Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:38 PM
It's interesting that there's so many votes for Season 7. If you split the show into Before Jeri Ryan and After Jeri Ryan, I actually thought Season 7 was the worst of the last half. There was a build-up, of sorts, to a finale based on false premises that it was Janeway who should face off against the Borg Queen. I never thought it should have been. I thought it ought to have been Seven, turning on her ex-Queen and destroying her, freeing herself from servitude once and for all. I detest Tom Paris but I had pretty much accepted that he and B'Elanna were going to last out the show, though I found Lineage to be derivitive and rehashing the journey of self-acceptance that was what I thought Barge of the Dead was supposed to be for no good reason at all. There was basically no character arcs, only things thrown in haphazardly along the way, conveniently writing out Neelix, Baby Paris, disposing of the Borg kids as soon as possible and the horror unto God that was Human Error. The Maquis status wasn't used meaningfully, nor was the potential fate of those two Borg, Seven and Icheb, actually dealt with, they just killed her off off-screen in the finale so they didn't need to deal with it.
As far as Before JR, to coin a phrase, the show took a good long while to get any good. There was definitely promise in the last half of the third season, Worst Case Scenario has to be a stand-out for that year. It just took the Borg to get the show actually going someplace. With Scorpion, the show suddenly became about something. The nature of humanity and individuality, the balance between the individual and the group, social norms, all this stuff from the point of view of somebody who found this intensely alien and played by an actor actually skilled enough to pull it off. Yes, there's a good argument to say that there was an awful lot of Seven in that 4th season, but then again, was Harry Kim or Neelix or Chakotay gonna set the screen alight? Probably not, they were supporting players. The writers had their muse and during the 4th and to a lesser extent the 5th season, the writing had a level of coherency to it that it lacked otherwise, that's why I picked Season 4 as my favourite.
And by the way, I would rather they threw Harry Kim overboard than Kes. Kes at least had a bit of a backbone about her as Warlord showed very clearly.