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The Enterprise finds a lone Borg drone, separated from the collective, and brings him aboard. The drone begins to reassert his individuality, but his presence causes differing levels of fear and sympathy from various crew members.


Robert Lederman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Jonathan Del Arco ... Third of Five / Hugh
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


Prospecting the Argolis Cluster as potential Federation colonization area, the Enterprise receives a message from a viable moon of the fourth planet- it's a crashed Borg craft emitting a homing signal with four crew corpses and a single male survivor, who is beamed aboard as Dr. Crusher's medical help was needed. Geordi repairs his cyborg technical parts and Beverly his biological organs. During further tests he proves surprisingly cooperative in order to be 'fed' energy, they rename 'Third of Five' Hugh and although even alone he still talks as 'we' he proves quite open, Hugh learns to understand human resistance to assimilation to the Borg collective. Data and Geordi have devised an unsolvable geometrical problem which should cause the Borg collective intelligence to break-down in overload, but after Picard, speaking as the Borg Locutus, finds Hugh has become a true friend of Geordi, refusing to help assimilate him, moral doubts cause asylum aboard being offered to Hugh, who however... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) was a fan of The Original Series while growing up, and jumped at a chance to be on The Next Generation. He had auditioned for the role of Wesley Crusher, but when it was given to Wil Wheaton he was so disappointed that he refused to watch "The Next Generation" until he got the chance to guest star on it. He joked that prior to taking the assignment, a friend warned him that he would be asked about it for years afterwards, which indeed proved to be the case. See more »


When Riker is assembling an away team, he calls Dr. Crusher and orders her to bring a medical team to the transporter room. However, when they beam down, the only away team members are Crusher, Worf, and Riker. No extra medical team members are present. See more »


Third of Five: Choose... what I want.
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Featured in Trek Nation (2011) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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At first I hated this episode...but bear with it, it is excellent.
25 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Enterprise comes upon a wounded individual from the Borg collective. They are able to dampen his ability to communicate and they bring it aboard the ship to treat it. However, there is a big divide as to what to do--Picard wants to implant the Borg with a virus so that it will infect the others when it's returned but the Doctor just wants to treat it and give it a big hug! Well, not exactly...but close. She, and later, others, worry about the morality of infecting it---though they seem to forget that he is a BORG member!!! I thought this was stupid and they should use the virus. However, as they get to know this new individual, the rightness or at least the effectiveness of this plan becomes questionable.

All the Borg episodes are good--and this one is no exception. Well written and worth seeing.

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