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Seven of Nine

Seven of Nine
Species Human
Former Borg drone
Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Borg Collective
Posting Astrometrics
USS Voyager
Portrayed by Jeri Ryan
Katelin Petersen (as young Annika Hansen in "Scorpion: Part 2", "Dark Frontier" and "The Raven")

Seven of Nine (born Annika Hansen) is a Kes, and was intended to introduce a foil to Captain Kathryn Janeway in a similar manner as Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series.

Seven was introduced in the second part of the episode "Scorpion", the first episode of the fourth season. The character continued to appear throughout the series until the final episode, "Endgame". Stories related to her relationships with Captain Janeway and The Doctor appeared throughout the series, and she was involved in a romantic relationship with Chakotay towards the end of season seven. Several episodes such as "The Raven" explored her background and younger life as Annika Hansen before she was assimilated by the Borg.


  • Concept and development 1
    • Attire 1.1
  • Appearances 2
    • Background 2.1
    • Star Trek: Voyager 2.2
      • Joining the crew and first contact with the Hirogen 2.2.1
      • Forming relationships 2.2.2
    • Novels, comics and video games 2.3
  • Reception 3
    • Themes 3.1
  • See also 4
  • Citations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Concept and development

Seven of Nine was created with characters such as Spock (pictured) in mind.

Following the third season of Star Trek: Voyager, the production team decided that the main cast character of Kes was to be dropped from the show. It was decided that Captain Kathryn Janeway needed a contrasting character, and so Seven of Nine was developed to provide this new angle. In addition, it had been a previous Star Trek staple to have a character that could provide a third-person view on the human condition. Prior examples had been Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation.[1]

After being cast, actress [3] Her acting experience up until this point had consisted of television movies, guest appearances as well as Dark Skies.[3]

Her audition process consisted of two readings for the producers, before Ryan was asked to come in to talk through the part with the executive producers, [10]


Her initial costume as seen in "Scorpion" and the following episode, "carotid artery, causing her to pass out on two occasions. After a nurse was called twice to supply oxygen, the costume was modified to stop it from happening again.[17]

Once the character had the majority of the Borg implants removed, a new costume was required. Ryan wore a silver jumpsuit for the first few episodes, which director Jesús Salvador Treviño said that during the filming of the episode "Day of Honor" caused problems as "almost any camera angle inevitably winds up emphasising her sexuality."[18] Ryan described the new costume as "a little snug", and wore a corset-like item which gave the appearance of mechanical ribs.[17] At least one version of the costume had the corset built into it.[19] In order to give her greater height, the shoes which formed part of her costume had four-inch high heels.[20] She said in a 2012 interview that the suit by costume designer Robert Blackman was a "feat of engineering", but required a 20-minute production shutdown if she needed to use the toilet, as she needed that time plus assistance to get into and out of it.[21] She said that it was so fitted and figure hugging that "it may have well been bodypaint".[13]

Treviño praised the subsequent changes to her costume in order to reduce its sexuality, saying that "it is much more sensible, because she's still an attractive person but then you get away from that titillation stuff which I think is so demeaning not only to the audience, but it's kinda of demeaning to what Star Trek is about."[18] The later versions of her costumes still required 20 minutes to get into before filming could start,[22] but Ryan said they were much more forgiving, "In the silver costume, if I got goosebumps, you could see them. The brown costume is a thicker, stronger fabric. It's not quite so clingy, so the waist doesn't have to be cinched in."[10] That version of the costume also removed the vertical bones of the corset, which allowed Ryan to have greater flexibility while wearing it.[10]

One of the major remaining pieces of Borg technology that Ryan continued to wear for the part was what she described as "That little thing over my eye".[13] This was because the term that referred to it in the episodes would change depending on the writers and the episode itself, she explained that "Sometimes, it's my cortical implant. Sometimes, it's my cranial implant. Sometimes, it's my ocular implant."[13]



Seven of Nine's backstory was explained during the course of [10]

Rob Owen at the Chicago Sun-Times said that the majority of the Voyager cast were "lacking in depth" with the exception of Seven, the Doctor and Captain Janeway.[57] By the end of the series, Seven was described as the "most bewitching cast member" and the "first authentic Trek bombshell since Uhura" by Frank Ahrens at the The Washington Post.[58] Star Trek "Voyager", and the character Seven of Nine, in particular, have several high-profile fans, including actors Ben Stiller and Mila Kunis[59] and politicians Barack Obama and Angela Merkel.[60]

Jeri Ryan was nominated on three occasions at the Saturn Awards for portraying Seven of Nine, winning in 2001 for Best Supporting Actress on Television.[61] She was also won the Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1999.[62]


The initial episodes following the introduction of Seven of Nine showed Captain Janeway mirroring the actions of the Borg as she turned down Seven's request to be returned to the collective.[63] But this was also suggested to be a "tough-love" scenario with Janeway taking the place of Seven's mother, while the Doctor posed as her father.[64] It was this new family relationship that later caused the Borg Queen to modify her tactics to re-assimilate Seven in the episode "Dark Frontier", by simulating a mother-daughter relationship.[65][66] But the Doctor, Seven and Janeway relationship was also compared to Pygmalion showing Galatea to Venus in the way that the Doctor re-humanised Seven during the events of "The Gift".[67]

Seven was received as one of the Voyager characters who filled the position of a Spock-like character for the series,[68] alongside Tuvok, B'Elanna Torres and the Doctor.[69] Indeed, her character was thought to have been balanced with her looks by ensuring that, despite her "blonde bombshell" looks,[70] with "intelligence, boldness, rationality and a remarkable lack of interest in the opposite sex".[70]

The sexuality of the character was also questioned following her introduction. The character built up a fanbase among the LGBT community which resulted in an online petition to have her revealed as a lesbian.[71] It was pointed out in The Scotsman that the series avoided any "lesbian subtext" between Seven and Janeway because the series was intended to be seen as family-friendly.[72] The approach by Harry Kim at one point to which she suggested that he should disrobe in order to "copulate",[70] was suggested to be because of her curiosity about human mating practises rather than any traditional sense of attraction.[70] The introduction of Seven on the series had subsequent effects on the series Star Trek: Enterprise, as T'Pol (played by Jolene Blalock) was based on a combination of the Seven character and Leonard Nimoy's original Spock.[73]

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External links

Barry Wigmore at the

[54] Ryan was surprised at the immediate fan reaction on the internet, as there was a full website devoted to her which was created only six days after her casting.[53] Her outfit also annoyed some who felt that it was an attempt by the show's creators to make her sexually appealing to some viewers, without any storyline purposes intended.[52] The character's attire, numerous form-fitting [17] The initial fan reaction was mixed with some accusing the show of adding her to attract more 18–35 male audience members, which was denied by Braga.

Jeri Ryan, appearing at the Creation Star Trek convention in 2010


The first video game that the character of Seven of Nine appeared in was Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. However despite the rest of the main cast voicing their characters, Jeri Ryan did not voice Seven.[47] Instead, the character was voiced by Joan Buddenhagen,[48] with Ryan's voice pack added alongside an expansion to the game.[49] It was also made available as a free download for those that did not purchase the expansion pack.[50] Jeri Ryan has also voiced the character in the Delta Rising expansion to Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The game is set beyond the end of the original Voyager series, with the storyline placing Seven on board the USS Callisto as a science advisor to the Federation fleet which is returning to the Delta Quadrant.[51] When asked about returning as Seven for the game at the Destination Star Trek 3 convention in London, England, Ryan said that "It was fun, surprisingly fun, she fit like an old pair of slippers."[19]

Seven of Nine has made appearances in the Star Trek comics, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive. She has also continued to be a main character in the Voyager novel relaunch.

[46] comic properties to Star Trek Following the switch of the

Novels, comics and video games

[45] Seven encounters three former Borg with which she previously formed a mini-collective after their scout vessel crashed on a planet. She forced this collective on them because they were becoming individuals, which has caused the trio to keep a mental connection even after their eventual disconnection from the rest of the Borg. During the course of "[44], Captain Janeway manages to apprehend Braxton before he plants the device.Relativity. The travel has effects on her body, and she dies, resulting in an earlier version being pulled out of time. During the investigation, it transpires that it was Braxton himself who planted a bomb on the ship and together with the crew of the Voyager pulls her out of the timestream to help prevent the destruction of Relativity She becomes involved in a time travel plot once more when Captain Braxton of the Federation timeship USS

[43]".Someone to Watch Over Me She later attempts to develop her romantic experience, working with the Doctor in the episode "[42] While investigating a damaged Borg sphere in "

[26] Seven has her first experience of motherhood to some degree when in the episode "

Forming relationships

[39] In "

[34] was stranded in the Delta Quadrant, although it does also result in angering an alien race upon first contact; the Voyager While working in astrometrics, Seven detects an ancient alien communications platform which connects all the way back to the borders of Federation space. This results in the first successful communication with Starfleet since [31]s purpose is exploration and will continue that mission despite any problems that might occur.Voyager' After time, Seven begins to question why Captain Janeway continues to make contact with alien species as they travel back to Earth as it often results in incidents. Janeway explains that

Seven immediately comes into conflict with Chief Engineer raven, steals a shuttle and heads into nearby B'omar space. The aliens won't allow Voyager to enter their space, but Tuvok and Paris cross the border in another shuttle and head in pursuit. Tuvok beams across to Seven's shuttle, where she explains she's following a homing beacon. They head to a planet where the wreckage of the USS Raven is crashed on the surface. They transport down and Seven recognises it as her parents' vessel. The B'omar attack but Voyager comes to their aid and the crew depart. Janeway tells Seven that her parent's research records are in the ship's databanks; Seven replies that she might read them someday.[24]

Seven of Nine first appears in the second part of "sick bay and attempts to communicate with the collective, but is stopped by Ensign Harry Kim. She is placed in the brig where she and Captain Janeway have a heart to heart discussion. Following the departure of Kes, they attempt to integrate Seven into the crew.[23]

Joining the crew and first contact with the Hirogen

Star Trek: Voyager

[28] at the Melbourne Following this, she was a Borg drone and assimilated individuals from a number of species, including a crew-member from the USS [25] Annika was placed into a Borg maturation chamber for the next few years, during which time she joined the collective.

[24], Ryan joined the main cast of Voyager Following the end of

Although Seven was originally introduced as a foil for Captain Janeway, with the two of them proving to be very adversarial, they gained mutual respect of each other as time went by. Ryan later described this as a mother-daughter relationship on the show, although she said that the writers had managed to make the character into more of an unruly teenager.[13] However, the inclusion of Seven of Nine as a primary character for the show alongside Janeway and the Doctor was criticised by other actors such as Robert Beltran, who played Chakotay. He felt that his character, along with Harry Kim, Tuvok and Neelix had been overlooked.[14] As the end of the series approached, Ryan remarked that she would "love to do something without special effects or rubber glued to my face, it'd be a nice change of pace."[15] When asked about the plot for the series finale, "Endgame", she revealed that the producers were making sure that leaks didn't occur by not telling the cast what they had planned.[15]

She also remarked that "combining non-human qualities with an attractive human appearance," as in Seven's character, was a great move by the producers.[9] She felt that the writers did a good job in not pushing the character to be more human and having Seven enter into relationships on the show, Ryan was concerned that it could have turned out to be "Seven's sexual escapades on Voyager".[10] In terms of portrayal, she said that "keeping a straight face" while showing suppressed emotion was an enjoyable challenge.[11] Regarding her form-fitting one-piece costume, Ryan commented that it was extremely impractical and uncomfortable, but worth the reward of portraying a character like Seven.[12]

[8] Ryan thought that the increase may have been because of the way the character looked, but maintained that those viewers would have been retained by the writing on the show.[7] Ryan's arrival on the show was accompanied by a massive publicity campaign in TV magazines and newspaper supplements.[6] Ryan maintained that the main topic about Seven was "humanity" and stated that her character was pivotal to the success of the show, because she "brought conflict to the show, which was sadly lacking. ... [5] writers wrote several plot lines revolving around Seven's exploration of the positive and negative sides of human individuality. The cyborg nature of the character is seen as representing a challenge to "simple conceptions of connections/disconnections between bodies."Voyager In the following years, the


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