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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Jeri Taylor, who provided an uncredited polish on the script thought that after this episode, we could never treat the Borg the same way again. See more »

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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 »

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[an away team has found a badly injured Borg on a moon]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Away team, prepare to return to the ship!
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Captain, we can't leave him here, he won't survive.
Commander William T. Riker: I think the Captain understands that.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: I don't.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Star Trek episode you should see!
26 October 2006 | by (Sweden) – 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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