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The Best of Both Worlds 

Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation's outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives...only to find a big hole in the ground where the town used to be, and discovers the Borg are behind the attack.


Cliff Bole


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Locutus of Borg
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Lt. Cmdr. Shelby
George Murdock ... Admiral J. P. Hanson
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


Admiral J. P. Hanson personally boarded the Enterprise to join the investigation of a destroyed Federation-colonized planet, suspecting the feared Borg. Before this is confirmed, he points out Commander William T. Riker has for the third time refused a command, preferring the Enterprise. Shortly after an enormous Borg ship is found, it engages in battle with the Enterprise, which draws it away. Novel tactics are conceived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is ordered to come aboard for unprecedented discussions, and kidnapped when he refuses. He finds they tolerate no resistance, and intend to turn him into a Borg. Riker suddenly finds himself acting captain.... Written by KGF Vissers

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16 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shots of the Borg cube involved reusing a three-quarters filming miniature from "Q Who". See more »


The Enterprise enters the nebula in order to evade the Borg, as sensors cannot penetrate the nebula. Yet the nebula seems to have no effect on the Enterprise's sensors, as its crew knows at all times exactly where the Borg cube is. See more »


[Picard talks to Riker about taking the post as captain of another ship]
Commander William T. Riker: With all due respect, sir - you need me. Particularly now.
Capt. Picard: Indeed. Starfleet needs good captains, particularly now.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The best of The Next Generation.
20 April 2006 | by russem31See all my reviews

ST:TNG:74 - "The Best Of Both Worlds, Part I" (Stardate: 43989.1) - this is the 26th and last episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Borg are back! The last time they were encountered was 7000 light years away in the 2nd season episode "Q Who?", with Starfleet thinking they'd have more time to prepare. Regardless, the Enterprise goes to intercept - with Elizabeth Dennehy as Commander Shelby. She has more than the Borg on her mind, wanting to replace Riker who has been offered command of the Melbourne. As tensions mount between Riker and Shelby, Picard is captured by the Borg!

Watch this part I of an exciting two part episode. You won't be disappointed.

Trivia note: Riker is offered his 3rd chance of commanding a starship. Also, we see the poker game again (this time Wesley joins in on the fun). And Whoopi Goldberg makes another appearance as Guinan.

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