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....
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This was originally intended to be a 3-part episode and not a season finale, but budgetary constraints brought it down to 2. It was also decided to have the first part have enough build-up for the second part that it could sustain the series over the long, fallow, summer hiatus (with syndicated shows being repeated often). It succeeded doing this very well (with non-standard shows not being tied into a network's tight scheduling) and built up a big audience. The second part managed to build on this epsode's highest ratings (totalled over the summer, they kept growing), to surpass it, making the second part the highest-rated (syndicated series) episode 'til that point, whereas prior to this, the series ratings were 'fair' to 'middling'. These 2 episodes made TNG no longer to be considered as being Star Trek only in name, but to hold the mantle on its own. See more
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Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby
Data was available. I took him, we came.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more