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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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After Riker makes his way down to Data's lab after ordering Data to disconnect himself from Locutus, the four characters that are shown are Picard, Crusher, Riker and Troi. For an inexplicable reason, Data has disappeared from the scene. See more »

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Early in the show when the crew are reporting to Admiral Hanson over subspace from the Ready Room, Admiral Hanson calls Lieutenant Commander Shelby 'Lieutenant'. The proper abbreviation for her rank is Commander or the rank is said in full. See more »

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Admiral J. P. Hanson: Lieutenant, a few years ago, I watched a freshman cadet pass four upperclassmen on the last hill of the 40km-run on Danula II - the damnedest thing I ever saw. The only freshman to ever win the Academy marathon. I made it my business to get to know that young fellow, and I got to know him very, very well. And I'll tell you something: I never met anyone with more drive, determination or more courage than Jean-Luc Picard; and there is no way in hell that he would assist the Borg. I want that ...
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Massacre at Wolf 39
7 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't watch the second half of "The Best of Both worlds" without thinking of the long-term effects of Captain Picard's enslavement by the Bog (i.e. "First Contact") and that final scene bears far more emotional weight . His scars from those implants run terribly deep, and the Locutus scenes are actually more heartbreaking than they are shocking.

As a whole, given that this is the payoff of a months-long cliffhanger ending, I think the writers did a tremendous job. Starfleet's under attack, Picard's life hangs in the balance, and the stakes are sky-high. Despite the big action and the images of adrift starships, this is a surprisingly low-key way to finish the story. But far from boring.

8/10


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