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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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Lt. Cmdr. Shelby
George Murdock ... Adm. 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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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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Head to head with the Borg
19 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode the Enterprise gets assigned a new officer Commander Elizabeth Dennehy who is on board as an expert on the Borg. Because the Borg are headed to to the Terran system or in plain English, Earth and we've got no way to stop them as of yet, just some delaying tactics that the Enterprise in previous encounters have devised.

Dennehy is an ambitious sort and she and Jonathan Frakes get on each other's nerves. Still when there's a job to do they manage to overcome.

The episode ends on a real cliffhanger after the encounter with the Borg.

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16 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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