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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When one of the other Borg interfaces with Hugh (having plugged into his arm), the accompanying sound effect seems to include five characters of Morse code. It sounds like 'ECAGE', though the fourth character is somewhat indistinct (and possibly the second). See more »


Hugh refers to himself as 3rd of 5. When he is finally picked up by the Borg scouts later in the episode, the scouts only seem to attend to three other bodies besides Hugh, who is being transported back with them. However, during his search of the area at the beginning, Worf did report four more bodies, although even then only three bodies were shown. This could simply mean that the fourth Borg was lying somewhere off-screen. See more »


[Guinan feigns injury during a fencing match. Picard, concerned, lowers his foil, and Guinan quickly scores a touch]
Guinan: You felt sorry for me. Look what it got you.
[after an earlier discussion on whether it was wise to care for the Borg for humanitarian reasons]
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Horrible Idea
5 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the characters on this series, the one I find the most tiresome is Beverly Crusher. She has this thing about the sacredness of life, which is fine, but she is also willing to allow something that has killed billions of life forms and wiped out whole civilizations, including a close encounter with earth, to come on board. The syrupy way this whole thing unfolds, with characters whose families and friends have been assimilated by these things falling lovingly for this menace, drove me crazy. Disagree with the idea of destroying the collective, but don't embrace this horror. On numerous occasions, Beverly has used her own prejudices and views to push people around, including Picard (who really disappoints me when she is around). Anyway, I'm getting all upset (I guess this is only a fictional series) so I shouldn't get so passionate, but it does portend to speak for a compassionate world, putting aside the foibles of previous civilizations. I'm waiting for Beverly to come on board and say, "Oh, I think the Romulans are really a good hearted people" as they fire on the enterprise. This Borg is bringing with it a huge threat to all living things, where they will continue, bee-like, at the center of the galaxy, with nothing left around them.

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