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A new POV on the Borg.
russem3128 April 2006
Warning: Spoilers
ST:TNG:123 - "I, Borg" (Stardate: 45854.2) - this is the 23rd episode of the 5th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

With a title reminiscent of Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot", the Borg are back in another smart 5th season episode! Well, to be more specific, ONE Borg is back. This episode concerns the Enterprise answering a distress call from a new and strange planet, where one young Borg (designation: 3rd of 5) survived the crash landing of his craft.

Despite the risk, Picard (who is reliving his own experiences about turning into Locutus in "The Best Of Both Worlds" over a year ago) decides to beam up the injured Borg, and Dr. Crusher is able to save him. Disconnected from the Borg, this one, which has been named Hugh, starts developing an individual identity and emotions.

At the same time, Picard and crew devise a plan to introduce a virus into Hugh to spread to the others in the collective, thereby shutting them down permanently (a plan that is used in the end episode of Star Trek: Voyager). Also, Guinan must confront her own hatred of the Borg (due to her people dying at the hands of the Borg) when she encounters Hugh.

Trivia note: we see Picard's love of fencing again, but this time with Guinan (played by Whoopi Goldberg).
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Dr. Crusher becomes the "voice of reason"
Reginald D. Garrard15 April 2006
While investigating a distress signal, Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden), Data (Brent Spiner), and Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) come upon a wrecked Borg vessel with only one survivor; an adolescent Borg. Bringing the "Lad" aboard meets with disapproval from the captain (Patrick Stewart), along with other members of the crew, including the enigmatic Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg). A plan is hatched to inject a virus into the young Borg, making it possible to infect the entire collective, causing the Borg to no longer be a threat to the Federation.

Dr. Crusher voices her disapproval of the plan, reminding the captain that, although the Borg teen is an enemy, he is still living, thinking being, deserving of respect and survival. As she and Geordi develop the "weapon," the Rorg teen, since being separated from the collective, is now developing his own individuality; thus, he becomes "Hugh." When Guinan talks to Hugh, she discovers that her misgivings about him might be erred. She convinces the captain to do the same, and he, too, alters his plan, allowing Hugh to return to the collective, with the hope that his new-found individuality with lead to an "infection" that will change the Borg's intent on "assimilating" the entire universe.
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Morality tale...
gritfrombray-131 May 2007
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Sighed when I saw this was going to be another Borg story but as the story unfolded it became much more than that. The injured Borg, played superbly by Jonathan DelArco touches Geordi in a way that questions the whole morality of genocide. As a virus is discussed that will wipe out the entire Borg race the now repaired Borg begins to accept his situation and even takes a name, Hugh, from Geordi. It is shortly after this that Geordie begins to see a glimmer of personality creeping through the usual glacial Borg exterior. It is at this point Geordie turns to the ship's unofficial counselor, Guinan and she makes it clear that the Borg will stop at nothing to have their own way and assimilate the entire human race. Eventually some real conflict arises after both Guinan and Picard confront Hugh and this is where this series excels, when there is conflict and clashes of opinion, when it is decided to leave Hugh's now individuality alone in the hope the Borg will separate from the collective and become individuals. A brilliant episode with plenty of ethics discussed.
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Star Trek episode you should see!
matti_tindwa26 October 2006
This episode was one of the greatest I have ever seen in Star Trek, it involves on of the most interesting and frightening races in the whole Star Trek universe (the Borg) and shows sides of them we've never seen before.

Also in this episode it get's very personal for Piccard and he stands before a great moral dilemma. Of course this has been the case in many episodes but this particular one takes it one step further.

The acting in this episode was somewhat better then usual as well, there were more feelings there than usually displayed by characters like Laforge for example. And Jonathan del Arco did really good playing the lost Borg (Very good considering how bad guest actors there are in many other episodes).

Finally the greatest reason to why i liked this episode so much was because of the greater question. Is a individual that always been controlled by something greater than himself still an individual? It's kind of poetical just as the title "I, Borg".
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At first I hated this episode...but bear with it, it is excellent.
MartinHafer25 November 2014
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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A Horrible Idea
Hitchcoc5 September 2014
Of all the characters on this series, the one I find the most tiresome is Beverly Crusher. She has this thing about the sacredness of life, which is fine, but she is also willing to allow something that has killed billions of life forms and wiped out whole civilizations, including a close encounter with earth, to come on board. The syrupy way this whole thing unfolds, with characters whose families and friends have been assimilated by these things falling lovingly for this menace, drove me crazy. Disagree with the idea of destroying the collective, but don't embrace this horror. On numerous occasions, Beverly has used her own prejudices and views to push people around, including Picard (who really disappoints me when she is around). Anyway, I'm getting all upset (I guess this is only a fictional series) so I shouldn't get so passionate, but it does portend to speak for a compassionate world, putting aside the foibles of previous civilizations. I'm waiting for Beverly to come on board and say, "Oh, I think the Romulans are really a good hearted people" as they fire on the enterprise. This Borg is bringing with it a huge threat to all living things, where they will continue, bee-like, at the center of the galaxy, with nothing left around them.
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A chance to eliminate the Borg
Tweekums17 July 2015
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When the Enterprise responds to a signal they suspect might be a distress signal the crew is presented with a dilemma; the signal is coming from an injured Borg. There are those who believe it should be killed on the spot, Dr Crusher believes that it is her duty to heal any injured being and Picard who sees this as an opportunity to eliminate the Borg. Picard believes that by repairing this one drone and installing a virus the entire collective would soon be eliminated and thus end the greatest threat that humanity has faced. The Borg is brought back aboard the Enterprise and clearly is uncomfortable as it is cut off from the collective. While working on the Borg Geordi starts to talk to it and notices a growing sense of individuality and questions the captain's plans; is the drone, who has been given the name Hugh, merely part of the collective or is he an individual with rights? Perhaps these changes will affect the Borg in a way that won't require their elimination.

This is an interesting episode which raises the question of what it is acceptable to do in war; in this case is it acceptable to eliminate the Borg in their entirety. They aren't like ordinary enemies as there are no civilians and as a collective they can be viewed as a single parasite which is a threat to the galaxy. Of course it isn't quite as simple as that as we see a sense of individuality develop in Hugh… and of course it would be a shame to get rid of one of Star Trek's most menacing villains. Guest star Jonathan Del Arco puts in a fine performance as Hugh and Whoopi Goldberg is great as Guinan; it was nice to see her character having more to do than offering words of advice as she fences with Picard and explaining her views on the Borg. Overall a really good episode which shows there doesn't need to be an immediate threat to provide an interesting episode.
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Amounts to something great
Mr-Fusion15 May 2017
Well, well, another appearance by the Borg; except this time, it's a stranded drone and not an army. Bringing this kid on-board the ship ignites the debate among the crew: use him to implant a virus into the collective or help resuscitate the human trapped within? And I can see both sides. The horrors these automatons have wreaked are still fresh in the crew's memories; but physicians have an innate desire to heal, so Dr. Crusher has a point.

In the end, everyone )after vigorous struggle) comes around and sees Hugh as a chance to inject some individuality into the hive. And that's what makes this a great episode; the ray of hope emerging from bitter spite. In some ways, it's a classic tale of disarming hardened perceptions and adds substance to a cleaver (albeit one- dimensional) foe. Above all, it's an episode that leaves a lasting impression.

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A goof of this episode
hank frealy7 October 2006
This comment is to be considered a goof of the episode since there were not any others mentioned I think this one does merit a mention since the Borg are considered a collective and speak as a group and consider themselves all as one and not individuals.Just before Geordi and Dr.Crusher give the Borg a name he asks them "Do I have a name?" which is so clearly and easily recognizable of being improper Borg terminology I find it interesting they overlooked it.Properly spoken, the Borg would have naturally said "Do We have a name?" but the episode was left as is and distributed with what I consider to be a rather large slip-up in proper format of a recurring alien character(s) such as the Borg.
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Special Interesting info on the Borg
dirtyspamer15 April 2010
The "Borg" idea was inspired by studying the real life character by the name of Broden Borg who always tries to get everyone around him to assimilate with what Broden wants them to do. Resistance is futile ! The Captain of the Enterprise tried to get Data to erase the "Broden Borg" from the memory banks but couldn't leading to the plasma conducts becoming blocked. Troy believed the only way to remove the "Broden Borg" from the Enterprise was to place the "Broden Borg" on top of the warp coils, but the "Broden Borg" was too strong ranting and raving about it's own self worthiness resulting in Data blowing a circuit. Most Trekies don't realize that the "Broden Borg" is far more dangerous than the "Borg" on their own. 9 out of 10 for this one.
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