Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 26

The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 (16 Jun. 1990)

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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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Lt. Cmdr. Shelby


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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Michael Piller was originally hired as a freelance screenwriter for only one year. His last script was for "Best of Both Worlds Part 1". He ended the episode with a major cliffhanger, in the knowledge that he would not be responsible for writing Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (1990). However, Gene Roddenberry was so satisfied with his work over season 3, that he personally asked Piller to stay for a longer period. This forced Piller to write his way out of the stand off he himself created after all. See more »


When Admiral Hanson turns down Riker's offer to play poker in his quarters, look at the shadow underneath Riker's left hand. When Hanson says "Rumor has it Commander Shelby has played a hand or two" the shadow of the microphone's tip is visible. At first it appears to be the shadow of Riker's hand, but closer examination shows that this shadow moves independently of Riker's. See more »


[after an attempt to rescue Picard has failed]
Commander William T. Riker: The Captain?
Lt. Commander Data: We were unable to retrieve him, sir. The Captain has been altered by the Borg.
Commander William T. Riker: Altered?
Lieutenant Worf: He IS a Borg.
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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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