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 »


When Riker is assembling an away team, he calls Dr. Crusher and orders her to bring a medical team to the transporter room. However, when they beam down, the only away team members are Crusher, Worf, and Riker. No extra medical team members are present. See more »


Third of Five: Are you ever... lonely?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Sometimes. But that's why we have friends.
Third of Five: Friends?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Sure. Someone you can talk to. Who will be with you when you're lonely. Someone... someone who makes you feel better.
Third of Five: Like Geordi - and Hugh.
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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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Dr. Crusher becomes the "voice of reason"
15 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

While investigating a distress signal, Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden), Data (Brent Spiner), and Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) come upon a wrecked Borg vessel with only one survivor; an adolescent Borg. Bringing the "Lad" aboard meets with disapproval from the captain (Patrick Stewart), along with other members of the crew, including the enigmatic Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg). A plan is hatched to inject a virus into the young Borg, making it possible to infect the entire collective, causing the Borg to no longer be a threat to the Federation.

Dr. Crusher voices her disapproval of the plan, reminding the captain that, although the Borg teen is an enemy, he is still living, thinking being, deserving of respect and survival. As she and Geordi develop the "weapon," the Rorg teen, since being separated from the collective, is now developing his own individuality; thus, he becomes "Hugh." When Guinan talks to Hugh, she discovers that her misgivings about him might be erred. She convinces the captain to do the same, and he, too, alters his plan, allowing Hugh to return to the collective, with the hope that his new-found individuality with lead to an "infection" that will change the Borg's intent on "assimilating" the entire universe.

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