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Commander Riker had no choice as acting captain but fire full force on the Borg starship, despite Picard being on board of it, altered to a Borg calling himself Locutus, both ships are damaged. Emergency repairs shouldn't take too long to make the appointment with Admiral J. P. Hanson, who announces Klingons coming to the rescue, but Picard seems lost forever: Riker is granted full command. Technology is adapted to render it unpredictable, such as randomized phaser settings. Hanson's communications are cut, the war must be going badly. To avoid musical chairs, Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Paula Shelby is acting XO. Locutus refuses to come to terms, separation and fire are engaged, including anti-matter spread. Data and Worf beam into the Borg ship, overpower and get Locutus into a shuttle and beam aboard before it's shot down. If Crusher can awake Picard, he may now have decisive Borg info, but meanwhile declares himself Borg spokesman. While earth's own solar system is ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Spoofed in the early to mid 1990's via email (and possibly websites). The Enterprise uploaded Windows to defeat the Borg ship. It can be found online by Googling "microsoft defeats the Borg" or "Microsoft vs. the Borg". See more »


In previous episodes the Battle Bridge looked different, and the Enterprise was slower compared to Borg ships from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who?. It is reasonable to assume that their technology and equipment were upgraded since then in response to the earlier episode's events, to keep up with the "arms race." See more »


Guinan: When a man is convinced he's going to die tomorrow, he'll probably find a way to make it happen. The only one who can turn this around is you.
Captain William T. Riker: I'll do the best I can.
Guinan: You're gonna have to do something you don't want to do. You have to let go of Picard.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Scorpion: Part 1 (1997) See more »


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The second part to two of the best "Star Trek: The Next Generation" shows ever...
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apart from "The Inner Light", I think the two-part "The Best of Both Worlds" is the best that the series ever got. A fascinating plot, LOTS of action and suspense and a lot of originality make this a must-see.

In part one, the Borg decided to finally attack the Federation. In one of their first acts, they kidnapped Picard and used him and his knowledge for their upcoming attacks. Riker is faced with having to most likely die at his old friend's hand--and this is how episode one ends.

Episode two finds the Enterprise crew disheartened with the loss of Picard and death a seeming inevitability. They are not present, however, when a final Armageddon-like battle in space occurs and the Borg are barely slowed by a combined fleet of Federation and Klingon ships. So now it's up to Riker to come up with some strategy that won't be guessed by Picard/Locutus--and figure it out fast as the Borg collective is fast approaching Earth!

All I can say is watch this show. It and part one are like a movie--a darned good one at that.

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