Q pays the Enterprise another visit, much to Captain Picard's disapproval. He wants Q to keep his part of their earlier bargain and stay away. Q insists that Picard needs him on his side and to prove his point, hurls the Enterprise far into the galaxy. There, the Enterprise crew meet the Borg and their strange, cube-like space craft. The Borg are a race that is part biological and part machine that exists within a collective consciousness. They are also a formidable foe that can out power, out run and out fight the Enterprise. With their shields weakened, it's left to Picard to decide if they really do need Q's help. Written by
Did You Know?
This is the episode in which the Borg make their debut. They would eventually go on to become this series' ultimate nemesis (an honor originally meant for the Ferengi, but never materialized since fans took them as "too comical" for this title). Originally, they were not intended to have a queen, and the two-part episode in which they appear later, "The Best of Both Worlds," reflects this. The Borg Queen was created because the writers were having difficulty in writing dialogue for what was intended to be the Borg's central computer. The Borg Queen first appears in Star Trek: First Contact
(1996), and would make several appearances through the series run of Star Trek: Voyager
(1995). See more
When Ensign Gomez accidentally spills hot chocolate on Captain Picard, initially she hardly spills any liquid on his uniform (most of the hot chocolate appears to spill on the floor and on her). Yet, later, as Picard is walking down the hallway to the turbolift and encounters Q, almost the entire front of his uniform is soaked. There was not enough liquid spilled on him to make such a stain. We also see a larger stain on Gomez's uniform as Picard leaves and she turns toward Geordi. See more
To learn about you is, frankly, provocative. But you're next of kin to chaos.
The episode's credits begin a full minute after the theme music. See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more