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The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 

Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation's outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives...only to find a big hole in the ground where the town used to be, and discovers the Borg are behind the attack.



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Admiral J. P. Hanson personally boarded the Enterprise to join the investigation of a destroyed Federation-colonized planet, suspecting the feared Borg. Before this is confirmed, he points out Commander William T. Riker has for the third time refused a command, preferring the Enterprise. Shortly after an enormous Borg ship is found, it engages in battle with the Enterprise, which draws it away. Novel tactics are conceived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is ordered to come aboard for unprecedented discussions, and kidnapped when he refuses. He finds they tolerate no resistance, and intend to turn him into a Borg. Riker suddenly finds himself acting captain.... Written by KGF Vissers

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16 June 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first end-of-season cliffhanger in the history of Star Trek's production. See more »


When an away team beams onto the Borg Cubeto retrieve Capt. Picard they kill several Borg drones and then find Picard. When Worf tries to retrieve him he steps in between Borgs guards who don't move to stop him. Worf is stopped by a force field and knocked down and then stands up as the way team starts to beam out but the Borg guards are gone. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [the Borg want Captain Picard] What the hell do they want with you?
Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: I thought they weren't interested in human life forms. Only our technology.
Capt. Picard: That priority seems to have changed.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Scorpion: Part 2 (1997) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A must-see for fans.
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The away team beams down--only to discover that the city they went to see is gone! And, by gone, I mean that there is a giant crater where the place USED to be...! The Federation thinks this is the work of the Borg--as who else could do this?!

Soon, the ship is visited by a high muckity muck from the Federation as well as a young hot-shot, Commander Shelby--who is being assigned as #3 on the Enterprise. Well, she'll be needed, as when the Borg attack, they take Picard and now Riker is in charge. Can they reclaim the Captain and how will Shelby deal with the Borg when she and an away team beam aboard their vessel? Unfortunately, it looks like getting Picard back isn't gonna happen, as when they see him, he's all covered in mechanical crap, as he's been altered and is now one of the Borg.

This is the first part (and a season cliffhanger) of a wonderful and incredibly exciting two-part series on the Borg. This is a sure sign that the series has FINALLY hit its stride and its a sign of better and better shows starting with season four. A must-see.

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