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Q Who?
Stardate 42761.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 42 (2.16)

Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 09:54:52

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
John de Lancie   IMDB   Q
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
Lycia Naff   IMDB   Ensign Sonya Gomez
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Author:
Maurice Hurley   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 21
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 2.4
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 2.6
Star Trek: The Next Generation #074: The Best of Both Worlds I
Star Trek: The Next Generation #075: The Best of Both Worlds II
Star Trek: The Next Generation #123: I, Borg
Star Trek: The Next Generation #152: Descent I
Star Trek: The Next Generation #153: Descent II
Star Trek: Enterprise #049: Regeneration
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #042: Q Who?

The crew is hurled into the future by the malevolent Q, who sets them up for destruction by a race of half-human, half-robot aliens known as the Borg.
Synopsis
Picard's nemesis, the powerful, extra-dimensional being named Q, hurls the U.S.S. Enterprise across the galaxy after Picard refuses to let him become a member of the crew.

Immediately upon arriving in this unexplored part of the galaxy, the U.S.S. Enterprise encounters an alien ship. Suddenly, two Borg - part organic and part artificial beings - appear in the Main Engineering room. Unfortunately, the U.S.S. Enterprise's defenses are helpless against the powerful aliens, who begin draining information from ship's computers.

Then, having surveyed the ship's weakened defensive capabilities, the Borg vessel demands the surrender of the U.S.S. Enterprise. When Picard refuses, a short but fierce battle ensues, leaving both ships badly damaged and 18 Enterprise crew members dead. Desperate to learn more about this seemingly invincible enemy, Picard sends an Away Team to investigate the Borg ship, which is controlled by the collective minds of all the Borg, rather than by an individual leader.

When Data reports that the Borg are busy repairing their vessel, Picard quickly orders the Away Team to beam back so that the U.S.S. Enterprise can make its escape while the aliens are dormant. But as soon as the ship begins moving, the Borg give chase.

With the Borg vessel gaining on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Q appears on the bridge to taunt Picard with insults about the inadequacies of the starship. As the Borg close in and prepare to finish off the ship and crew, Picard admits to Q that he needs his help. Delighted with the captain's confession, Q instantly hurls the Enterprise out of the remote part of the galaxy and back to safety.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:23:56
The original Borg story. Q returns but this time it's no joke, more Enterprise crew members are killed than in any other episode. Introduces The Borg - a horrifying and incredibly powerful race. Has some good battle sequences but the Enterprise is no match for the huge Borg cube. The kick-off to the many important events involving the Borg later in the series.

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