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The problems of being too good

Where did the idea of the Borg come from?

Picture Maurice Hurley did those in the second season in Q Who? Then they were just a cool, one shot alien race that you couldn’t beat.

They were just such a good villain, they had such a cool look and were the unstoppable foe. It seemed natural to bring them back at some point and the idea of turning Picard into a Borg and sending him over to the dark side was just a great idea. That’s how they started to come back.

When did you decide to create a species that could actually beat the Borg?

That was on Voyager, I wasn’t really involved with that. The trouble with the Borg is that they’re unstoppable and yet the Enterprise keeps stopping them week after week. That was the dilemma you kept running into as a writer. You say they’re unstoppable and that’s what makes them cool and mysterious, but every week you have to somehow defeat them over and over again.

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