“As long as the character is smart and is well written- That’s why I didn’t have a problem with Seven of Nine’s skin tight suit on Voyager that a lot of people had a hard time with, because the character was not that. The character was the antithesis of what that physical appearance was. So for me if she was a ditz and she was portrayed like that then yea, that is incredibly gratuitous to me. But I don’t want half nudity, that to me no, that is gratuitous no matter what. There are very few reasons that I could see in a story that make nudity a necessity. But, skimpy costumes or tight costumes or showing your body and being sexy in that way as long as the character is smart and strong and a good portrayal of a woman, then I don’t necessarily have a problem with it.”—
You know, I was a teenage boy in 1997 (barely) and I began watching “Voyager” because of the introduction of Seven of Nine.
But it was not because of boobs or an outfit.
No, because when they first added her, it was the concept of a Borg on board Voyager.
A freaking Borg drone! On the ship! All the time!
This was 8 months after “First Contact” had come out and totally enthralled me and swept me full well into being a fan of 24th century Trek. I was barely just dipping my big toe into things and I hear Voyager’s adding a Borg drone crewmember. Woah.
I remember talking with the only geeky friend in school I had about it. I remember taking in the issue of TVGuide to school to show him, with the first photos of the Borgified (no catsuit in sight) Jeri Ryan. The whole concept was just so brilliant and daring, in our 12-year-old opinions.
I remember being disappointed when I saw “The Gift” and how she was being de-Borged.
And while yes, I have to admit there was obviously some sexual appeal once all was said and done, I to this day still wish they had left her fully Borg for at least that first year. Gradually reducing the Borg tech maybe? But not just wham-bam, one episode and she’s a human with one or two remaining vestiges of drone left.