Star Trek Fan Collective - Borg
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The Borg Fan Collection has the top ten most popular Borg episodes as picked by the fans! Witness all the characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise and Voyager as they defend their ships, galaxies, and their own kind. For thousands of years the Borg have been spreading throughout the galaxy, conquering, assimilating and thus destroying countless civilizations. Following every encounter, the Borg catalogue each new species with a numerical designation instead of a proper name. The goal of the Borg, in most cases, is to completely assimilate each species by incorporating their knowledge and technology into the unified Borg Collective. One by one, each living being is converted into Borg Drones. In many cases, all that remains of an assimilated civilization is the memory of its unique contributions that now resides only within the accumulated knowledge of the Borg. That and the numerical species designation. Often even the name is lost, forgotten or deleted as irrelevant. Conversely, the species designations give a sense of the long and terrible history of the Borg and the thousands of species they have encountered and absorbed.
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 humanized aspect, and the two-parter "Descent" has some interesting developments for Data (Brent Spiner). Skip Deep Space Nine in favor 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 Horiuchi
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About the product:
1. It comes in a cardboard slipcase, with nice graphics inside
2. A plastic DVD book, unlike the bad packaging that the Enterprise DVD set came in
3. Opens like a book, should last a while, with care
4. Not a very sturdy construction
5. 4 DVDs, with 16 episodes at 32$, so that is 2$ each.. but all of them are good episodes, the Enterprise DVD quality is better
It is something every Trek fan should have, if you don't have the episodes separately. Best of both worlds alone, makes the set worth it, though the Voyager episodes are also good, especially Scorpion and Unimatrix 0. I enjoyed Endgame, though it had a shaky plot and was not a fitting end to a 7 year saga.
Definitely worth it. Thinking over this buy is irrelevant,thinking is irrelevant. Prepare your credit card for assimilation!
Definitely one of the better Fan Collective anthologies, and a good choice for those who are interested in the Borg.
There is some annoying blue tinting on the left side of the screen during the opening credits of TNG and aside from the audio commentary on "Regeneration" and text commentary for "Best of Both Worlds I and II" and "Unimatrix Zero II" there really aren't any extras on this collection. This box set could have really used an interview or two, a behind the scenes look at Borg VFX, makeup, etc. Even an animated DVD menu would have helped. Overall, great episodes to show your kids before popping in "First Contact" but don't buy it just for the small handful of extras. If you own any other Star Trek box sets, you may want to also cross check the episode listings to make sure you aren't doubling up on episodes you already own because there may be some overlap there.
I did not know that they first appeared in Enterprise and were instrumental for Voyager making it back to the Alpha Quadrant.
Seeing all the Borg episodes in Enterprise, in Voyager and finally the TNG in chronological order put their history into perspective.
This collection is like reading a good book: it has a beginning, middle and end.