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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

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 ...
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How could Picard take control of the fleet so easily?

Citing the event's of Equinox, we know that "Starfleet Regulation one hundred ninety one, Article fourteen. In a combat situation involving more than one ship, command falls to the vessel with ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

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 ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise disappear in the Star Trek movie First Contact when the Borg traveled back in time?

From the transcript: DATA: Population ...approximately nine billion. ...All Borg! TROI: How? PICARD: They must have done it in the past. ...They went back and assimilated Earth. ...Changed history. ...
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How could Picard take control of the fleet so easily?

All the other captains, and definitely not those of lower rank, wouldn't be privy to the rationale behind the orders Picard and the Enterprise were given by the admiralty. While perhaps not the ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

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 ...
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How did Cochrane obtain dilithium for the first warp flight?

Cochrane didn't need dilithium to use as the power source for his warp experiment. He used a 'nuclear power core' to create the energy required. The nuclear core in the missile: it was the same fuel ...
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Is Borg adaptation only temporary?

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 ...
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Is Sisko referring to the events of First Contact here and if so how does it affect things?

Yes, Sisko is referring to the First Contact's Battle of Sector 001, as this was the only Borg assault in that year we know about. Quite a few ships were destroyed either by the Cube, or got caught ...
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How could Picard take control of the fleet so easily?

As far as exact reasons go, I will offer that we do not know Picard's linear number. In the workings of the U.S. Navy at least, all officers are issued a linear number that is used to determine with ...
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Is Borg adaptation only temporary?

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 ...
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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

Everyone is the hero of their own story. The Borg are no exception. A true hero says " I have good in me and evil in me, I need to suppress the evil and elevate the good. A villain says "I only have ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

A ship pops out of nowhere in front of a Borg cube. Then after a brief tussle that ship vanishes. While they know about Earth and the federation from assimilating 7of9 and the border colonies, there ...
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In Star Trek: First Contact, why didn't the Borg go back in time before they entered into Federation space?

There aren't really any evidence to support any theory, but when First Contact was released, controlled time travel in universe was rare and usually unstable. Other Borg spheres encountered by ...
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How could Picard take control of the fleet so easily?

Nobody had time to stop and say "hey, wait a minute… we need to contact Starfleet to get their approval for this change in authority!". The ships were in the middle of a huge battle. They had ...
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Why was Seven of Nine upset at Borg drones being ejected into space, when they can survive in a vacuum?

According to the top-voted answer on this question, Star Trek: Voyager establishes that Borg drones can only survive in the vacuum of space temporarily, not indefinitely. The question itself notes ...
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Why mute the countdown?

Picard gave the order to evacuate the Enterprise a few seconds before the destruct sequence order was given, which explains why people were piling into the pods even as the audio warning (of the fact ...
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In Star Trek: First Contact, why didn't the Borg go back in time before they entered into Federation space?

To quote the Borg from First Contact: 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 ...
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Why do the Borg refer to Earth as 'Sector 001'?

On both occasions that the Borg refer to Earth as being at "Sector Zero Zero One", it's when they're communicating with a Federation vessel. It makes sense that they'd use the Federation's own ...
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Why did the Earth stay still in Star Trek: First Contact?

Frame of reference All motion is relative. Whenever we say the "Earth is moving", we mean that it is moving relative to something. Most often when we speak of the Earth moving, we are referring to ...
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Why mute the countdown?

Picard has "issues" with noise Picard may have a lingering sensitivity to sound due to his childhood experience with Shalaft's Syndrome (Nemesis, 2002). Although Picard received treatment for the ...
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What happened to Data's eye?

Data had a biological eye implanted, most likely taken from an assimilated crew mate. In the image above, we see Data with his biological grafts, including the eyelid, burned off. There is no eye ...
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How was it so easy for the Borg to transport aboard the Enterprise in First Contact?

Transcript from First Contact (after Picard returned to the ship after inspecting the Phoenix): PICARD: Mister Hawk, before we lost internal sensors what were the exact environmental conditions in ...
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What did Picard actually hear when he heard the collective in First Contact?

Within the film itself, it's made pretty clear that Picard can indeed hear the Borg. We see him tilting his head to hear the voices in his head, then he immediately orders an attack on a non-obvious ...
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Why can Picard still hear the Borg?

The movie is quite ambiguous as to why Picard can "feel" the Borg presence. There are allusions to a telepathic link being present, which would be possible since telepathic species are present in the ...
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How does First Contact occur in the alternate timeline (from Star Trek 2009)?

First contact would have happened exactly as it historically happened in the prime universe. On April 5, 2063 Zefram Cochrane made his first warp flight, alerting the Vulcans and the rest is history. ...
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What happened to Data's eye?

The Borg Queen's goal in that scene is to try to make Data look "more human". Outwardly, there are two major characteristics of Data's appearance that make him look obviously not human: his skin color ...
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Was Picard guilty of murder in First Contact?

No. Of everyone in Starfleet, Picard knew first-hand what that crewman was going through / had in store. Even though the crewman was still human at the time of his death, we must remember that: ...
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Were the events of the Star Trek movie First Contact always a part of history?

According to Seven of Nine (in Voy: Relativity), the whole event was a causal loop. Given that the Borg have a pretty reasonable grasp of temporal mechanics, I think we can take her at her word: ...
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