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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" I Borg (TV Episode 1992) Poster

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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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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If we can get to the root command, we can introduce an invasive programming sequence through its biochip system, and then return it to the hive.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: The Borg are so interconnected it would act like a virus.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Which would infect the entire Collective. We could disable their neural network at a stroke.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Infect it? You make it sound as if it's a disease.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Quite right, Doctor. If all goes well, a terminal one.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: [observing the Borg] He must be hungry.

[Picard and La Forge are looking at her curiously]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: The Borg don't ingest food. Their implants can synthesize any organic molecules their biological tissues require. What they need is energy.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [considering this] Arrange to feed it.

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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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Counselor Deanna Troi: Sometimes, even when a victim has dealt with his assault, there are residual effects of the event that linger. You were treated violently by the Borg - kidnapped, assaulted, mutilated...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [interrupting] Counselor. Counselor, I very much appreciate your concern for me, but I can assure you, it is quite misplaced. I have carefully considered the implications of having a Borg on this ship. I have weighed the possible risks. And I'm convinced that we are doing the right thing. Now, I am quite comfortable with my decision.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: If this works the way I think it will, once the invasive program starts spreading, it'll only be a matter of months before the Borg suffer total systems failure.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Comments?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: A question. What exactly is "total systems failure"?

Lt. Commander Data: The Borg are extremely computer-dependent. A systems failure will destroy them.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: I just think we should be clear about that. We're talking about annihilating an entire race.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Which under most circumstances would be unconscionable. But as I see it, the Borg leave us with little choice.

Commander William T. Riker: I agree. We're at war.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: There's been no formal declaration of war.

Counselor Deanna Troi: Not from us, but certainly from them. They've attacked us at every encounter.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: They've declared war on our way of life. We're to be assimilated.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: But even in war, there are rules. You don't kill civilians indiscriminately.

Commander William T. Riker: There are no civilians among the Borg.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Think of them as a single collective being. There's no one Borg who is more an individual than your arm or your leg.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: How convenient.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Your point, Doctor?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: When I look at my patient, I don't see a collective consciousness, I don't see a hive. I see a living, breathing boy who has been hurt and who needs our help. And we're talking about sending him back to his people as an instrument of destruction.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It comes down to this: we're faced with an enemy who are determined to destroy us, and we have no hope of negotiating a peace. Unless that changes, we're justified in doing anything we can to survive.

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Guinan: [about fencing] I don't think I like this sport.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Last week when you scored two touches, you liked it well enough.

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[Guinan feigns injury during a fencing match. Picard, concerned, lowers his foil, and Guinan quickly scores a touch]

Guinan: You felt sorry for me. Look what it got you.

[after an earlier discussion on whether it was wise to care for the Borg for humanitarian reasons]

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[La Forge has provided the Borg with an energy supplying device]

Third of Five: Why do you do this?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I'm just a nice guy at heart. You feeling better?

Third of Five: You are not Borg.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: That's right. And I hope to stay that way.

Third of Five: You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: That's gratitude for you.

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Third of Five: We are Borg.

Guinan: Aren't you gonna tell me you have to assimilate me?

Third of Five: You wish to be assimilated?

Guinan: No, but that's what you... things do, isn't it?

[the Borg nods]

Guinan: Resistance is futile?

Third of Five: Resistance is futile.

Guinan: It isn't. My people resisted when the Borg came, to assimilate us. Some of us survived.

Third of Five: Resistance... is not futile?

Guinan: No. But thanks to you, there are very few of us left. We're scattered throughout the galaxy. We don't even have a home anymore.

Third of Five: What you are saying... is that you are lonely.

Guinan: What?

Third of Five: You have no others. You have no home. We... are also lonely.

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Third of Five: You will be assimilated.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yes, but before that happens, could we ask you a few questions?

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Guinan: I need to hear you say that you are sure... you're doing the right thing.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If you're here to persuade me not to use the invasive program...

Guinan: No. I think I need you to persuade me.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Two days ago, you were so upset about the Borg even being on the ship that you tore my foil out of my hand. And now you're here questioning whether it should be treated as the enemy.

Guinan: No. But when you talk to him face to face, can you honestly say you don't have any doubt?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I haven't talked to it.

Guinan: Why not?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I saw no need.

Guinan: If you're gonna use this person...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It's not a person, dammit, it's a Borg!

Guinan: If you are going to use this person to destroy his race, you should at least look him in the eye once, before you do it. Because I am not sure he is still a Borg.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It is what it is. And in spite of efforts to turn it into some kind of pet, I will not alter my plans.

Guinan: Fine. But if you don't talk to him at least once, you may find that decision a lot harder to live with than you realize.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I've been rationing his portions of energy. I think he understands. When he cooperates, he gets fed, if not...

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Like a rat in a cage.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Part of what we do is learn more about other species.

Third of Five: We assimilate species. Then we know everything about them.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah. I know.

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Third of Five: We... are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Just look around, pal. You're hardly in a position to make any demands.

Third of Five: We must return to the Collective.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Who's "we"?

Third of Five: We... are Borg.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah, but... there's only one of you. Do you have a name? A means of identification?

Third of Five: Third of Five.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [understanding] There were five on your ship. Is that it, just a number?

Third of Five: Third of Five.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Does kinda suit you.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: We don't have designations, we have names. I'm Beverly. This is Geordi.

Third of Five: Do I have a name?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Do you want one?

Third of Five: A name.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: I'm Beverly, he's Geordi, and you...

Third of Five: You.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: You...

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: No, no, wait a minute - that's it: Hugh! What do you think?

Third of Five: 'You'?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: No, not 'you'. 'Hugh'.

Third of Five: 'Hugh'.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Okay. Now, I'm Beverly.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I'm Geordi.

Third of Five: We are Hugh.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Think of it this way: every time you talk about yourself, you use the word 'we': 'we want this', 'we want that'. You don't even know how to think of yourself as a single individual. You don't say '*I* want this', or '*I* am Hugh'. We - are all - separate - individuals. *I* am Geordi. *I* choose what I want to do with my life. *I* make decisions for myself. For somebody like me, losing that sense of individuality is almost worse than dying.

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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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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Identify yourself.

Third of Five: Hugh.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Identify yourself.

Third of Five: We are Hugh.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: This is not a Borg identification.

Third of Five: [after a moment] Third of Five.

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[at his encounter with Hugh, Picard is acting as Locutus of Borg]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Resistance is futile.

Third of Five: Resistance... is not futile. Some have escaped.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: They will be found. It is inevitable. All will be assimilated.

Third of Five: Must Geordi be assimilated?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Yes.

Third of Five: He does not wish it. He would rather die than be assimilated.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then he will die.

Third of Five: No. Geordi must not die. Geordi is a friend.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You will assist us to assimilate this vessel. You are Borg. You will assist us.

Third of Five: I will not.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What did you say?

Third of Five: I - will not - assist you.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: "I"?

Third of Five: Geordi must not be assimilated.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: But you are Borg.

Third of Five: No. I am Hugh.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We must know what you want.

Third of Five: You are many. I am one. What I want is not important.

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Third of Five: Choose... what I want.

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Guinan: I was thinking how you said the other day that my foil was dipping. That I should get some exercise and strengthen my arm.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, a strong forearm is certainly an advantage in fencing.

Guinan: And bartending.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [about Hugh] He's nothing like what I expected.

Guinan: How so?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I don't know, it's... it's like he's just... some kid who is far away from home.

Guinan: Do you know that you are the second person today to refer to that Borg as though it was some sort of lost child?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Anyway, I'm having second thoughts about what we're doing here. I mean, programming him like some sort of walking bomb, sending him back to destroy the others.

Guinan: Let me tell you something. When that kid's big brothers come looking for him, they're not gonna stop till they find him. And then they're gonna come looking for us. And they will destroy us. And they will not do any of the soul-searching that you are apparently doing right now.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Then why don't you go and talk to him? It might not be so clear cut then.

Guinan: Because I wouldn't have anything to say.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [sighs] Then why don't you just listen? That is what you do best, isn't it?

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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...

[sighs]

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 that you unattach yourself from the Borg, Mr. La Forge.

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[last lines]

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, I guess this is it, huh? So long, Hugh.

Third of Five: Goodbye, Geordi. I will try to remember you.

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Third of Five: Captain, I do not want to forget that I am Hugh.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The sense of individuality which he has gained with us... might be transmitted through the entire Borg Collective - every one of the Borg being given the opportunity to experience the feeling of... of singularity. And perhaps that's the most pernicious program of all. The knowledge of self being spread throughout the Collective, in that brief moment, might alter them forever.

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