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
Did You Know?
The battle bridge set used for this episode had previously served to show such areas as a courtroom and a geology lab in Season 2's "The Measure Of A Man" and "Pen Pals", respectively, as well as the USS Enterprise-C bridge in Season 3's "Yesterday's Enterprise", before going on to be redressed as an alien pirate ship in Season 7's "Gambit, Parts I and II". The updated battle bridge set was one of a mere few Enterprise-D sets to feature actual video monitor screens in its control consoles, rather than simple backlit graphics. 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
The knowledge and experience - of the human - Picard - is part of us now. It has prepared us for all possible courses of action. Your resistance is hopeless - Number One.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more