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In that episode, Captain Janeway (in the alternate timeline), spent another 16 years in the Delta Quadrant after their encounter with the Borg in the nebula.

In that timeline,how did Voyager eventually make it back to Earth? Secondly, they developed weapons and technology such as deployable ablative armour and transphasic torps yet in the 16 years the Borg couldn't find ways to adapt?

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    Because treknobabble can fill any plot hole. – RichS Mar 1 '17 at 5:57
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The details of how they get home are never covered except in vague generalities. They only tell you enough to know that they traveled for many more years, lost some friends, gained some new friends, developed, found and implemented new technologies, and eventually found a shortcut or two home. It's never mentioned when those new technologies were developed. Maybe they only had ablative armor for a couple years.

As for the Borg, they are only able to adapt to technology that they are able to assimilate knowledge about. They lack creativity to imagine new technologies and there are races advanced enough to prevent assimilation, unless the Borg assimilate some technology elsewhere to give them an advantage. If the Borg are never able to assimilate someone from Voyager that has knowledge of the technology or someone who understands another technology that would allow them to bypass those techs, they would not be able to adapt.

  • But didn't the Borg Queen tell Janeway that they will adapt eventually? – user16416 Aug 3 '13 at 6:41
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    The Borg also told Picard that resistance is futile, which was proven to be wrong – Christian Mar 27 '17 at 14:17

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