I watched "One" (VOY) last night. For those who need a refresher: Voyager encounters a giant nebula that would take years to travel around, so they have to go through it, except it would have harmful effects on the crew, except for Seven and The Doctor. So Voyager has to spend a month travelling through this nebula with everyone but Seven and The Doctor in stasis. Seven of Nine is mostly alone, except for The Doctor, who she gets fed up with. Seven, despite seeming more socially inept, still has the same general personality she has in PIC. Strong-willed, not willing to deal with people's nonsense, doesn't want to waste time on things that aren't important, but will still ultimately do what needs to be done. I'm actually kind of amazed her character is more the same than not. Just from this "One" episode (), I can see the Seven of Nine who would become part of the Fenris Rangers. Where over there, she's willing to do what needs to be done when no one else is doing it or can do it. She must be attracted to Raffi because she has a similar strong will. Except Seven is more stable and headstrong, so she can be there to help Raffi when she falters, like after Elnor died. Seven has also probably helped her from relapsing back into drugs. When Seven is looking for a date in "Someone to Watch Over Me" or is with Chakotay at the end of VOY, they're people who couldn't possibly be more cardboard. There's nothing there for Seven other than, "I'm doing what's expected of me and getting into a relationship!" and that's pretty much it. And because it was more like an exercise instead of something genuine, neither of those relationships worked out or lasted. Now we get to see Seven in a relationship that works for her, more or less, even if Raffi wants to be around her more. One of the things I wish Season 2 mentioned but didn't was that Seven could help Raffi cope with grief about losing her surrogate son Elnor, because she has to cope with grief about losing her surrogate son Icheb. Obvious parallel and a missed opportunity.