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
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After the Borg take the Enterprise's shields down with their shield-draining weapon, they fire one more time. Once again, it appears to hit the shields around the Enterprise, even though they're supposed to be down. The fact that this shot disabled the warp engines with no damage to the ship, indicates that those "shields" were actually the warp field. Numerous appearances of warp fields throughout the series show that they do have roughly the same ellipsoid shape as the shields. Although normally a warp field isn't supposed to glow under fire like the shields do, the Borg torpedo, unlike other energy weapons, was obviously designed to impact the warp field, thus creating a similar glowing effect. See more
I understand what you've done here, Q. But I think the lesson could have been learned without the loss of 18 members of my crew.
If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid.
The episode's credits begin a full minute after the theme music. See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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