Every Time Picard’s TNG Enterprise Beats The Borg (And How)

Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation faced the Borg several times and defeated them almost every time. Thanks to the intervention of the divine Q (John de Lancie), the Enterprise was catapulted into the Delta Quadrant, where the crew made initial contact with the Borg Collective. This impromptu first contact mission went awry and set a hostile tone for their future encounters with the Borg, making them one of the star trekthe most fearsome and unstoppable villains.


Alongside the Ferengi, the Borg were one of the most successful additions to the star trek canon, becoming a recurring villain in GNT and the Delta Quadrant set Star Trek: Voyager. They even had a surprise reappearance in an episode of the Star Trek: Enterprise prequel series. The Borg appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when Benjamin Sisko lost his wife in the Battle of Wolf 359, inspiring the DS9 distrust of the commander towards Jean-Luc Picard. However, it is the crew of GNT‘s Enterprise who had the most significant conflicts with the Borg, and although they had to flee the Collective when they first met, they went on to defeat them in several GNT episodes, movies and Star Trek: Picard season 2.

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“The best of both worlds”

The most devastating encounter between the Borg and the Federation is in GNTThe Season 3 finale of ‘The Best of Both Worlds’. After Q accelerated the introduction of the Borg into the Federation, the Collective arrived in the Alpha Quadrant much earlier than originally planned. Following Picard’s failed attempt to peacefully establish first contact during their previous encounter, the captain of the Enterprise was captured and assimilated into the Borg Collective. Since the Borg had access to a flagship captain like Picard, they were able to break through Starfleet’s defenses and destroy an armada of starships in the Battle of Wolf 359.

With all hope seemingly lost, Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Data (Brent Spiner) were able to turn the tables on the Borg Collective by using the Assimilated Picard against the Collective. Data used Picard’s access to the hive mind to access a regeneration subroutine, putting the Borg to sleep. However, an unintended consequence of Data’s command is a fatal feedback loop that triggers the Borg Cube’s self-destruct routine. The cube’s destruction severs Picard’s bond with the Collective, and he will spend the rest of his life coming to terms with his ordeal.

“I, Borg”

The next encounter between Enterprise-D and the Borg Collective took place in GNT season 5, episode 23, “I, Borg”. It is an ethical and moral classic star trek dilemma regarding sensitivity, individuality and genocide. When they discover a damaged Borg drone on a distant moon, Picard and the crew see it as an opportunity to gain the upper hand over the Collective. Picard comes up with the idea of ​​implanting what appears to be a computer virus in the drone’s programming, which will wipe out the Borg Collective in one fell swoop.

It’s a hint of what’s to come for Jean-Luc and his hatred of the Borg, but the majority of the Enterprise crew goes along with the plan until the Borg drone adopts the name Hugh and begins to show signs of individuality. This forces Picard to confront his own prejudices, and he ultimately abandons the plan to weaponize Hugh against the Collective. However, he sees another way to use Hugh against the Collective – introducing the idea of ​​individuality into the hive mind, allowing each drone to briefly experience the singularity. Hugh agrees to this plan and is picked up by the Collective, but viewers had to wait to see if Picard’s plan succeeded.

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“Descent”Lore reveals Data as his ally among the Borg soldiers.

Hugh’s return to the Collective resulted in disaster when his fellow Borg embraced their own individuality and were unable to adapt to life outside of the Collective. Drifting through space, they were offered salvation by Data’s evil brother Lore, who essentially turned these individual Borg into his own cybernetic army in the GNT season 6 finale “Descent”. Dissent grew rapidly among the Borg, and Hugh led a splinter group that opposed Lore’s brutal experiments on Borg drones.

In an attempt to rescue Picard, Troi, and Geordi from Lore, the Borg, and a reprogrammed Data, Riker and Worf convinced Hugh to help them overthrow this new leader. This led to a Hugh Insurrection, which defeated Lore and left Hugh in charge of this unique group of Borg drones. Hugh would return later in picard season 1, where he continued to work with rehabilitated Borg drones.

In the second GNT film, Star Trek: First Contact, Picard was once again pitted against the Borg, who launched a full assault on Earth within the first few minutes. The Borg’s plan was to travel back in time in order to derail the all-important first contact between humanity and the Vulcans. This would have led to humanity’s assimilation into the Borg Collective centuries earlier, completely changing the course of star trek the story. Picard led the Enterprise-E after the time-traveling Borg sphere to 2063, to ensure history stayed on track. While an outside team was sent to oversee Zefram Cochrane’s historic warp flight, the rest of the crew fought off a large-scale Borg invasion of the Enterprise.

It was Picard’s personal nightmare, and he was forced to confront his previous trauma with the Collective to thwart their plans. In the film’s final act, Picard evacuated the Enterprise and decided to go down with his ship to destroy the Borg once and for all. Meanwhile, Data had worked his way into the Borg Queen’s trust in order to derail her plans and destroy the remaining Borg aboard the Enterprise. Releasing a deadly gas that destroyed the Borg’s organic components, Data returned control of the Enterprise to Picard who, in a slightly unusual moment, snapped the neck of the Borg Queen’s surviving robotic body, killing her once and for all. all.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 2

Technically, the Borg are defeated twice in Star Trek: Picard season 2, the first defeat is in the dystopian nightmare created by Q in the opening episodes. A painting in Picard’s alternate study depicts the Enterprise destroying a Borg ship. The painting implies that in this timeline, the Federation took a much more aggressive approach towards the Borg and were not held back by the moral choices that led to the creation of Hugh Borg. In addition to defeating the Borg in the alternate reality, the Federation also took the Borg Queen prisoner with the intention of publicly executing her as a show of force.

Demanding Borg technology go back in time to prevent Q’s dystopia from becoming a reality, Picard and his crew rescued the queen and journeyed to the 21st century. In a retreading of the plot of First contact, the Borg Queen possessed Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) in an attempt to derail a historic space mission that also helped create the Federation. However, Agnes’ individuality and strength of character ultimately won out in the battle of wills with the Queen, leading to the creation of a new kind of benevolent Borg in picard season 2 finale.

This new type of Borg would be an ideal way to bring the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew reunited for a final confrontation with the Collective. However, from the trailer, it looks like Picard has finally resolved his issues with the Borg and will face a new threat in Star Trek: Picard season 3. However, looking back on their many confrontations, it makes sense that Picard’s last encounter with Borg heralds a new era of peace. It was the Enterprise’s failed first contact with the Collective that led to decades of hostility between the Borg and the Federation, and it finally seems the two have come to a common understanding. It is not a bad legacy that the captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, leaves behind him.

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