Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) made her first appearance in Star Trek: Voyager back in 1997, and thanks to her striking appearance, complex backstory, and relatable journey to self-discovery, she quickly became popular among fans and has remained one of the most interesting characters in the Star Trek universe today. Although Trekkies have gotten to know her more since she returned to the hit sci-fi franchise in 2020 via Star Trek: Picard, a lot of fans still want to see Seven of Nine star in her own Star Trek spinoff series. But is it something that Paramount+ plans to do in the future? Read on to find the answer.
Will there be a Seven of Nine Star Trek spinoff series?
As of March 2023, Paramount+ doesn’t have plans for a Star Trek spinoff series starring Seven of Nine in the lead role. But a new report by Comic Book Resources says that a Star Trek spinoff series with Seven of Nine and Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) as the lead characters could be a great offshoot series. In fact, the website reported that Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 4, titled No Win Scenario, almost feels like a backdoor pilot for a spinoff about the two characters.
Although Seven of Nine has evolved so much since her time in Star Trek: Voyager, she remains a mysterious character who has plenty of room left for growth. And her ever-intriguing persona combined with Shaw’s flawed yet understandable personality could carry a whole new show, according to Comic Book Resources.
Seven of Nine and Shaw’s dynamic, as highlighted in a couple of moments in No Win Scenario, is reminiscent of the initial relationship between Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) in Star Trek: Voyager. Seven of Nine and Shaw are obviously not friends with one another. The latter even insisted that the former changed her name to Annika Hansen given his personal tragic experience with the Borg during the Battle of Wolf 359. Although they are not in friendly terms yet, both characters have respect for one another, and viewers got a glimpse of that when they worked together in dealing with the Changeling and fixing something in the engineering of the U.S.S. Titan in No Win Scenario.
According to Comic Book Resources, watching the unique relationship between Seven of Nine and Shaw evolve as they go on contentious adventures together in the galaxy would make an interesting Star Trek spinoff series.
What are the odds of a Seven of Nine Star Trek spinoff series becoming a reality?
While a Star Trek spinoff series starring Seven of Nine and Shaw sounds promising, the current financial status of Paramount+, just like all streaming services today, suggests that there’s a slim chance that it will become a reality in the near future.
As previously reported, it is believed that Paramount’s decision to end Star Trek: Discovery with its upcoming season 5 is part of the company’s cost-cutting strategy in middle of its merger with Showtime. And since the streaming service has been very careful on allocating its funds as of late, it’s safe to assume that a Seven of Nine of Star Trek spinoff series won’t happen anytime soon. After all, there are still a number of ongoing Star Trek series and long-gestating Star Trek projects in the pipeline.
In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, which is ending with its upcoming season 5, and Star Trek: Picard, which is currently airing its third and final season, other ongoing Star Trek shows include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Prodigy.
And as per earlier reports, CBS Studios and Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout are developing a new series titled Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. Another series in production is Section 31, a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery featuring Michelle Yeoh’s character, Emperor Philipa Georgiou.
Why do they call her Seven of Nine?
For those who haven’t watched Star Trek: Voyager and wondering how Seven of Nine got her name, “Seven of Nine” is actually the designation given to her by the Borg Collective, a race of cybernetically enhanced beings who assimilated her as a young girl.
The Borg Collective assigns designations to its members based on their position within the Collective and their individuality. “Seven of Nine” is a numerical designation that indicates the character’s position as the seventh member of the tertiary adjunct of Unimatrix 01, a group of Borg drones tasked with carrying out specific functions within the Collective. The name “Seven of Nine” is thus a reflection of the character’s past as a Borg drone, and a reminder of the trauma and loss she experienced before joining the crew of the USS Voyager.
Fans can follow Seven of Nine’s story in Star Trek: Picard season 3 which debuts new episodes every Thursday on Paramount+.