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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I, Borg was Michael Piller's favourite episode of the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He called it "everything I want Star Trek to be." See more »


There is a security guard in the detention area who presses a wall panel to activate/deactivate the force field that secures the detention cell; he does this several times early in the show. On the occasion when Worf and Geordi visit the cell, he presses the wall panel, deactivating the field so that they can enter. Once they step inside, though, the field comes back on all by itself, without the wall panel being touched by the guard. When Worf and Geordi leave the cell, however, the guard touches the wall panel each time like before to deactivate/activate the force field. 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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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A goof of this episode
7 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This comment is to be considered a goof of the episode since there were not any others mentioned I think this one does merit a mention since the Borg are considered a collective and speak as a group and consider themselves all as one and not individuals.Just before Geordi and Dr.Crusher give the Borg a name he asks them "Do I have a name?" which is so clearly and easily recognizable of being improper Borg terminology I find it interesting they overlooked it.Properly spoken, the Borg would have naturally said "Do We have a name?" but the episode was left as is and distributed with what I consider to be a rather large slip-up in proper format of a recurring alien character(s) such as the Borg.

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