||The Next Generation
|Disc No :
|First Aired :
||18 Jun 1990
|Guest Cast :
||The Federations most deadly enemy arrive bent on assimilating Earth and all mankind. After a series of skirmishes they capture Captain Picard - and Riker must make the toughest decision of his career...
|Guest Reviews :
||Whe Riker checks that their beam down co-ordinates are right during the trailer, O'Brien tells him he is in the 'centre of town'. Yet the away team is standing on the edge of the crater - so shouldn't more than half the town still be there behind them? Additionally, are we really supposed to believe that the Enterprise arrived and beamed down this away team without noticing that there was a huge crater where the colony used to be?
|Great Moment :
||The scene where Riker orders Worf to fire on the Borg cube, with Picard still inside it. Perhaps the single greatest cliffhanger in Star Trek history.
|Body Count :
||The New Providence colonists die shortly before the episode; the crew of the USS Lalo is killed or assimilated off screen. The Enterprise loses "a lot" of people when the Borg damage the engineering section. Several Borg are killed and Picard is assimilated.
||In First Contact we see that Picard met the Borg Queen during this episode, though he would apparently have no memory of the meeting until then.
This episode is a nominee for the DITL "Best of Trek" award.
||"Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us." - Borg to Picard, the first time their mission statement is heard.
|Battles : ||Wolf 359|
|Nebulae : ||Paulson Nebula|
|People : ||Alexander Rozhenko, Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker|
|Planets : ||Jouret IV, Sentinel Minor IV, Zeta Alpha II|
|Scitech : ||Assimilation, Borg Collective, EM base frequencies, Emergency transporter armband, Force Fields, Graviton, Navigational deflector|
|Ship Classes : ||Borg Cube, D'Deridex Class, Defiant Class|
|Ship Names : ||Excelsior Class : |
NCC 62043 USS Melbourne
Mediterranean Class :
NCC 43837 USS Lalo
|Species : ||Borg, Romulans|
|Stations : ||Starbase 157, Starbase 324|
|Timeline : ||1805, 2366|
|Weapons : ||Heavy Graviton Beam, Magnetometric guided charge|