Posted by Jan den Breejen (22.214.171.124) on August 19, 2003 at 11:22:27:
The most typical of Seven is her callousness; like Lara Croft she is "cold" -- calmly domineering, with a callous indifference to the people around her. She's contemptuous of the captain because she tends to follow the rules. Also typical is her fearlesness, and relative freedom from depressive feelings. Her ethic is selfishness; self-centeredness being typical for Adventurous Style characters.
Tempering Seven of Nine's breathtaking bluntness is not just a matter of teaching the Borg social niceties -- it's also convincing that such niceties matter. Sevens natural impulse is to simply say what she means, and if others can't deal with it, that's their problem. Of course, that's hard on others who aren't used to or take offense at the Eight "telling it like it is." The Doctor puts it perfectly: "What you need is some editorial skill in your self-expression. Between impulse and action, there is a realm of good taste begging for your acquaintance."
As we've already seen with Seska and Tieran, bluntness extends to the area of sexuality as well. Seven of Nine may lack the Dramatic Style's seduction techniques but in the episode Revulsion , she's hilariously straightforward with a flustered Harry Kim when she determines he is attracted to her: "Ensign, take off your clothes."
Her inner narcissism gives Seven poise; she's more self-contained than Seska or Tieran were. As Thomas Condon puts it, "an aura of preternatural calm, like they haven't had a self-doubt in decades." In real life many of these characters get themselves into dangerous accidents. I know a similar woman who broke her nose many times because she just jumped into shallow water, being overtly confident that nothing would happen.
Assesment: Adventurous Style
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