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 is the last time the saucer separation sequence is used for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D for the rest of the series. The saucer does not get separated again until the movie Star Trek: Generations
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In previous episodes the Battle Bridge looked different, and the Enterprise was slower compared to Borg ships. It is reasonable to assume that their technology and equipment were upgraded since then. See more
The Borg have neither honor nor courage. *That* is our greatest advantage.