The Enterprise finds a lone Borg drone, separated from the collective, and brings him aboard. The drone begins to reassert his individuality, but his presence causes differing levels of fear and sympathy from various crew members.



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Prospecting the Argola system as potential Federation colonization area, the Enterprise receives a message from a viable moon of the fourth planet- it's a crashed Borg craft emitting a home signal with four crew corpses a single male survivor, who is beamed aboard as Dr. Crusher's medical help couldn't go unnoticed. Geordie repairs his cyborg technical parts and Beverly his biological organs. During further tests which he proves surprisingly cooperative at in order to be 'fed' energy, they rename 'Third of Five' Hugh and although even alone he still talks as 'we' he proves quite open, Hugh learns to understand human resistance to assimilation to the Borg collective. Data and Geordi have devised an unsolvable geometrical problem which should cause the Borg collective intelligence to break-down in overcharge, but after Picard, speaking as the Borg Locutus, finds Hugh has become a true friend of Geordi, refusing to help assimilate him, moral doubts cause asylum aboard being offered to ... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 May 1992 (USA)  »

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While the audience was not given a good glimpse of the ship itself, the Borg scout ship made its first and presumably only appearance in this episode, though it is possible that the Borg probe and some Borg spheres could be considered scout ships. See more »


When Geordi and Hugh beam down to the crash site, you can see the boom mic on top of the screen. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It is what it is. And in spite of efforts to turn it into some kind of pet, I will not alter my plans.
Guinan: Fine. But if you don't talk to him at least once, you may find that decision a lot harder to live with than you realize.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 1 (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Special Interesting info on the Borg
15 April 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The "Borg" idea was inspired by studying the real life character by the name of Broden Borg who always tries to get everyone around him to assimilate with what Broden wants them to do. Resistance is futile ! The Captain of the Enterprise tried to get Data to erase the "Broden Borg" from the memory banks but couldn't leading to the plasma conducts becoming blocked. Troy believed the only way to remove the "Broden Borg" from the Enterprise was to place the "Broden Borg" on top of the warp coils, but the "Broden Borg" was too strong ranting and raving about it's own self worthiness resulting in Data blowing a circuit. Most Trekies don't realize that the "Broden Borg" is far more dangerous than the "Borg" on their own. 9 out of 10 for this one.

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