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?
The Borg were originally conceived as being a race of insects (as featured in the Season 1 episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conspiracy
(1988). Budget restrictions meant that the decision was made to go with cyborgs instead. Nevertheless the episode still went $50,000 over budget. See more
As Guinan warns Picard to protect the Enterprise from the Borg, Picard orders the shields raised. Moments later, even though the shields are active, the Borg beam over. Considering that they are technologically much more advanced, it is conceivable that they may have found a way to transport through shields. See more
You wanted to frighten us. We're frightened. You wanted to show us that we were inadequate. For the moment... I grant that. You wanted me to say, 'I need you'? I *need* you!
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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