In "First Contact" the Borg travel to the Earth's past to change history. Have the Borg ever made use of time travel as a weapon, much like (say) the Krenim in the Star Trek Voyage story "Year of Hell", or considered time travel to make assimilation easier.

  • related: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/168089/… – NKCampbell Sep 29 '17 at 19:17
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    Directly weaponizing time travel didn't work out too well for the Krenim. – Harry Johnston Sep 30 '17 at 2:32
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    Isn't one of the main reasons to assimilate a society to gain their technologies​. Iirc there are species which are left alone because they have nothing to offer the collective tech wise. Time traveling back to assimilate would mean missing out on lots of juicy tech stuff. – Wiggo the Wookie Sep 30 '17 at 9:01
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    @WiggotheWookie - You're ignoring all of the advanced (but now extinct) species that the Borg could raid. I would imagine that assimilating an Iconian facility would be a very very very tempting prospect for the Borg – Valorum Sep 30 '17 at 10:44
  • @WiggotheWookie But wasn't this the premise of the story First Contact? – jim Sep 30 '17 at 18:58

sounds cool - they should make a movie about that

Star Trek: First Contact


During an attack against Earth, the sensors detect that the Borg sphere is creating a temporal vortex; the crew all watch the viewscreen as the Borg vessel disappears through the vortex and Earth dramatically changes. Seeing that it is now populated entirely by Borg drones and has a toxic atmosphere, they determine that history has been changed, having been protected from the changes themselves by the wake of the temporal vortex. As the vortex collapses, Captain Picard orders Lieutenant Hawk not to alter course and have the Enterprise follow the Borg into the past – to repair whatever damage they've done.

(note: the film was released in 1996, and the Year of Hell in Voyager was broadcast in 1997)

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    Not sure this qualifies as directly weaponizing time-travel. The time-travel is a tool, the Borg are still assaulting people with regular weapons. The Krenim weapon was directly removing someone from the timestream IIRC. – ench Sep 29 '17 at 19:17
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    it's absolutely weaponizing - they effectively "kill" the Federation and Starfleet by going back in time and eliminating the opponent before it is even born - thus winning before the battle can even start – NKCampbell Sep 29 '17 at 19:21
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    I'd count it as a tactic rather than a weapon. – Harry Johnston Sep 30 '17 at 2:33
  • Thanks, I was aware of the First Contact, I should have made that obvious and will amend the question. – jim Sep 30 '17 at 7:20
  • @HarryJohnston so...you're looking for something like Deja Fu? – Broklynite Sep 30 '17 at 8:17

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