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Star Trek: Borg Fan Collective [DVD]
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A box set of six episodes from the award winning sci-fi series. The episodes are: 'Q-Who', where Q first introduces Picard and the crew to the destructive Borg; 'The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1 and 2', where the Borg make an incursion into Federation space and Picard is kidnapped and assimilated; 'I, Borg', where the Enterprise find an abandoned Borg youth who begins to show signs of a personality; 'Descent Parts 1 and 2', where Data discovers his heart of darkness when Lore leads a new, deadlier Borg in a campaign of terror with his brother at his side.
While hardcore Trekkers may not find a lot of new material in Star Trek Collective: Borg, newcomers experiencing 16 action-packed, fan-selected episodes of the Federation's greatest villains may have to prepare to be assimilated. All the episodes have been previously released on DVD, but there are new text commentaries on three of the episodes, and the per-disc price is significantly less expensive than the full-season Trek sets. It's a great entry point for novices, or for budget-minded fans.
The episodes are presented in Stardate order, which means starting with Enterprise, the latest series but also the earliest in chronological order. In "Regeneration," an exploration team finds a pair of apparently dead humanoid-mechanical hybrids that turn out to be members of the Borg, a nearly invincible race whose simple goal is to absorb--"assimilate"--every individual organism it encounters into its collective being. Because the Borg has the ability to adapt itself to resist any threat, resistance is futile. Shift ahead to The Next Generation and a visit by the quirky god Q turns out to have deadly implications when, in a pouty mood, he throws the Enterprise into their first encounter with the Borg. That's followed by the classic two-part cliffhanger (bridging seasons 3 and 4) "The Best of Both Worlds," in which Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) is assimilated into the Borg and a frustrated Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) has to make a fateful decision. "I, Borg" attempts to give the Borg a humanised aspect, and the two-parter "Descent" has some interesting developments for Data (Brent Spiner). Skip Deep Space Nine in favour of Voyager, the series in which Captain Janeway's (Kate Mulgrew) ship is stranded far from home in the Delta Quadrant. That happens to be home turf for the Borg, so they had a number of run-ins. The first two-parter (which bridged seasons 3 and 4) is "Scorpion," which introduces the Borg's nemesis, Species 8472. By the time of "Drone," the ship had its first Borg crew member, the sexy Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), but her loyalties are tempted by the Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson) in the double-length "Dark Frontier." In the "Unimatrix Zero" two-parter, which bridged seasons 6 and 7, Seven discovers an idyllic haven for members of the Collective that the Queen is determined to find and destroy. That eventually leads to an ultimate confrontation with the Queen (now played by Alice Krige, repeating her role from Star Trek: First Contact) in the series finale, "Endgame." --David HoriuchiSee all Product Description
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The only shortcoming of the collection is that a couple of episodes key to the borg storyline are glaringly absent from the lineup. The most noticable discontinuity is the leap from Voyager abducting a stranded seven of nine drone at the end of the Scorpion two-parter (with her vowing to fight and assimilate or destroy voyager) and at the start of the next episode (Drone) she's miraculously well groomed and humanised and a happy member of the crew trying to convince a futuristic borg drone that the federation is wonderful and that he should help them fight the borg himself. Fan-voting the favorite episodes or not this series would have such greater continuity for the inclusion of that one extra episode showing Seven's transition from Borg drone to Voyager crewmember (Janeway reasoning with her and researching her past and the doctor adapting her cyborg body to be more human). The episode would then have connected all the later voyager borg episodes, explaining how the borg to human transition occured. The episode is a fascinating insight into the concept of the borg and how they work as this one drone is successfully rehabilitated to be human.Read more ›
The set comprises fourteen episodes on four discs including some double headers and two two hour "Voyager" episodes , Chronology wise, this may , seem at first out of sync, with an "Enterprise" episode "Regeneration" first. This is as a result of the Star Trek "First Contact" movie which had pieces of Borg technology falling to Earth which is why the Enterprise crew were able access it even though it is many years before actual first contact with the Borg via the "Next Generation" crew. Some Trekies got in a right tizzy about this episode but I, not being that anal, feel it sits in well with the shows continuum though I concede its unlikely pre TNG federation personnel could defeat The Borg. .
TNG crew first encounter The Borg in "Q Who?" When John De Lancies superbly irritating Q in his third attempt to put humanity in its place spins The Enterprise 7000 light years into deep space to meet the hive minded assimilators of other cultures.Read more ›
Disc one kicks off with the "earliest" in terms of timeline, but in actual fact the most recent Borg episode, "Regeneration" from "Enterprise". The conceit here is that the audience knows everything that the Federation characters don't about the frozen cyborg bodies they discover. It's a reasonably tense episode and worth inclusion, but has what will become familiar failings as the set unfolds: repetition of plot elements and the inevitable eventual frustration of Borg plans so that "good" can triumph over "evil". Next up is "Q-Who" from the "Next Generation", being the Borg's first appearance proper. Altough their appearance and modus operandi are far from their "Voyager" peak at least they are only prevented from capturing the "Enterprise" by the machinations of the super-powerful entity Q. Completing disc 1 is the excellent 2 part TNG "Best of Both Worlds" which sees a single cube devastate the Federation fleet before being fairly implausibly seen off by our heroes.
The quality declines somewhat on disc 2. "I Borg" concerns a drone disconnected from the hive mind and a dilemma for the TNG crew about what to do with him. It has some interest, but is ultimately unsatisfying, although it is made to look wonderful by the dismal 2 parter "Descent" which follows and which is utterly devoid of merit.Read more ›
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My wife's a Trekie and I bought this for her birthday as I wanted to get her something "out of the norm". She's totally happy with this! Quality!Published 11 days ago by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos
love Star Trek and love the villainous Borg too! This collection of Borg battles is ace!Published 4 months ago by colin gray
I still recall the first time that the crew of the Enterprise encountered the Borg. Scary stuff, not in a blood and gore sense, but sinister and perfectly feasible in an advanced... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Victor Meldrew Mk2