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Old July 26 2011, 10:00 AM   #121
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

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Didn't say it was...
You say it wasn't intended to be recurring but in the same episode they Gunan is talk with Picard and she says "now that they know about humanity..." Picard finishes his statement, "they'll be coming."

Then there is the episode before Q Who about the neutral zone and bases that had been destroyed...sounds like a set up and recurrence to me.
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Old July 26 2011, 05:22 PM   #122
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You say it wasn't intended to be recurring but in the same episode they Gunan is talk with Picard and she says "now that they know about humanity..." Picard finishes his statement, "they'll be coming."
That's not what I mean by recurring. My other examples, Andorians and Cardassians, also had subsequent appearances in the shows they originated, but were never major players, nor were they intended to be, until ENT and DS9; and for the Borg, not until VOY.


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Then there is the episode before Q Who about the neutral zone and bases that had been destroyed...sounds like a set up and recurrence to me.
Again, that version of the Borg was scrapped by the time Q Who came along. The Borg that we see in Q Who were created for Q Who only. They were never intended to replace the Ferengi as TNG's recurring bad guys as the original Neutral Zone concept was. That concept, along with several others from that era, were aborted by a writers' strike. Those Borg were supposed to come from the Alpha Quadrant, not be introduced by Q 7000 light-years away. The whole point was for Q to show them something terrifying that they had never encountered before, not "those guys you encountered in season 1".

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Old July 26 2011, 05:57 PM   #123
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

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So basically Luminus has helped point out that ALL the Borg vessels in VOY were smaller than the one we saw in TNG, right? None were as massive as that Assimilation Cube?

So then they were ALL smaller and weaker than in TNG, explaining discrepancies in why VOY had an easier time.
I hate you. Grrr.

Just kidding. Sigh. That would be correct.


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But I can guarentee the producers and writers of the show never gave a thought to them being bigger or smaller than the TNG cube and how their strengths would compare. It came down to the CG artist's idea of what looked nicest. That's all. Therefore it has no meaning.
Also true, technically.
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Old July 26 2011, 06:30 PM   #124
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So basically Luminus has helped point out that ALL the Borg vessels in VOY were smaller than the one we saw in TNG, right? None were as massive as that Assimilation Cube?

So then they were ALL smaller and weaker than in TNG, explaining discrepancies in why VOY had an easier time.
I hate you. Grrr.
Don't worry. The Assimilation cube on the chart is 3000M, so what you have actually helped point out is that this cube is in fact the variant-2 cube, not the one in TNG. The tactical cube is also 3000M, but the chart incorrectly displays it as 1500M. The 3KM variant-2 is the one in First Contact which still took an entire fleet and Picard's inside knowledge to defeat, so no, this doesn't explain the discrepancy at all.
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Old July 26 2011, 08:18 PM   #125
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

The chart is made by the same guys who wrote the article, so I'm guessing they didn't run a last check over it. The massive Cube on the chart is the one from TNG, and I suppose by the article the Tactical Cube AND the normal looking Cubes are supposed to be the 1500M ones. They only put the Tactical Cube on the chart.

So, again, all the Borg in VOY were smaller and weaker than from TNG.

Sure, it doesn't matter in the end because the audience was still going to hate that they just used weaker Borg ships, but what can you do with an unpleasable audience?
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Old July 26 2011, 08:34 PM   #126
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The chart is made by the same guys who wrote the article
No it isn't.


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I suppose by the article the Tactical Cube AND the normal looking Cubes are supposed to be the 1500M ones.
Indeed the standard cubes in VOY are the same size as the tactical cubes, but they are NOT 1500M. They are 3000M, the same as the strong one from FC.

The size results from the internal volume of 28 cubic kilometers mentioned in VOY: "Dark Frontier", yielding a length of 3040m. The size chart for "First Contact" in Star Trek: The Magazine (March 2001) shows the cube at 9000ft = 2743m. The difference is small enough to postulate that there is actually only one size.
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Old July 26 2011, 09:21 PM   #127
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

Yet this still doesn't explain the Cube in Q Who? and BOBW which was the "massive" one with no measurements that even the article writers think was much bigger than the FC/VOY ones.

So again, the Borg in VOY were never using the massive Cube seen in TNG and the difference in power is right there in front of us.

But like I said, it ultimately doesn't matter if they gave an explanation since you'd hate whatever explanation given.
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Old July 26 2011, 09:49 PM   #128
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

You concede that the tactical cube is the same size as the standard cube as seen in FC, yet still argue that it's weak ? The FC cube was a major threat that was beating the entire fleet to a pulp.
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Old July 26 2011, 09:56 PM   #129
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That's not what I mean by recurring. My other examples, Andorians and Cardassians, also had subsequent appearances in the shows they originated, but were never major players, nor were they intended to be, until ENT and DS9; and for the Borg, not until VOY.

So you wanted and entire series of exposition before TNG to set up the Borg?


Again, that version of the Borg was scrapped by the time Q Who came along. The Borg that we see in Q Who were created for Q Who only. They were never intended to replace the Ferengi as TNG's recurring bad guys as the original Neutral Zone concept was. That concept, along with several others from that era, were aborted by a writers' strike. Those Borg were supposed to come from the Alpha Quadrant, not be introduced by Q 7000 light-years away. The whole point was for Q to show them something terrifying that they had never encountered before, not "those guys you encountered in season 1".
Interesting...
Plans change all the time bu it does seem clear that the encounter at the Neutral Zone was meant to herald their arrival.
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Old July 26 2011, 10:04 PM   #130
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You concede that the tactical cube is the same size as the standard cube as seen in FC, yet still argue that it's weak ? The FC cube was a major threat that was beating the entire fleet to a pulp.
The FC Cube was weaker than the one in TNG: In TNG they Armada couldn't even scratch the Cube whereas in FC they were able to do damage to it before Picard told them where the weak point was.

The FC Cube was still smaller than the one from TNG.

So it all comes down to "Yes, I need them to spoon feed it to me that the Borg ships were weaker than the massive one from TNG."
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Old July 26 2011, 10:29 PM   #131
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The FC Cube was weaker than the one in TNG: In TNG they Armada couldn't even scratch the Cube whereas in FC they were able to do damage to it before Picard told them where the weak point was.

The FC Cube was still smaller than the one from TNG.
It was still depicted as an utterly hopeless battle.


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So it all comes down to "Yes, I need them to spoon feed it to me that the Borg ships were weaker than the massive one from TNG."
Again you're implying that this was their intent behind it, and I'm simply too thick-headed to pick up the subtle clues they left. There were no clues because they weren't trying to depict that. They can't spoon-feed food they don't have.

If I were you, I'd stick with T'Girl's angle which says "what the producers intended doesn't count, only what was on screen is canon." That, at least, is capable of being defended. What you're saying is provably false.
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Old July 26 2011, 10:50 PM   #132
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

And what we see on-screen is that all Borg encounters, starting in FC, had Borg ships smaller and weaker than the one in TNG.
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Old July 26 2011, 11:00 PM   #133
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

What happened to the Borg was neither series' "fault" exactly, it was inevitable given two conditions:


1.The Borg were supposed to be almost unstoppable

2. The Borg became extremely popular villains who drew a lot of fanbase interest and enthusiasm


see, you can't really have an almost unstoppable villain that you keep bringing back and then defeating. It just doesn't work. But they wanted to keep using the Borg because they were cool, so you can't have it both ways. Either use them sparingly and preserve the scariness, or keep using them for the ratings, but diminish their power as they are continually defeated.
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Old July 26 2011, 11:17 PM   #134
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

The Borg weren't God.
The fans irrationally portray the Borg as imminently and permanently unstoppable. That was never said in the series and the series also never said that humans couldn't fight the borg at all. The fans simply believed the Borg's opening line more than the writers did. "Resistance is Futile"
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Old July 26 2011, 11:24 PM   #135
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Re: Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

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The FC Cube was weaker than the one in TNG: In TNG they Armada couldn't even scratch the Cube whereas in FC they were able to do damage to it before Picard told them where the weak point was.
Maybe they were just slightly better prepared, the second time the Borg invaded. More powerful starships such as the Sovereign Class, quantum torpedoes, more resistant shields etc
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