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 »


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: Choose... what I want.
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At first I hated this episode...but bear with it, it is excellent.
25 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise comes upon a wounded individual from the Borg collective. They are able to dampen his ability to communicate and they bring it aboard the ship to treat it. However, there is a big divide as to what to do--Picard wants to implant the Borg with a virus so that it will infect the others when it's returned but the Doctor just wants to treat it and give it a big hug! Well, not exactly...but close. She, and later, others, worry about the morality of infecting it---though they seem to forget that he is a BORG member!!! I thought this was stupid and they should use the virus. However, as they get to know this new individual, the rightness or at least the effectiveness of this plan becomes questionable.

All the Borg episodes are good--and this one is no exception. Well written and worth seeing.

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