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Old May 11 2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Regeneration question...

So I just wanted to make one thing clear the Borg in this episode were the ones Picard dealt with in First Contact right? So why didn't Picard scan the surface before he left and see that there were still Borg down there? I remember him saying he didn't want to contaminate the timeline, but didn't he do just that? The episode implied that Picard through a paradox set the wheels in motion for the Borg attack right? Can anyone explain why Picard would leave Borg down on the surface before returning to his time?
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Old May 11 2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: Regeneration question...

The Enterprise was more than half Borgified at the time. I doubt much was left in proper working condition.
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Old May 11 2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Another possibility is that the debris didn't strike Earth immediatly after the Borg Sphere was destroyed but was Debris that they thought would burn up in the Atmosphere but it somehow managed to survive entry.
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Old May 12 2014, 03:26 AM   #4
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Re: Regeneration question...

King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
The Enterprise was more than half Borgified at the time. I doubt much was left in proper working condition.
On the other hand, given the catastrophe that would result if Borg seeds were overlooked, and that there's no time constraints on when the Enterprise goes back, it's hard to see why the ship couldn't take the time to repair enough sensors to be confident that no Borg equipment had survived.

Maybe Picard believed his Locutus Sense when it told him there wasn't any further workable Borg Stuff on the planet.
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Old May 12 2014, 05:50 AM   #5
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It didn't pollute the timeline. Picard knew the drones in the wreckage would be discovered, and he made sure that history would play out the way his history books said it had to.
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Old May 12 2014, 10:33 AM   #6
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I bet he wishes he'd read those history books before taunting Q that one time. Or maybe actually asked Guinan WHO she was fleeing from back in 2294?
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Old May 12 2014, 02:46 PM   #7
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Nebusj wrote: View Post
there's no time constraints on when the Enterprise goes back
I don't know if there's any evidence of that.
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Old May 12 2014, 03:20 PM   #8
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Actually, I could see a severe constraint there: the Vulcans arrive. And while they miss the E-E, thanks to "the Moon's gravitational field", what they miss is the hasty escape of the starship. Had she remained behind for a minute longer, she could have been subject to thorough Vulcan scans - the species is known for being anal-retentively methodical, after all.

(Also, I could well see the Vulcans immediately thinking "There are only drunken monkeys down here - where did that warp technology really come from?", meaning it would be very important to hide the starship very quickly!)

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Old May 15 2014, 07:48 PM   #9
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It didn't pollute the timeline. Picard knew the drones in the wreckage would be discovered, and he made sure that history would play out the way his history books said it had to.
I have to disagree with this there is no way Picard would leave drone Borg on the surface intentionally.
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Old May 15 2014, 09:06 PM   #10
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^ Unless Picard had full knowledge that this was a natural part of the timeline and should not be interfered with. Which is a stretch, but possible.
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Old May 15 2014, 11:49 PM   #11
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It wouldn't be the first time that Picard felt he had the right to try and tamper with history (see also Yesterday's Enterprise)
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Old May 16 2014, 12:03 AM   #12
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^ That was *restoring* history, not tampering with it.
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Old May 16 2014, 07:07 AM   #13
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Zane1108 wrote: View Post
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It didn't pollute the timeline. Picard knew the drones in the wreckage would be discovered, and he made sure that history would play out the way his history books said it had to.
I have to disagree with this there is no way Picard would leave drone Borg on the surface intentionally.
Really? Even if he knew that to remove them would mean that history would play out differently and could change the future?
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Old May 16 2014, 10:34 AM   #14
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It didn't pollute the timeline. Picard knew the drones in the wreckage would be discovered, and he made sure that history would play out the way his history books said it had to.
I have to disagree with this there is no way Picard would leave drone Borg on the surface intentionally.
Really? Even if he knew that to remove them would mean that history would play out differently and could change the future?
How could Picard possibly know that is my question? He had no knowledge of the events that would take place once the Borg were discovered by the scientists. Why would he think this is the natural part of the timeline? The episode implies that Picard in a weird Star Trek way set the wheels in motion for the eventual Borg attack 200 years later and that rubbed me the wrong way.
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Old May 16 2014, 12:53 PM   #15
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^ That was *restoring* history, not tampering with it.
That was just Picard's bit of spin to try and convince his senior staff to go along with the word of a bartender. In reality, he had no way of knowing whether the last 20 years of history were "correct" or not, since he had lived every day and they were very real to him!

Call it what you will, this War-Picard had made the unilateral decision to try and change history for everyone.
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