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Old February 15 2012, 12:48 AM   #457
The Overlord
Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

Anwar wrote: View Post
Look, being de-assimilated is NOT the huge emasculation everyone thinks it is because we knew it was possible from the very first time we ever saw assimilation. Picard got de-assimilated between scenes, all he had were some bandages on his face! His real trauma was the mental one, and what the Borg forced him to do (slaughter thousands, nearly destroy Earth) none of which happened to Janeway and co (they weren't used to kill people or destroy Earth).
Except the Borg often replace people's arms and eyes with robotic replacements, so trying to get assimilated on purpose is like playing Russian Roulette with your body parts. Picard got lucky and didn't have any major body parts removed and he didn't choose to get assimilated. Janeway and friends letting themselves willingly get assimilated is extremely foolish.

Plus assimilation seems far less scary if the Voyager crew can just use technobabble to counter it.

Anwar wrote: View Post
Nearly everything about Unimatrix was set up from prior episodes:

1) Renegade Borg? We saw how it happened in "I, Borg" and "Descent" except here it's beneficial rather than to create a new threat.
That doesn't make it good, especially when these rebels manage to take over a Borg Sphere, despite being a tiny minority in the Borg, there shouldn't have been enough rebel drones on the Sphere to take it over.

Anwar wrote: View Post
2) Being able to develop ways of resisting assimilation? They had Crushers' studies of Locutus and Hugh, as well as their own studies of Seven and other Borg tech. It's silly to think that they wouldn't even try to create some vaccination against assimilation.
That's a huge leap, going from Dr. Crusher's research and seven's knowledge of the Borg, to just whipping up a Vaccination against assimilation. Sounds like the worse kind of techno-babble to me.

Anwar wrote: View Post
Hell, maybe it's just because VOY played an important role in this story that riles people up. If it had been Hugh and his group of Rebel Borg who cooked up the scheme and VOY offered to help, the audience wouldn't have been so pissed.
Except a lot of people didn't like Descent either, but Unimatrix Zero is worse in terms of writing.

Plus there are other things you didn't touch on that were mentioned in that review, like the Borg Queen blowing up her own ships. That makes the Borg seem supremely stupid, no one won a battle by destroying their own forces.
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