Episode 142: "Q Who?" 

Picard's nemesis, the powerful, extra-dimensional being named Q, hurls the U.S.S. Enterprise across the galaxy after Picard refuses to let him become a member of the crew.
Immediately upon arriving in this unexplored part of the galaxy, the Enterprise encounters an alien ship. Suddenly, two Borg part organic and part artificial beings appear in the Main Engineering room. Unfortunately, the U.S.S. Enterprise's defenses are helpless against the powerful aliens, who begin draining information from ship's computers.

Then, having surveyed the ship's weakened defensive capabilities, the Borg vessel demands the surrender of the U.S.S. Enterprise. When Picard refuses, a short but fierce battle ensues, leaving both ships badly damaged and 18 Enterprise crew members dead. Desperate to learn more about this seemingly invincible enemy, Picard sends an Away Team to investigate the Borg ship, which is controlled by the collective minds of all the Borg, rather than by an individual leader.

When Data reports that the Borg are busy repairing their vessel, Picard quickly orders the Away Team to beam back so that the U.S.S. Enterprise can make its escape while the aliens are dormant. But as soon as the ship begins moving, the Borg give chase.

With the Borg vessel gaining on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Q appears on the bridge to taunt Picard with insults about the inadequacies of the starship. As the Borg close in and prepare to finish off the ship and crew, Picard admits to Q that he needs his help. Delighted with the captain's confession, Q instantly hurls the Enterprise out of the remote part of the galaxy and back to safety.

Production: 142
Season: 2 Episode: 16
Air Date: 05.08.1989
Stardate: 42761.3
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Diana Muldaur as Katherine Pulaski
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
John de Lancie as Q
Lycia Naff as Sonya
This is the episode in which the Borg make their debut. Originally, they were not intended to have a queen, and the two-part episode in which they appear later, "The Best of Both Worlds," reflects this. The Borg Queen first appears in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

The aliens who infiltrated Starfleet in the episode "Conspiracy" were originally part of the whole Borg storyline (as well as the starbases disappearing in the following episode "Neutral Zone"). However, once the writers and producers worked out what the Borg were, the tie to the aliens was dropped. This was revealed in the text commentary on the fan pick Borg DVD set.

 

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"Q Who?"
#40272-142

Written by
Maurice Hurley

Directed by
Rob Bowman

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REVISED FINAL DRAFT

FEBRUARY 24, 1989

STAR TREK: "Q Who?" - 2/24/89 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"Q Who?"

CAST

PICARD                                 Q
RIKER
DATA
TROI
GEORDI
WORF
WESLEY
GUINAN
O'BRIEN
SONYA

Non-Speaking
CREWMEMBERS
SECURITY MAN
BORG ONE
BORG TWO
BORG THREE

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