kill you.
SEVEN: Be careful, Doctor, he's dangerous.
(The EMH cannot see Trajis.)
EMH: Who are you talking to?
SEVEN: Where did he go?
EMH: There's no one else here.
SEVEN: He was. He was right here.
EMH: Seven, you're hallucinating.
SEVEN: No. I saw him.
EMH: There was no one else in this room.
(Seven gives the rifle to the EMH.)
SEVEN: You mean I imagined him?
SEVEN: I heard Lieutenant Paris call for help. I saw him and the
others. Did I imagine them as well?
EMH: I believe so. When I studied the gel pack, I discovered the
radiation was producing a degradation in the synaptic relays. I'm
guessing there's been a similar effect on your Borg implants. The
radiation could be altering the neurotransmitter levels in your sensory
nodes. That would explain why you're hearing voices, seeing images.
SEVEN: They seemed real.
EMH: Hallucinations usually are. That's what makes them so frightening.
SEVEN: Once, when I was a drone, I was separated from the Collective
for two hours. I experienced panic and apprehension. I am feeling that
EMH: I'll do everything I can to help you. We'll get you to Sickbay. An
antipsychotic may help, at least until I determine just what neural
functions are being affected.
(A console goes bang!)
SEVEN: What was that?
COMPUTER: Warning. Primary EPS conduits are overloading.
(The computer's voice slows and the EMH flickers.)
EMH: I tied my mobile emitter into the EPS conduits.
SEVEN: Computer, access the EPS conduits.
COMPUTER: Unable to comply.
EMH: My programme's going offline.
COMPUTER: Warning. Primary EPS conduits overloading. Secondary systems
EMH: Seven, you've got to hang on. Repair the EPS conduits. Everything
depends on you now.
SEVEN: I cannot function alone.
EMH: You have to. You're the way we can survive
(The EMH goes offline.)
Display Voyager's current position within the nebula.
KIM: It doesn't matter. You won't make it.
(Kim has radiation burns.)
SEVEN: Computer, how long until Voyager is out of the nebula?
COMPUTER: Seventeen hours, eleven minutes.
KIM: That's an eternity.
SEVEN: Go away.
KIM: You can try to shut me out, but it won't work.
COMPUTER: Warning. Propulsion system failure in progress.
(Filled with green mist and the sound of groaning.)
DRONE: Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One. You have
left the Collective. It was a foolish decision. Now you are alone. You
have lost the many. You are only one. You have become human. Weak.
(Seven turns and runs. The drone is ahead of her again.)
DRONE: Humans do not have our strength. They are imperfect. Now you
are imperfect as well.
DRONE: You will not survive. You cannot survive without the
SEVEN: I will adapt.
DRONE: By becoming weaker. Less perfect.
SEVEN: I will adapt as an individual.
DRONE: One. One alone. A Borg cannot be one.
SEVEN: I will become stronger.
DRONE: A Borg cannot be one. She will die as one. Weak, detached,
isolated, one Borg cannot survive.
SEVEN: I am an individual. I will survive alone.
DRONE: No. You are weak. You will die alone.
He's right. You're in pain, Seven. I can help you.
TRAJIS: You don't have to beg me. You don't even have to ask. All you
have to do is make a choice.
SEVEN: I can survive alone.
(The turbolift doors open into a Borg Cube.)
TRAJIS: That's home. That's where you belong.
TRAJIS: End your pain. Just walk through that door and you'll never be
SEVEN: It's not real.
BORG [OC]: Seven of Nine. Resistance is futile.
(The bridge crew all have radiation burns.)
JANEWAY: Seven of Nine. You look a little worse for wear.
KIM: I didn't know she was still on board.
CHAKOTAY: I never wanted her here in the first place.
TUVOK: She won't be here long. She can't survive alone.
PARIS: I'm taking bets on how long she'll last.
CHAKOTAY: She'll fall apart before we leave the nebula.
KIM: And then everybody will die.
JANEWAY: Well, blame me. I put my trust in her. I should have known
COMPUTER: Warning. Propulsion system failure in progress.
TUVOK: What is she doing now?
CHAKOTAY: She's trying to keep the engines online.
PARIS: Place your bets. Anyone think she can do it?
KIM: I'll lay odds she can't.
SEVEN: Computer, how long until the ship is out of the nebula?
COMPUTER: Forty one minutes.
JANEWAY: Too long. She won't make it.
KIM: That's an eternity.
SEVEN: Computer, reroute available power from weapons, sensors and
environmental controls to the engines.
COMPUTER: Warning. Propulsion system failure in progress.
SEVEN: Reroute all available power to the engines.
COMPUTER: Propulsion systems have failed. All engines are offline.
KIM: She's got herself a real problem now.
CHAKOTAY: I'll say. She's taken power from every available system and
it's still not enough.
TUVOK: But if she fails to get this ship moving, everyone on board will
PARIS: What do you think she'll do?
JANEWAY: I know what she's thinking. She's thinking if she could take
power from the stasis units on deck fourteen, she might be able to get
those engines back online.
KIM: But that would mean sacrificing some of the crew.
CHAKOTAY: I don't think that would bother her too much.
TUVOK: What matters to Seven is efficiency. Sacrificing a few to save
many, would be an efficient plan.
JANEWAY: She's already killed millions. Would a few more matter?
SEVEN: Computer, divert power from stasis units one through ten and
reroute to the propulsion systems.
COMPUTER: Engines are back online.
SEVEN: Resume course.
KIM: Look at that. She did it.
JANEWAY: But those people she disconnected are going to die.
PARIS: I win. I knew she didn't care about them.
JANEWAY: Come to watch them die?
(Paris is writhing in his stasis chamber.)
COMPUTER: Warning. Power to stasis units has failed.
SEVEN: Computer, how long to complete passage through the nebula?
COMPUTER: Eleven minutes.
JANEWAY: They won't last that long. What do you do now, Seven? It's all
up to you.
SEVEN: Computer, cut life support to all decks and reroute available
power to the stasis units.
JANEWAY: That will keep them alive, but what about you? No oxygen, no
heat. Goodbye, Seven.
SEVEN: I am Seven of Nine. I am alone, but I will adapt. I will
(Seven passes out.)
She's coming to.
(Seven tries to sit up on the biobed in the surgical bay,)
EMH: Not so fast. Get your bearings first.
SEVEN: The crew?
JANEWAY: We came through the nebula in fine shape, thanks to you.
CHAKOTAY: You were the one we almost lost. When the ship cleared the
nebula, the Doctor came back online and found you unconscious. He
reinitiated life support and woke the crew.
JANEWAY: He tells us you've had quite an adventure.
SEVEN: It was interesting.
JANEWAY: Well, when you're rested, I'd like to hear about it.
(Janeway and Chakotay leave.)
EMH: I'm proud of you, Seven. You performed admirably.
SEVEN: I am glad I was able to help.
Neelix, this soup is great. What is it?
NEELIX: It's my secret recipe. I've never told anyone what's in it.
PARIS: Why does that make me nervous?
TORRES: Oh, come on, Tom. Where's your spirit of adventure?
PARIS: Not in my stomach. Food and mystery don't go together. I like to
know what I'm eating.
SEVEN: Lieutenants Paris and Torres. Ensign Kim.
KIM: Seven. I'm surprised to see you here.
SEVEN: May I join you?
PARIS: Sure. Have a seat.
TORRES: Have some soup. It's actually edible.
SEVEN: I don't require nourishment at this time. I felt the need for
PARIS: Well, after a month with only the Doc for company, I can
KIM: Yeah. What was that like, anyway, just the two of you?
SEVEN: The Doctor was quite helpful. I cannot fault him.
TORRES: Well, we all owe you.
PARIS: Yeah, just think, we could've died in those coffins.
SEVEN: I suspect you would've found a way out before that, Lieutenant.
KIM: What do you mean?
SEVEN: Lieutenant Paris refused to stay confined. On four separate
occasions, the Doctor and I had to put him back into his stasis unit.
KIM: Were you locked in dark closets or something as a child?
PARIS: I just don't like closed places. I never have. I don't know why.
SEVEN: Perhaps you dislike being alone.