Peach Wookiee wrote:
Of course, the Borg would probably have disabled the ability of the ship to separate.
LaForge: "We can't separate."
LaForge: "The Berman latches have been hard-locked by the Borg We have no way to break their encryption."
There are several things that happen during or because of Generations that I wonder how they would be affected by the D not being destroyed... Data's emotion chip would surely have still happened, but LaForge's eyes? Worf's transfer?
Worf: "I have just received new orders from Admiral Berman to report to Deep Space Nine for reassignment."
I still think blowing up the D, then using Kirk to hit a reset button where the D is not destroyed, would have satisfied having a fancy explosion and crash sequence, while keeping the D and the accompanying TNG feel. Twould have been a good fakeout too. I was not particularly surprised that they destroyed it.