| [Borg Queen's chamber]
(In amongst all the regenerating drones,
one is displaying rapid eye movement. He is removed from his alcove and
escorted to the chamber. The Queen's head, shoulder and upper spinal
cord descend to be joined to her cybernetic torso, arms and legs.)
Four of Twelve, subjunction of Unimatrix five two five. You have a
disease. You're one of many with this sickness. We want to cure you but
we need a better way to identify those with the mutation. Our testing
method is too slow. It could take centuries to identify everyone. Help
me find the interlink frequency that binds all of you together. Then we
can put an end to this, quickly, efficiently. Comply.
(The drone gasps as if being strangled.)
QUEEN: I've disconnected
you from the hive mind. You're alone. I know how uncomfortable that can
be. Tell me what I want to know. tThen you can rejoin us.
DRONE: I don't know.
QUEEN: You must remember something.
DRONE: I don't remember.
QUEEN: The frequency.
DRONE: I don't remember.
QUEEN: Deactivate him. Wait. Dismantle him. Bring me his cortical
(The drone is taken away.)
(Seven is strolling along a woodland
path. Birds are singing, and she is enjoying the sun on her face. Other
people are walking, talking and laughing together.)
We'll save that for next time.
(The woman vanishes.)
(The man holds out his hand to Seven, and she turns away. Seven wakes in her alcove.)
Another milestone. You've had your first dream.
SEVEN: I felt awake.
EMH: Dreams can often seem quite real. Tell me more about this forest.
SEVEN: It was familiar.
EMH: Perhaps your unconscious mind was drawing on a childhood memory.
SEVEN: I spoke to someone. He called me by my human name.
EMH: Did you recognise him?
SEVEN: He seemed familiar.
EMH: This could give us a fascinating glimpse into your unconscious
mind. Any one of those images might have a symbolic meaning. The
mysterious stranger, for example. Is he a father figure or does he
represent a repressed desire for male companionship?
SEVEN: I don't wish to dream again. Please repair my cortical array.
EMH: This isn't a malfunction, Seven, it's a natural step in your human
development. It might seem unsettling now, but you'll get used to it.
Before you know it, you'll look forward to climbing into your alcove
each night. This'll keep a record of your REM cycles.
(She takes the small device and leaves.)
You're late, Mister Paris.
TUVOK: According to the ship's chronometer, by twenty two seconds.
PARIS: I'll make it up at the end of my shift.
CHAKOTAY: See that you do.
JANEWAY: Take your station.
(There is a small box on the helmsman's chair. Behind his back, Janeway is grinning broadly.)
CHAKOTAY: Open it, that's an order. Not only late but improperly
dressed. That belongs on your collar, Mister Paris.
JANEWAY: Allow me. As ship's captain, I hereby reinstate you to the
rank of Lieutenant, with all the privileges and responsibilities
therein. Your performance on this ship over the past year has been
exemplary. I expect more of the same.
PARIS: You won't be disappointed.
TORRES: Congratulations, Lieutenant.
KIM: I didn't notice a little box on my chair.
PARIS: Hiding a cake in the console?
CHAKOTAY: Looks like a distress call.
JANEWAY: Put it through.
CHAKOTAY: I'm getting a carrier wave but no message.
TUVOK: An asteroid approximately two light years from here.
JANEWAY: Yellow alert. Set a course.
We're in range.
JANEWAY: Drop to impulse. On screen. Magnify.
TUVOK: I'm reading artificial structures. It's a colony of some kind.
JANEWAY: Open a channel. This is Captain Janeway of the starship
Voyager. We received your distress call.
(The metallic domes and other buildings have scorch marks on them.)
KIM: I'm detecting residual weapons signatures. They're Borg.
JANEWAY: Any vessels?
TUVOK: One. A Cube at the edge of this system.
JANEWAY: Resume our previous course, Mister Paris, warp six. Make a
note in the ship's record. We responded to a distress call at oh nine
hundred hours. Arrived at the colony two hours later. No survivors. We
don't know who these people were, but we know the Borg destroyed them.
stands in front of her alcove, hesitating. Then she puts the EMH's
gizmo on her neck and steps up into her alcove to regenerate.)
(Night. Seven runs from a Klingon warrior.)
Come with me.
SEVEN: I'm regenerating. This is only a dream.
AXUM: You're not dreaming. I brought you here. This is Unimatrix Zero.
SEVEN: There is no Unimatrix Zero. Who are you?
AXUM: Five of Twelve, secondary adjunct of Trimatrix nine four two. But
when I'm here my name is Axum.
AXUM: Sound familiar?
AXUM: Good. It's starting to come back to you.
ALIEN CHILD: Is anyone here?
ALIEN CHILD: I think I'm lost.
(The child looks very like the humanoids from Muse, but they didn't have space technology.)
AXUM: I'm Axum. This is Annika.
ALIEN CHILD: My father's ship started shaking. Men came aboard. They
looked like machines. Will you help me find my father?
AXUM: I'll see
what I can do. There are other children here. Would you like to meet
SEVEN: I just got here, too. This environment is intimidating, but I
believe it's safe.
(The boy goes ahead of them.)
SEVEN: He was just assimilated.
AXUM: He's probably still in a maturation chamber.
SEVEN: Are you telling me this isn't a real place? It's some kind of
AXUM: We come here during our regeneration cycles. We can exist as
(They look out over an inlet.)
SEVEN: Unimatrix Zero.
AXUM: You used to come here, before you escaped the Collective. You have
the recessive mutation, too. Don't you remember any of it?
SEVEN: No. What mutation?
AXUM: Only one out of a million drones has it.
SEVEN: Why did you bring me here now?
AXUM: The Collective has found a way to detect us. It's a lengthy
procedure, but they've managed to identify and deactivate nearly two
hundred of us over the last few months. It's only a matter of time
before they find enough of us to isolate the interlink frequency. Once
they've done that. You can help us stop them.
AXUM: We've designed a nanovirus that should mask the biochemical
signature of the mutation, but we need someone to release it into the
SEVEN: You're already on a Borg vessel. Why don't you do it?
AXUM: After we've completed our regeneration cycle we have no memory of
this place. You are not a part of the Collective anymore. You're our
only connection to the real world.
(The drones cortical array is removed from its severed head.)
Scan the node for residual harmonics. It's a shame you're not alive to
experience disembodiment. It's the epitome of perfection. Give it to
me. We have isolated the carrier band but it's useless to us without
the precise frequency. We need additional data. Two more of the
mutations have been discovered in spatial grid six four nine. Have
their cortical nodes removed and analysed. Bring me the results.
(Under transparent canopies.)
Unimatrix Zero is our sanctuary. When we're here, our thoughts are our
SEVEN: What was my function?.
AXUM: You're thinking like a Borg. Our only function here is to try and
regain a fragment of the lives we lost when we were assimilated.
ALIEN CHILD: Mister Axum?
AXUM: Go introduce yourself. They won't mind.
GIRL: Hello, do you want to play?
ALIEN CHILD: Sure.
(An alien man appears.)
LAURA: Siral, over here. I was hoping you'd come. It's great to see
(He is hugged by a human woman.)
SIRAL: It's always good to be back.
SEVEN: I remember him.
AXUM: You were friends. You knew a lot of people here. You were a part
of our lives for eighteen years.
SEVEN: I'm willing to help, but I can't do it alone. I'm part of a
starship crew now. I'll have to inform my Captain.
(The Klingon warrior approaches them.
KOROK: I told you not to bring her here.
AXUM: We can't do this by ourselves.
KOROK: It's too great a risk.
AXUM: We don't have a choice.
KOROK: You do not speak for all of us.
AXUM: What would you rather do? Have us wait until we're all
discovered? You disappoint me. Where's your warrior spirit?
KOROK: PetaQ! I'll rip your heart out.
AXUM: Go ahead, kill me. I'll be back when I begin my next regeneration
cycle. You can't stop me, Korok.
KOROK: If you come here again, you'll be putting your starship at risk
and all of us as well.
LAURA: Shouldn't you be off sharpening your teeth?
SEVEN: I know you. Your name is Laura. You're human.
LAURA: I was assimilated at Wolf three five nine. It's good to see you
again. But you look out of place. Your cybernetic implants.
SEVEN: Our Doctor was unable to remove all of my Borg components.
AXUM: You don't have to look that way here.
SEVEN: My appearance is irrelevant.
AXUM: No, it's not. They may have turned us into drones, but they can't
change the essence of who we are. My cycle's about to end. Talk to your captain. We can't do this without
(Axum steps out of his alcove, a drone again.)
Another round with the Borg?
SEVEN: We'd only need to infiltrate a single vessel.
PARIS: Oh, just one?
SEVEN: I am prepared to take a shuttle and do this alone.
KIM: No offence, but how do you know that this wasn't some kind of a
EMH: Seven was wearing a cortical monitor. She never reached REM sleep.
She wasn't dreaming.
SEVEN: Unimatrix Zero is real, and so are the people who go there. They
need our help.
JANEWAY: What else can you tell us about this place? How many drones?
SEVEN: No one is certain. Axum told me there could be tens of
SEVEN: He's someone I used to know. He told me there could be tens of
thousands, perhaps more.
JANEWAY: How was it created?
SEVEN: Some of them believe it began as a random malfunction during the
assimilation of a single drone, and eventually spread to the others.
TORRES: Well, this is all very interesting, but are we sure it's worth
putting our lives on the line?
SEVEN: It's my understanding that when we receive a distress call, we
respond. Starfleet protocols.
KIM: She's right. This is no different.
JANEWAY: I understand your reluctance, but Seven's discovered a
potential weakness in the Collective. Before we decide how to proceed
I'd like to learn as much about it as we can.
CHAKOTAY: Too bad you don't have the luxury of an interlink node.
TUVOK: There is another possibility. A Vulcan technique known as the
bridging of minds.
JANEWAY: Go on.
TUVOK: I would need to initiate a mind meld with both you and Seven,
acting as a telepathic conduit.
EMH: You make it sound like a conference call. Captain, it is my
professional opinion that we wait until
JANEWAY: Objection noted. I think you'll be turning in early tonight.
Stay at Yellow alert. Maintain long-range scans for Borg vessels. Any
sign of trouble, you know where to find me.
CHAKOTAY: This will be one away mission for the record books.
JANEWAY: Mind melds. The last time I heard the words my mind to your
mind, I had a headache for two weeks.
CHAKOTAY: I'm willing to volunteer if you'd rather hold down the fort.
JANEWAY: I appreciate your trying to protect me, but a chance to see
this place? It's worth a headache.
many times have you actually performed this bridging of heads?
TUVOK: Minds. Never.
EMH: Then how can you be certain it'll work?
TUVOK: Nothing is certain, Doctor. However, I once observed a Vulcan
master perform the technique. I am reasonably confident I can duplicate
EMH: Watching and doing are two different things.
TUVOK: As always, your logic is impeccable.
EMH: What a comfort.
TUVOK: We're ready, Captain.
JANEWAY: Let's do it.
(The EMH puts a gizmo on Janeway's neck and she steps up into an alcove.)
TUVOK: As the conduit, I'll be aware of both your perceptions. If
something goes wrong, I'll break the meld.
(Tuvok puts his hands on the women's faces. They are monitored on Neural/Synaptic monitor 147.)
TUVOK: Your minds to my mind. Your thoughts to my thoughts. Your minds
to my mind. Your thoughts to my thoughts.
Welcome to Unimatrix Zero.
(Seven has discarded her implants, let down her hair and donned a purple blouse.)
SEVEN: Annika. That's what I'm called here.
(A group go by, talking and laughing.)
SEVEN: Come on. Let's find Axum.
(Another head has been severed. It is an old cast of Brent Spiner from Datalore.)
We're close. I can almost hear them. Bring us closer.
(It is put on a spike next to the first head.)
QUEEN: There. Amplify.
Disrupt the frequency. It's not working. They're using a triaxillating
modulation. You're making this very difficult. If we can't terminate
their link then we'll simply have to pay them a visit.
You can see why we want to protect this place.
JANEWAY: We're prepared to help you, but I'm concerned that we'd only be
putting off the inevitable. Even if we succeeded and you could remain
hidden for a year, ten years, the Borg would eventually find you again.
Have you ever considered a more permanent solution?
AXUM: More permanent?
JANEWAY: You've got a remarkable sanctuary here, but that's all it is.
Maybe it's time to stop hiding and find a way to fight back.
AXUM: That's not possible.
JANEWAY: If you could find a way to carry your individualities into the
real world, to wake up from your regeneration cycles with your memories
intact, you could begin to undermine the Borg's control over you.
SEVEN: It sounds like you're suggesting a civil war.
JANEWAY: I prefer to call it a resistance movement.
AXUM: That's very ambitious, Captain. But we can't retain our memories.
JANEWAY: Not yet. But we know a good deal about Borg technology. Maybe
is interrupted by a woman's scream. People are running. A drone is in
the forest. It grabs a man, injects him with its tubules and he
We've found another. Spatial grid three two six, Cube one one eight four.
(One of her drones steps into an alcove and appears in the forest. It grabs a woman and injects her.)
QUEEN: Welcome back. Spatial grid nine eight two, Cube four six one.
drone grabs the new alien child. Korok
attacks it with his bat'leth. The drone disappears. Other drones appear
and are dispatched until one gets the better of Korok. Janeway picks up
the bat'leth and disposes of the drone.)
How's your headache?
I'm guessing it didn't go well.
JANEWAY: Let's just say we ran into a little trouble. Have a seat,
CHAKOTAY: I'd prefer to stand.
JANEWAY: The Collective's found a way to infiltrate Unimatrix Zero. It
won't be long before they learn enough to destroy it from the inside
out. I plan to stop them.
CHAKOTAY: What have you got in mind?
JANEWAY: The people there are vulnerable. They don't have the ability
to take action in the real world. We're going to give them that
JANEWAY: The Doctor and B'Elanna are working on it. I know what you're
thinking. We'd be violating half a dozen Starfleet protocols. And if the
Collective ever learned we were involved we'd be putting Voyager in the
middle of a civil war. Valid objections. Chakotay, we've had our
disagreements and there have been times when I've chosen to proceed
without your support. But this can't be one of those times. I won't do
this without my First Officer.
CHAKOTAY: The way I see it, risking the safety of Voyager is a small
price to pay. If we help these people, this could be the turning point
in our battle against the Borg.
JANEWAY: I'm glad we agree, because I almost talked myself out of it.
CHAKOTAY: Somehow I don't think you were ever in danger of doing that.
JANEWAY: You'll inform the crew?
(Emulation subroutine 408 is on a monitor.)
This is the nanovirus Axum designed to prevent the Borg from detecting
those with the genetic mutation. But I've modified it to nullify their
cortical inhibitors instead. Once they're infected, they should retain
their memories of Unimatrix Zero after they leave their alcoves.
SEVEN: Does that mean they'll be able to function as individuals? Stand
up to the Collective?
EMH: There's no way to tell. This is highly experimental.
JANEWAY: How do we deploy it?
TORRES: Correct me if I'm wrong, but each Borg vessel has a device that
links it to every other Borg ship.
SEVEN: The central plexus.
TORRES: If we can gain access to one of those and release the virus
there, it should be transmitted throughout the Collective instantly.
JANEWAY: Any Borg activity in the region?
(Torres calls up a long range scan 321.)
TORRES: It just dropped out of transwarp three point six light years
SEVEN: This is a class four tactical vessel, heavily armed. The central
plexus is protected by multi-regenerative security grids. We'd be
detected long before we could reach it.
JANEWAY: Meet me in main Engineering. We're going to find a way in. Prepare
EMH: Aye, Captain.
I think it's time for you to take another nap. Pay a visit to Unimatrix
Zero. Tell our friends we haven't forgotten them. I couldn't help but
notice you were a little different in Unimatrix Zero, and I don't mean
your lack of Borg implants. You seemed more
JANEWAY: If you don't mind my saying so, it suited you.
SEVEN: I've been told I spent a great deal of time there. But since I
don't remember Unimatrix Zero any more than I remember Earth, it's
JANEWAY: To you maybe, but if what I saw was any indication, Annika
The Klingons have banded together and they're giving bat'leths to
anybody who can handle one. Hirogen hunters are moving through the
forest targeting drones, but we're losing people every hour.
SEVEN: Captain Janeway intends to keep her promise.
AXUM: This isn't your battle. You don't owe us anything.
SEVEN: Voyager won't abandon you.
(Axum picks up a bat'leth.)
AXUM: A gift from Korok. Takes some getting used to.
SEVEN: I'm sure you'll adapt.
LAURA: Eleven more drones, three hundred metres.
(Axum and Seven hide as three drones come along the path.)
(He takes his arm from around Seven's shoulder.)
SEVEN: That felt familiar. Our touching.
AXUM: I told you. We were friends.
AXUM: Now is not the best time.
(Seven kisses him.)
SEVEN: We were more than friends, weren't we? Why didn't you tell me?
AXUM: You'd forgotten. It wasn't my place.
SEVEN: How long?
AXUM: Six years. Only while we were regenerating. A very memorable six
years. For me, anyway.
SEVEN: I should return to Voyager.
SEVEN: My name is Seven of Nine.
(Seven steps out of her alcove.)
Can't we find another Borg ship? A Sphere, maybe? Something less
TORRES: I rechecked long range sensors. There's nothing.
JANEWAY: This is our target. You'll keep a transporter lock on me. Once
I make it to the central plexus and release the virus, you can beam me
EMH: In how many pieces? It's ridiculous.
SEVEN: Agreed. I should go. I'm the only one with experience.
JANEWAY: You're our only connection to Unimatrix Zero. You're needed
here. It was my decision to help these people. This is my
TUVOK: Starfleet Tactical Directive thirty six. The captain will not
engage a hostile force without the protection of a security officer.
The probability of success is greater if there are two of us.
TORRES: Make that three. If you're going to pull this off you'll need
an engineer in there.
TORRES: Tactical directive thirty six A.
PARIS: There is no directive thirty six A.
TORRES: There is now.
JANEWAY: I appreciate the offer. But if that Cube attacks Voyager, you'll
be needed here. Now you have your orders. Set a course, Mister Paris.
Remember when I said I didn't have any objections?
JANEWAY: Can't this wait till I get back?
CHAKOTAY: I realise I'm not going to talk you out of this, but I'll be
damned if you're going in there alone.
JANEWAY: We've got a lot of work to do, Commander.
CHAKOTAY: You said you wanted my support. Then take Tuvok and B'Elanna
JANEWAY: And if I don't?
CHAKOTAY: I may only be First Officer, but I still pull a few strings
around here. The Doctor could be persuaded to question your medical
JANEWAY: I was hoping for your unconditional support.
CHAKOTAY: This is the best I can do.
JANEWAY: Tell them to pack light.
(The lights flicker.)
JANEWAY: Janeway to bridge.
Someone's trying to tap into the main computer.
JANEWAY [OC]: Source?
KIM: It's some kind of transwarp signal. It's activating the comm.
(A green light suffuses the bridge.)
[OC]: I think it's for you.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: Captain.
JANEWAY: It's been a long time. How are things in the Collective?
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: Perfect, for the most part. Voyager?
JANEWAY: Never better.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: I understand you've established contact with
Starfleet. Perhaps you'll be getting home sooner than you expected.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: We could help you.
CHAKOTAY: How so?.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: Transwarp technology. You'd find that we can be
quite accommodating, but we'd expect the same in return.
JANEWAY: I'm not sure I know what you mean.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: You know exactly what I mean. Tend to your own
crew. Stay away from things that don't concern you.
JANEWAY: I'm afraid I can't do that, but thanks for the offer.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: I won't be as accommodating next time.
JANEWAY: I'm sorry.
QUEEN [on viewscreen]: We'll see you soon, Harry.
KIM: What did she mean by that?
CHAKOTAY: Why the stab at diplomacy?
JANEWAY: She's trying to find out what we're up to. She's worried. Have
B'Elanna and Tuvok meet me in Sickbay.
(In the shuttlebay.)
Watch the starboard plasma injectors. They tend to run a little hot at
TORRES: I'll keep an eye on it.
PARIS: The warp matrix is out of alignment.
TORRES: By point three microns. Since when are you so meticulous?
PARIS: Since you volunteered for this insane mission. You know, I could
sabotage the helm. You'd never make it out the launch doors.
TORRES: Then I'd have to put you on report. You might lose that new pip
PARIS: That'd be a small price to pay.
We're in visual range.
JANEWAY: On screen. Magnify.
(The Cube has a lot of extra armour.)
TORRES [OC]: Torres to bridge.
JANEWAY: Go ahead.
TORRES [OC]: The Delta Flyer is ready for launch.
JANEWAY: On my way. Guess I'd better be going, huh?
CHAKOTAY: Anything you'd like done around here while you're gone?
Gravity plating recalibrated, carpets cleaned?
(She takes his hand.)
JANEWAY: Surprise me. You have the bridge.
You need to prepare the others. When they leave their alcoves they may
be startled, disoriented. But they have to behave like drones or we
could all be exposed.
LAURA: Our ships are scattered across the galaxy. Most of us will be
the only drone on board who knows about this place.
KOROK: She's right. What can we hope to achieve?
AXUM: We should each gather as much tactical data as we can. What kind
of ship we're on, its armaments, location. Then we'll coordinate our
efforts from here. If all goes well, we'll be working very closely
SEVEN: As colleagues, nothing more. Our previous friendship
SEVEN: It's irrelevant.
AXUM: Irrelevant? Well, now that I'll be able to retain my memory, I'll
keep that in mind.
(Voyager is attacking the Cube.)
KIM: Direct hit to their shield emitters. No damage.
CHAKOTAY: Increase phaser yield. Where's the Flyer?
PARIS: They're approaching. Heading zero one seven mark three.
(They are watching the fight.)
TUVOK: Voyager has sustained damage, but they are continuing their
TORRES: Come on, Chakotay.
TUVOK: One of the Cube's shield grids is fluctuating. Ventral axis,
JANEWAY: Cut primary power. Thrusters only.
Tactical cube one three eight is under attack.
(She calls up a visual on her screen.)
forward shields are down.
CHAKOTAY: The Flyer?
PARIS: They're closing. Fifty kilometres.
CHAKOTAY: Maintain fire.
PARIS: Thirty kilometres, twenty. They're in range.
Enhance grid six one one nine.
(She has seen the Delta Flyer.)
QUEEN: Captain, I expected something more
cunning from you.
JANEWAY: Their ventral shield grid?
TUVOK: Still fluctuating at a rate of point zero six terahertz.
JANEWAY: Align our transporters to match.
They've detected them.
(The Delta Flyer is blown to molecules.)
EMH: They're inside.
KIM: Direct hit to the port nacelle. We're venting plasma.
PARIS: Should I back off?
CHAKOTAY: No. We need to stay close.
(The Queen watches the away team's
progress. The first two drones are easily killed with phaser rifles,
but the second pair are unaffected.)
(Voyager continues to throw photon torpedoes at the Cube.)
Hull breach, deck eleven.
PARIS: They're targeting our warp core.
EMH: No change yet.
(Janeway walks into a forcefield.)
JANEWAY: We'll have to take the long way around.
(There is another one right behind them.)
drones walk through the forcefield. There is a brief fight with rifle
butts, then our trio are assimilated. The Queen breathes in deeply as
she feels them join the Collective.)
Their lifesigns are destabilising.
CHAKOTAY: So far, so good. You can take us out of here now, Tom.
(Voyager goes to warp and leaves their colleagues as full drones on the Cube.)
To Be Continued...
TORRES: I'm all right.
(Her voice is gravelly.)
TUVOK: You've been given a subvocal processor.
TORRES: I can live with it. The captain?
TUVOK: We were separated. I don't know where they took her. We must
proceed to the central plexus.
(Janeway is having a final node inserted into her brain.)
PARIS: Seventeen minutes. We should have heard something by now.
(Neural circuitry pattern 247.)
EMH: Their higher brain functions are stable.
KIM: The Cube's changing course. New heading, one twenty one mark six.
PARIS: Matching course and speed.
SEVEN: The damage to their propulsion system is regenerating. They'll be
capable of transwarp in less than two hours.
CHAKOTAY: I want you inside Unimatrix Zero. When the virus is released,
your friends there will be the first to know. Problem?
SEVEN: No. But I wouldn't call them my friends.
CHAKOTAY: Acquaintances then. If you're having issues with these people
I suggest you set them aside.
Tell your hunters to patrol the north-eastern perimeter. More drones
were spotted there.
KOROK: Where's that virus you promised?
SEVEN: Captain Janeway is deploying it now.
KOROK: Good. The Borg have increased their attacks here. They're
identifying us one by one. If you're looking for your mate, he's not
SEVEN: He's not my mate. He must not be regenerating.
KOROK: That or he's dead. He should have been here hours ago. No one's
seen him. If he died in battle, I'm sure it was honourable. Here. help
(They lift a dead tree trunk and add it to a barricade.)
KOROK: It's obvious your heart is in conflict.
SEVEN: My heart is functioning perfectly.
KOROK: Some advice from a warrior in the bedchamber as well as the
battlefield. At times like these you must treat your heart as the enemy
so you won't be distracted in battle.
(There is a new arrival.)
SEVEN: I'll keep that in mind. Has the virus been deployed?
ALIEN MAN: I'm not sure.
SEVEN: Do you remember anything? Your location? What ship you're on?
ALIEN MAN: No, nothing.
The central plexus is through here.
(Two drones walk through a forcefield.)
TORRES: Those must be the shield emitters
that Seven told us about.
(They step through carefully. A drone is working at a console.)
TORRES: We need to get through that hatch.
TUVOK: I will attempt to deactivate him.
(Tuvok reaches to do a neck pinch, and the drone turns around.)
JANEWAY: What's left of her. How are you holding up?
JANEWAY: I can't access the plexus without shutting down the power grid
for this section. That's bound to draw attention. Is there another way
TORRES: The primary access port. I think it's isolated from the main
JANEWAY: Where is it?
TORRES: About thirty metres from here.
(Tuvok is distracted by voices in his head.)
JANEWAY: Let's take a look. Tuvok. Commander.
TUVOK: I can hear the Collective.
JANEWAY: The neural suppressant must be wearing off.
TUVOK: I'll be all right.
heard him. The Vulcan. But he's gone. Why? Why can't I hear the others?
(A drone spots a male and follows him.
It triggers a tripwire than sends a log smashing into its chest. It
vanishes. There is another noise and two males run towards it. Seven
has been caught in a net trap.)
AXUM: Leave this one to me. Comfortable?
SEVEN: Release me.
AXUM: Easier said than done. I think I designed this trap a little too
well. What are you doing out here?
SEVEN: Looking for you. Korok was concerned.
AXUM: That doesn't sound like Korok.
SEVEN: He said you were missing.
AXUM: As you can see, I've been busy setting traps.
SEVEN: Not the most sophisticated technology.
AXUM: Seems to work. Hold on.
(He cuts the net and she falls into his arms.)
SEVEN: I should return to the camp. Wait for word on the virus.
AXUM: I'll go with you. In case you run into any more trouble.
SEVEN: As you wish.
AXUM: I'm sure Korok will be glad to see me.
(Janeway stands guard while Torres works on a panel.)
[OC]: Tuvok. Where are you, Tuvok?
TUVOK: Stardate 38774. Vulcanis lunar colony. The time and place of my
birth. Recalling the details of my life helps me remain focused.
Captain, if I succumb to the Collective, I will pose a security risk. You
must be prepared to deactivate me.
JANEWAY: Without the Doctor's help, that could kill you. Stay focused. Stay Tuvok. That's an order.
TORRES: Captain, I've bypassed the access codes.
(She pulls down two sets of handles, and a hatch opens.)
TORRES: Welcome to the central
QUEEN [OC]: Tuvok. Where are you, Tuvok?
CHAKOTAY: What's on your mind.
PARIS: The away team. The plan was to give them two hours. It's been
two and a half.
CHAKOTAY: The Doctor's keeping an eye on them. We'll give it a little
more time. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan.
PARIS: You know, it occurs to me that, with you in command and Tuvok
off the ship, that makes me acting First Officer. Technically speaking.
CHAKOTAY: What's your point?
PARIS: Well, it's my duty to give you an opinion. And in my opinion I
think we should pull them out now before it's too late.
CHAKOTAY: I appreciate your diligence. But I've made my decision. We
PARIS: How long? A day? A week?
CHAKOTAY: As long as it takes to complete the mission.
PARIS: This mission isn't worth their lives.
CHAKOTAY: You've made your point.
PARIS: Apparently not.
CHAKOTAY: Lieutenant. A First Officer could get in a lot of trouble for
talking to his captain that way.
PARIS: Well, I've learned from the best.
CHAKOTAY: I appreciate your concerns, Tom, but I need your support on
PARIS: Aye, sir.
Cube - Central Plexus]
(A big area with a box in the middle. Torres and Janeway remove one of its panels.)
Download the virus.
(Torres injects tubules into the box.)
QUEEN [OC]: Tuvok.
TUVOK My daughter's name is Asil. She was born in the city of
and TUVOK: T'Paal. We share your memories. You are part of us now.
Cube - Central Plexus]
There's a problem with Commander Tuvok. His synaptic pathways are
CHAKOTAY: If I decide to move in closer, I assume my First Officer
PARIS: You assume correctly.
Cube - Central Plexus]
(Torres disconnects from the box and Janeway replaces the panel.)
We have to get out of this chamber and contact Voyager.
(Tuvok blocks their way.)
Commander Tuvok, Tactical Officer of the starship Voyager. I'm your captain. Step aside, that's an order.
Cube - Central Plexus]
Captain, you must deactivate me.
(But his personal shield knocks her back.)
designation is Three of Twelve.
Where are you, Tuvok? The central plexus.
(More drones arrive there.)
Range, forty thousand kilometres.
KIM: Too much shielding around the central plexus. I can't get a lock.
CHAKOTAY: Stay on it. Closer.
(Tuvok knocks her down, then catches Janeway)
(Voyager is on the screen.)
QUEEN: Back so soon?
Target their shield generators. Stand by phasers.
(A green Borg torpedo is heading their way.)
CHAKOTAY: Shields to full. Brace for impact.
KIM: Someone's accessing our tactical controls. Our shields are down.
CHAKOTAY: Evasive manoeuvres.
(The torpedo punches a hole in the hull.)
EMH: Sensors are offline. I've lost the away team.
KIM: Hull breaches, decks five, six, seven.
CHAKOTAY: Reverse course.
PARIS: We can't just leave them.
CHAKOTAY: The Borg have our access codes. Get us out of here.
Thank you, Tuvok. I'm losing voices. Five in spatial grid ninety six,
twelve in grid one eight two. Hundreds now. Thousands.
(There are dark spots in the central plexus. The Queen goes to a nearby drone.)
QUEEN: I can't hear
you. Why can't I hear you? You've disconnected from the hive mind.
(He tries to attack her, and bounces of her personal forcefield. Two drones take his arms.)
DRONE: I'm not alone. You can't stop us all.
and a drone put Janeway into an alcove and activate a forcefield around
it. A hologram of her is beamed into the Queen's Chamber as her human
self in Starfleet uniform.)
altered the transmission to restore your original appearance. I know
now vain humans can be.
HOLO-JANEWAY: Why am I here?
QUEEN: You've caused a great deal of suffering. I wanted you to see for
yourself. You are the cause of his death, Captain. You disconnected him
from the hive mind.
HOLO-JANEWAY: You didn't have to kill him.
QUEEN: He was confused, irrational. I had no choice. Many more will die
unless you tell me how to counteract the virus.
HOLO-JANEWAY: Sorry, we didn't think to develop an antidote.
QUEEN: I'll assimilate Voyager, then. Your Doctor created the
pathogen. He can find a cure.
HOLO-JANEWAY: My First Officer has orders to delete the Doctor's programme
if you go anywhere near
JANEWAY: Voyager. The resistance is already underway. It
won't be long before thousands of drones begin to fight back.
[Borg Queen's Chamber]
QUEEN: They will fail.
HOLO-JANEWAY: Maybe. Probably. But a lot of damage will be done before they
QUEEN: Yes, a lot of damage. Spatial grid nine four, cube six
three zero. Complement sixty four thousand drones. But I can no longer
hear three of them. No doubt they've joined your resistance. Are they
trying to sabotage the vessel and liberate others? I don't know, because
I can no longer hear them. Initiate self-destruct.
(The Cube goes KaBOOM!)
QUEEN: An effective
solution, don't you agree? Spatial grid zero nine one, sphere eight
seven eight. Complement eleven thousand drones. Only one is silent. But
I have no choice. I must silence all of them. (KaBOOM) I know how this must
upset you, Captain. As a Starfleet officer, you value all life. Even
drones. How many more are you willing to sacrifice? Thousands?
Millions? You can put an end to this. I want you to go on a diplomatic
mission. It's one of your primary functions, isn't it? Negotiations?
HOLO-JANEWAY: Go on.
QUEEN: Tell them to rejoin the Collective, and I'll stop the
HOLO-JANEWAY: They will never agree to that.
QUEEN: They're individuals now. They have a choice. What are you
afraid of, Captain? That they may cooperate? You've been waiting for a
chance to damage the Borg. Now you've found one. You're only using
HOLO-JANEWAY: If you really wanted to negotiate, you'd visit Unimatrix Zero.
You found a way to send drones. Surely you could go yourself. Or are
you afraid that a taste of individuality might make you realise it's
something worth fighting for?
QUEEN: Comply or you will be responsible for many more deaths.
HOLO-JANEWAY: You'll have to destroy the entire Collective to find them all.
Several drones have reported that they retained their memories of
Unimatrix Zero after their regeneration ended. The virus has been
CHAKOTAY: Good. We're going to need all the help we can get. The away
team's still trapped on that Cube.
KIM: And as you may have noticed, we're in no shape to mount a rescue.
PARIS: Can you get back in? Find out if they have anybody else aboard
CHAKOTAY: If they do, tell them to hurry. They're the only allies we've
EMH: I'd like to make a few adjustments to your alcove before you
When this crisis ends I'll come up with a more permanent solution, so
you can spend more time in Unimatrix Zero. You're in a unique position.
Not many of us get to lead a double life.
SEVEN: When this crisis ends I intend to sever my link to Unimatrix
EMH: May I ask why?
SEVEN: I'm having difficulties with one of the people there.
EMH: Mister Axum? Whenever you mention his name, your pupils dilate by
nearly a millimetre, blood flow increases to your facial capillaries.
Both are consistent with an emotional response.
SEVEN: Axum and I apparently had a relationship.
EMH: Oh. Romantic? There go those pupils again.
SEVEN: Your diagnosis is accurate.
EMH: Well, how ironic. All this time we've been trying to develop that
aspect of your humanity, and it's been there all along.
SEVEN: Not any more.
EMH: My readings say otherwise. You're very particular about who you
choose to spend time with, Seven. No doubt that's why you and I have
become friends. If you were involved with Axum once, doesn't that
suggest he's a worthwhile individual?
SEVEN: He does possess commendable qualities.
EMH: Coming from you, that's high praise. There's nothing wrong with
feeling ambivalent, Seven. After all, you're in the middle of a civil
war. But eventually, you may want to give this romance a second chance.
Who knows? You may even get to meet him in person someday.
(Seven steps into her alcove.)
EMH: I'll say this for your Mister Axum. he's a very lucky man.
The Collective has found a new way to attack us. Eleven ships have
self-destructed in the last three hours.
KOROK: We need to coordinate a battle plan. A way to strike at the
heart of the Collective.
AXUM: Our target should be the primary Unicomplex. If we can disrupt
the Queen's control of the hive mind, it'll give us a chance to
organise, build up a fighting force.
SEVEN: There is one more objective. The Voyager away team.
KOROK: They fought like warriors. Their sacrifice will not be
SEVEN: We can still rescue them.
AXUM: She's right. They risked their lives for us. Now it's our turn.
KOROK: There's no time.
AXUM: It's a matter of honour, Korok. I thought you of all people would
KOROK: I'll see if any of our people are on a vessel near theirs.
SEVEN: Thank you.
AXUM: It's the least we can do.
SEVEN: What's wrong?
AXUM: It turns out I'm on a scout ship patrolling the border of fluidic
space. On the other side of the galaxy.
SEVEN: I was hoping we'd be able to meet one day in the real world.
AXUM: Me too. There are things I can do where I am. I'll try to contact
species 8472, see if I can persuade them to join the fight.
SEVEN: Given their history with the Borg, I'm sure they'll be eager. I
guess this rules out Vorothon Gorge.
SEVEN: It was at the top of our list of things to see in the real world
if we were ever freed from the Collective. Don't you remember?
AXUM: We could add fluidic space to our list. We still have Unimatrix
SEVEN: It was sufficient before.
AXUM: And now?
(Seven takes his hand, and they kiss.)
BOY: Where are you?
BOY [OC]: Over here.
(The alien boy crawls along on hands and knees until he reaches a pair of legs.)
QUEEN: Don't be frightened. Stand up, let me look at you. Comply
ALIEN BOY: You're one of the machine people. You're trying to hurt us.
QUEEN: That's the last thing I want to do. I'm here to help you. All of
ALIEN BOY: They said you want to assim. Assima.
QUEEN: Assimilate you. Yes. But that's nothing to be afraid of. You
like having friends, don't you? Assimilation turns us all into friends.
In fact, it brings us so close together we can hear each other's
ALIEN BOY: Is that fun?
QUEEN: Yes. It's fun. I was just about your age when I was assimilated.
I was worried then, too. But when I began to hear the others, hear
their thoughts, I wasn't afraid anymore.
ALIEN BOY: Don't you miss your parents?
QUEEN: They're here, with me. Part of us. I can hear them right now.
Would you like to be with your parents? They miss you. They want to see
ALIEN BOY: Can I talk to them?
QUEEN: Soon. But first I'd like to see more of this.
ALIEN BOY: There's a place where you can see the whole forest.
(The Queen holds out her hand.)
QUEEN: Show me.
(He takes her hand and leads her to the view over the inlet and settlement.)
ALIEN BOY: It's pretty, isn't it?
took your advice, Captain. I paid a visit to Unimatrix Zero. It's far
more primitive than I expected. I don't understand how anyone could
prefer a crude environment to Borg perfection.
HOLO-JANEWAY: Spend a little more time there. You might find out.
QUEEN: I've seen enough. It's an illusion.
HOLO-JANEWAY: Even so, the people who go there are real, and they won't give
it up without a fight.
QUEEN: They'll fail. I thought you'd like to see our latest
accomplishment. Recognise it?
QUEEN: I think you do. It's your nanovirus, with a few modifications.
We've reprogrammed it to target your mutated drones. Once it's released,
it will erode their autonomic functions. They will die within minutes.
HOLO-JANEWAY: You have no way to deliver it. Those drones have been
separated from the hive mind. They aren't linked to the central plexus
QUEEN: No. But there's another way I can reach them. I'm prepared to go
back to Unimatrix Zero and release it myself. But I'm willing to
reconsider. It all depends on you.
QUEEN: If they rejoin the Collective, I'll spare their lives. They
listen to you. Tell them it's time to come home. You were responsible
for many deaths. Now you can save thousands. Decide.
CHAKOTAY: Let's try this again. Ensign?
KIM: The warp core is online. Navigational array. Shields at twenty
NEELIX: We've got sensors. Short range only.
CHAKOTAY: It's a start. Try to get a fix on the away team.
(And the power goes down again.)
PARIS: Now what?
KIM: Someone's tapping into our holographic systems.
KIM: It's a Borg signal.
EMH [OC]: Doctor to the bridge.
CHAKOTAY: Go ahead.
EMH [OC]: Someone's here to see you and Seven, Commander. You'd better
come down here right away.
HOLO-JANEWAY: The Borg have established this link so I can propose a
CHAKOTAY: We're listening.
JANEWAY: They've developed a nanovirus that can kill every Borg with
the mutation. They're prepared to release it inside Unimatrix Zero
unless all the drones there return to the Collective
HOLO-JANEWAY: For reassimilation
SEVEN: That's not compromise, that's surrender.
HOLO-JANEWAY: I won't be responsible for any more deaths. At least they'll
survive as drones. Tell them Unimatrix Zero can no longer exist. That's
an order. Have I made myself clear, Commander?
CHAKOTAY: Yes, Captain.
(The hologram flickers out.)
EMH: We did our best.
CHAKOTAY: It's not over yet, Doctor. Can you disrupt the interlink
frequency for Unimatrix Zero?
EMH: Commander, the Captain gave us a direct order.
CHAKOTAY: Yes, she did, but not the one you think. Seven?
SEVEN: I believe I can, but why?
CHAKOTAY: Didn't you hear? Unimatrix Zero can no longer exist. Chakotay
to the bridge. Report.
transwarp conduit just opened off our port bow.
KIM: They're on an intercept course.
PARIS: Evasive manoeuvres. Battle stations.
NEELIX: They're hailing us.
PARIS: Open a channel.
KOROK [on viewscreen]: Starship Voyager, I am General Korok. This
vessel is now under my command. We've come to join you in battle.
Your crewmates are coming to retrieve you. You were wise to comply.
Chakotay to Seven of Nine. We're almost in range.
Stand by. I've isolated the frequency.
Our emitters are fully charged.
CHAKOTAY [OC]: You should be receiving the interlink frequency.
KOROK: We have it.
Wait for my signal.
have to end our regeneration cycles. We can't be here when it happens.
LAURA: Will there be anything left?
AXUM: I know we're being asked to make a sacrifice, but it's the only
We're in range.
CHAKOTAY: Full power to the shields. All weapons online. Voyager to
Korok. It's time.
(The two vessels power their deflectors.)
environment begins to break down, like a defective holodeck.)
AXUM: You must go.
(Axum is left alone.)
Bridge, it's working. Unimatrix Zero is shutting down.
Acknowledged. Voyager to Korok. Now.
What are they doing?
HOLO-JANEWAY: You wanted to destroy Unimatrix Zero. We're just lending you a
QUEEN: Get me the virus.
HOLO-JANEWAY: You're too late. There's no one left to infect.
QUEEN: This is your compromise?
HOLO-JANEWAY: I don't compromise with Borg.
KOROK: Match their shield modulations and fire.
attacks the Cube, then Voyager comes in with torpedoes. Torres goes to
a panel to see what is happening outside. Seven runs out of
I'm picking up the away team.
KIM: I'm isolating their bio-signatures.
CHAKOTAY: Get a lock.
KIM: I still can't penetrate their inner shields.
CHAKOTAY: Voyager to Korok. Status?
Patience, Commander. They're trying to remodulate their secondary
[OC]: I'm attempting to compensate.
(Seven runs into her alcove.)
You shouldn't be here.
SEVEN: Neither should you.
SEVEN: I've wasted our time together.
AXUM: No, you didn't. It gave us a chance to fall in love again.
SEVEN: We've lost our only way to be together.
AXUM: No. I'll find you.
AXUM: I'll find you.
(He disappears, then Seven wakes up. In the Cube, Torres knocks out a drone and works on the shield controls.)
Shields in sub-grid forty two are destabilizing. Target that section.
(Janeway's hologram disappears.)
(The Cube starts to explode.)
Their shields are down.
Cube goes KaBOOM! catching the Sphere and Voyager with its shockwave.
The away team are met in the transporter room by a medical team.)
medical officer's log, stardate 54014.4. It's been forty eight hours
since the away team returned to Voyager. Thanks to the neural
suppressant, I've been able to extract most of their Borg technology.
The Captain and B'Elanna are on the mend, but Tuvok will need a little
more time to recover.
General Korok is finished with his repairs. He's already been contacted
by another Borg vessel in the region. It's also under the control of
JANEWAY: The Doctor removed my spinal clamps but it'll be a while
before I'm playing hoverball again. If I ever imply it's been easy on
you these last few years, remind me about today.
JANEWAY: Well, Unimatrix Zero may be gone but it looks like the
resistance is alive and kicking. With any luck, the Collective may
never be the same.
SEVEN: Korok said he would try to maintain contact, keep us informed.
JANEWAY: Have you heard from your friend?
SEVEN: No. But I don't expect to. Axum's vessel is in a remote sector
of the Beta Quadrant. If I ever imply that he was nothing more than a
friend, remind me about today.