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The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2

Review

Series : The Next Generation Rating : 4
Disc No : 4.1 Episode : 74
First Aired : 24 Sep 1990 Stardate : 43999.1
Director : Cliff Bole Year : 2367
Writers : Michael Piller Season : 4
Guest Cast :
Carl David Burks as Russell
Colm Meaney as Miles Edward O'Brien
Elizabeth Dennehy as Lieutenant Commander Shelby
George Murdock as Admiral J.P. Hanson
Guy Vardaman as Darien Wallace
Todd Merrill as Lieutenant Gleason
Moral :
Rememberence : They shall not grow old, as we who are left shall grow old. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.
YATI : Beverly claims that the Borg cannot cut off their link to Locutus, comparing it to a Human cutting off an arm or a leg. Ignoring for a moment the fact that some Humans have done just this in an emergency, the Borg tried to destroy the shuttle carrying Locutus away from their cube in the first place. So it looks like they had no problem cutting the link after all. Also, both the Borg and the Enterprise drop out of warp whilst still many light hours from Earth and do a leisurely impulse cruise to the planet. Wouldn't this have been a good time for the Federation ship to warp right into orbit, like they did in "The Schizoid Man"?
Great Moment : The graveyard scene at Wolf 359.
Body Count : Later episodes establish that 11,000 Starfleet personnel are killed offscreen at Wolf 359. At least several tens of thousands of Borg drones were likely to have been killed when the cube was destroyed. Worf kills some of them on screen during the rescue/capture of Locutus.
Factoid : This is the first episode to show that shuttles have their own transporter systems. It also features the now legendary battle of Wolf 359; although we have only ever seen small clips of this engagement, it remaines probably the most influential battle in Star Trek history.

This episode is a nominee for the DITL "Best of Trek" award.


Plotline

All attempts to stop the Borg fail thanks to the now assimilated Picard, and it smashes a Federation fleet before heading towards Earth. Riker orders a daring raid to recapture his former captain from the cube, but the Borg nevertheless proceed onward. With the home world of the Human race on the brink of destruction, the Enterprise crew make one last desparate attempt to stop their apparently invincible foes.
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