Q Who

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42761.3: Q returns once more to the Enterprise to plead his case to Picard for a position as a crewman on the ship after being expelled from the Q Continuum. When refused, the godlike alien propels the Enterprise thousands of light years to prove to Picard that some threats are too much for humanity, and the Borg is one of these threats…

Order the DVDswritten by Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Lycia Naff (Ensign Gomez), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

Notes: This episode is the first to show the Borg, a race first mentioned (though not by name) in The Neutral Zone. According to writer/producer Maurice Hurley, the Borg were originally intended to be insects instead of cyborgs; budget shortfalls meant costuming cutbacks, even to the point that “stillsuit” costumes from Dune were heavily redressed as Borg costumes.

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The Best Of Both Worlds

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43989.1: Lt. Commander Shelby, a tactical advisor from Starfleet with her eye on promotion to a first officer – perhaps of the Enterprise – joins the crew as they investigate the latest planet victimized by the Borg. After another Federation planet is attacked, the Enterprise sets off in pursuit of the Borg. During the flight, Riker learns of Shelby’s impetuousity and the possibility that he himself is long overdue to command a starship of his own. The Borg intercepts the Enterprise and does critical damage, and the Enterprise enters a nebula to evade capture. When some repairs are made, the Enterprise tries to escape but is captured by the Borg. They board the Enterprise, kidnap Captain Picard, and warp toward Earth.

The Enterprise follows the Borg through Federation space until Geordi can’t keep the warp engines up to speed. Shelby leads an away team to the Borg vessel where she, Worf, Data and Dr. Crusher sabotage the Borg’s internal power network. They are attacked and hold off their attackers until the Borg adapt to generate their own shields against the crew’s hand phasers. And Captain Picard is found – no longer human, modified into a Borg. The away team returns to the Enterprise, leaving Riker with a momentous decision – he must use a variation of the Enterprise’s deflectors to disrupt the Borg and possibly kill Picard.

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Piller
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby), George Murdock (Admiral Hanson), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

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The Best Of Both Worlds Part II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 44001.4: The main deflector dish has no effect on the Borg because, having assimilated Picard and converted him into their spokesman, Locutus, the Borg know now every strategy and contingency that Picard had been informed of before his kidnapping. Riker is promoted to Captain by Admiral Hanson, who then leads a fleet of 40 starships to Wolf 359 to confront the Borg, but the fleet’s efforts are in vain – every starship is annihilated. Riker orders a cunning attack consisting of awkward strategies that Picard would never have carried out or expected, and an away team kidnaps Locutus and returns him to the Enterprise. Data then links up to Locutus to access the Borg communication network, and every approach he takes to disarm the Borg down fails until the Borg arrive at Earth to begin their domination of the Federation. Data triggers the Borg regeneration process, putting every Borg to “sleep,” but this also triggers the self-destruction of the Borg ship. Picard is freed from the Borg, Shelby returns to Starfleet to rebuild the fleet, and Riker remains on the Enterprise to continue serving as first officer. However, staring out the window of his ready room, Picard’s face indicates that all is not well…

Season 4 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher)

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directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby), George Murdock (Admiral Hanson), Colm Meaney (O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Todd Merrill (Gleason)

Notes: Of course, it was not even thought of at the time of this episode’s production, but one of the very few survivors of the Borg attack at Wolf 359 later turns up in his own series: Commander Sisko of Deep Space Nine, the premiere episode of which features scenes of the battle between the Borg and the Federation that was mentioned in this episode.

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I, Borg

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45854.2: The Enterprise is exploring a star system when a distress call is detected, and Riker leads an away team to investigate. A single survivor is found amidst the wreckage of a scout ship, a young male Borg which is taken back to the Enterprise. As Picard is faced with a reminder of his ordeal with the Borg and argues with Guinan about the logic of bringing the Borg aboard, Geordi tries to instill the ship’s Borg guest with a sense of individuality, starting by nicknaming him “Hugh.” The crew is preparing a plan to send Hugh back with a computer virus that would unravel the Borg from the inside out, but some of the crew’s conscience begins to disturb them. Picard discovers that Geordi’s benign attempts at communicating with Hugh could potentially have a far more devastating effect on the Borg collective society in the long run.

Order the DVDswritten by Renè Echavarria
directed by Robert Lederman
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Jonathan del Arco (Hugh)

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Descent

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46982.1: The Enterprise arrives at the site of a recent attack on a Starfleet, only to find the Borg in orbit in a new class of vessel much larger than their previously known forms of transport. The Borg have also changed, now possessing some form of individuality and emotion – and they have also developed a desire to simply kill organic life forms, not absorb them into the Borg collective consciousness. A squadron of Borg attack an away team from the Enterprise, and Data, in the process of fending off a Borg, experiences an inexplicable flash of ruthless anger and kills the Borg. The attacking party defeated, the away team returns to the Enterprise and Picard contacts Starfleet. The new Borg pose an unknown but likely more serious threat than ever before to the Federation. After determining the new Borg ship’s method of propulsion, the Enterprise follows and is attacked once again. Meanwhile, Data has yet to make any further progress in his analysis of his first emotion – but a captured Borg makes Data a seductive offer to experience more emotions…and it turns out to be an offer Data cannot resist.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Jeri Taylor
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Professor Stephen Hawking (himself), John Neville (Isaac Newton), Jim Norton (Albert Einstein), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), Brian J. Cousins (Crosis), Brent Spiner (Lore), Richard Gilbert Hill (Bosus), Stephen James Carver (Tayar), Jonathan del Arco (Hugh)

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Descent Part II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47025.4: Taken prisoner by Lore and the Borg while trying to locate the missing Data, an away team consisting of Picard, Troi and Geordi is trapped while the Enterprise is attacked in orbit by the Borg ship. Left in command by Picard, Beverly beams aboard as many of the Enterprise search parties from the planet below as she can and is forced to retreat. Riker and Worf, left behind, discover that Hugh is in hiding on the planet and is biding his time to wrest control of the newly-individualized Borg from Lore, who appealed to the disoriented members of the former collective to follow him to a state of completely non-organic immortality. In the meantime, Data has distanced himself from his past, showing cruelty and sadism toward his captured former comrades. Riker offers to help Hugh in his fight against Lore while hoping to free Picard and the others, as Beverly decides to turn the Enterprise around to retrieve the rest of the crew – but if Data continues to obey the dictates of Lore, there may be no members of the crew to retrieve.

Season 7 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)

Order the DVDswritten by Renè Echavarria
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Lore), Jonathan del Arco (Hugh), Alex Datcher (Taitt), James Horan (Barnaby), Brian J. Cousins (Crosis), Benito Martinez (Salazar), Michael Reilly Burke (Goval), and Spot

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Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 50869.3: The Borg are invading. As Starfleet masses to fight one of the gigantic Borg ships, Captain Picard and the new Enterprise-E are ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone. Picard, who believes this is because of his experience of being assimilated six years ago, disobeys orders and joins the battle. One of the other ships taking part is the Defiant, commanded by Worf, who is beamed off the badly damaged but salvageable ship. The Borg ship is destroyed, but not before launching a smaller spherical vessel which the Enterprise chases into a temporal distortion. A glance at a Borg-assimilated Earth tells the crew what the Borg plan – to sabotage the past. The Enterprise finds itself orbiting Earth in the year 2063, on the day before the flight of the first warp-driven ship, built by Zefram Cochrane. History records that Earth’s first contact with aliens (the Vulcans) occured when the Vulcans noticed the warp signature of Cochrane’s ship. The Enterprise crew must stop the Borg from disrupting history, and at the same time must fight against Borg who have boarded the Enterprise and begun assimilating the crew.

Meanwhile, Data is captured and faces the predatory Borg Queen, and Riker, Geordi and Troi must convince the alcoholic Cochrane to keep his date with history. Another random element is Cochrane’s assistant, Lily, who has been transported to the Enterprise’s sickbay and escaped. Picard finds her and is able to convince her of the situation, as the Borg Queen tempts Data with the promise of giving him flesh, in return for handing over control of the ship. Picard offers himself in exchange for Data, as the equal the Queen seeks. It appears as though Data has agreed to betray his crewmates – at the Queen’s orders, he fires on Cochrane’s ship during its test flight…but the shots miss, and Data floods Engineering with a deadly plasma backwash. Picard climbs free, and the Queen is killed, her cybernetic implants unable to function without an organic component. Earth and the Federation are safe once more.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxscreenplay by Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
story by Rick Berman & Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Jerry Goldsmith & Joel Goldsmith

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Brent Spiner (Data), LeVar Burton (Geordi), Michael Dorn (Worf), Gates McFadden (Beverly), Marina Sirtis (Troi), Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane), James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), Alice Krige (Borg Queen), Michael Horton (Security Officer), Neal McDonough (Lt. Hawk), Marnie McPhail (Eiger), Robert Picardo (Holographic Doctor), Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Adam Scott (Defiant Conn Officer), Jack Shearer (Admiral Hayes), Eric Steinberg (Porter), Scott Strozier (Security Officer), Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa), Victor Bevine (Guard), David Cowgill (Guard), Scott Haven (Guard), Annette Helde (Guard), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice), C.J. Bau (Bartender), Hillary Hayes (Ruby), Julie Morgan (Singer in Nightclub), Ronald R. Rondell (Henchman), Don Stark (Nicky the Nose), Ethan Phillips (Holodeck Maitre’D), Cully Frederickson (Vulcan), Tamara Lee Krinsky (Townsperson), Don Fischer (Borg), J.R. Horsting (Borg), Heinrich James (Borg), Andrew Palmer (Borg), Jon David Weigand (Borg), Dan Koren (Borg), Robert L. Zachar (Borg)

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Borg

Star Trek: BorgTen years after the U.S.S. Enterprise barely stopped a Borg attck on Earth, Cadet Furlong is evacuated from his cadet cruise when his ship is diverted toward another battle with an incoming Borg cube. Furlong is angry with the decision – and his new orders bring painful memories of his father’s death aboard the U.S.S. Righteous at Wolf 359 to the surface. Before Furlong can evacuate, however, Q appears to him and offers him a chance to fight the Borg – not in the here and now, but in the past, aboard the Righteous, alongisde his own father. Furthermore, Q gives Furlong the chance to change history and save his father’s life. After a few false starts, Furlong – with Q’s help – assumes the role of Righteous bridge officer Lt. Sprint, with Q taking on the guise of the ship’s doctor to advise (and admonish) Furlong. Every decision Furlong makes could change history and help his father and his crew survive – or it could making his father’s death at the hands of the Borg inevitable. Q is able to give Furlong the chance to go back and correct some of the mistakes he makes, but even the omnipotent being says he can only give Furlong so many chances to change the past. But even if Furlong can save his father and the Righteous crew, will they escape destruction in one Borg attack only to face another?

Order this CDwritten by Hilary J. Bader
based on the CD-ROM game Star Trek: Borg scripted by Hilary J. Bader
directed by Karen Frillman
audio from game movie sequences directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Cast: Howard McGillin (Cadet Furlong), John DeLancie (Q), Jeff Allin (Lt. Ralph Furlong), Barry Lynch (Captain Andropov), John Cothran Jr. (Counselor Biraka), Marnie McPhail (Ensign Targus), Murray Rubinstein (Dr. Quint), Juli Donald (Shoreham), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: This audio drama essentially adds narration to bridge the gaps between the interactive movie sequences filmed for the computer game Star Trek: Borg; only Furlong’s retrospective “log entries” were newly recorded just for the audio drama, while the non-narrated, full-cast scenes were simply the audio from the game’s filmed segments. The game’s time frame of ten years after The Best Of Both Worlds places the Borg attack that results in Cadet Furlong’s evacuation sometime during Star Trek: Voyager’s fifth season – or two years after another Borg attack chronicled in Star Trek: First Contact.

The cast of the game and the audio drama based on it is loaded with Star Trek veterans; Barry Lynch played the role of Federation defector DeSeve in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Face Of The Enemy. John Cothran Jr. appeared in Next Generation as the garrolous Klingon Nu’Daq in The Chase, as Telok in the Deep Space Nine episode Crossover, and as Gralik in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode The Shipment. Jeff Allin played the role of Ensign Sutter, whose daughter’s Imaginary Friend was the villain of the episode of the same name. Marnie McPhail appeared as an ill-fated Enterprise crewmember in Star Trek: First Contact (who, ironically, was among the Borg’s first victims in that movie), and the Star Trek: Voyager episode Innocence, as well as numerous guest appearances in Sliders and The X-Files. While Murray Rubinstein hasn’t appeared in any other Star Trek projects, he did appear as Thomas Veil’s ill-fated friend Larry in another UPN series, Nowhere Man. Juli Donald appeared in the Next Generation segment A Matter Of Perspective and in the Deep Space Nine episode Prophet Motive; she was also one of the Starfury pilots in the Babylon 5 episode The Fall of Night.

James L. Conway directed many episodes of Next Generation and Voyager, while Dennis McCarthy scored dozens of episodes from the Next Generation premiere onward. (The packaging for Star Trek: Borg mistakenly credits Jonathan Frakes, not Conway.)

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Blood Fever

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50537.2: Large deposits of gallicite draw Voyager to an abandoned planet for this material that will enable a refit of the warp coils. But while preparing for the expedition, Ensign Vorick comes under the influence of the Pon Farr and declares his intention to take B’Elanna as a mate, attempting to force his affections on her. Although this results in a dislocated jaw for Vorick, the physical contact seems to have caused a change in the chief engineer resulting from a mating bond. As the odd triangle (which includes Tom Paris) is resolved, the crew discovers that the planet is not abandoned after all, but is inhabited by the Sakari, a race which has developed camouflage to a high art to avoid their ancient enemies – the Borg.

Order the DVDswritten by Lisa Klink
directed by Andrew Robinson
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Alexander Enberg (Vorik), Bruce Bohne (Sakari Leader), Deborah Levin (Ensign Lang)

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Unity

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50622.4: While exploring the Nekrit Expanse in a shuttle, Chakotay responds to a distress call which recognizes their Federation signature, but when he goes to the surface to investigate he runs into a firefight between rival factions. Meanwhile, Voyager runs into an abandoned Borg cube adrift in space. It turns out that the people on the planet were once a part of the Borg collective, but the link was severed about five years previously and they fell into anarchy. A small group of the castaways tries to enlist Chakotay’s help to bring some order to the society, but the Voyager crew is concerned that this action would re-awaken the Borg ship.

Order the DVDswritten by Kenneth Biller
directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Lori Hallier (Riley Frazier), Ivar Brogger (Orum), Susan Patterson (Ensign Kaplan)

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Scorpion – Part I

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50984.3: As Voyager approaches the edge of Borg space, they discover a narrow passage which is empty of Borg activity and decide to try to thread their way through it in an effort to avoid confrontation. But they suddenly realize that the reason for the lack of Borg activity is the invasion of another species which apparently has no trouble at all defeating the Borg cubes with bio-ships impervious to assimilation. A Voyager away team visits a dying cube ship which has one of the alien vessels attached to it. The crew manage to download the Borg’s information on the new species, named “8472,” but Harry Kim is attacked by the pilot of the bio-ship and is given a virulent infection which begins to devour him from the inside out. While Ensign Kim fights for his life, a conflicted Janeway grapples with the decision of either guiding her crew through the dangerous Borg territory which is lined with a new mortal enemy or turning around and ending all hope of ever getting home.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: John Rhys-Davies (Leonardo Da Vinci)

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Scorpion – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Janeway strikes a deal with the Borg to exchange the modified nanotechnology for a safe trip through Borg territory, but almost immediately things go wrong. The Borg attempt to force Janeway into a direct neural link to the Collective, but she instead demands that the Borg choose a single drone to facilitate verbal communication, and a female human Borg called Seven of Nine is appointed. An ambush by Species 8472 destroys the Borg cube containing Janeway, but she, Tuvok and a number of Borg safely transport back to Voyager. The Borg quickly assimilate the cargo bay which they have taken over, and Janeway must recover from injuries she sustained in the attack on the Borg ship. When Seven of Nine demands a change in the ship’s course taking it into the heart of Borg space, Chakotay decides to abort the newly-forged alliance with the Borg. Now the crew faces the prospect of a Borg invasion from within, or a violent death at the hands of Species 8472, unless Janeway and Chakotay can overcome their differences of opinion regarding cooperation with the Borg.

Season 4 Regular Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Biggs-Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim)

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jennifer Lien (Kes), Majel Barrett (Narrator)

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The Raven

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Seven of Nine has been experiencing vague visions about the Borg, including the rather incongruous image of a shrieking raven inside a Borg ship. While Seven tries to deal with these disturbing episodes, Janeway opens negotiations with the somewhat paranoid Bomar race, who only offer the Voyager crew a long, convoluted path through their territory. The talks with the Bomar are made even more difficult when Seven of Nine’s Borg nature resurfaces and, after threatening to assimilate Neelix and forcing her way into a shuttle, she escapes and flies right into Bomar space. The Bomar consider Seven’s unplanned journey – and Janeway’s plans for a rescue mission – to be hostile actions, but nothing can stop a Borg drone when it is receiving a homing signal to rejoin the Borg collective.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Bryan Fuller
story by Bryan Fuller and Harry “Doc” Kloor
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Richard J. Zobel Jr. (Chancellor Gorman), Mickey Cottrell (Dumah), David Anthony Marshall (Father), Nikki Tyler (Mother), Erica Lynne Bryan (Little Girl), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Hope and Fear

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 51978.2: On a routine supply stop, Paris and Neelix meet Arturis, an alien with a gift for translation. As Arturis hitches a brief ride aboard Voyager, Janeway decides to let Arturis try to decipher the encrypted message Starfleet sent through the Hirogen communications array several months earlier. Arturis makes quick work of the message, revealing a set of coordinates and a slightly garbled message from Admiral Hayes of Starfleet, detailing a new hope for Voyager’s crew to return home. But it is only when a wary Janeway tries deciphering the message on her own, while trying to convince Seven of Nine to return to the Alpha Quadrant with the crew, that the origins of the mysterious Starfleet experimental ship Dauntless are uncovered. This new ship, left unmanned for Voyager’s crew to use, is not on a mission of mercy, but a mission of vengeance.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Ray Wise (Arturis), Jack Shearer (Admiral Hayes), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Drone

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A freak shuttle encounter with a cloud of active plasma necessitates an emergency evacuation. The Doctor’s mobile holo-emitter and some of Seven of Nine’s Borg nanoprobes are fused in the beam-out, resulting in a new life-form. With its immense adaptive Borg capabilities and its advanced 29th century technology, the new Borg drone proves to be amazingly intelligent and almost friendly in a child-like way, though Seven is troubled by the drone’s curiosity about the nature of its Borg “ancestors.” Unfortunately, another aspect of the drone’s heritage – the signal which links it to the Borg collective – alerts the collective to its presence and Voyager’s location, and a deadly family reunion becomes imminent.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Bryan Fuller, Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
story by Bryan Fuller and Harry “Doc” Kloor
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: J. Paul Boehmer (One), Todd Babcock (Lt. Mulcahey), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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Infinite Regress

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A chance encounter with the remains of a destroyed Borg vessel has an unusual effect on Seven of Nine. The former drone experiences brief flashes of many of the personalities assimilated into the collective of the shattered ship. The vinculum of the Borg ship, the piece of equipment which connects a particular vessel’s local collective, is found intact, and efforts to dismantle it instead turn up evidence of deliberate tampering – and Seven’s condition worsens. A powerfully-armed alien ship arrives, challenging Janeway for possession of the Borg vinculum, and these new visitors don’t care if Seven lives or dies. After all, their attempt to virally infect and destroy a Borg ship has proven successful…so what’s the life of one more drone?

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert J. Doherty
story by Robert J. Doherty and Jimmy Diggs
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Neil Maffin (Alien), Erica Mer (Human Girl), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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Dark Frontier – Part I

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A chance encounter with a Borg scout ship inspires Janeway to go on the offensive against the next Borg vessel that Voyager locates, in the hopes of pilfering Borg transwarp technology to shorten the trip home. Seven is apprehensive about the plan, but agrees to lend her unique insight into the Borg. But as a lone Borg vessel is located and targeted for Janeway’s planned raid, Seven receives a surprising message from the Borg – the Collective is already aware of Janeway’s plan, and unless Seven rejoins them, the crew of Voyager will be assimilated. Seven does not reveal this to Janeway, and when the attack commences, the former drone surprises her crewmates by complying with the Borg’s instructions…

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Cliff Bole
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Kirk Baily (Magnus Hansen), Laura Stepp (Erin Hansen), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Katelin Petersen (Annika Hansen)

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Dark Frontier – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 32611.4: Explorers Magnus and Erin Hansen set an unauthorized course to research a new alien race they’ve been monitoring, a race they call the Borg. The Hansens have developed an ingenious means of camouflaging their ship, and even masking their own life signs from Borg sensors so they can board one of their massive cubes. But when their camouflage fails and the Borg take notice of the Raven, the Hansens inadvertently attract the attention of the Collective not only to themselves, but to humanity. They – and their daughter Annika – become the first humans to be assimilated by the Borg.

Stardate 52619.2: Annika Hansen, now known as Seven of Nine, has been coerced to rejoin the Borg Collective. However, as she watches the Borg Queen mount a mission to conquer and assimilate an entire planet’s population, Seven realizes that her time aboard Voyager has given her not only freedom, but a compassion that the Borg lack. Meanwhile, Captain Janeway and her crew launch their most hazardous rescue mission yet – an attempt to rescue a crewmate from the very heart of the Borg Collective itself.

Order the DVDswritten by Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
directed by Terry Windell
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Kirk Baily (Magnus Hansen), Laura Stepp (Erin Hansen), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Katelin Petersen (Annika Hansen), Eric Cadora (Alien)

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Survival Instinct

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 53049.2: Voyager docks at a gigantic Markonian space station and the crew engage in cultural exchanges with the station’s population. While some of these exchanges cause security headaches for Tuvok – including petty crimes and Tom and Harry’s ill-fated night on the town – the greater threat goes unnoticed. Three individuals who were formerly Borg drones – fellow members of Seven of Nine’s unimatrix – slip aboard, attempting to force a connection with her. Survivors of a Borg scout vessel crash over five years before Seven joined Voyager, the three suffer a constant neural link forcing them to share every thought. Despite their individuality, they cannot explain this connection. But when Seven decides to assist them in retreiving lost memories, she discovers that she is responsible for the former drones’ condition…and must now decide whether they should be returned to the Collective to extend their lives, or enjoy freedom at last for a few brief weeks.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Terry Windell
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Lenser), Bertila Damas (Marika), Tim Kelleher (V’chan), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Jonathan Breck (Dying Borg), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

Note: Marika’s nose shows that she is a Bajoran, so shouldn’t she swear to the Prophets instead of exclaiming “Oh my God”? The Borg are also effective at recycling – in her Borg form, Marika is wearing Hugh’s eyepiece.

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The Voyager Conspiracy

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Seven of Nine installs a new piece of equipment in her Borg alcove which allows her to assimilate data, log entries, records, and other information while she regenerates. But the overload of information is too much for her. At first, Seven is able to solve complex but obscure shipboard problems using information she has assimilated overnight. But then, still trying to process the enormous flow of data, Seven begins to formulate complex conspiracy theories concerning Voyager’s mission, and she begins to make accusations – that Janeway intentionally stranded Voyager in the Delta Quadrant as part of a secret Federation plot to secure strategic alliances across the galaxy; that Chakotay and the other Maquis deliberately led Voyager into a trap set by their ally, the Caretaker; and that even Naomi Wildman is working for either the Maquis or Janeway’s secret organization within the Federation. By the time Janeway realizes what has happened and attempts to help, Seven has hijacked the Delta Flyer to escape what she can only see as a massive conspiracy to destroy one person…herself.

Order the DVDswritten by Joe Menosky
directed by Terry Windell
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Albie Selznick (Tash), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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Collective

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The Delta Flyer is captured by a Borg cube, and there is no escape for Tom, Chakotay and Neelix. Harry, trying to make adjustments in one of the Flyer’s Jeffries tubes during the attack, is knocked out by an explosion and is left aboard. Voyager catches up with the cube quickly and disarms it with surprising ease. Seven of Nine beams aboard to find that only a handful of drones are running the cube – and all of these drones are no more than adolescents. Despite the skeleton crew aboard the Borg ship, the children take the three Voyager crew members hostage and demand repairs and supplies from Voyager in exchange for their safety. Harry awakens and makes covert contact with Voyager, and Janeway sends him on a mission to sabotage the cube and weaken the Borg children’s position. In the meantime, Seven of Nine attempts to reason with these recently disconnected drones the way that Janeway once reasoned with her.

Order the DVDswritten by Mark Gaberman & Andrew Shepard Price
directed by Allison Liddi
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Ryan Spahn (Boy One), Manu Intirayni (Icheb), Marley McClean (Mezoti), Kurt Wetherill (Azan), Cody Wetherill (Rebi)

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Child’s Play

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The de-assimilated Borg children are settling into their life aboard Voyager, even participating in the ship’s science fair. Icheb comes up with a particularly promising device capable of dectecting and predicting wormholes – something which could be put to immediate use on Voyager’s journey back to the Alpha Quadrant. Captain Janeway has some other good news for Icheb – she has located his parents among the survivors of a race which has been ravaged by frequent visits from the Borg, and has set a course to take the boy home. Seven of Nine joins Icheb in resisting Janeway’s plan to return him to his home, especially when he and the last of his people could be assimilated or killed in the next Borg attack. But what Janeway doesn’t even consider for a moment is that Icheb’s own people could pose a deadlier risk to him than even the Borg…

Order the DVDsteleplay by Raf Green
story by Paul Brown
directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Manu Intirayni (Icheb), Tracey Ellis (Icheb’s mother), Mark A. Sheppard (Icheb’s father), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Marley McClean (Mezoti), Kurt Wetherill (Azan), Cody Wetherill (Rebi), Eric Ritter (Yivel)

Notes: Yes, that’s Mark Allen Sheppard – the man who sweated away in anonymity inside the mask of Morn for seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine!

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Unimatrix Zero

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Seven of Nine reports a startling experience during her regeneration cycle, which the Doctor explains away as a dream. Moments after Tom Paris is reinstated to the rank of lieutenant, Voyager receives a distress signal – which goes dead a second later. Tracking the signal to its source, the crew finds a colony built on an asteroid…and destroyed by the Borg.

Seven’s next regeneration cycle finds her in a verdant jungle again, greeted by a familiar man named Axum. He explains that Seven is not dreaming, but has been drawn to a virtual environment known as Unimatrix Zero. One in a million Borg drones has a recessive mutation which allows them to visit Unimatrix Zero while they regenerate. In this environment, the drones have individuality, their original appearance…and no memory of events there once they return to the Collective. But one drone no longer belongs to the Collective. Seven can retain her memory, and she promptly relays this information to Captain Janeway, who sees an opportunity to undermine the Borg once and for all.

Janeway mounts a bold offensive against the nearest Borg vessel, which is a heavily armored tactical ship. She reluctantly brings Tuvok and Torres with her on a mission to infiltrate the Borg ship – a mission which results in the destruction of the Delta Flyer just as its away team beams aboard the cube. But Janeway’s team is quickly overcome – the captain, Tuvok and B’Elanna are all assimilated. Was this part of her plan?

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story by Mike Sussman
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Mark Deakins (Axum), Jerome Butler (Korok), Joanna Heimbold (Laura), Tony Sears (Borg Drone), Ryan Spears (Alien Child)

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Unimatrix Zero – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54014.4: Thanks to the nanovirus prepared by the Doctor, Tuvok and B’Elanna are able to retain their identities and make their way to the central plexus of their Borg ship to distribute the individuality-preserving virus throughout the collective. They discover Janeway there, already hard at work on the problem, but when Tuvok suffers a momentary lapse – connecting his thoughts to the Collective – the Borg Queen detects his individuality. B’Elanna infects the central plexus with the nanovirus, but Tuvok succumbs to the Collective, becoming Three of Twelve. He not only betrays B’Elanna and Janeway, but he also surrenders Voyager’s security codes to the Borg Queen, allowing her to launch a withering attack when Voyager catches up with the tactical cube to retrieve the Away Team. But Tuvok’s sacrifice has not been in vain – in the time it takes Voyager to approach and retreat, thousands of Borg drones have regained their individuality and left the Collective. Seven of Nine returns to Unimatrix Zero reluctantly, still ambivalent about the recent revelations about her former relationship with Axum. The Borg Queen forces Janeway to extend an offer to the Borg in Unimatrix Zero, and to give orders to Chakotay via a hologram…but by the time that order is given, enough drones have been severed from the Collective to offer Voyager assistance in a full-scale rebellion against the Queen. But will that be enough firepower to rescue Janeway, Tuvok and B’Elanna before they all lose their individuality?

Season 7 Regular Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Biggs-Dawson (B’elanna Torres), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim)

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story by Michael Sussman
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Borg Queen), Mark Deakins (Axum), Jerome Butler (Korok), Ryan Sparks (Alien Boy), Andrew Palmer (Errant Drone), Clay Storseth (Alien Man)

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Imperfection

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54014.4: After extensive searching and numerous interruptions, contact is finally made with relatives of the former Borg youngsters who have been traveling aboard Voyager. Icheb decides to stay aboard the ship and help Voyager’s crew return to Earth. Seven of Nine insists that Icheb’s reaction to the children’s departure is overemotional, but even as she says that, he notices that she is crying. Seven blames it on a malfunctioning Borg implant, which is confirmed when she visits the Doctor. She asks him to keep her condition confidential, but when she loses consciousness in the mess hall, the secret is out. The Doctor’s diagnosis is now much more grim: the central cortical node that regulates all of her body’s autonomic functions is failing, signing a death warrant for Seven. Janeway decides to scout through Borg wreckage to retrieve a cortical node from a dead drone, but the risky mission – and a close call with other scavengers – bears only a node that is of no use. As Seven gives up hope – and the Doctor and Janeway run out of ideas – Icheb proposes an ambitious alternative…one which the Doctor believes will sacrifice the young man’s life to save that of his teacher.

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story by Andrè Bormanis
directed by David Livingston
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Debbie Grattan (Wysanti Female), Marley McClean (Mezoti), Kurt Wetherill (Azan), Cody Wetherill (Rebi), Michael McFall (Salvage Alien #1)

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Shattered

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A temporal anomaly stops Voyager in its path, creating dangerous feedback in the warp core – which then lashes out into engineering and strikes Chakotay. The first officer is rushed to sick bay, only to wake up to find that the Doctor doesn’t know what a mobile emitter is. A visit to the bridge proves to be even more surprising – Captain Janeway orders him arrested as a Maquis fugitive, even though she’s surprised to see him since Voyager has yet to depart Deep Space Nine on the mission to retrieve the Maquis. The cargo bay is crawling with Borg drones, including a still fully assimilated Seven of Nine. The astrometrics lab is manned by Icheb and Naomi Wildman, both adults and running the ship since the death of the command crew. And in engineering, Seska and the Kazons have taken over the ship. Time has fractured Voyager into countless splinters of past and future – but the only one who can perceive this is Chakotay, so how can he prove it to anyone else and repair the timelines?

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story by Michael Sussman & Michael Taylor
directed by Terry Windell
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Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Martin Rayner (Dr. Chaotica), Martha Hackett (Seska), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Mark Bennington (adult Icheb), Vanessa Branch (adult Naomi), Terrell Clayton (Andrews)

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Endgame

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager’s sensors detect a possible high concentration of wormholes inside a dense nebula, and Captain Janeway decides to investigate. A near-collision with a Borg cube – obscured from sensors by the nebula’s gases – changes her mind quickly, and Voyager retreats. A temporal rift forms near the ship, and a Starfleet shuttlecraft with armaments decades ahead of Voyager’s own emerges, piloted by a woman who claims to be Janeway from sixteen years in the future. The elder Janeway outlines a daring plan to get the ship home ahead of schedule, using the weapons and armor technology of her shuttle to hold the Borg at bay. Voyager returns to the nebula, where the crew finds one of the Collective’s huge transwarp stations, a nexus point of conduits that lead to every quadrant of the galaxy. Even though there’s a high likelihood that one of those transwarp conduits could take Voyager back home, Captain Janeway orders a retreat over her older self’s protests. The captain sees this as an opportunity to deny the Borg the means to launch future attacks on the Alpha Quadrant – which could leave Voyager stranded in the Delta Quadrant for years to come.

Stardate not given: On the ten-year anniversary of the starship Voyager’s return to Earth, Admiral Kathryn Janeway looks back bitterly at the tragic costs of the 23-year journey – the death of Seven of Nine, and the effect that death had upon the former Borg’s husband, Commander Chakotay. A reunion of the surviving crew does little to lift the Admiral’s spirits; the Doctor has married, Tom and B’Elanna’s daughter is now a Starfleet officer, Harry Kim is now the captain of the U.S.S. Rhode Island, and Tuvok languishes in a mental institution, his mind wasted away by a neurological condition that could have been corrected had Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant sooner. Admiral Janeway decides to make a risky trip back in time to change history and speed her crew home.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller & Robert Doherty
story by Rick Berman, Kenneth Biller & Brannon Braga
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Barclay), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris), Alice Krige (Borg Queen), Vaughn Armstrong (Korath), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Lisa Locicero (Miral Paris), Miguel Perez (Physician), Grant Garrison (Cadet), Ashley Sierra Hughes (Sabrina), Matthew James Williamson (Klingon), Richard Sarstedt (Starfleet Admiral), Joey Sakata (Engineering Officer), Iris Bahr (Female Cadet)

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Regeneration

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn expedition to investigate debris detected in the Arctic Circle disappears without any communication. Not long afterward, their ship is detected leaving Earth on a heading for deep space, and Captain Archer is ordered to intercept the ship. The Enterprise arrives just in time to see the expedition’s ship – now heavily modified – attacking a Tarkalean vessel. The expedition ship – whose specs rate it as slower and unarmed – easily fights off the Enterprise and escapes. Archer brings two Tarkalean survivors aboard, where Phlox finds that they have already fallen victim to a nanotech “infection” that spreads throughout the body, slowly replacing organs and limbs with cybernetic implants. One of them attacks Phlox, injecting him with the same nanotech devices, and they escape and begin modifying the Enterprise’s systems. When Reed and a security team try to stop the Tarkaleans, the intruders have adapted to the crew’s phase pistols with their own personal shields. An message is soon sent to the Enterprise – resistance is futile…and Archer’s crew will be assimilated.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Brian Tyler

Guest Cast: Chris Wynne (Dr. Moninger), Bonita Friedericy (Rooney), John Short (Drake), Adam Harrington (Researcher), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), Mark Chadwick (Male Tarkalean), Nicole Randal (Female Tarkalean), Paul Scott (Foster)

Notes: Dr. Phlox references the Binars (from the first season Next Generation episode 11001001). The Borg sphere found on Earth is the wreckage of the ship shot down by the Enterprise-E in Star Trek: First Contact, and apparently after the events of that movie, Zephram Cochrane revealed the presence of both the Borg and Captain Picard’s crew, but his story was discounted and he later recanted it. Guest star Bonita Friedericy is the wife of series regular John “Dr. Phlox” Billingsley.

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