According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
Call to Arms : Scorpion Part 1 : Future's End Part 1.
In the Scorpion story arc, the story sequence is
Scorpion Part 1 : Scorpion Part 2.


When Voyager approaches Borg territory, the options are to turn around and stay in the Delta Quadrant, or to use the so-called "Northwest Passage", a region which appears to be devoid of Borg activity. Janeway decides in favor of the latter. Soon the crew witnesses how a whole fleet of Borg cubes is destroyed by a so far unknown enemy, who possesses biotechnology impervious to Borg or Federation weapons. Kes receives a telepathic message from them, saying that "the weak will perish." On an away mission to a destroyed Borg cube, Kim is infected with their cells, which begin to eat up his body from within. The Doctor saves his life with the help of modified Borg nanoprobes.

The new enemy, known to the Borg as Species 8472, emerges from interspatial rifts in the "Northwest Passage", explaining the lack of Borg activity in the region. As this passage is no longer an option, Janeway develops the daring plan to provide the Borg with knowledge about how to modify their nanoprobes to a weapon against Species 8472, in exchange for Voyager's free passage through Borg territory. Despite Chakotay's objections she orders a course to a Borg-occupied planet. Just as she has been beamed aboard a Borg cube to make her point, a fleet of Species 8472 bioships appears and destroys the whole planet. The Borg cube, along with Voyager caught in its tractor beam, narrowly escapes the inferno.

Errors and Explanations

Internet Movie Database


  1. Kes sensed Harry was in imminent danger when she was in Sickbay assisting the doctor. The doctor calls the bridge, and B'Elanna transports the away team back. Janeway then walks back to her command chair in time to catch Kes half-fainting when 8472 talks to her again telepathically. So somehow Kes makes it from Sickbay to the Bridge in less than a minute. She could be a fast mover - assuming it was less than a minute, and didn't just seem like that!

Nit Central

  1. Omer on Tuesday, November 10, 1998 - 5:21 am: If the Borg met with Species 8472 before the teaser, shouldn't they know that Ressistance might not be Futile? Chris Thomas on Tuesday, November 10, 1998 - 8:15 am: Aren't the Borg too arrogant too realise resistance might not be futile, given we say various Borg trying to assimilate members of Species 8472 over and over, yet it doesn't work? cableface on Thursday, April 01, 1999 - 2:41 pm:The Borg probably wouldn't seem as ruthless and scary if they just said."Well, we can't assimilate them. Let's just give up trying." 8472 defied Borg will. By Borg logic, they had to pay the price, except they were too strong for them.
  2. Chris Thomas on Wednesday, August 04, 1999 - 7:43 am: When Janeway orders the away team over to the Borg cube fragment, she says they will keep an open channel back to the ship. So why does Chakotay tap his badge to contact Janeway later on when he is there? Possibly to indicate that he was about to transmit.
  3. DonnaL on Friday, June 02, 2000 - 9:50 pm: Species 8472 seems to be pretty big, but the interior of their ship seems like it would be relatively cramped for them. Adam Bomb on Sunday, October 15, 2000 - 2:43 pm: Ships are cramped even today for maximum conservation of resources.
  4. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 4:13 am: Are these Borg nanoprobes a new Borg assimilation technique? I don't remember this mentioned when Picard was taken over. Jwb52z on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 3:37 pm: They appear to be that way. LUIGI NOVI on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 11:46 pm: They were first seen in ST First Contact, but when the drones showed up on the Enterprise-D to kidnap Picard in The Best of Both Worlds Part 1 (TNG), the one that beamed away with him placed something on the back of his neck where we couldn't see with its elongated prosthetic arm. Whatever it was, it could've been a tubule, or perhaps whatever the Borg used before deciding to use or coming up with tubules. Seniram 17:12, February 3, 2018 (UTC) More likely something to render him unconscious for transport to the Cube.
  5. I was surprised when the Doctor said he didn't know if Harry had a few more days. Couldn't he have estimated how long it would take for the alien DNA to eat up enough of Harry's cells so that death would be inevitable? Jwb52z on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 3:37 pm: Not while his own immune system was still functioning. Even though the alien DNA overwhelmed him, it would not have done so as fast as if Harry's immune system were not working. The Savant on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 11:09 pm: What difference does it make whether his immune system was functioning? The point is, Doc checks the status of Harry's cells. He then checks back a second and third time. He can then see the RATE AT WHICH the human DNA is being destroyed/changed. Using that rate, he can tell how long Harry has. Keith didn't say it was 'fast'. He simply said the Holodoc should have been able to see rate of change/destruction, and he's right. Jwb52z on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 2:57 pm: The immune system, even if it is ultimately defeated, will affect how a disease hurts a human. That's why diseases don't immediately kill people. Their body fights it, even if it loses. The fighting will change how the disease hurts us as far as time and extensiveness go. That, in turn, will affect the rate of the disease's progression. Mikey on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 - 4:16 pm: No one has debated that. What is being debated is whether or not the Doctor can ascertain how long it will take for it to progress. Doctors can extrapolate the progression of a disease today. Why couldn't the Doctor do it four hundred years from now? Especially when we've seen him (and others before him) do it before. Seniram 17:12, February 3, 2018 (UTC) For all anyone knows, the progress of the disease may accelerate at an increasing rate in the final stages.
  6. Janeway told the Borg that if they didn't drop their tractor beam in ten seconds the information would be destroyed. Shouldn't that command stay in effect even if the captain were transported off the ship? Maybe they were calling her bluff?

Ex Astris Scientia

  • Janeway asks whether there is an atmosphere on one of the destroyed Borg vessels. She makes it sound like no one would beam over if there weren't, as if Voyager didn't have spacesuits. And even if breathable air is left on a destroyed vessel, wouldn't it be very wise to take spacesuits anyway? Perhaps spacesuits are only meant to be used for work on the exterior of a ship.

Voyager Season 3
Basics Part 2 I Flashback I The Chute I The Swarm I False Profits I Remember I Sacred Ground I Future's End Part 1 I Future's End Part 2 I Warlord I The Q and the Grey I Macrocosm I Fair Trade I Alter Ego I Coda I Blood Fever I Unity I Darkling I Rise I Favorite Son I Before and After I Real Life I Distant Origin I Displaced I Worst Case Scenario I Scorpion Part 1
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