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The Best of Both Worlds 

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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


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael Piller | 1 more credit »





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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For two establishing shots (using the same clip) of Admiral Hanson's transport ship flying alongside the Enterprise, recycled footage of the Excelsior-class model was recomposited with the Enterprise model; the clip had previously been used in TNG: "The Child", for which it was utilized to represent the USS Repulse. See more »


O'Brien tells Riker that the coordinates he's at correspond to the center of town. But the next shot shows no buildings, only a giant pit, meaning that the Borg scooped up the entire town. But if Riker is supposed to be in the center of the city, then he should be at the bottom of the crater. See more »


[Capt. Picard has been assimilated by the Borg]
Locutus: I am Locutus - of Borg. Resistance - is futile. Your life, as it has been - is over. From this time forward, you will service - us.
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Featured in The Chronic Rift: The 1990 Roundtable Awards (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Super Segue into the Next Generation of Episodes
20 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Borg are such a juggernaut. When one fights an enemy in war, one generally has an adversary that may be irrational, but that plays by some kind of rules. The Borg is a bee colony and it's a self sustaining entity. The entire colony has one purpose: to absorb everything in its path and make itself stronger. Intellect is of no use unless it helps the collective learn something. All sentient life is meaningless. They are the dead look in the shark's eye. As we will see later, they do speak and threaten. "Resistance is useless" is the response to all. In this episode we realize that the Federation has been anticipation this threat for a long time and decides to send its full arsenal at the Borg. The results of that and the future of Picard are the issues in the first half of this episode. At this point, the show kicked into a different gear, putting great stresses on all involved and confronting an entity that would haunt, not just the people in this series, but the Voyager crew as well.

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