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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 6 E 9 The Voyager Conspiracy

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Seven Of Nine starts developing conflicting conspiracy theories about Voyager when she starts downloading important ship information while she is regenerating.


This episode provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Seven realises that quality matters as much as quantity. And having fun too.
  • Amusing Alien: The alien working on the graviton catapult has the expected eccentricities of a self-motivated inventor.
  • Bold Explorer: Chakotay reminds Janeway of an unusual nebula they can explore.
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  • Book-Ends: Both a Seven/Naomi scene and a Janeway/Chakotay scene.
  • Call-Back:
    • Too numerous to list, courtesy of Seven's rapidly evolving conspiracy theories. Janeway then offers a few to help her get her head on straight again.
    • When discussing how quickly rumors spread, Chakotay quips, "Warp 10".
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Janeway does one on the bridge while holding a huge mug of coffee.
  • Conflict Ball: Janeway and Chakotay even momentarily buying into Seven's loony theories after six years of non-conflict is rather implausible.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Deconstructed by Seven of Nine in the episode. Without the calming influence of the Collective, her brain struggles to find order in random events, leading her to leap to wild conclusions each time she looks at the ship's data. This quickly balloons into a theory that the Federation orchestrated her assimilation as a stepping stone to invading the Delta Quadrant, leading Seven to try destroying the ship and herself. Unfortunately this type of social commentary is just as relevant as it was in The '90s. (Her paranoid rants are so persuasive that she almost convinces Chakotay for a second!)
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  • Continuity Cavalcade: Seven refers to many past episodes as evidence to support her theories.
  • Do You Trust Me?: Fortunately Seven decides that she does trust her captain.
  • Facial Dialogue: Naomi wants to watch Seven trying out her download. Seven just raises an eyebrow in a silent negative.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Averted; despite various hold-ups the catapult is used successfully to send Voyager on its way, cutting three years off their journey.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: An alien they come across in their travels is working on a graviton catapult which can catapult a vessel across space in the time it takes to say "catapult a vessel across space." The crew of Voyager are naturally willing to help any way they can.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted; Janeway has her usual replicator issues trying to make a home-cooked meal for Chakotay.
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  • Foreshadowing: When first told of her plan, Tom says, "Learn while you sleep? I tried that once, gave me a headache."
  • Good Old Ways: At the end of the episode, Naomi brings in a stack of PADDs that she assimilated the old-fashioned way. By reading.
  • Gossip Evolution: The Doctor's generational projections end up with Neelix asking if he should build a nursery. Doesn't he know there's only one Official Couple allowed on the ship?
  • It's All About Me: After sprouting a number of conspiracy theories, Seven finally works out what Janeway's secret agenda is. Herself.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Once Janeway and Chakotay figure out what's going on, she jokes that they should keep the whole thing out of the official log.
  • The Mutiny: Fortunately more in rumor than fact.
  • Mundane Utility: Seven's technique is an initial success when she identifies a fault in the sensor grid caused by those pesky photonic fleas burning out a power conduit.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Apart from Seven, there's a scene where Janeway and Chakotay eye each other suspiciously in Cargo Bay 2, phasers conspicuously attached to their hips.
  • Planning with Props: For delivering exposition on the graviton catapult.
  • The Power of Friendship: Janeway talking down Seven at the end.
  • Sanity Slippage: As Seven's cortical node degrades, she slips further into her delusions that everything around her is part of a giant conspiracy.
  • Sleep Learning: Seven of Nine modified a device called a cortical subunit allowing her to download ship's status reports while she was regenerating. When she mentioned this to Captain Janeway, Tom Paris commented "Learn while you sleep? I tried that once, gave me a headache." The ultimate effect of Seven of Nine's experiment was that the new information wasn't absorbed properly and she became paranoid, convinced that both Captain Janeway and Commander Chakotay were plotting against Voyager.
  • Tagalong Kid: Seven finds Naomi Wildman pretending to regenerate in her alcove.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Jokingly Discussed after getting the conspiracy mess all straightened out.
    Chakotay: You didn't poison the coffee, did you?
    Janeway: Not any more than I usually do..
  • Tastes Like Friendship: J/C reconcile over dinner again.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We don't find out where Voyager took the photonic fleas they found.
    • There is never any resolution to the legitimate questions of why Voyager had tricobalt warheads, or where that tractor beam seen in recordings came from (assuming that it was a tractor beam).
  • When She Smiles: Seven to Naomi when arranging a kadis-kot game.
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