This is another episode that defies the conventional wisdom of Seven's impact on the series, at least in her first season. This is technically a Seven episode, but it's far more about the emerging Hirogen threat (and its basic culture) than anything. She is a lead character in the Chakotay sense, to be frank.
As such, "Hunters" is designated as an episode for fans of the series, because it's an important one for you to watch if you want to know what Voyager actually did versus what detractors will say it was. The Hirogen and how the crew handled them are exactly the kind of experience you'd expect from a show that focused on a ship lost on the other side of the galaxy.
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