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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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Whereas Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 (1990) originated the half of the Borg's trademark quote "Resistance is futile," Part II originated the other half of the quote: "You will be assimilated." See more »

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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 »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: [after Picard has been separated from the Borg Collective] How do you feel?
Jean-Luc Picard: Almost human - with just a... bit of a headache.
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References The Outer Limits (1963) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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Picard versus Picard
20 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The intensity level of this episode makes one feel they are watching a feature film. With Picard infested with a Borg assimilation, the Enterprise must fight the Borg in general and the Borg with Picard's personality and strategic knowledge. Riker must make decisions that are original and unpredictable to counter the intelligence and adaptability of the Borg. It stretches the entire crew because the mind of Picard is such a private thing; he is a complex being with amazing adaptability as his career with the flagship Enterprise is obvious to the world. The Borg are approaching Earth and the future of the seminal planet of the Federation is at stake. Many of the Federation ships were destroyed in the huge battle where Picard was captured (the Enterprise survived by coming late to the dance). The conclusion to this episode is excellent. It creates a set of possibilities for future conflicts with the Borg as they bully their way. We also have the unanswered questions about what will become of Picard. Set aside time to watch the two episodes together. Excellent television.


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