I know it sounds strange, but hear me out.

Harry Mudd was last seen trapped on a planet of super advanced androids that operated with a shared consciousness. These androids wanted to study humans in order to serve, and were willing to imprison the entire crew of the Enterprise to achieve that goal. They were not malicious, merely single minded.

As we know, the crew of the Enterprise were able to escape via a cunning use of silliness, which the androids could not process. But when the Enterprise left, Harry Mudd was still on that planet. Up until this point the androids had tried peaceful methods of obtaining humans to study (adopting attractive non-threatening appearances and serving humans) which were unsuccessful, as we saw in the episode "I, Mudd" (S2E8 of TOS).

Here's where my theory comes into play. The androids still had the directive to study and understand humans, but they had reached the limit of what they could learn from mere observation. One of the Alice series gyndroids said that their medical facilities were capable of placing a human brain in an android body, so they are capable of incorporating biological material into their technology, and if they incorporated Harry Mudd into their shared consciousness, they could learn a great deal more. But the Norman android clearly stated that Harry Mudd was a flawed specimen, and their need to understand humans would likely remain after assimilating him. They would likely seek out new specimens to learn from, and they would likely abandon their peaceful approach since it was not as effective as merely assimilating the specimen into their "collective".

I know that the Borg's directive is purely to assimilate all organic life, but this could be a natural conclusion to Norman's claim that the best way to serve humans is to control them. What better way to control humans than incorporating them into a single-minded collective?

Bear in mind that if the chronology of this theory does not fit, the Star Trek universe has had multiple instances of time-travel, and it is possible for any chronological inconsistencies to be explained away with time-travel.

Having outline my little theory, I have a request. If there are any things in the Trek Universe (excluding the rebooted cinematic universe) that could support or invalidate my theory, please alert me to their existence.

Is there anything to support or reject this hypothesis?

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    @RichS - Although it's posed as a theory, we have enough info to make a qualified guess. Note that we've had other similar questions that have been well-received by the community; scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/141063/… – Valorum Jun 19 '17 at 17:37
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    we already have a question about the borgs origins, would not all subsequent questions be dupes of that, and this then really just be a potential answer. – Himarm Jun 19 '17 at 18:14
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    Possible duplicate of What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg? – Himarm Jun 19 '17 at 18:20
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    This is called "Small Universe Thinking." – Ham Sandwich Jun 19 '17 at 18:32
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    For me - David Mack's Star Trek: Destiny trilogy is the best origin story for the Borg. It's not tv/film canon, but the recent slate of novels have made serious efforts to be consistent with each other and the existing "official" canon. – NKCampbell Jun 19 '17 at 19:30

Harry Mudd is almost certainly not the progenitor of the Borg.

While the very short answer is that while we don't actually know how the Borg came into being, there are a couple of theories discussed here (Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?) and here (What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?), none of which mention Mudd.

What we do know is that the Borg were originally intended to be an insectile species, augmented with technolology (Did the Borg originally have another name (and if so, what was it)?) and like other species mooted as possible progenitors, such as the Bynars, we can probably rule out Mudd's androids (or the species who made them) because their tech, although superficially similar isn't based on nano-technology in the same way that the Borg are.

You may also wish to note that the Borg apparently have very limited knowledge of the Alpha Quadrant and humanity in general. If they'd come from his androids, presumably via a wibbly-wobbly time-hole in order to make the timelines fit, they'd certainly know about those things.

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    Your answer is a veritable stake through the heart of my little theory. Part of me hoped that I could make this theory work (Harcourt Fenton Mudd is my favourite character in the entire Trek universe), but I cannot let my feelings get in the way of objective fact. – Magikarp Master Jun 19 '17 at 17:43
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    @MagikarpMaster - All it takes is a stroke of the writer's pen to make it so. But I doubt they will. Mudd is a product of his time, misogynistic, pudgy and written humorously. None of those things will appear in a future Trek serial. All characters in the NuNuTrek will be skinny as rakes, muscular and joyless. – Valorum Jun 19 '17 at 17:46
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    Although - Mudd is going to be in Star Trek Discovery - played by Rainn Wilson - trekmovie.com/2017/05/25/… – NKCampbell Jun 19 '17 at 19:32
  • @MagikarpMaster : I personally think that the Voyager episode I mention is a more definite answer, at least in-Universe. However, great answer by Valorum as usual :) – Hans Olo Jun 19 '17 at 19:36
  • @Loki - The problem is that we know that the Borg have a mastery of time travel. That makes all bets off when it comes to comparing years. – Valorum Jun 19 '17 at 20:09

According to the episode: Dragon's teeth from Voyager, that takes place in the 24th century, the Borg already existed in the Delta Quadrant 900 years ago from that time (~15th century AD), albeit being only a nuisance and controlling a few systems.

Therefore, I would say that there's zero chance, time-travel shenanigans aside, that Mudd was related to the Borg.

  • I am sad to admit that I am a tad uneducated when it comes to Voyager, so I had to make a stop at memory alpha. Your answer is indeed helpful, provided that time-travel is not used as all purpose plot filler. – Magikarp Master Jun 19 '17 at 19:45
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    @MagikarpMaster Voyager is not my favorite Trek by any means, but it's definitely very under-appreciated. There are some episodes, eg Scorpion, Year of Hell etc, that are real gems. – Hans Olo Jun 19 '17 at 19:47
  • And despite it's relative low standing in the fandom, many hold Jane Way as their favourite captain. Personally, no-one will ever come close to Picard. – Magikarp Master Jun 19 '17 at 19:52
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    @MagikarpMaster - There's the right way, the wrong way and the Jane Way. – Valorum Jun 19 '17 at 20:08
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    @dsollen I don't want to give any spoilers, but I think that case falls under the "time-travel shenanigans" umbrella... :) – Hans Olo Jun 20 '17 at 17:27

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