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Because the borg adapt to a frequency Star Trek shields work on a frequency, and once you know that frequency, you can alter your weapons to bypass those shields, which is why you'll often hear characters calling to 'remodulate shields'. Borg adaptation works in the exact opposite fashion, instead of having a frequency you need to bypass, they adapt to your ...


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It was revealed in the EU novel Greater than the Sum that the eighteen crew members were in fact assimilated by the Borg, rather than killed by exposure to space (or sliced in half by the Borg cutting beam), as the episode would seem to suggest. “I’m sorry, have we met before?”   “Of course, you wouldn’t recognize me, not like this…” She came to ...


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Because they value resources over drones. While it's true that the Borg adapt to phaser frequency, they would rather lose a few drones than waste the energy and resources to constantly have defenses up. The Borg have shown time, and time again that they don't care how many of them die, as long as they get what they want. In fact, in the Voyager episode ...


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The concept of assimilation was introduced in Best of Both Worlds, but later works develop the concept and even retcon it as the modus operandi of the Borg. The Voyager episode Raven, in particular, shows how 7 of 9 was assimilated years before the events of Q Who. As for Guinan not mentioning it - we see multiple times where assimilation is treated as ...


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A nerve pinch would (with reasonable certainty) work on a humanoid Borg. Tuvok is just about to "attempt" it in VOY: Unimatrix Zero, Part II when he's interrupted. Given that he's the ship's Security Officer and has extensive hands-on knowledge of Borg physiology, it seems very unlikely that he'd try it if he wasn't reasonably confident that it'll work. ...


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The biological components of an individual drone could be infected with an organic virus, but the Borg nanoprobes in their bloodstream were capable of seeking out and destroying infected cells, as mentioned in the Voyager episode Someone to Watch Over Me. You are correct about aliens infecting the Borg with a virus, which happened in the episode Infinite ...


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This appears to be an artifact of the way the script changed between the draft and the final product. In the original, the Sphere was merely one of a fleet of Borg ships that invaded the Sol System. During the battle this spherical warship shrugs off several shots, then heads off toward Earth, ploughs through the orbital defence systems and then does a time-...


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It would not have been conquest. In the first appearance of the Borg, Q is very clear that this is not their goal. Q: The Borg is 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, its technology. They've ...


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From what we know of the Borg within the context of "Q Who", their intention was most likely to capture the Enterprise and dismantle it to absorb the ship's technology while killing the crew. As the Borg and the collective were further developed in subsequent stories, Borg seem to prioritise the assimilation of biological entities as much as technology. So, ...


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In their first encounter, the Borg are likely attempting to disable the Enterprise both to knock out a potential threat and possibly to demoralize Picard to aid in assimilating him. By the second encounter after forcing the ship from the nebula their timetable has likely been considerably disrupted and the ship had at that point proven itself far more ...


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Main Canon In a word, no (or possibly maybe). Admiral Nechayev is certainly adamant (in TNG: Descent) that should the opportunity present itself again to commit genocide that Picard should take it. I think it's reasonable to assume she means by using the geometry-virus but isn't limiting her order to just that one method. NECHAYEV: Your priority is to ...


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Memory Alpha says they were "vaporized" in the episode summary. The "Apocrypha" section, however, says that in one of the novels, the eighteen Enterprise crew members were indeed assimilated instead of outright killed as the episode portrayed.


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They could and maybe they do, but the main reason they assimilate is to gain new knowledge and technology. To quote them: ”We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.” A home grown baby borg drone from DNA ...


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SHORT ANSWER: Nobody knows. LONG ANSWER: The evidence is inconclusive. In "Q Who" there was no evidence that the Borg assimilated any biological beings into their collective. So presumably the Borg would probably have killed any Enterprise crew or passengers that survived the decompression when a section of the Enterprise was sliced off and seized by ...


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I don't think you're going to find a definitive answer to this. Note that we don't actually see the result of the transporter malfunction: We just hear a vague description: What we got back didn't live long. Fortunately. So the answer to whether a Borg drone could "reshape" itself depends on the exact nature of the malfunction, which we don't know. Like ...


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There's also the Pearl Harbor factor. All of the ships sunk at Pearl Harbor were raised and placed back in service, except for two. But nobody says "we lost two ships" at Pearl Harbor; it's spoken of as a much broader disaster. We assume Starfleet vessels fought until unable - at which point the Borg would ignore them. They are less likely to be ...


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I think you're talking about the the individual drone's servo controls. When Seven of Nine was still a drone she made the same sound while moving.


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In VOY: Dark Frontier, the crew stage attempt to beam some Borg off the bridge (in a simulation). This proves impossible because individual Borg are able to inhibit transport. CHAKOTAY: Beam them out of here. PARIS: I can't get a lock. They've adapted to our transport frequencies. CHAKOTAY: Computer, freeze programme, both holodecks. What ...


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The thing is, Borg are just being economical, shields use lots of energy, they don't want to waste it by constantly holding up energy field on every ship and every individual drone.


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Yes a Borg drone could most likely survive a minor malfunction (a Borg drone was actually created by a transporter malfunction at one point). However, this does not make the Borg special, a member of almost any species could probably survive a minor malfunction, depending on how one defines minor malfunction. If the Borg gets liquefied how you define ...


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The Borg wanted to have the technology immediately. Species 8472 was threatening their very survival. Also, they didn't want to pass up the change to assimilate Voyager. The Federation might be inferior to the Borg, but it newer hurts to know what the new kids on the block are up to. It seems that the Voyager crew was not really aware of the Borg's ...


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I might take flak for my answer to the question and things others have said in this thread but here it is anyway, namely a comprehensive approach to the origins of the Borg design: There is solid evidence for Lord Dread being an influence on the Borg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_Who#The_Borg Doctor Who fans (of whom I am one, albeit reluctantly at first)...


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They do (inconsistently) There are actually a few instances where we do see Starfleet personnel wearing body armour but it seems to be a question of personal choice (or possibly that differing ranks have different requirements to wear armour) since we also see people in the same scenes not wearing armour, usually when they're a ranking officer. Chief ...


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A warp bubble does not impart any additional force, the bubble bends space so you are not technically moving at all, instead space is. Basic physics says it would takes the entire power of the universe (infinite energy) to reach light speed, so there is no way the warp core does that. If it did any warp factor above 1 would have to destroy the universe if ...


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In the original script for Q, Who?, Guinan speaks to the origin of the Borg. She doesn't give us a full history, but she does indicate that they're ancient, at least 100,000 years old as a society/species. GUINAN: They are a mixture of organic and artificial life that has been developed over a thousand centuries.


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