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DS9: Emissary refEdit

why we should mention Saratoga and Sisko at all. The episode makes no references whatsoever to them. They ought to be removed. BlockProofed User 15:13, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Agreed, it shouldn't be in the summary; rather, it should be simply stated as background information. --From Andoria with Love 15:49, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Several issues Edit

  • On the main bridge, Shelby orders Cartano and Gleason to the battle bridge. The two people seen to respond are a command division male and science division female. However, in the following battle bridge scenes, the officer referred to as Gleason by Riker is now wearing a gold uniform as is the only other female shown.
  • After Riker orders Shelby to initiate her plan to separate the saucer section, Shelby orders Crusher and two other members of the bridge crew to the battle bridge. However the two extras, Cartano and Gleason, do not head with her to the dedicated battle bridge turbolift, instead making for a door near the Observation Lounge entrance at the rear of the bridge.
  • This episode is one of two instances in which someone outside of the Enterprise's regular crew becomes first officer. In this episode it's Commander Shelby, and in Season 5's "Conundrum," it's the impostor, Commander MacDuff.
  • When Riker is walking from the bridge to the lab where Locutus is being kept, his hair style changes from parted on the side to slicked back.
  • Why does Riker even consider Worf for the position of First Officer? He's a fine officer, certainly, and would have been capable. But Data was next in line. For Worf to have been named First Officer, he would need two jumps in rank. Even promoted to Lieutenant Commander, Data would still outrank him by seniority. It would have been inappropriate for Data to have to start taking orders from a lower ranking officer.
  • The same sequence, Riker walks into Data's lab while discussing the selfdestruct. Beverly then pipes up with "there's no way of knowing what the destruction of the Borg ship will do to him." Has she suddenly become psychic? How did she know what Riker was talking about before he opened the door to Data's lab? There was no indication of an open channel, or any communication with Beverly during the conversation.
  • During the final part of this episode, Riker is seen discussing the virtues of exploring the Borg cube, and disabling the autodestruct sequence. Apart from the fact that the cube explodes moments after Riker decides to let it do so, how could Shelby and company hope to disable something they have absolutely no experience with? --Reginald Barclay 15:52, 1 April 2007 (UTC)


  • Regarding humans assimilated from Wolf 359; could the Borg not have dispatched a smaller vessel from the cube (off-screen) in the time between Wolf 359 and entering Sol system? That would explain how the humans would have ended up as part of the collective even though the only Borg ship in the battle was destroyed.

Time's Arrow Edit

* The events of TNG: "Time's Arrow, Part II" would suggest that when Guinan visits Riker in the ready room, she knows that Picard would eventually be rescued from the Borg, which is why she tells him to let Picard go, since he hadn't yet traveled back in time to the 19th century to care for her in the San Francisco cavern.

Sounds more like speculation to me as you're dealing with an episode written 2+ years before the events of Time's Arrow and doesn't seem to belong. I'll wait for someone else to comment before I remove it. --Morder 09:06, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
I removed it as speculative. While very possible, without proof it shouldn't be mentioned.--31dot 23:00, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Don't forget that Guinan's race (El-Aurians) has a very particular relationship to time. Atleast Guinan has indicated that on numerous occations. --The Picard 21:38, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
It's still speculative, even if true, although not all El-Aurians have demonstrated such an ability(Martus Mazur). We can't know what she was thinking.--31dot 04:10, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

RemovedEdit

  • Wolf 359 itself is the real-life third-closest system to Sol after the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard's Star, 7.6 light years away. In the Star Trek universe, it would be a 36 hour trip at warp 9. It's especially an episode of the original Outer Limits, which happened to be an influence on Star Trek. {{incite}}

1) I wasn't aware there was a concrete fomulation for calculating warp 9. 2) not seeing the relevance to this uncited ref. --Alan 13:42, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

  • ...This seems hard to fathom as the only Borg ship seen in the episode was destroyed. The Borg Queen (Star Trek: First Contact) also later claimed to be present at the Battle of Wolf 359, despite the fact that she acknowledged the destruction of that ship and all the Borg on it. This however, may be the result of multiple Borg Queen clones as implied in later episodes and films. However, the queen comments in First Contact that the Human mind cannot comprehend what she was saying and that it can be inferred that the Borg have some technology that allows them to transport across entire quadrants or dimensions. This idea is supported in several Trek novels. There is also the consideration that the Borg have scooped out entire colonies and one could infer that they would assimilate the inhabitants. It is also possible that the Cube shown in this episode was equipped with a Borg Sphere (as seen in Star Trek: First Contact) which may have provided a means of escape for the Queen and numerous drones - although why they would not have resumed the attack on Earth is not certain.
Lots of stuff there that could be explained too many ways. Removed all the "however" portions and left the pertinent data. — Morder 15:40, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
Also removed, per MA:NIT:
When Riker orders the separation of the saucer and stardrive sections Commander Shelby calls for Crusher, Cartaino and Gleason to report to the Battle Bridge. Wesley moved from the conn station and a female science officer and a male command officer at the rear of the bridge entered a rear turbolift but Gleason wasn't present. Later on the Battle Bridge, Crusher and Gleason are seen at conn and ops but there are two completely different officers at the rear stations.--31dot 22:50, September 9, 2009 (UTC)
For The Next Generation, Michael Okuda developed a formula that was supposed to be used for Warp speeds 1-9, with the range between 9 and 10 simply developing an asymptote at 10, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warp_drive_(Star_Trek)#Warp_velocities Izkata 00:58, July 31, 2011 (UTC)

Comment about Borg contradictions Edit

The recently added comment about why the Borg do what they do(to add to their perfection or to improve everyone else), while possibly a valid observation, would seem to be more appropriate for the Borg or Borg Collective article rather than this one, in my opinion, as the comment is about the Borg themselves and not just the one episode.--31dot 15:32, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

It's not really a contradiction because every other reference is in the future. The first instance of the borg they weren't interested in biological, the second instance biological and technological. and now...they are interested in perfection. But yes, it belongs on the borg page and not here if it's even valid. — Morder 21:18, 7 September 2008 (UTC)
It's not like the Borg would lie to species they want to assimilate...– Cleanse 00:01, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Removed to this page- I don't have time to incorporate it somewhere else right now, though it could go on one of the Borg pages.

  • Locutus makes a statement to Worf that the Borg wanted to improve the quality of life for all species. However, this is contradicted by statements later made by the former Borg drone Seven of Nine. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Scorpion, Part II", she declares that the Borg wanted to assimilate Species 8472 because their biological and technological distinctiveness was more advanced than anything the Borg had ever encountered. Their assimilation, she says, "would have greatly added to our own perfection." This indicates that the Borg wanted the species for what it could do for them, not for what they could do for it. Furthermore, in the episode "Mortal Coil", speaking about another race, the Kazon, she says that the Borg found them unworthy of assimilation because their biological and technological distinctiveness were unremarkable; assimilating them would "detract from perfection". Both these instances indicate that, contrary to what Locutus tells Worf, the Borg were only interested in species that they believed would add to their own power and perfection, and were not interested in species that they believed would not do so. --31dot 00:03, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

Extras Edit

Anyone know who played the two extras seen at the rear panels on the bridge? (I think the characters names were Cartano and Gleason)

LeVar Burton Edit

Is it really true that Levar's scenes were all stock footage? He mentions Shelby and a bunch of other things that make them seem like fresh footage. I can believe that he was filmed in close-ups just as production wrapped up, but for all his scenes to merely be stock footage? I find that to be a stretch.- JustPhil 02:33, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Klingon ShipsEdit

I have removed this comment "* Apparently, the 39 ships comprised of both Federation and Klingon ships, but no Klingon ships were seen in the wreckage." because not only is the grammar poor, but it is not necessarily true. Admiral Hanson says, "The Klingons are sending warships", not that they have arrived. Unless some other source can verify that Klingons were indeed there, then we have no proof they were there at all.Trainik 02:09, March 3, 2010 (UTC)

If the Klingons sent them, and they weren't there, then where did they go? Klingons are usually eager for a battle.--31dot 02:16, March 3, 2010 (UTC)
Having looked more closely at the context, I will add that it is valid to remove it as a nitpick. I'm not sure what the maine article claims, though.--31dot 02:20, March 3, 2010 (UTC)
Also, 31dot, they might simply have not gotten there in time. Remember, they were late for Operation Return, and that battle lasted more than 30 seconds. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:15, March 3, 2010 (UTC)

Citation needed Edit

The following note has lacked a citation for some time now:

Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 08:19, June 6, 2011 (UTC)

Cleaned up quotes Edit

I have removed a large amount of quotes from the Memorable Quotes as it had grown rather large and was filled with quotes that were over 20 or 30 lines. :



"You realize, Admiral, that with the assistance of Captain Picard, the Borg will be ready for your defenses."
"Lieutenant, a few years ago, I watched a freshman cadet pass four upperclassmen on the last hill of the forty-kilometer run at Danula II; the damnedest thing I ever saw; the only freshman to ever win the Academy Marathon. I made it my business to get to know that young fellow, and I got to know him very, very well. And I'll tell you something: I never met anyone with more drive, determination or more courage than Jean-Luc Picard. And there is no way in hell that he would assist the Borg. I want that clear."
(Contritely) "Of course, Admiral."
"He is...a casualty of war."
"Then we have abandoned all hope of recovering him."
"In less than 24 hours, this armada is going to hit that Borg ship with everything we can muster. Either they survive or we do. As for Picard, a great man has been lost. Your Captain...my friend."

- Commander Shelby, Admiral Hanson and Doctor Crusher, after Picard's abduction and assimilation


"Locutus of Borg. This is Captain William T. Riker of the USS Enterprise."
"You may speak."
"We wish to end the hostilities."
"Then you must unconditionally surrender."
"We are prepared to meet to discuss your terms."
"It is unlikely that you are prepared to discuss terms. It is more likely that this is an attempt at deception."
"Come now, Locutus. If Picard's knowledge and experience is part of you, then you know I'd never lie to him. You should also implicitly trust me. Is that not so?"
"Picard implicitly trusted you."
"Then trust me now. Meet to discuss your terms."
"Discussion is irrelevant. There are no terms. You will disarm all your weapons and escort us to sector zero-zero-one where we will begin assimilating your culture and technol-- (Riker cuts Locutus off)"

- Riker and Locutus


"It is clear the Borg are either unwilling or unable to terminate their subspace links. "
"That...may be their Achilles' heel, Captain - their interdependency."
"What do you mean, Doctor?"
"He's part of their collective conciousness now...cutting him off would be like asking one of us to disconnect an arm or a foot - we can't do it."
"They operate as a single mind."
"One of them jumps off a cliff, they all jump off?" (Shelby nods in agreement) Data, is it possible to plant a command into the Borg collective consciousness?"
"It is conceivable, sir."

- Data, Dr. Crusher, Riker, and Shelby, realizing how they might defeat the Borg


"I'm sure Captain Picard would have something meaningful and inspirational to say right now. To tell you the truth I wish he was here 'cause I'd like hear it too."

- Riker addressing the senior crew


"Data, I'm picking up increased neural activity in Captain Picard, localized in the pre-frontal and parietal lobes."
"The Borg might be trying to terminate their link with him..."
"Negative - the subspace signal configuration is unchanged. What is caused the increased neural activity is...unclear..."
"No, it's not - it's him! It's Picard!"

- Dr. Crusher, Chief O'Brien, Data and Troi, as Picard fights through Locutus


"Worf. Klingon species, a warrior race. You too will be assimilated."
"The Klingon Empire will never yield!"
"Why do you resist? We only wish to raise quality of life for all species."
"I like my 'species' the way it is."
"A narrow vision. You will become one with the Borg. You will all become one with the Borg. (turns to Data) The android, Data. Primitive artificial organism. You will be obsolete in the new order-- (Crusher knocks Locutus out with hypospray)"

- Locutus of Borg and Worf


"In two or three weeks, nanites may be all that's left of the Federation."

- Troi, on the problem of Data and Crusher's plan to destroy the Borg with nanites


"We would like time to prepare our people for assimilation."
"Preparation is irrelevant. Your people will be assimilated as easily as Picard has been. Your attempt at a delay will not be successful, Number One. We will proceed to Earth. And if you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you."
"Then take your best shot, Locutus, because we are about to "intervene"."

- Riker and Locutus


"We have to find a way to reach him - we must know what he knows..."
"Without these interactive signals, it would only be a matter of microsurgery - I could do it! But as long as these Borg implants are functioning, there's no way I can separate the man from the machine."
"Then, perhaps, there is a way I can access the machine."

- Riker, Dr. Crusher, and Data, trying to figure out how to use Picard/Locutus's knowledge of the Borg against them


"At what point should I shut it down if there's a problem?"
"I do not know. I have never done this before."

- Chief O'Brien and Data just before establishing the neural links


"Sleep... sleep... sleep, Data."

- Picard breaking through the Borg consciousness

"Mr. Data, what the hell happened?"
"I successfully planted a command into the Borg collective consciousness; it misdirected them to believe it was time to regenerate. In effect, I put them all to sleep."

- Riker and Data, after the Borg cube shuts down


"Commander Shelby, take an away team and confirm that the Borg are...asleep."
"Delighted, sir."

- Riker and Shelby, after scans confirm Data's claim


"He's exhausted."
"Yes, Doctor, but if I may make a supposition, I do not believe his message was intended to express fatigue...but to suggest a course of action."

- Dr. Crusher and Data, speculating what Picard meant


"How much do you remember?"
"Everything...including some brilliantly unorthodox strategy from a...former...first officer of mine."

- Riker and the newly-restored Picard

--BorgKnight (talk) 02:54, January 29, 2014 (UTC)

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