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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During filming of this episode contest winners and personal guests of Peter Lauritson (Producer, Director, TNG Performer) visited the set on every day of filming. 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 »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Captain - I have to admit I've been having second thoughts about this plan.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: In what way?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well...
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I've been getting to know him - the Borg.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I see.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: He's not what I expected, Captain. He's got feelings. He's homesick. I don't know, it... it just doesn't seem right using him this way.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Centuries ago, when laboratory animals were used for experiments, scientists would sometimes become attached to the creatures. This would be a problem if the experiment involved killing them. I would suggest ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Star Trek episode you should see!
26 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This episode was one of the greatest I have ever seen in Star Trek, it involves on of the most interesting and frightening races in the whole Star Trek universe (the Borg) and shows sides of them we've never seen before.

Also in this episode it get's very personal for Piccard and he stands before a great moral dilemma. Of course this has been the case in many episodes but this particular one takes it one step further.

The acting in this episode was somewhat better then usual as well, there were more feelings there than usually displayed by characters like Laforge for example. And Jonathan del Arco did really good playing the lost Borg (Very good considering how bad guest actors there are in many other episodes).

Finally the greatest reason to why i liked this episode so much was because of the greater question. Is a individual that always been controlled by something greater than himself still an individual? It's kind of poetical just as the title "I, Borg".

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