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Old March 17 2009, 05:39 PM   #24
Nerys Ghemor
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Re: Which Borg incarnation is freakier? Series or First Contact?

The way I saw the Queen in First Contact (though not later in Voyager, which undermined this idea) was this: to me, the Queen was not necessarily the control mechanism of the Collective, but more like a release valve. All of the mental/emotional toxicity that builds up due to the suppression of the drones was vented through this one drone built along a different model than the others, as a processor/buffer. To destroy the Queen is to remove this escape valve and cause the Collective she represents to implode.

I was able to accept First Contact by accepting an explanation along those lines...but Voyager really DID dumb down the Borg, and that I never did accept.
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