V'Ger origins: Borg or not?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by xvicente, Aug 13, 2013.

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was V'Ger related to the Borg?

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  1. Pondwater

    Pondwater Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    No. The Borg go back about 900+ years, at least according to the Vaaduwar.
     
  2. Lt. Uhura-Brown

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    Why do the Borg have to be the only machine world in the galaxy?

    It's like saying the Humans are the only ones who ever had the idea of building an interstellar community with their neighbours.
     
  3. sojourner

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    How did this topic get turned around from the Borg "creating" V'ger to V'ger creating the Borg?
     
  4. Herkimer Jitty

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    Because of this, I'm guessing.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anMOQ3vTy9k[/yt]
     
  5. xvicente

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    It evolved.
     
  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    ^ And it has a plan.
     
  7. Darkwing

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    This dry land thing is too wierd!
    I like the idea of V'ger being related to the Borg, but not necesssarily directly so. If the machine planet were a different offshoot of the same tech that the Borg came from, they'd be cousins, enough to explain Spock's situation in the Shatnerverse without making either one causative of the other.
    Even better than saying it is or isn't is making fans wonder...
     
  8. Bry_Sinclair

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    Since their dogmas don't come close to matching up (V'Ger was to see all it can see, learn all it can learn and return that information to the creator, whilst the Borg seek to achieve dominance and perfection through the assimilation of other species and their technology) I'd say that the two have nothing to do with one another.

    If V'Ger was of Borg origin why wasn't it swarming with drones, assimilating every planet and ship it came across? Ilia Probe wasn't an assimilated version of Lieutenant Ilia but an artificial life-form in her image, which the Borg doesn't do--they combine organic with cybernetic (then even did it in reverse when they tried to entice Data to join them). Even Decker's merging with V'Ger wasn't any kind of assimilation more a symbiotic joining of its knowledge and power with his imagination and creativity.
     
  9. 137th Gebirg

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    TOS Battlestar Galactica Cylons were also supposed to be cybernetically enhanced intelligent lizards that had multiple brains (with the Imperious Leader having three brains, to connect him with the greater Cylon "hive mind"). There are references to the "Cylon Alliance" in script form and even a few in-dialog of a greater empire composed of other species, ruled and/or assimilated by Cylon tech (like the Ovions). Then the mentally challenged censors and network suits got a hold of the show and made them purely mechanical, lessening the impact, because we shouldn't see our heroes shooting other living beings, even in self-defense.

    Cylons don't predate the Cybermen and certainly not the Zoromes, but they do predate the Borg, and the concept of cybernetic assimilation is not exactly an original concept in general sci-fi.
     
  10. GNDN

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    No, Sir, I don't like it.
     
  11. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Exactly. The Borg could not have cared less who created them. (Assuming they even remembered which species was their original.) They only cared about themselves. V'Ger was always driven by the directive to serve its creator.
     
  12. Darkwing

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    This dry land thing is too wierd!
    And you think exactly the same as your cousin? If they're related, say by a common connection to the machine planet, where the machine planet upgraded both of them at different times, then they'd be recognizable to each other as distant kin, yet be totally different ideologically. Yours was a false argument.
    Different ideas do not equate to no relationship. Doesn't make them related, it just doesn't have anything to do with whether they are or are not.
     
  13. Tiberius

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    Sounds like the "Small Universe" syndrome to me.

    Any time two things have even the smallest thing in common, then it's because they're connected in some way...
     
  14. Bry_Sinclair

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    The question being posed was whether the Borg created V'Ger, not if they both had a connection to a separate machine world, which was the question I was answering.

    As for the same world having a connection to both, it seems highly doubtful. Why would the machine planet adapt the two of them with very different technology and operations? Neither V'Ger nor the Borg evolved, V'Ger needed to meld with Decker in order to do that but before that point it was operating on the same principles it'd launched from Earth with. Meanwhile, the Borg don't evolve, they assimilate, adding unique knowledge and technology to themselves through force, which seems to be their MO for as far back as canon sources go.

    There is no common ground between them, nothing we've seen has shown any possible connection. It sound like trying to apply 'intelligent design' to something that has none.

    As for my "false argument", it is merely another way of looking at the matter--which is the purpose of discussion boards--based on my own thoughts on the subject.
     
  15. Nine of Four

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    Not everything in Trek has to be intertwined.....
     
  16. Merlanthe

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    I dont think the Borg created V'ger.

    Whether or not V'ger created the Borg is a better question imho :P
     
  17. austen_pierce

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    The fact is that the concept of the Borg was envisioned nearly a decade after V'Ger. They had nothing to do with each other.

    Think about how long it would have taken for the Voyager space probe to drift to the delta quadrant???
     
  18. T'Girl

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    .

    Voyager disappeared into what "they" used to call a black hole.
     
  19. Saul

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    I say yes, as it was in 'William Shatner: The Return' book.
     
  20. jpv2000

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    This is true. So it could have wound up anywhere.