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 Dorn 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?
This two-part episode contained 'graveyard' scenes full of wrecked and/or abandoned star-ships. These scenes were populated with study models that were considered for use in Star Trek: The Motion Picture
(1979) (as possible versions of the Enterprise) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
(1984) (as the Excelsior). Some of the other wrecked ships were created via "kit-bashing," or by quickly mixing starship parts from many different models. 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
Counselor Deanna Troi
[after Picard has been separated from the Borg Collective
How do you feel?
Almost human - with just a... bit of a headache.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more