Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 23


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 07, 2003 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The remnants of an alien ship and two frozen cybernetic bodies are uncovered in the Arctic by a research team. These aliens soon thaw out and flee Earth, taking the research team with them. Starfleet ordersEnterprise to find them, but the crew are not prepared for just how dangerous these aliens really are.moreless

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  • A lab in the middle of the Arctic finds remnants of a sphere and Borg from the 24th Century. Archer remembers reading a passage from Cochrane about an encounter with people from the future and cybernetic beings... and thus starts a wholly stupid episodemoreless

    Why Picard, Janeway and other Federation personnel didn\'t read Archer\'s logs and discover that the Borg were old acquaintances. Q would have been peeved if he realised he wasn\'t the first to introduce the Borg to the Federation and in fact..the first Enterprise actually worked out how to kill the pesky Borg was to:

    Amp up the power of their less advanced weapons

    Kill the nanites with a certain type of radiation

    and other stuff I just have no idea why the dudes in the 24th century made such a big deal of the Borg. Their relentless pursuit of perfection, their admiration of Species 8472 as being the apex of biological/cybernetic interface, their absolute decimation of entire species for the purpose of assimilation believing that \'Resistance is Futile\'was perfectly contained by ARcher and his less advanced crew. Picard and his peers so should have kicked their Borg butts - look at the photos and research that had been left behind.

    Whoever wrote this episode really did a disservice to TNG and Voyager (And I thought Janeway was bad enough always managing to win the encounters - no way! )

    This episode in my opinion sucked.moreless
  • An enjoyable episode which should never have been in Enterprise.

    I must admit I have mixed feelings about "Regeneration". On the one hand, it was an entirely enjoyable episode if only for the constant eye-candy inherent with Borg episodes, and on the other hand, I am disappointed the writers even considered placing the Borg into a 22nd century environment.

    I'll begin with the good points, the few of them there are. The whole story does tie in nicely to Star Trek: First Contact creating an unusual time paradox, and as previously mentioned, the visual effects cannot be faulted. I even enjoyed seeing the Borg roaming the decks of Enterprise as a kind of "what if" scenario that so many fans speculate on.

    However, this does not excuse the one fact die-hard fans would be aware of: first contact with the Borg occured in Star Trek: The Next Generation and no convenient omission of the word "Borg" is going to change that. Are we seriously supposed to believe that Starfleet couldn't put 2 and 2 together and come up with "Borg?"

    Furthermore, we see the wreckage of the Borg Sphere as if it had just crashed on the planet, and the drones themselves are hardly covered in ice, yet we are meant to believe they and the wreckage has been there for 100 years? Yeah, right!

    And if that weren't enough, the writers really went too far by having Phlox invent a "cure" for assimilation, something that is still impossible (bar-Species 8472) in the 24th century. Did the writers suddenly think "Oh wait, we can't kill off a main character."

    Overall, I would consider this a great stand alone episode, something which I am not afraid to admit to. However, in the context of the rest of the series, I cannot give it more than a 1/10 for blatant violation of Trek canon, and that is only because the site won't let me give it a zero. At least "Acquisition", as silly as it was, could be explained to some extent.moreless
  • 24th century borg: yay! 22nd century technology defeating them: boo!

    This was an enjoyable episode, but left me wanting more.

    Everyone loves the Borg (Bjorn and Collective alike), but most of us like seeing them kickass, not lose to inferior opponents.

    Aesthetics and general "cool" factor aside, what makes the borg so poignant is their menacing nature, their unyielding tenacity and unwillingness to rationalize with or try to talk down: they're coming, in ominous 9.9 warp square monoliths, and they're going to take away your life in the most horrific of way, without remorse, and turn you into a creepy cybernetic drone.

    This may be a remnant of the criticism laid on Voyager, but you'd think that this episode being made well after the feedback from fans and critics on their treatment ala Janeway would give the showrunners the opportunity to give us the best of both worlds: the fierce menace of the borg from TNG and the great cgi and makeup from Voyager, especially in the 22nd century.

    Alas, this is not the case, and it leaves the rational mind dumbfounded. The opening of First Contact sees about 30+ 24th century ships getting laid to waste by a single Borg vessel, and most drones adapting after 1-2 phaser shots.

    I saw Archer and crew put down at least 8 drones before one finally adapted conveniently before they warped.

    I love Star Trek, and one might argue that you must suspend disbelief, but that still requires good writing and making things consistent within the canon and it is frustrating to see this kind of treatment to a part of ST that I deeply enjoy.

    It's still entertaining, and not nearly as frustrating as some Voyager episodes' take on the borg, but I don't think it's unfair for fans to demand better treatment of their beloved classics.

    But, in the end, it's Trek, and it's the Borg, so it's still a lot of fun to be had.moreless
  • The Borg are back...but not with a bite.

    Since Star Trek: Next Gen, the Borg have been an imortant part of the show....except Deep Space 9. However this episode contridicted everything we already knew. Now this episode was about an artic research team, digging up the remains of a Borg ship and find 2 frozen Borg who quickly come back to life and take the research team and their ship. The Enterprise and ther crew are sent on a mission to stop them.

    This was just weak, If they found how so many secret of the Bork then how come Picard had never heard of them? Surely they would have had much more info on them. Not only that they plot just was flet like that they just wanted the Borg even if it had not really basis on the show...however this isn't the shows first contridiction...we had seen it happen before with the Klingons.moreless
  • The Borg return but this time they're actually a bit more intimidating.

    This episode serves to link up First Contact and TNG and finally redeems the Borg from the horrible state that they were left in after Voyager.

    It makes the Borg seem to be far more formidable, they're not just useless automatons anymore. They manage to get off Earth, convert several people to Borg and of course set into action the chain of events that lead to the Borg incursion on Federation space.

    The MO of the Borg is a bit fuzzy - they seem pretty happy to just run away and send their message but beyond that, their actual intentions are unclear. For example, they could easily have converted Earth over to Borg control.

    It was nice to see how the Borg essentially modified a lowly cargo ship into a pretty kick ass ship. Of course, they couldn't let them live but this episode was probably more entertaining than any other in the first couple of Enterprise seasons and almost redeems them for the horrible, horrible Voyager Borg episodes.moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick

Commander Williams

Guest Star

Christopher Wynne

Christopher Wynne

Dr. Moninger

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy


Guest Star

Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Admiral Forrest

Recurring Role

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Goof: None of the Antarctica scenes accurately reflect how cold it is. No one's breath is visible and none of the characters are protecting their faces.

    • Trivia: Archer comments, "He was giving a commencement address at Princeton when (Cochrane) started to talk about what really happened during First Contact." The events mentioned in Cochrane's speech occurred in the eighth Star Trek movie, Star Trek: First Contact.

    • Trivia: At the end of the episode, T'Pol estimates it will take 200 years before the message is received by the Borg, and Archer replies: "So, in the 24st century?" The 24st century is indeed when the Borg start attacking Earth and try to invade, a time in which the other Star Trek series are situated.

    • Trivia: Amongst the debris of the Borg Sphere, there is the Enterprise-E's saucer section model (from Star Trek: First Contact).

    • Trivia: "Regeneration" introduces a potential predestination paradox. T'Pol reveals at the end of the episode that the freighter sent a subspace message to the Delta Quadrant; she theorizes that it will take at least 200 years to arrive. Before the Borg's encounter with the Enterprise-D in The Next Generation episode "Q Who?", they attacked and assimilated several Federation and Romulan colonies in "The Neutral Zone". That probe may have been the result of the signal this group of Borg sent. Those events lead to the Borg attack on Earth in Star Trek: First Contact, which sends the sphere into the past that the science team finds.

    • Trivia: Phlox tells Reed that he once encountered a species named the Bynars. The Bynars appeared in The Next Generation episode "11001001".

    • Mission Date: March 1, 2153

    • Trivia: One of the human scientists says that she is picking up a warp signature, and traces it to a small round device inside a piece of debris. Although the scientists conclude that it is too small to be an engine, it is, in fact, a transwarp coil.

    • Trivia: One of the human scientists says the the hull fragments from the alien vessel all had the identical curvature, and she conjectures that it might have been a perfect sphere. This is exactly correct, as in Star Trek: First Contact, it is a Borg Sphere that emerges from the destroyed Cube and travels back in time to assimilate Earth. It is this Sphere that is then destroyed by the Enterprise-E.

    • The scanner used by one of the human scientists is identical to Crewman Daniels' futuristic device seen in the season one's "Cold Front".

    • Goof: While testing the modified phase weapons, Lt. Reed mentioned an input value in megajoules. He then ordered the "power" to be raised, but still quoted a value in megajoules. Joules are not a measure of power, but a measure of energy. Power is the rate of dissipation of energy and is measured in watts or, at the power levels that Reed was providing, megawatts.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Archer: They told their homeworld how to find Earth.
      T'Pol: Did you learn where the message was sent?
      Archer: Somewhere deep in the Delta Quadrant.
      T'Pol: Then I doubt there's any immediate danger. It would take at least two hundred years for a subspace message to reach the Delta Quadrant, assuming it's received at all.
      Archer: Sounds to me like we've only postponed the invasion until what? The 24th century?

    • Archer: (talking about Zefram Cochrane) He was giving a commencement address at Princeton when he started to talk about what really happened during First Contact. He mentioned a group of cybernetic creatures from the future who tried to stop his first warp flight when he was living in Montana. He said they were defeated by a group of humans, who were also from the future.
      T'Pol: As I recall, Cochrane was famous for his imaginative stories. He was also known to be frequently intoxicated.

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