Date: March 8, 2021
Season 6, Episode 19
Music Video of the Day: Happy 8th Day of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
Interstellar News: Today was a beautiful day out, which means we got to take Professor Zoom for a much longer walk than usual. I also got to deliver cookies to a friend for their birthday and had a wonderful video chat with a dear and beloved friend.
TL;DR: Icheb’s family is found and Seven has trouble letting him go. Icheb eventually decides to stay with his family, but Seven and Janeway realize there are some inconsistencies with the family’s story and head back to investigate. Icheb was genetically engineered to be the pathogen for the Borg and they’ve sent him back out to be assimilated again. Voyager rescues him, damages a Borg sphere, and skedaddle off home with Icheb in tow once again.
Janeway: You could have done it with a little more tact.
Seven of Nine: Perhaps, but that doesn’t alter the fact that those individuals may not be suitable guardians.
Janeway: Those individuals are his mother and father.
Seven of Nine: Which is no guarantee that they’ll be able to care for him.Seven pointing out that it’s not genetics that make a “good” or “capable” parent.
“With all their technology, their opportunity to explore the galaxy, the thing they want most is to get home.”: This is a direct follow-up to “Collective“, though this time we find out Icheb was the delivery method all along. I love the science fair and it’s also great for Naomi that there are more young people on board. This is a decent vehicle for Seven to deal with some of her emotions and to show how she has developed over the past few years. I was also really shocked by the twist that Icheb was a weapon and he was genetically engineered, though looking back all of the signs were there. I will say I did like the father over time. At their first meal he encouraged Icheb to try it because his mother spent a great deal of time making it just for him. On the planet while watching the stars he also pointed out all of the good qualities of Voyager, and he truly seemed genuine. He was also the one arguing against using Icheb as a weapon again, even though he eventually reneged. Not sure how to rate this one, so I’m going with 5 supporting characters from Justice League since that’s all over the news today.