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
Did You Know?
The title is a reference to The Outer Limits: I, Robot
(1964). It had a similar story of a robot believed to have evil intentions but as the story progressed, he was discovered to be very human with many human ideals. The title is also a reference to Isaac Asimov
's short story collection I, Robot, which dealt with similar themes of a single unit of a collective consciousness discovering free will and identity. 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
Third of Five
You will be assimilated.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Yes, but before that happens, could we ask you a few questions?
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more