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A refusal to submit to assimilation is prima facie evidence that the individuals involved are acting like stupid, spoiled children. I've selectively quoted the Borg Queen to give an overview of their thought process when dealing with those who express a desire not to be assimilated. Do they empathise with their victims? Hell no. You're experiencing ...


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Jeri Ryan stated in an interview for the September 1999 issue of Playboy magazine (no, she does not appear nude) that she asked the producers of Voyager if she should pronounce it "few-tile" like other Borg, but she was explicitly instructed to say "few-tul": PLAYBOY: Speaking of the Borg, is resistance "few-tile" or "few-tul"? RYAN: Good question. ...


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The Borg are choosy eaters. They are likely several reasons the entire Milky Way Galaxy has not been converted into the Borg Collective. They include: The Borg's Transwarp Network while vast and covering thousands of worlds, it is still only a tiny margin of the potential worlds of the Milky Way. Borg space has been considered to be as extensive or a tiny ...


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Locutus is demonstrating to Riker that not only does he have Picard's tactical knowledge (of the Federation's defences) but that they also possess his personal memories. The show script makes it abundantly clear that referring to Riker as "Number One" is their way of stressing the futility of resistance and attempting to unnerve Riker at the same time. ...


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There may be a clue in the ST:TNG episode Hide and Q (S1 Ep10): Q: Well if you'll stop interrupting me. This is hardly a time to be teaching you the true nature of the universe. However, at Farpoint we saw you as savages only. We discovered instead that you are unusual creatures in your own limited ways. Ways which in time will not be so limited. ...


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Giving him a name would make it easier for him to perform his primary function as an intermediary in the assimilation of Earth, giving him a slightly more human quality than other Borg had: The Borg intended to use Picard as an intermediary, a spokesman for the Human race in order to facilitate the assimilation of Earth in order to make the process as ...


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Each interaction with the Borg results in them learning more about you. Since they are driven by ultimate evolution through assimilation of worthy beings and cultures, the Q having interactions with the Borg could potentially cause the Borg to learn enough about the Q to make them a genuine threat rather than just a potential one.


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My interpretation of Don't provoke the Borg! Wasn't so much that the borg were a threat to the Q but that they were a threat to other species in the galaxy. A Q is (for the sake of argument) an omnipotent being, they could dissolve the entire collective at a whim, they could "cure" the borg attempting to assimilate them, they could simply disappear. ...


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The Borg see no reason that anyone would actively resist them and are confident that any resistance is (to coin a phrase) futile. In announcing their presence they are giving the message's recipient a piece of good news, that they have been judged sufficiently unique and worthwhile as to be added to the Collective's distinctiveness. They're also giving some ...


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Seven of Nine was not assimilated with nine other people. She was assimilated along with her parents, Magnus and Erin Hansen. At some point in the future, she was then assigned to a working group servicing Unimatrix 01. This group contained nine drones, of which she was the seventh, hence her full Borg name "Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix ...


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About 25 minutes into Part I, Kes gets a message from them, indicating that they simply wish to destroy all life they encounter: Kes: I could hear its thoughts. The pilot of the bioship was trying to communicate with me. They're a telepathic species, I've been aware of them for some time now, the premonitions. Captain, it's not the Borg we should be ...


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The conceit of the Star Trek universe is that there is something about 'life' that is special and simply can't be achieved artificially. This is then violated repeatedly, with the Soong-type androids (TNG), nanites ("Evolution"), Exocomps ("The Quality Of Life"), the Enterprise itself ("Emergence"), Moriarty ("Ship in a Bottle"), the Voyager's EMH and the ...


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Two reasons. First, in Dark Frontier the Borg Queen says she allowed Seven to be "liberated" and the long range intent was to recapture her later and use her and what she had learned. With such a plan, the Queen would have made subtle programming changes to keep Seven from assimilating the Voyager crew and to, instead, observe them. I think this is the ...


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Locutus is not a name, it is his function. "Locutus" came from Latin and means "the one who speaks" like in the word locutor. Picard was not Locutus of Borg, he is more like the Locutus of Borg, but the Locutus could be anyone else. They choose Picard to do that because he was the "locutus" of the Enterprise on their first encounter.


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In-universe, both Locutus and Seven were assimilated humans. Its not unreasonable that they may have retained small details of their native accents that are below the level of resolution considered significant by the Collective.


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That was the whole point. The Borg specifically said that they assimilated Picard so that he could speak for them and facilitate Humanity's assimilation. In ST: First Contact they expanded upon this by revealing that the Queen wanted "a counterpart," but even in Locutus's first appearance his role is clearly more than that of a simple Borg Drone. He is ...


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This was the first encounter the Federation had with the Borg, so Picard had no idea this was a foe bent on assimilating all of humanity (and everyone else too). They are not a military organization and their mission is exploration, not to destroy species they come into contact with. Quoting from the Season 4 episode, 'Galaxy's Child', after Picard gives ...


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As we know from DS9 there are directives in effect in starfleet since the Enterprise met Q. This means that LATEST when the Borg assimilated even a single starfleet member they gained knowledge that Q exists. And when they assimilated Picard they knew about Qs interest in the human race (if not prior to it already which we don't know, as we don't know how ...


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The Borg only assimilate species that will improve the collective. For example, the Borg do not assimilate Kazon (from Voyager). Likely the Borg would ignore a planet of idiots, or, if they were in some way a potential threat then the Borg would probably destroy them. As Seven states in Mortal Coil: SEVEN: The Borg encountered a Kazon colony in the Gand ...


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The only reference I've been able to find is in the DS9 novel : Lesser Evil "“You resisted the assimilation,” Bowers said. “How?” A third arm grew out of the center of the Founder’s narrow chest and opened its slender, symmetrical, two-thumbed hand. The arm lengthened until the hand was only inches away from Bowers’s face. In the center of its ...


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"Interesting, isn't it? Not a he, not a she, not like anything you've ever seen before." - Q to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (TNG: "Q Who") Technically speaking no Borg drone has a gender, this may be what makes it difficult to distinguish the former genders of the drones, but there are more drones that were once female than you think: I could continue. ...


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Though there's little canon evidence, the answer is probably yes. For starters, it's a pretty safe bet that the Borg are aware of the Dominion. We saw in "Endgame" on a map shown by Seven (who probably knows what she's talking about) that the Borg have some kind of facility in the Gamma quadrant. On top of that, the Dominion's cloning technology would be ...


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On AOL chat with Ronald D. Moore from 1997 he is talking about this Ron, I was looking through some of the sketches from "Best of Both Worlds." They mentioned something about Picard having to have a bionic arm because the Borg cut off his (like in FC). It showed that Data was orginally supposed to break the whole arm off of Locutus. But from ...


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While the episode does not outright say as much, it is highly likely that Q is referring to the events of the episode Q Who, where Q sends Picard and the Enterprise-D into uncharted space where it encounters the Borg. This chance encounter - while later ret-conned as not being the first encounter between the Federation and the Borg - enables the Federation ...


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1. Q himself answered your question in Season Two Episode 16 when he sent the Enterprise to encounter the Borg for the first time - "Q Who". "The Borg are the ultimate user. They're unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced. They're not interested in political conquest, wealth, or power as you know it. They're simply interested in your ship, ...


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Picard's change of heart hinged on his realization that Borg members retain individuality, sentience and autonomy when not submerged in the collective. He initially believed that the Borg members were functionally equivalent to organs or limbs in a human; they should be given no more regard than a severed arm or leg. If Borg members retain a separate ...


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I would take a little different approach and go a couple lines down from the quote used in the other answer. Star Trek TNG "Best of Both Worlds Part 2": HANSON [on monitor]: In less than twenty four hours, this armada's going to hit that Borg vessel with everything we can muster. Either they survive or we do. As for Picard. A great man has been lost....


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It's possible, but it's equally likely both were inspired by some earlier work that used the phrase, with Doctor Who being a particular likely candidate. The Daleks and Cybermen on Doctor Who said "resistance is useless" in many episodes that aired prior to either TNG or HHGTG--for example the Daleks said it in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" from 1964 (you ...


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No. The Borg are a space-faring society that consists of a wide variety of different species that have been assimilated into the Borg Collective. Whilst these assimilees (is that a word?) share some common machine elements, they retain their own unique physical characteristics. You could think of the individual drones as being infected by a particularly ...


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