Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 5 E 2 Drone
"One is the loneliest number..."
The Doctor's portable emitter becomes fused with Borg technology and organic material and starts to develop into an advanced Borg drone.

This episode provides examples of

  • Attack Reflector: The Borg use a feedback pulse against Voyager's phasers.
  • Badass Boast: One's response to the Borg's "You Will Be Assimilated" spiel: "My technology is superior. Stop your attack or I will destroy you." He backs it up quite nicely.
  • Book Ends: Seven of Nine looking into a mirror. The first time, she's practicing her smiles. The second time, she sees her own grief over One's death.
  • Downer Ending: One dies from his injuries after destroying the Borg ship, and quite willingly on his part, as the collective knowing of his existence means Voyager would be in constant danger and assimilating a 29th century drone would make the Borg that much more powerful. Or as One puts it, "I should not exist." Seven is, obviously, heartbroken.
  • Express Delivery: A 29th-century Borg drone goes from tissue sample to fetus to full-grown adult in a day.
  • Fanservice: B'Elanna shows her Sexy Back when she strips off for her sonic shower. Unfortunately only the Doctor sees her sexy front.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Seven's question to Tom about designing a new and larger shuttle leads to the creation of the Delta Flyer in "Extreme Risk".
    • The Doctor is taking up holophotography, which becomes significant in "Latent Image".
    • Harry mentioning that not even a Borg ship could survive inside the nebula.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The drone sacrifices himself to destroy the Borg sphere and save Voyager.
  • Ironic Echo: Seven is really feeling her humanity when One decides to make his Heroic Sacrifice. Before, when he almost broke her arm trying to assimilate as much information as possible, she said, "You are hurting me," and he relented. After the sphere blows up in the nebula, One is dying, and refusing the Doctor's treatment with his personal shields; as before, though with heretofore unseen emotion, she says, "You are hurting me..." But this time, the Armor refuses to be dented, as One says, with much affectation, "You will adapt," and dies.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The Doctor: "I'm a doctor, not a peeping tom."
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone on the bridge when One and then Seven start hearing the Collective calling to them. Fortunately, neither one gives in.
  • Rousseau Was Right: When Seven first links with the (as yet) unnamed drone, he starts forcibly probing her memories and won't stop—until she says, "You are hurting me." He then disengages.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: One that deflects Harry's scans of the science lab. And has a Borg signature.
  • Status Quo Is God: The fact that One has the Doctor's mobile emitter in his brain means that he's basically doomed from the beginning.
  • Super Prototype: While created by accident, One can be considered an advanced prototype, made using 29th century technology that makes him far more technologically advanced than anyone in the galaxy, Federation, Borg, or otherwise.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: One has this built into himself.
  • Tragic One-Shot Character: One.
  • Tron Lines: One has these on his person.
  • The Un-Smile: Seven is practicing her smiling. Even though When She Smiles it's a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, having to think about it ruins the effect.
  • Video Phone: But why would you put one in your sonic shower?
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: Ensign Mulcahey, while he isn't killed, is never seen again after his DNA is sampled by the Borg technology. Seems very odd since he's technically the drone's "father".
    • After the plot starts to revolve around One, the Doctor's portable emitter gets only one brief mention. Since he has it back again in the following episodes though, it's logical to assume that they managed to retrieve it in intact/repairable state out of One's corpse.
  • You Are Number 6: The drone is called One.