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 »


In the scene in which Geordi names 3rd of 5 "Hugh", 3rd of 5 asks, "Do I have a name?" Rather than, "Do we have a name?" See more »


Lieutenant Worf: Kill it now. Make it appear that it died in the crash. Leave no evidence that we were ever here.
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Amounts to something great
15 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, well, another appearance by the Borg; except this time, it's a stranded drone and not an army. Bringing this kid on-board the ship ignites the debate among the crew: use him to implant a virus into the collective or help resuscitate the human trapped within? And I can see both sides. The horrors these automatons have wreaked are still fresh in the crew's memories; but physicians have an innate desire to heal, so Dr. Crusher has a point.

In the end, everyone )after vigorous struggle) comes around and sees Hugh as a chance to inject some individuality into the hive. And that's what makes this a great episode; the ray of hope emerging from bitter spite. In some ways, it's a classic tale of disarming hardened perceptions and adds substance to a cleaver (albeit one- dimensional) foe. Above all, it's an episode that leaves a lasting impression.


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