The Borg - A ruthless race of
cyborgs on the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.
Soon after birth, each Borg is fitted with bionic enhancers
which fuses their future life to serving the goals of their race
as a whole, thus eliminating any individuality. A typical
conversation with a Borg would go like this "We are the Borg.
Lower your shields and surrender your vessel. We will add your
biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.
Resistance is futile!"
Their first contact with humans occurred on episode No.142 "Q
Who" when an alien named "Q" (John DeLancie) transported the
Federation starship USS Enterprise-D across the galaxy to the
domain of the Borg to impress upon the earthlings their
vulnerability and insignificance in the universe.
The Borg traveled in huge cube-shaped vessels that dwarfed other
star craft. One such ship attacked the center of Federation in
episodes No.174/175 "The Best of Both Worlds" while attempting
to absorb and control their civilization.
During this encounter Captain Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)
of the Starship Enterprise-D was abducted by the Borg, named
Locutus ("I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life
as it has been is over. From this time forward, you will service
us.") and fitted with bionic parts which controlled his will and
extracted all Picard's tactical and military knowledge. With
this information the Borg engaged the Fleet of warships sent to
protect Earth from this alien menace.
The space battle at WOLF 359 ended with most of the Federation
defense craft damaged or inoperative, leaving the Borg free to
The Borg were ultimately defeated when a command to "Sleep" was
discretely transmitted to the crew of the Borg vessel. Just as
Captain Picard was rescued from the Borg starship, it
self-destructed. The Borg later appeared on episode No.123 "I,
Borg" and the finale of sixth season on episode No.152/153 "The
Descent Part I & II."
The Borg resurfaced on the motion picture First Contact (1996)
with a plan (that ultimately failed) to travel back in time and
conquer the Earth while in a primitive stage of space travel
In 1997, STAR TREK VOYAGER/UPN/1995-2001 introduced a Borg crew
member known as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), a human abducted and
assimilated by the Borg as a child. Her human name was Anika
Hanson. After removing most of her Borg implants, she began her
gradual readjustment into the human culture.
On the February 17, 1999 two-hour VOYAGER episode "Dark
Frontier" the inside machinations of the Borg civilization were
revealed as the nefarious Borg Queen (played by Susanna
Thompson) tried to re-assimilate Seven of Nine back into the
The Borg's nemesis were Species 8472, an alien race that kicked
the Borg's cybernetic ass when the Borg attempted to conquer
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