Seven continues to be Jeri Ryan’s lucky number: 25 years after making her debut as the former Borg drone Seven of Nine on the Season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager and immediately becoming one of the franchise’s major fan favorites, Ryan returns to the role once again for the second season of Star Trek: Picard.
And where Season 1 revealed an intriguing new path – and potential new love – for Seven, her story was told in tantalizing glimpses. Season 2, however, leans heavily into Seven’s headspace as she as Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his new allies contend not only with his longtime agitator the Q (John de Lancie) but their shared tormentor the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching), who once assimilated them both into the Collectiive, as well. And as Seven’s romance with Raffi (Michelle Hurd) hits a rocky patch, she’s also – through some time-bending plot twists – confronted with what her life might have been like had she never encountered the Borg and remained fully human.
As Ryan reveals to TV Guide after a quarter-century with Seven of Nine, she’s still excited to dig deeper – and play with more pals from her extended Trek family – as her story continues to unfold in unexpected ways.
We got a taste of where Seven is at this point in her evolution in Season 1, but for Season 2 it looks like we’re going to go down much more road with her. Tell me what was exciting to you about getting to continue to see her story through and the aspects of it that you get to play this time around.
Jeri Ryan: Well, just in general this is such a rare gift to get as an actor, to be able to take a character through this much of her life’s journey and this much growth and development and change. Over a 20-year period – that’s almost unheard of. She’s always, from the beginning, been such a rich character to play anyway, as an actor, because she didn’t even start out human. So literally every aspect of life has been an education for her and a struggle and a challenge. It’s really been a cool journey that she’s been on.
I love this season. They’re exploring and giving her a little taste of what life could have possibly been like had she never been assimilated. Because that’s the experience that she’s never had: just being human, fully human. That the first thing that somebody notices about her when they meet her isn’t the metal implant over her eye, for example, and treating her with, instantly, dread or fear or loathing or distrust, or whatever, any of those emotions that The Borg bring out in people.
So this is, for her, because that’s always been her struggle, is trying to find the balance between her Borg half and her human half, and figuring who she truly is and where she fits in and where she feels most comfortable and finding where she belongs.
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