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The Best of Both Worlds: Part II 

Having absorbed Captain Picard and his knowledge, the Borg head for Earth, leaving Riker and the Enterprise desperate for an unanticipated way to defeat them.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael Piller | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Locutus of Borg
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Lt. Cmdr. Shelby
George Murdock ... Adm. J. P. Hanson
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Todd Merrill Todd Merrill ... Gleason


As acting captain, and despite Picard being aboard the Borg ship (absorbed into the Collective and rechristened "Locutus"), Commander Riker has no choice but to fire full force on the vessel. No effect. Subsequent emergency repairs keep the Enterprise from joining a united stand with Admiral J. P. Hanson (along with Klingon aid). With Picard deemed lost forever, Riker is granted full command. He orders technology to be rendered unpredictable, such as randomizing phaser settings. Hanson's communication cuts out: the war must be going badly. To avoid musical chairs, Riker names Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Paula Shelby his XO. At a renewed confrontation, Locutus refuses to come to terms, the saucer separates, and gunfire engages, including an anti-matter spread. Data and Worf beam into the Borg ship, overpower them and get Locutus into their shuttle and beam away before it's shot down. If Crusher can awaken Picard, he may now have decisive Borg info, but Locutus maintains ... Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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22 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Did You Know?


Locutus is a Latin word, which means "Spoken, having spoken". See more »


In the final scene right before the destruction of the Borg ship, Riker walks into Data's lab and Marina Sirtis is blocking the view of Patrick Stewart. She then frantically steps backward. Clearly the director motioned her backwards in a panic to keep her from ruining the shot. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: Troi to bridge. Data has made first contact with Captain Picard.
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Massacre at Wolf 39
7 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I can't watch the second half of "The Best of Both worlds" without thinking of the long-term effects of Captain Picard's enslavement by the Bog (i.e. "First Contact") and that final scene bears far more emotional weight . His scars from those implants run terribly deep, and the Locutus scenes are actually more heartbreaking than they are shocking.

As a whole, given that this is the payoff of a months-long cliffhanger ending, I think the writers did a tremendous job. Starfleet's under attack, Picard's life hangs in the balance, and the stakes are sky-high. Despite the big action and the images of adrift starships, this is a surprisingly low-key way to finish the story. But far from boring.


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