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Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies. Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies. Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies.

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‘star trek: picard’ pulls back curtain on its borg mystery.

As mystery boxes go, Star Trek: Picard just revealed a significant chunk of what’s inside theirs in the latest episode.

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'Star Trek: Picard' Borg Cube, Explained After Episode 3

[This story contains spoilers for Star Trek Picard , season one, episode three.]

As mystery boxes go, Star Trek: Picard just revealed a significant chunk of what’s inside theirs in the latest episode.

Following a flashback 14 years prior to the start of the series, when we see why Admiral Picard (Patrick Stewart) retired from Starfleet, “The End Is the Beginning” doubles down on the Romulan’s agenda aboard their salvaged Borg cube (AKA The Artifact) as former drone-turned-bureaucrat Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) works with Soji (Isa Briones) to mine a group of ex-Borgs for intel in a way that upends everything we know about the Federation’s most lethal enemy. 

Long story slightly less long: The Romulans are plotting something on the evil side (shocker), the Borg’s collective consciousness is critical to that plot, and key players in the Federation have worked and are working behind the scenes to help the bad guys do their thing. From Picard’s resignation to the secret (ish) history of the Borg, here’s how it all breaks down:

Why Picard Retired

“Retired” in this case is a euphemism for “resigned.” Because that’s what the former Enterprise captain had to do when the Federation balked at his proposal for a second attempt to aid the Romulans in their relocation effort following the rogue A-500 androids going all murder-y on Mars’ Utopia Planitia Shipyard — which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. 

In the episode, Picard tells his (former) close friend and colleague, Rafi (Michelle Hurd), that several Federation worlds struggled to get on board with the original plan. So, of course, any follow-up efforts would be even a harder sell, which was proven in the meeting Picard just walked out of when we first see him. At that meeting, Picard gave Starfleet an ultimatum: Either they can sign off on his new proposal or he can sign a letter of resignation. Picard obviously did the latter, and without consulting Rafi — whose career is also on the line, given that she was Picard’s Number Two on the rescue effort. 

As a result, Rafi loses her position at Starfleet as well — and, in an uncharacteristic move for Picard, he spends the next 14 years never once checking up on her or asking how she is. Which festers into deserved resentment and anger on Rafi’s part. 

Following their last encounter, we pick up with the two of them in the present day, where Picard apologizes for his behavior, but not before asking for Rafi’s help for his super secret mission to find out why elements of his dead friend, the android Data, turned up in the body of Picard’s other dead friend, the near-perfect biological/android mix Dahj (Isa Briones). 

Rafi still maintains her 14-year-old theory (with some evidence to back it up) that the Federation and the Romulan secret police, known as the Tal Shiar, conspired in the lead-up to the destruction of both Mars and the rescue armada. Why would the Romulans work with Starfleet to kill their own people? Or have a hand in the thing they hate, androids, going rogue? Good questions, Jean-Luc! The answers to both Picard will find in part in outer space. 

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What Does Picard Need With a Starship?

Technically, he needs an unregistered starship captained by a man named Rios (Santiago Cabrera). He’s a former Starfleet officer and ExO, who lost his captain somehow on a mission that went bad. (That mission and the name of the vessel involved went south in a way that required them to be erased from Starfleet records. Which means we’ll soon know the truth about what went down as we get to know Rios more.)

Rios is full of Han Solo/Mal Reynolds energy, as he finds himself succumbing to Picard’s gift for “speeches” and his own ethical code to help the legendary officer out. With Rafi and Dr. Jurati (Alison Pill) in tow, the crew set out on a mission to find the missing android expert, Bruce Maddox, at something called Freecloud. Rafi’s ties to what appears to be some kind of gambling establishment makes her very uncomfortable going there, but she can’t turn down her old friend for one last mission. 

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What the Romulans Are Doing With the Borg

The Borg collective is like the iCloud and Slack for this race of interconnected beings. From the moment aliens or humans are assimilated into it, they join a chorus of thousands in service of the hive mind. Once disconnected from the collective, like Hugh was in the classic Next Generation episode “I, Borg,” they are free of those voices. But we learn this week that what’s not silent is the echo or imprint the individual drone’s experiences have within this mess of overlapping voices speaking as one mind. 

Thanks to Hugh and Soji’s efforts in the Borg Reclamation Project, they’ve discovered that the collective share a common narrative full of archetypal information from past experiences but it is just as relevant and timely to them as the day’s news is to humans. As the executive director of the Project, Hugh appears to want to tap into this knowledge — especially with the help of the only Romulans on record to have been assimilated by the Borg. They are also the only former drones to be … a little off. (Think the mental institution Brad Pitt’s character calls home in 12 Monkeys ). 

Why this is exactly, and why one of the ex-drones seems to know Soji is a clone with hints of seeing her in the future, remains (you guessed it) a mystery. 

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Why Did the Borg Only Send One Cube?

By: Author Brad Burnie

Posted on Published: October 14, 2020  - Last updated: November 3, 2021

Why Did the Borg Only Send One Cube?

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When most civilizations attack another world, they often send a fleet of ships to conquer other worlds. But the Borg usually sends just one cube to assimilate worlds and often succeeds in their mission. Why don’t they send a fleet of ships like other races?

The Borg only sent one cube because they pride themselves on efficiency, and it would be a waste of resources to send more than one cube. When races are not technologically advanced, they don’t have the same fight that an advanced race would have, so one cube is all it takes.  

While the Borg usually sends one cube to assimilate worlds, they sometimes meet more powerful races that require more than one cube to accomplish their goal of assimilation. Keep going to discover which race is more powerful than the Borg.

Who Are the Borg?

The Borg are cybernetic creatures that combine biological and technological components in the same body. They are linked to a central, hive, mind that allows them to think and act as one being. One cube contains thousands of drones.

Borg are notorious for ripping apart entire civilizations in pursuit of perfection. The pursuit of perfection led to slowing down their assimilation rates due to the destruction of subspace. 

The Omega Molecule

The omega molecule is an extremely unstable substance that, when synthesized with boronite ore, could become a potent power source for ships and other technology. When it is stable, the Borg regard it as the perfect life-form and ordered all drones to assimilate at all costs. It was their idea of perfection.

But when they started experimenting with the molecule, it destabilized quickly and destroyed subspace for several light-years around the explosion. They were unable to travel at warp speed, which slowed down their assimilation activities. 

History of the Borg

While the Borg’s cohesive origin is unknown, different accounts put them as far back as 110,000 BCE when they assimilated the Hirogen homeworld. Like most humanoid species, the Borg evolved and re-evolved with each assimilation until they reached their current form, as seen in the 24th century. 

There are a few species that are credited with giving rise to the Borg. A technologically advanced colony on the Havarrnus planet in the Delta quadrant developed a deadly virus. Because of their technology, they could replace certain parts of the body with cybernetic components, which allowed them to live and thrive and link their minds together.

They soon began a Collective and sought out other races to bring into their collective through assimilation. When people were assimilated, Borg drones planted nanoprobes into individuals, which turned some bodily systems into technology that works with biology to create a new person.

When Did Starfleet Encounter the Borg First?

In the original timeline, the first time that Starfleet encountered the Borg was when Q flung the Enterprise-D into the outermost parts of the galaxy 7,000 light-years from their current location. A Borg cube met them there and prepared to assimilate the Enterprise crew. As the Enterprise ran, they tried firing at the cube with no success.

The Borg cube fired shield weakening shots at the Enterprise to weaken their defenses, which was successful. As they tried to outrun and outfire the cube, Enterprise’s resources were being drained, and there was no way to escape. Captain Picard begged Q to rescue them and put them back where they were. Q complied, and they escaped for the moment. 

But that incident brought humans into Borg’s eye, and it was only a matter of time before the Borg came to the Alpha quadrant to assimilate Earth.

The Borg Are Efficient and One Cube Is All They Need

Borg cubes are self-repairing, much like the drones they carry. When a ship is damaged, it immediately goes to work at repairs. Drones also have this ability, so when they get hurt, they go into their regeneration units until they are whole again.

Because the ships and drones are self-repairing, there is no need for an entire fleet to assimilate one planet. They are efficient, as they do the very least to achieve their objectives, so when sending drones to assimilate a planet or colony, one cube usually does the job . Most ships cannot match the firepower of a cube, and a fleet would be pointless. 

In Rare Circumstances, a Fleet of Cubes Was Sent

According to official Starfleet records, millions of Borg cubes exist in the Delta quadrant, the most ever seen was fifteen cubes. Some species claim that an entire fleet of cubes came to their homeworld to assimilate their people. Arturis from the Delta quadrant told Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine that hundreds of Borg ships were sent to his world to assimilate his people.

One Species That the Borg Were Afraid Of

The Borg weren’t known to fear much of anything, the least of which most humanoid species. However, one species they were afraid of and would do anything at all costs to get rid of are Species 8472. They are the only species that could resist the Borg and the assimilation process. 

Species 8472 exists in fluidic space, of which the Borg invaded to seek out new species to add new and unique distinctiveness to their Collective. After opening a rift in space, the Borg encounter the one species they cannot assimilate. Species 8472 resisted by destroying their cubes in a short time.

When Voyager runs into this species, they almost lose Harry Kim due to the infection the species planted in him. The doctor managed to cure him with modified Borg nanoprobes, which gave Janeway a bargaining chip to use with the Borg for safe passage through their space. 

The Borg initially agreed only to go back on the deal once they could disable Species 8472. 

The Voyager crew later learned that the Borg started the war with 8472 and used Voyager to defeat the one species they couldn’t defeat independently. It was too late by then, and Janeway had already made a deal with the Borg. 

How Does Starfleet Keep Them From Assimilating Earth?

Because of how powerful the Borg is, it’s somewhat surprising that they haven’t succeeded in assimilating Earth and other planets of the Federation. It’s not for lack of trying, of course, as the Borg tried on several occasions to assimilate Earth.

They tried getting into the mind of humans by assimilating Captain Picard. However, he was rescued by his crew.

Years later, when they traveled to Earth, an entire fleet from Starfleet met them and engaged them in battle. When the Enterprise-E showed up, Picard directed the rest of the fleet to aim their weaponry to one section of the cube. The cube blew up, but a sphere traveled back in time to assimilate Earth. Picard and his crew traveled back with the cube and stopped the Borg. 

Later, when the future Janeway traveled back through time to help the current Janeway get home sooner, they destroyed the Borg conduit, making it more difficult for the Borg to get to Earth.

No one wants to tangle with the Borg because they know it is a hopeless situation because of their self-repairing technology and their reputation of being ruthless in their tactics. 

The Borg were efficient in their methods and didn’t use more resources than they needed to, so sending a fleet is useless and a waste of cubes. Since they can fight against multiple ships with one cube, there is no point in sending more. If a Borg cube is about to be destroyed, the rest of the Collective will know, and another cube will be sent. 

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Remembering The Collectibles Of Star Trek: Voyager

| January 16, 2012 | By: John Tenuto 55 comments so far


Action Figures and Toys Playmates Toys was the toy licensee during most of Voyager’s years on television. The toy company offered 4”, 9” and 12” action figures, as well as role playing items and ships such as the U.S.S. Voyager. The Voyager toy ship is one of the rarer ships and often commands hundreds of dollars in mint condition at auction.

Unfortunately for Voyager fans, current toy licensee Art Asylum/Diamond Select Toys has created only 1 Voyager action figure in its line. The “Timeless” Geordi La Forge action figure was a DVD premium item and not available at retail stores. DST did feature Captain Janeway in their line of captain’s busts, however.

Species 8472 was given the super bendable “bendy” treatment by Headliners in 2000.

Other companies have produced Voyager ship toys, including Galoob for their Micro Machines line and more recently, Johnny Lightning.

Plates and glasses

Voyager had many collector plates produced based on specific episodes and characters. One of the most interesting was a rectangle plate from the Franklin Mint featuring Janeway and a Kazon as part of their “Greatest Battles” line. Also Creation Entertainment included Voyager in their collection of shot glasses.

Games Star Trek Voyager has been turned into an arcade game, computer games, and has been featured in Star Trek Monopoly, Scene It?, trivia, and collectible card games.

Paper Collectibles

Voyager has produced many paper based collectibles, from novels to trading cards, from 8×10 photos to Starlog magazines. Voyager actors have been very fan friendly and attend conventions frequently, and a fun hobby for many fans is to collect autographs on some of these paper based products.

Hallmark Ornaments

Hallmark produced some of its very best Star Trek Keepsake Christmas Ornaments sculpts for the Voyager line which included Captain Kathryn Janeway, Seven of Nine, The Doctor, the Voyager, the Delta Flyer, and a Borg cube from 1996 until 2002.

VHS/DVDs One of the interesting things about Star Trek: Voyager is that it is really the first Star Trek television shown born during the era of the Internet becoming an everyday technology. It was there as the world changed technologically into the modern Internet era. As such, there are some Voyager items which are “old school” such as VHS tapes from Columbia House and more modern technologies such as DVDs.

Happy 17th Birthday, Star Trek: Voyager!  

Cool stuff. What about the model kits too? I built the 3-ship set a number of years ago, and they were good little replicas.

its missing the star trek voyager alarm clock

had that for years….good times !

Fun article John!

Voyager was just a pretty ship. I love her!

Some very nice stuff, great collectables!

Voyager was always a really awkward shape to me, but aside from its nacelles it wasn’t a bad little ship to me. It also had a few more good angles than the old Enterprise did (which all the effects photographers complained about.)

The Delta Flyer is a damn nice shuttle, and if we ever get more Trek in the Prime universe I’d love to see Flyer-type shuttles become standard issue on Federation vessels.

I still have the model kit in my basement–it was one of the first ships I put together where I did all of the detail work. I liked the show for the most part–still disapointed in how it ended.

Who’s the action figure in the very first photo standing on the far right in a blue uniform? I don’t see Neelix in the group. Looks like he raided the pajama party.

That is the Tom Paris “mutated” action figure.

8. I’m guessing it’s a Vidiian (Phage dudes). Or maybe the Tom Paris lizard. What’s up with the 5th guy from the right? Looks like he’s turning into a werewolf or something.

How sad that Diamond Select never released any Voyager figures other than LaForge, which is really more of a TNG tie-in figure.

And that they never completed their DS9 line with the Cardassian & Ferengi characters is even more of a tragedy.

I suppose we might see some retro versions in the mego format, but those are hideous.

Thanks John for the Voyager info. TrekMovie does indeed go beyond the new movie. Interesting Seven Christmas ornament. She’s so va-va-va voom, I wonder if some people might have thought that it wasn’t appropriate. I have a couple Voyager VHS tapes still. “The Cloud.” “Heroes and Demons.”

Although they over played the Borg and they soon became not very scary, I did enjoy how the delved deeper into how the Collective works…. the episode Dark Frontier was a great episode as it showed the assimilation process, the Resistence probablity….. good episodes wrapped in a lackluster series.

6. Gotta agree with you about the nacelles. It seems that stubby engine pods were part of the 24th century design ethic. While it might imply that technology advanced because smaller engines are now doing the job that much larger ones used to do, they just didn’t look as cool.

Otherwise, the Intrepid Class was a pretty nice looking ship.

The Hallmark 7of9 Ornament – it looks like Seven is having some R-rated “alone time”.

Lol @15 ^ Diamond got the combadge wrong on the Timeless Jordi figure.

In the episode he’s wearing the traditional alternate timeline combadge.

Love Voyager, great photos!

6/14 – The nacelles on Voyager are shorter because the verterium cortenide in the coils has been densified and subjected to inverse turbo-encabulation. Honest!

its all about QVC’s Star trek Hour :*( miss it so much

As long as you don’t make the nacelles the size of walnuts! ;-)

6. I have to agree about the Delta Flyer, it was/is an awesome shuttle. I too think that in the prime universe a Flyer-type shuttle should be a standard compliment to the supply of shuttles for starships. Its design is quite versatile and can be adaptable, it is like a Runabout light vessel.

when they will be the new figures of voyager artasylum or DST???

I have all those Playmates figures mint or near mint condition on cards and will sell to the highest bidder. Full set only. I will not break the set. Ditto for Generations and First Contact. These have been attic-stored in Rubbermaid containers. :-)

Wow, there sure was a lot of junk made in the name of Star Trek. I guess it kept a lot of Chinese factories going for a number of years.

Why wouldn’t we remember VHS?

I still have a 7 of 9 beach towel :)

Lynn Norton, who has occasionally posted here, is an incredibly talented guy who has sculpted most if not all of Hallmark’s Trek ships. In styrene, with little teeny tools. At the same size as the final product. I’ve mentioned before that I got to meet him in Huntsville, Alabama at a Trek celebration, and saw some hulls in progress. His tool box is astounding. I’m still tickled to have had him bring miniature versions of my designs to life.

Congratulations on all the achievements of Star Trek: Voyager’s designs, Rick. Your work inspires people today, 17 years later!

Voyager sucked so I never bought their collectables.

Although not my favourite series, I still enjoyed watching Voyager.

It should have done more with its premise but had some great episodes and some great high concept ideas.

Hard to believe it has been 17 years, I want to go back to the Golden era of Trek.

Voyager was a lost cause…horrible story telling. The ship should have been, dirty, run down, and falling apart by the series end. More conflict between the crews. Blah…horrid.

Loved voyagerdispite it’s star trek by numbers quality that every trek show after 3rd season Next Gen had!

I liked & bought a lot of the merchandise & sadly yes, even the VHS…

Say what you want about Voyager, you can’t deny that Voyager didn’t have some great collectables! I have some of those figures, micro machines and I think I even have the playmates Voyager ship! I’ll have to check my bins to see where it is and what condition it is, maybe I can sell it for some decent $!

I’m sort of indifferent to Voyager because it was the first Trek I was able to really comprehend, understand and remember because I was old enough to understand it. I loved it while it was on yet after it ended, as I got older and discovered other non-Trek Sci-fi I realized the flaws of Voyager. I loved how in Battlestar Galactica as the series progressed the ship got more beat up and damaged. I wish Voyager was like that, but it was probably easier to make Galactica slowly degrade because Galactica was a CGI model vs. Voyager which at least until the later seasons was a computer-generated model.

Also there should have been SGU-like conflict on the ship, conflict between the Maquis and the Federation crew members and even crew members disgruntled with Janeway’s decisions going over to the Maquis side OR even creating their own faction. That would have been interesting. I think they also should have picked up more crew members along the way as they visited planets. Maybe they met explorers who wanted to join the intrepid (pun intended) ship.

A terrible, terrible show. Great concept executed in the worst possible way.

34. That was the big problem with Voyager to me. There was no sense that it was lost and struggling to get home. You would think with tight resources that holodeck might be closed down. One of the best BSG eps was one of the earliest ones, “Water”. It showed that resources were an issue and they didn’t deus ex machina ways to cover it up. Neelix making soup from vegetables from a foreign planet was about as rough as it got as he cooked in a mess that looked like a Hilton. Meanwhile the BSGers were eating processed pond scum. Watching Star Trek is always an exercise in stretching your disbelief, but the Voyager missed a lot of dramatic potential by just being another series about an undifferentiated Federation starship under no apparent stress (I’d make the same comparison with DS9’s space station and Babylon 5’s: B5 looked liked it had some rough edges, whereas O’Brien complaining about the mucked up DS9, which looked like the Mall of America, was embarrasingly stupid).

I guess I don’t quite get the Christmas ornaments. Maybe it is generational, but I can’t see any reason to put the Doctor from Voyager, 7 of 9, or Janeway on the old Christmas tree. I just don’t feel a resonance there. Wonder how they sold. Maybe if you grew up with Voyager as your Trek you would have the same attachment that I have for McCoy, Spock, and Kirk, and the NCC-1701.

I’ve always loved the interior of Voyager the best of all the various ships. I’m especially fond of the color palette the show used with the deep blues and reds. The bridge always lokked amazing during red alert when the lights would dim and the blues and reds would stand out. Gave it much more atmosphere than when the Ent-D would go to red alert.

#35- Well said!! (Hmmm…cool Delta Flyer though. Missed that one.)

@1: I had that 3-ship set too! And the big Voyager model, but a nacelle snapped off. :( I wish they were still making them, I kind of want to build it again, properly this time.

Voyager could be so frustrating. You’d get a good episode, a clunker, a few “meh” episodes, and a few moments of shining awesome, and up and down it would go… I swear, if it didn’t have such gorgeous opening titles, I would have bailed on Voyager a dozen times over.

Voyager is my favorite series, I have a lot of these figures displayed in the spare room. For all its faults, everybody forgets the faults of TOS TNG & DS9, but I’m a fan of those too. Everyone has their favorite series, warts and all.

Right on Paul,,,! ^ To the fans of BSG, concerning the deteriation of Voyager vs the Galactica, lol. ^ First off Voyager was set in the future. The new BSG, is set in the past. (If your a fan you know this to be true).

Voyager had a crew of under 200. It was a ship that had had a functional repair crew.

Galactica was a ship that had no repair crew only a fire dept and Viper countermeasures.

#40 see I agree with you there. That is one aspect that I’m missing in most modern TV shows; Gorgeous opening titles.

Does Elite Force count as a collectible?

I played the game so darn much,especially the “Virtual Voyager” mode, that I feel as if I’ve been on the actual sets.

There was a first person arcade game based on Voyager as well.

I have both a blu-ray player and an old VHS player connected to my TV. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of “old school” now and again! :-)

LOVE Voyager Elite Force! I still go through phases where I play it through and play the holomatches. I’ve never played them against anyone else. If there are still multiplayer connections out there I’m not computer savvy enough to set it up.

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Voyager, warts and all.

I’ve recently been re-watching Enterprise too. You know, it’s better than I remembered it!

43, oh come on! LOST had amazing opening titles! LOL.

I miss collecting all that cool stuff. The Micro Machines were my favorite

When was Janeway in an old-style Starfleet uniform???

2. pkRaiden – January 16, 2012 its missing the star trek voyager alarm clock

had that for years….good times !


Speaking of which….


Memory Alpha

Borg cube model

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The introduction of the Borg in the second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation 's episode " Q Who ", has proven to be a milestone in the Star Trek franchise, as they represented an adversary unlike anything seen before and rarely after. The uncompromising, implacable and daunting nature of the race warranted a formidable ship to match that nature, and they have received it in the form of the Borg cube . The fascination with the race and their vessel led, apart from its appearances in The Next Generation , to repeat performances in Star Trek: First Contact , featuring an upgraded cube design, the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , and in the television series Star Trek: Voyager , where the Borg and their vessel made several appearances.

  • 1.2 Original physical studio model
  • 1.3 Other physical studio models
  • 1.4 Annika's toy model
  • 2.2 Physical studio models
  • 2.3 CGI model
  • 3.2 CGI model
  • 4.1 Further reading
  • 4.2 External links
  • 4.3 Footnote

Original Borg cube model [ ]

The distinctive design of the original Borg cube, has spawned a far more sophisticated version at a later point in time, as well as derivative design in the form of the Borg tactical cube for Voyager . Starting out as an array of physical studio models , advances in computer technology resulted in the addition into the fold of digital ones as well.

Borg Cube concept model

Borg cube concept model

The original concept for the Borg cube was conceived by Writer/Producer Maurice Hurley and designed by Production Designer Richard James . The original studio model was built from " the simple embellishments that Rick Sternbach and Richard James had created based on the description of the cubical ship given in the script. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 86); Star Trek Encyclopedia  (2nd ed., p. 50)) The final draft of the script for "Q Who" read, " The shape of the ship is more apparent. It's box like, with none of the aerodynamic qualities associated with most spaceships including the Enterprise. This is a case of form following function. "

A rudimentary foam core study model , measuring 9 inches squared, was later offered as Lot 1305 in the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 40 of 12 June 2010. Valued at US$800-$1,200, it sold for US$900, ending up in the collection of noted Star Trek memorabilia collector Adam Schneider . [1]

Original physical studio model [ ]

Regular studio model vendor Gregory Jein, Inc. had been requested to bid on the project, but that company's capacity was at the time taken up by Associates & Ferren for the production of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier . The bid to build the Borg ship, along with the melting section, Enterprise force perspective saucer model and the Enterprise Core Sample, was therefore awarded to Kim Bailey of Starlight Effects , who was contracted by Producer Peter Lauritson to do the build for "Q-Who", and authorized by Earl Lestz (the then head of Paramount Studios ).

At Starlight Effects, the model was essentially scratch-built layer by layer from custom shapes created by union model makers to make up the inner surface, then was covered with acid etch brass (that was hand drawn and then etched) to create the intricate surface detail applied in multiple layers and lit from within. Each layer was applied as a separate element and built by a crew of twelve model makers led by Gene Rizzardi and Jim McGeachy . The model mount or inner support structure was also a custom built aluminum six point mounting system to hold the model that incorporated a custom model mount rig for Image G , where the model was filmed. The final weight of the Borg cube came to a astounding sixty pounds once completed. As for the final colors, they were chosen by Bailey, who hired model maker Roger Sides of Science Fiction Modelmaking Associates to do the finish detail scaled weathering. The three-foot model was used in "Q Who", both episodes of " The Best of Both Worlds ", and " Emissary ". Due to its shape, no more than three sides of the cube could be shown at any given time on screen, yet the model is fully detailed on 5 sides with the sixth being left open (requested by Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Curry ), allowing the handlers easy access to the innards of the model for adjusting lighting and the like. An added advantage for the handlers of the model was the simpler mounting of the model for its shots.

While recognized as an imaginative design, Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato found the model hard to shoot, " That, for me, is quite ugly and difficult to light. You're hampered by the fact that when you put the ship in a particular lighting condition, it looks terrible. You then have to redesign and rechoreograph the shot to put it in its best light. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol 22, No.2, p. 33) All the footage of the original physical Borg cube model was shot at Image G.

As of 2013, the original Borg cube studio model, virtually unmodified and escaping the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection and It's A Wrap! auctions, was still in the possession of CBS Consumer Products and has been on tour displays such as Star Trek World Tour , Star Trek: The Adventure , and Star Trek The Exhibition as late as 2012. [2]

Other physical studio models [ ]

Borg Cube partial model

The model Curry saved

For "Q Who", an enlarged section of a side was built to show the self-regenerating capacities of the cube, and was in fact also constructed by Kim Bailey. Out of frame a high temperature heatgun, operated by Bailey and photographed by David Stipes , was applied to the partial model which made the wax elements melt and the styrene curl inward as it melted. The footage shot was subsequently inserted in reverse in the finalized footage in post-production. After shooting the model was nearly discarded but was saved by Dan Curry and is currently retained by him as part of his own personal collection. [3] . Bailey constructed a special plexiglass case to protect the model and presented it to Curry. [1]

A smaller two-foot break-away model was built by Gary Hutzel and Dennis Hoerter for the finale of " The Best of Both Worlds, Part II ", essentially following the same building methodology as its bigger sister. Hutzel recounted, " The Borg explosion in that shot was, of course, very important. It was a pivotal moment in the show. And it had to be really big. So, we had all set out realizing we needed a spectacular explosion. Dick Brownfield was our effects person on the show, at that time. And he'd pulled out the stops, brought out everything. But as usual, we spent all the money on the pyrotechnics and there was no money left to build the ship. The ship had to be built. There was no money. I mean, I had to build the ship. So, the ship that was used for the pyrotechnics was only about two feet square, as I recall. So Dennis and I ended up sitting on a table and taking basically model-kit parts, stripping all the parts off, taking the little frames – the little plastic frames that they come on – and gluing them to the side of this box [...] and then spray-painting it, looking at it and sticking more stuff on, spray-painting it some more until, finally, it looked like the Borg ship. It was a spectacular explosion, and beautifully executed. We got it in the first take. " ( TNG Season 4 DVD -special feature, "New Life and New Civilizations: The Best of Both Worlds")

Annika's toy model [ ]

Anika Hansen playing with a model of a Borg Cube

Annika with Borg cube

On one occasion a Borg cube appeared that did not represent a real in-universe vessel, but rather a model . It was the model Annika Hansen played with in Voyager 's season 5 Borg-heavy episode " Dark Frontier ". Berated by her father, Magnus Hansen , who admonished his daughter that it was not a toy , young Annika nevertheless used it as such.

The model used in the episode actually was a commercially-available toy, the 1994 Borg cube from Playmates Toys , No.6158, which was (loosely) modeled after the television model and which as merchandise featured engines, tractor beam, laser cannon sounds, and a light-up interior. It was the one and only time a Borg cube was represented on-screen physically by a model not stemming from a production asset, but rather from a commercial product.

First Contact Borg cube model [ ]

Borg cube design variant

Delgado's obelisk variant

Originally, when it came to producing Star Trek: First Contact , an alternative notion was considered in the first draft script for First Contact , of Borg craft that were comprised of multiple cubes as well as the single sphere. [4] ILM Associate Visual Effects Supervisor George Murphy recalled how the notion of a squadron of Borg ships able to amass into a single vessel was envisioned, " It was like a Borg latticework that worked as one and moved as one. It would have made for a really nice visual – but it diminished the Borg villains to suggest they needed this many ships to beat Starfleet. " ( Cinefex , No. 69, p. 106) Eventually, the numerous Borg cubes became one ship of that form because, " We [...] decided that a single cube was more in keeping with the way the Borg had been established before, " as Writer Ronald D. Moore recalled. ( AOL chat , 1997 )

However, the producers deemed the original studio model too crude and not detailed enough to hold up to big screen requirements and had both John Eaves and, briefly, Ricardo F. Delgado submit design variations.

Delgado's obelisk proposal, inspired by ancient Egyptian architecture, had openings through which the Borg sphere could be clearly viewed, as well as an opening at the top, which, according to Delgado, was purely decorative, although he envisioned the sphere being set in the top. ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 23 , pp. 53-54) Delgado himself noted, " I felt the obelisk was a natural geometric progression away from the cube, while the obvious reference to Egyptology would also make the audience wonder if this was the Borg's first visit to Earth. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies ) However, his concept was eventually scrapped after it was discovered that the shape had an inherent lack of visual impact and excitement, particularly when shown from low angles.

Borg cube second variant design process

Eaves' design process

Eaves, the designing process quickly gravitating towards him, started out with experimenting with a tetragonal shape. " I did three or four passes in the rectangular shape. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies , p. 208) " The first one I did was very, very smooth; that was when it was still very large. It was this reflective block and it had all these inset passages you could fly through or other things could fly out of. They said, "OK, that's kind of cool. Let's carry that a little bit further, but not so smooth; we need that Borg detail. (...) I knew that Goodson was going to work on the model - they were going to use brass etch, and there's really no way you can draw it - so what I did was just a guideline for the kind of shapes. I try to do that with all the drawings I do; I leave a lot of the spaces open so the modeler can be part of the creative process. " Adhering to the producer's wishes Eaves second pass suggested more paneling and large recessed areas, but, " They liked the idea of the detailing on it; it had ribbon-shaped canyons. They liked the feel of that, but they felt that the pattern was too mathematical. " Eaves third pass therefore, was an effort to break up the regularity. " That was also rectangular, but it's got a lot of really deep valleys and its got a little round escape sphere on the surface. That one they really liked; they said 'Let's go with that.' ", Eaves continued.

Upon consideration, however, the producers eventually decided to go along with the established cube design (though the tetragonal shape was later revisited with the Borg probe ) and Eaves went on to rework the cube, " "The first one was really overly detailed. That's where I started incorporating 45-degree lines all throughout it. They liked that; it was very intricate, but it was too busy, so they had me go with version two. That was the same breakup; I started putting a heavier panel on top of it and incorporating the escape hatch. That was more the direction they were wanting, so Zimmerman had me do a color pass on it. That one has the hatch on the left-handed side; for the very final pass they had me put the hatch on on the right side and they went back to a little finer detail. It was almost going back in a full circle back to the first sketch. It had a little bit of heavier panel but more of the fine-scale stuff. " During this process the size of the cube was in flux ranging from 3,000 feet to 1,500 feet, the size eventually decided upon, which Eaves himself considered too small. He tried to remedy that by downsizing the detail on his design as to create a sense of scale. At first the circular escape hatch was an prominent feature on the cube, " As the model went on, they decided to keep the door hidden, so it wouldn't be seen during the attack and wouldn't be revealed until the very last moment. On all the drawings you can see where the port is; that established where on the cube that hatch is, but, in fact you never saw it except for that one where it opens, so really it could be anywhere. " ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 23 , pp. 53-58)

Physical studio models [ ]

Eaves' final design, a more detailed and compact looking design, resulting in less transparency at the edges, was approved in March 1996 and sent over to the model shop at Industrial Light & Magic . Model makers John Goodson (supervising), Barbara Affonso , Giovanni Donovan , and Jon Foreman constructed the thirty-inch model out of layers of photo-etched brass etch, suggested by Bill George with modeled styrene pieces placed sporadically throughout. The great intricacy of the brass etch gave the model a distinctly more detailed and varying look from the television model, though it was actually smaller. " There were layers and layers of detail, five inches deep, which helped convey the complexity and scale of this ship, " Alex Jaeger observed. ( Cinefex , issue 69, p. 109) Apart from the brass etch, ample use was made of lowly paper-clips to further embellish the cube's surface with detail. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies , pp. 216-218) Internally lit by neon lighting, the light pattern was broken up by a patterned eighteen-inch green lightbox to suggest different compartments and light sources within the model. Also built into the model was a five-inch-long motion-controlled circular passageway for the Borg sphere's escape. In post-production, the sphere was composited into the footage of the cube since the Borg sphere model was actually almost as large as the cube model.

Effects Supervisor John Knoll remarked on ILM's approach to showcase the model, " The idea of having this big ship, three miles square, that was nothing but a junky-looking cube, was very different than what had previously been done on a Star Trek film. I wanted it to look bigger and badder, so wherever possible, we were looking up at it. We shot it fairly close with relatively wide lenses, and tried to make it break frame in many shots, as if it's too big too photograph completely. It's hard to do a shot of an office building where you see the whole thing. I also turned the cube 45 degrees so that one edge of it would come toward the camera like the prow of a ship. " ( American Cinematographer , December 1996, p. 69) Knoll's insistence on extreme close-ups of the model, was the main reason why the studio model had to be as detailed as possible.

Borg Cube movie studio model at auction

Movie studio model at auction

For the close-up battle damaged scenes, a sixty-inch side was specifically constructed to showcase battle damage, with especially designed model sections, that could be removed and replaced, with a burn then airbrushed around the "damaged" areas. John Goodson recollected, " We had about six pieces on it. They were held in with tiny... [...] little machine screws, really tiny, like what you'd use in your glasses, and these sections would unscrew and come off. And so you'd have these gaping rips in the thing, and then we would take an airbrush with a little bit of gray paint and do kind of a blast mark on it, and you had instant damage. And to repair it, a can of black spray paint, blast the hole [with the paint], do a little bit of touch-up with some color, screw the piece back in, and it was fully restored. It took minutes to change. " ( Star Trek: First Contact (Blu-ray) -special feature, "Industrial Light & Magic – The Next Generation")

For the destruction scene of the cube, no less than ten thirty-inch break-away models were blown up, supervised by Geoff Heron to depict the scene, the scene being shot by Martin Rosenberg from underneath with the high-speed camera protected by a piece of plywood that covered the matte box. " They blew up several black cubes packed with debris ", stated Alex Jaeger , " and we were able to match up those blast elements to our model photography. " As part of the compositing, explosions on the Borg cube's hull were colored green, to match the ship's interior and exterior color motif. ( Cinefex , issue 69, p. 109) Rosenberg added, " At the end of each take, the matte box was maybe 4" deep in plastic! We knew when the shot was finished when we couldn't see anything! " ( American Cinematographer , December 1996, p. 70)

Used only once, though some footage taken for the movie was later used in Star Trek: Voyager 's third season episode," Unity ", the model, known as Lot 105 , part of the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction, estimated at US$1,000-$1,500, was eventually sold on 5 October 2006 with a winning bid of US$80,000 ($96,000 including buyer's premium), in the process becoming the most undervalued object of the auction. The model was acquired by Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen for his Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, now known as the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). [5] It went on public display in the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition at MoPop from 21 May 2016 to 28 May 2018 [6] , which subsequently became a touring exhibition. [7] [8] [9]

CGI model [ ]

Borg cube CGI second variant

Foundation's CGI version

As USS Voyager approached Borg space in season 3 of the series, it was clear they would run into their ships sooner or later as they did in "Unity". Since the visual effects of the series was already in the midst of the transition from traditional miniature photography to CGI, the decision was quickly made to make the Borg vessels CGI models . [10] (X) The model was built at Foundation Imaging by Emile Edwin Smith , who based it on both the Next Generation and First Contact physical models, elaborating, " Well, when I built the new cube for Voyager I based everything off image maps and then modeled around them. To make it real simple I had an underlying cube that was mapped with an image. I then took the main image that I had created into modeller and started building on it. Basically it was large areas of chunkiness raised above the inner cube with many of the detailed areas of the map modeled on these areas. I also interconnected the pieces with tubes and added edge pieces to make it look more dimensional and 3d on the edges. " [11] Making its debut in "Unity", this model was used in every subsequent episode the cube made an appearance in, though some stock footage taken from the First Contact model was also used, as Smith has stated, " In the episode Unity, I built the Borg ship, and we animated 90% of all the visual effects, the other 10% were stock model shots. Of course this varies with each episode, some we do no work on, but that is typical... " [12]

Borg cube attacking Copernicus Station

CGI model on side assignment in Borg Invasion 4D

Long after Voyager had wrapped, the CGI model made one more prominent, official live-action appearance in the 2004 Borg Invasion 4D -ride at the Star Trek: The Experience - attraction , seen attacking, and abducting people from Copernicus Station . Responsible for this was Smith's former Foundation supervisor, Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz , who was now employed at Threshold Digital Research Labs in a similar function, along with another former Foundation colleague Lee Stringer , and responsible for the visual effects in the movie for ride. As former Foundation Imaging Visual Effects Supervisor, Lebowitz had access to the digital database of previously used CGI live-action production starship models, and several of these were – mostly as scenic backdrops in the opening and closing scenes – featured in the film, the most noticeable ones being obviously those of the Borg cube and USS Voyager , the latter likewise prominently featured in the movie. The cube incidentally, fared little better than its First Contact or Voyager episode counterparts, being destroyed by Voyager at the end of the movie.

Borg tactical cube model [ ]

In Voyager 's season 6 two-part episode " Unimatrix Zero ", an alternate design of the Borg cube appeared, what was designated as the "Borg tactical cube" (or in the Borg's own terminology a "Class 4 tactical vessel"), not really a new design – or as its designer Doug Drexler exclaimed, " It's a cube! " – but rather a very much upgraded design, endowed with novelties such as extensive hull armor that covered a large portion of the exterior hull of the ship, with the vessel's central plexus being protected by multi-regenerative security fields .

The Borg tactical cube was designed by Doug Drexler, at the time employed at Foundation Imaging, on the request of the producers who wanted some ideas pitched for a new Borg cube design. When approached to do the re-design, Drexler recalled, "I'm the only guy on the Voyager team at Foundation who is a sketcher. If Rick Sternbach is too busy, or the art department has left on hiatus, Rob Bonchune or Mojo will ask me to bash out ideas. This was the case when I worked in the DS9 art department as well. If John Eaves was busy I would pinch-hit. I enjoy designing, but I think that I wouldn't want to be the lead illustrator. It's a tough job. This way I get to dabble. When Rob told me that they wanted a new type of Borg cube I was kind of amused. After all, a cube is a cube, right? " ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 18 , p. 92) It was indeed Foundation's VFX supervisor Bonchune, the producers turned to in making the request, who in turn reverted the request to Drexler, as the latter further clarified, " It was during my tenure at Foundation Imaging as part of the Voyager VFX team. I remember Rob Bonchune came to me with an assignment. Our producers wanted some design ideas for a new Borg Cube...a battle-cube. "Rob! It's a cube!" I laughed. "That's like being asked to restyle a basketball!" As much as we enjoy having a laugh at the expense of our masters, it does make you stop and think. I figured that I couldn't go too wrong, you know what I mean? (...) "Doug," said Rob. "You're the only guy here who wields a pencil, and the bosses are looking for a few sketches, so have at it!" " [13] (X) Still, the script did not give Drexler much help, as the new vessel was simply described in the script as a "battle cube". " I like to give the producers a bunch of sketched concepts to look at rather than work one idea into an illustrative masterpiece. It's a misdirection of energy. If the idea doesn't sell as a sketch, the concept probably isn't strong enough. ", Drexler stated. ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 18 , p. 92)

Confronted with the simple "battle cube" description, Drexler toyed with several other configurations, having stated, "Ya gotta love that! I tried adding a lot of sharp pointy masts, spears, and antennas. As a joke I even drew one up that was a pyramid. You know, the UPN symbol... a square, a ball, and a triangle. So far, Borg ship design has been a cube and a ball. The pyramid would have completed the thing with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I knew the powers-that-be wanted a cube, but I couldn't resist. " ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 18 , p. 92), at a later point in time adding, " My one joke was the Borg pyramid. I mean think about it. First we had the Borg cube, then the sphere from First Contact , and now the pyramid! It's the UPN logo! " [14] (X)

Still, eventually returning to the classical cube-shape, Drexler incorporated in his design the notion that the Borg performed tactical updates after their recent beating by Species 8472 , or as he has put it at a later date, " What do you do with a cube? You can armor it. The Borg had just had their collective asses handed to them by Species 8472, so I'd design a flak jacket for a Borg cube. Personally I felt adding anything to the cube that gave it personality was a mistake. I happened to love the idea that the design said absolutely nothing about them, while at the same time, everything. " [15] (X)

Doug Drexler could not refrain from revisiting his Borg pyramid , when he, under the pseudonym Max Rem, built a CGI model of it for appearance in the 2004 pilot episode " Come What May " of James Cawley 's fan made internet series Star Trek: New Voyages ; Drexler served as one of the series' producers during its initial run. [16] (X)

Eaglemoss 58 Borg Tactical Cube

The 2015 commercial display model , the CGI model spawned

The digital model was eventually built at Foundation Imaging by Koji Kuramura , who used the texture maps of the standard Borg cube as a basis, they themselves being mapped from the physical studio model used in First Contact . [17] (X) As Kuramura explains, " I started with the base Borg cube model. And added the parts that Doug had on his drawings. I don't know if many people know this, but there was never more than 3 sides built for the Borg cube, because if you think about it... You could never see more than that on screen. The reason being was that it was a very Polygon heavy model. And back in those days of Voyager , memory was at a premium. " [18] (X) At the time, Drexler was also posted at Foundation as VFX coordinator, so Kuramura was able to confer with him about details while he was building the model, as Drexler recalled, " Koji sits right behind me. As he worked, he'd call me over for a look-see and I'd put in my two-cents' worth. If he needed clarification or more detailed sketched I would kick a few out for him. (...) You'll notice that my sketches are done in rather broad strokes. They're all there in the model. It's crazy to try to spell out all the mega-nooks and hyper-crannies of a Borg contrivance. " ( Star Trek: The Magazine  Volume 1, Issue 18 , p. 92)

Conceived well into the CGI age, not a single physical production model was ever constructed for the Borg tactical cube, but the CGI model became prominently featured in its own, issue 58, of The Official Starships Collection , in the process spawning its own physical commercial display model after all.

Appendices [ ]

Further reading [ ].

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies , 1998, Chapter "The Borg Sphere and Cube`, pp. 204-219
  • "Designing the Borg Tactical Cube", Doug Drexler/ Ben Robinson , Volume 1, Issue 18, October 2000, pp. 92-94
  • "Designing Borg Ships", John Eaves/Ben Robinson, Volume 1, Issue 23, March 2001, pp. 50-58
  • Issue 58, October 2015
  • Issue 180, August 2020

External links [ ]

  • Designing Borg Ships, On-line version of the Magazine article at the Federation Starship Datalink
  • Designing the Borg Tactical Cube, On-line version of the Magazine article at the Federation Starship Datalink
  • Borg Cube (X)  at the DrexFiles (X)
  • Borg Tactical Cube – Design Phase (X)  at the DrexFiles (X)
  • Borg Tactical Cube (X)  at the DrexFiles (X)

Footnote [ ]

  • ↑ Additions of 8 September 2012 to this article on the construction of the original Borg Cube physical models and the persons who build them were updates by original builder Kim Bailey as User: .
  • 2 Star Trek: Voyager
  • 3 USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G)

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Star trek: picard turns seven of nine into [spoiler].

Seven of Nine returned in Star Trek: Picard episode 8 but she was forced to face her worst nightmare. Here's what Seven's fate means and what's next.

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard Season 1, Episode 8

Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) faced her worst nightmare in Star Trek: Picard episode 8: not only did she return to a Borg Cube but Seven briefly became a version of the Borg Queen. The fate of the Artifact, which is what the Romulans call the Cube they captured and turned into the Borg Reclamation Project, is one of the big questions heading into Star Trek: Picard' s season 1 finale. But now, Seven of Nine has found herself in control of the fearsome starship and what's left of its Collective - whether she likes it or not.

Assimilated when she was a child named Annika Hansen, Seven of Nine was reclaimed by the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Seven returned to Earth with her new friends in the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager but not before she faced the Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson) a handful of times. The Queen even told Seven that she was allowed to regain her humanity so that she could be reassimilated later and add to the Borg's perfection. Seven, who retains a great deal of her Borg implants, never fully recovered from her time as a Drone, and she left Earth in 2285 to join the Fenris Rangers after the Neutral Zone collapsed due to the Romulan supernova. In Star Trek: Picard , Seven met Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who was once Locutus of Borg, for the first time; together, they went to Freecloud so he could find Dr. Bruce Maddox (John Ales) while she exacted revenge on Bjayzl (Necar Zadegan), the crime lord who killed Seven's surrogate son Icheb (Casey King) and harvested his Borg implants.

Related: Star Trek: Picard Kills Off Hugh Borg

Seven left Picard an SOS beacon, but little did she suspect that it would be used by Elnor (Evan Evagora) to summon her to the Artifact and save him. When Seven came to Elnor's rescue in Star Trek: Picard episode 8, "Broken Pieces", the situation she encountered was grim: the Romulans murdered Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco), the director of the Borg Reclamation Project, and Narissa (Peyton List) was planning to kill all of the Borg in the Artifact. In retaliation, Seven and Elnor went to the Queen's Cell, the Borg Queen's secret chamber , where Seven reactivated the Cube and initiated its self-repair. But to save the Borg on the Artifact, Seven had to allow the Cube to reassimilate her so that she, in turn, could reassimilate the Drones in stasis and the reclaimed XBs - in short, Seven of Nine had to become the Borg Queen of the Artifact's micro-Collective.

Star Trek Picard Seven Borg Queen

Despite the ramifications of reassimilating the Borg - and herself in the process - Seven felt she had no choice. Although she hated what she was forced to do, Seven allowed the Borg Cube to attach its nodes into her metallic spine, which echoed how the Borg Queen's organic head and cybernetic spine would merge into her metal, humanoid body (first seen in Star Trek: First Contact ). Once she was reassimilated, Seven became one with the Artifact and all of the Borg within. However, Narissa had all of the dormant Drones jettisoned into space as they were being reassimilated. Despite losing thousands of her fellow Borg, Seven of Nine activated the XBs that Narissa didn't kill and they swarmed upon the Zhat Vash agent. After the Romulans abandoned the Artifact, Seven of Nine solidified her control of the Cube as its temporary Borg Queen.

Even though the Artifact released Seven because "Annika still has work to do" , the former Borg becoming Queen of her own mini-Collective is a heartbreaking fate. Seven of Nine's life since Voyager returned to Earth was already dark and she endured a tragic life as a vigilante trying to bring order to Romulan space. Sadly, it seems Seven of Nine can never escape the Borg and Star Trek: Picard brought her full-circle to essentially become her lifelong nemesis. However, now that Seven   controls the Artifact, she can use it to potentially help Jean-Luc Picard. This would turn the Borg into a heroic force, which would be a remarkable turnaround, although it forces Seven of Nine to become a Borg Queen in the process.

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