As acting captain, and despite Picard being aboard the Borg ship (absorbed into the Collective and rechristened "Locutus"), Commander Riker has no choice but to fire full force on the vessel. No effect. Subsequent emergency repairs keep the Enterprise from joining a united stand with Admiral J. P. Hanson (along with Klingon aid). With Picard deemed lost forever, Riker is granted full command. He orders technology to be rendered unpredictable, such as randomizing phaser settings. Hanson's communication cuts out: the war must be going badly. To avoid musical chairs, Riker names Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Paula Shelby his XO. At a renewed confrontation, Locutus refuses to come to terms, the saucer separates, and gunfire engages, including an anti-matter spread. Data and Worf beam into the Borg ship, overpower them and get Locutus into their shuttle and beam away before it's shot down. If Crusher can awaken Picard, he may now have decisive Borg info, but Locutus maintains ...
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Did You Know?
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Worf - Klingon species. A warrior race. You, too, will be assimilated.
The Klingon Empire will never yield!
Why do you resist? We only wish to raise quality of life, for all species.
I like my species the way it is!
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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