Q pays the Enterprise another visit, much to Captain Picard's disapproval. He wants Q to keep his part of their earlier bargain and stay away. Q insists that Picard needs him on his side and to prove his point, hurls the Enterprise far into the galaxy. There, the Enterprise crew meet the Borg and their strange, cube-like space craft. The Borg are a race that is part biological and part machine that exists within a collective consciousness. They are also a formidable foe that can out power, out run and out fight the Enterprise. With their shields weakened, it's left to Picard to decide if they really do need Q's help.
Did You Know?
The aliens who infiltrated Starfleet in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conspiracy
(1988) (as well as the starbases disappearing in the following episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone
(1988)) were both originally to be part of the whole Borg storyline. However, once the writers and producers worked out what the Borg were, the tie to the aliens was dropped, though the disappearing starbases plot element was retained. This was revealed in the text commentary on the fan pick Borg DVD set. See more
Picard requested to be taken to Deck 9, crew quarters on the Turbolift, yet his quarters are on Deck 8. See more
Commander William T. Riker
[of the Borg
They're carving us up like a roast.
The episode's credits begin a full minute after the theme music. See more
To fit more commercial time, BBC America cuts bits and scenes from episodes. In their edit for this episode, the final conversation between Guinan and Picard while played chess is completely excised. See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more