*** (3 stars out of 5)
To a Hirogen, war paint and a little mascara are just the thing when hunting those infectious jerk-bags from Fluidic Space who don't deserve their own name: Species 8472. And now they've got a Hop-On. The Fluidic tripod is clinging to the hull like a Garfield doll. (I'm OLD, kids!)
Janeway chooses to try compassion with two species that between them boil bones and decorate with hooks, chains, spinning fans, and severed heads. Kathy tries to explain compassion to a dubious, insubordinate Seven of Nine. As a lieutenant, Janeway's proudest moment battling Cardassians was a wounded foe she aided- under orders she thought were ludicrous.
But, despite that long, heart-warming story, Seven disobeys the Captain and beams 8472 to the Hirogen wolves to save Voyager's skin. Right or wrong, the Borg is grounded. When she's not at school, she'll be in her cargo bedroom unless mommy says otherwise.
"Prey" offers Alien Vs. Predator when that still seemed appealing. But, on a TV budget and with prime-time violence, it's only as good as the actual movie Alien Vs. Predator. Still, no one's ever gone wrong with Tony Todd, even under a hundred pounds of lizard face.