Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 26

The Best Of Both Worlds (1)

Aired Unknown Jun 18, 1990 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When the Enterprise was forced out of the nebula that they were hiding from the Borg in, why didn't they exit on the opposite side? Since the Borg could not scan the interior of the nebula, they may not have immediately known they escaped, giving them more lead time.

    • The second Borg drone beams onto the bridge next to the emergency turbolift. He does not move, except when fighting off Riker and Worf. However, when he beams off, he is next to the alcove adjoining the ready room.

    • During this episode and in Part Two Shelby's pips on her collar change from two full and one open, to three full, to two full and one open again.

    • When Riker asks if they're at the right spot, O'Brien says that they're in the center of the colony. That would put them in the crater, not on the edge.

    • During a senior staff briefing with Admiral Hanson on subspace discussing the loss of Capt. Picard, Hanson dresses down Shelby and refers to her as "Lieutenant" in a fit of pique. As a Lt. Commander, she should have been called "Commander", if not her full title. A Lieutenant is a completely different rank.

    • Trivia: This is not the first time the Enterprise investigated the mysterious and total disappearance of a colony, "as if it were scooped away." In season one's "The Neutral Zone", they and the Romulans were investigating a similar phenomenon.

    • Why wasn't Data on the bridge when Picard was abducted? The Enterprise was being fired upon and trying to out-run the Borg cube. Data's expertise proved invaluable during the initial encounter and would certainly have been useful on the bridge this time as well, or was he told to stay with Geordi and work on the deflector no matter what?

  • Quotes

    • Picard: I wonder if the Emperor Honorius watching the Visigoths coming over the Seventh Hill truly realized that the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of our civilization - a turn of the page?
      Guinan: This isn't the end.
      Picard: You say that with remarkable assuredness.
      Guinan: With experience. When the Borg destroyed my world, my people were scattered throughout the universe - we survived, as will humanity survive. As long as there is a handful of you to keep the spirit alive, you will prevail--even if it takes a millennium.

    • Picard: It's something of a tradition, Guinan, captain touring the ship before a battle.
      Guinan: Before a hopeless battle, if I remember the tradition correctly.
      Picard: Not necessarily. Nelson toured the H.M.S. Victory before Trafalgar.
      Guinan: Yes, but Nelson never returned from Trafalgar, did he?
      Picard: No, but the battle was won.

    • Admiral Hanson: This is the third time we've pulled out the captain's chair for Riker. He just won't sit down.

    • Lt. Commander Shelby: (to Riker) If you cannot make the big decisions, Commander, I suggest you make room for someone who can.

    • Shelby: Frankly, sir, you're in my way.
      Riker: Really? How terrible for you.

    • Borg: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, you lead the strongest ship of the Federation fleet. You speak for your people.
      Picard: I have nothing to say to you! And I will resist you with my last ounce of strength!
      Borg: Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and techonological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours.
      Picard: Impossible! My culture is based on freedom and self-determination!
      Borg: Freedom is irrelevant. Self-determination is irrelevant. You must comply.
      Picard: We would rather die.
      Borg: Death is irrelevant. Your archaic cultures are authority-driven. To facilitate our introduction into your societies, it has been decided that a human voice will speak for us in all communications. You have been chosen to be that voice.

    • Borg: Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Starship Enterprise, registry NCC-1701-D, you will lower your shields and prepare to transport yourself aboard our vessel. If you do not cooperate we will destroy your ship.
      Picard: You have committed acts of aggression against the United Federation of Planets. If you do not withdraw immediately...
      Borg: You will surrender yourself or we will destroy your ship.

    • Riker: You do an end run around me again, and I'll snap you back so hard you'll think you were a first year cadet again!

    • Locutus: I am Locutus... of Borg. Resistance is hopeless. Your life as it has been... is over. From this point forward you will service... us.

  • Notes

    • The fact the episode was a cliffhanger was hidden during the episode title. It was simply known as "The Best of Both Worlds".

    • This is the first season finale for The Next Generation (as well as for all the series) to end with a cliffhanger.

    • The first "official" two-parter. "Encounter At Farpoint" was a feature-length pilot.

    • One of the original ideas for this episode was that both Picard and Data were assimilated by the Borg. The idea of Data being assimilated would be dropped until Star Trek: First Contact.

  • Allusions

    • Capt. Picard as Locutus: I am Locutus of Borg.
      In Latin, the root of "Locutus" means "to speak" or "to tell." In essence, he is simply saying "I am the speaker of Borg."