Written by James Ryder (Source)
Former Star Trek producer Brannon Braga has revealed that he wanted to kill off the character of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in Star Trek: Voyager. Braga was one of the main producers on Star Trek: Voyager and the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise and is a somewhat controversial figure within the Trek world. Not all Trek fans like his take on the Trek universe and some are quite critical of his work on Star Trek – blaming him for the failure of Enterprise to take off. Braga even received death threats after the character of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) was killed off in the movie Generations.
Now Braga has revealed, in a recent interview with SFX, that while working on Voyager he wanted to kill off the hugely popular character of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). The character was introduced in the season three finale of Voyager and became a permanent cast member in the following season as the character was rescued from the Borg by the crew of Voyager. The addition of Ryan’s character to the spin-off added some much needed sex appeal for the series but also a new dynamic on the series with Seven often being paired up with Captain Janeway (Kate Melgrew) creating somewhat fraught teacher/pupil relationship. Despite the characters popularity it seems Braga felt the character should have been killed!
“It was my feeling that Seven Of Nine should have died. If you watch the episode ‘Human Error’ written by Andre Bormanis, it was not only a heart breaking episode in that Seven Of Nine learns, as she begins to explore her human emotions, that she can’t experience them. There’s a Borg chip inside her that will kill her if she tries to do so. First of all, that’s kind of an interesting ‘rape victim’ analogy or whatever you want to call it, about a damaged woman who can’t get past what happened to her, but I also always saw it as a crucial episode that would set up the finale. This was a woman who knew she was neither here nor there. She couldn’t go back to the Borg, nor would she want to, but she could never be fully human, so she was doomed. And I wanted to have her sacrifice herself to get her shipmates home.” – Braga in SFX
While we do understand where Braga is coming from with his ideas surrounding Seven’s possible death we think he was picking on the wrong character in Voyager. If any character should have been killed off – permanently and not resurrected/replaced/retconned at the end of the episode – it should have been the pointless Harry Kim closely followed by dull Chakotay.