Why do people keep saying Voyager weakened the Borg?

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  1. MacLeod

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    ^Isn't that the problem? The Borg are supposed to be more advanced than the Federation. As such wouldn't we norm ally expect the more advanced party to win most of the time?

    I'm sure the Q with a snap of their fingers could destroy a Borg cube but the Q are more advanced than the Borg.
     
  2. Bad Thoughts

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    Out of curiosity, what are they (leaving aside those species who have evolved beyond corporeal existence, like the Metrons, the Q, etc., species that wouldn't engage in armed combat)?
     
  3. Melakon

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    Hugh is what weakened the Borg for me, though it really begins when the writers decided the Borg needed a spokesperson (is that a spox now in texting English; I always mentally rhyme it with Spocks).

    When we first meet the Borg, all we know about them is they're dangerous and harvest technology. They appear to simply be an individual species that implants themselves. They don't really start going after other people until BoBW.

    I liked the Borg a lot better before they selected a pitch man.
     
  4. jimbotron

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    Personally, First Contact weakened the Borg. Introducing a queen completely takes away their uniqueness and the horror. Before they were an unstoppable force. But with a queen, you knock her out, and you defeat the Borg. Plus, if there was a queen all along, then how did the cube in BOBW fall for the sleep command? It wouldn't work.

    All Voyager did was run them into the ground. The damage was already done.
     
  5. M.A.C.O.

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    ^ I introduced my non-Trek friends to Star Trek a few months ago. We watched the Borg episodes in a marathon and FC. A number of them (5 out of 6) concurred that the addition of the Borg Queen was stupid and weakend the concept of the Borg. This is from NON-FANS. When I told them it only gets worse in VOY where the Queen shows up repeatedly and with a weaker presence each time they groaned.

    The Queen can be airlocked from the series forever for all I care. I wouldn't be surprised if the collective staged a coup and usurped her for being a ineffective and incompetent leader. Episodes like Q Who, TBOBW, Scorpion, and Regeneration all perform wonderfully without the Queen. She is not an essential staple of the Borg mythos.

    With regards to FC however, I think the film still works well with her inclusion. The opening fight scene shows a massive cube shooting down starships left and right. When the Enterprise shows up and before Picard gives the order to fire, you can see a few more ships burst in to flames before the ships launch a volley of torpedo and phaser fire. The Borg Queen has very little presence in FC. It's the drones we see doing all the work and fighting in the film. The Queen is just there to give Data someone to talk to in the cutaways from the flight of the Phoneix and enemy intruder stories going on.



    Also this was posted by TrekCore a few months ago. In an interview Brannon Braga talks about the Borg.

    "TrekCore: You've addressed one of the things have "against you", time travel. The other one is the Borg. A lot of fans say that "Braga de-fanged the Borg" in Voyager by making them less of a threat. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think there's anything behind that, or were they the same as they were in The Next Generation?

    Brannon Braga: I think that, for the most part, the Borg were a very successful villain on Voyager. I don't think they were... They were "de-fanged" only in so much as they kept getting their asses kicked! Once the Borg lose enough times... which is why in this comic book that I'm going, I have them win. At least, from the beginning, they finally achieve their goals.

    That's the danger when you keep bringing them back. I think we brought them back, maybe, twice too many. There were a couple Borg episodes I don't think were quite as successful. I don't remember the finale well enough... I think I have a story credit on it, so you'd think I'd remember it. I don't know that the Borg were super impactful there.

    I think Seven of Nine should have bit the dust. I think there had to be a real sacrifice for this crew getting home; a real blood sacrifice. Seven of Nine was, for me, designed to be a character that was gonna die tragically. I planned that."


    Full interview here: http://trekcore.com/blog/2013/03/exclusive-brannon-braga-interview-part-ii/
     
  6. KaraBear

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    I think people WANT them to be an unstoppable super enemy. I think they are close, but only because of their numbers.

    but in storytelling, what is the purpose of an enemy? to be defeated.
     
  7. KaraBear

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    again, it's one of those times where people say oh they got destroyed a lot, but when you ask for specific times tey can't give you any. People like to say the borg got their asses kicked on voyager a lot, but nobody can ever name more than one or two times where voyager was up against a small or weakened vessel
     
  8. KaraBear

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    Personally, I think the borg were much scarier on Voyager than they ever were on TNG. The first meeting with them was anything but scary.
     
  9. Anwar

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    The Borg ALWAYS had representatives, in nearly all their stories.

    Q Who? Had Q and Guinan serve as their "reps". Explaining the Borg to the Feds.

    BOBW had Locutus.

    I, Borg and Descent had Hugh and Lore.

    The Dominion were more advanced than the Feds too. No one complained when they turned out to be more equal when it came to fighting.

    If the 8472 were introduced in TNG, then no one would complain that a species existed that could fight the Borg. Being introduced in VOY is what had people disliking them.

    In TOS they had things like the Doomsday Machine, or V'Ger, or the Whale Probe. All of those things were more powerful than the Borg.

    In TNG they had things like Nagilum, or the leftover tech from the T'Kon Empire, stuff like that. All more powerful than the Borg.

    What was strange was that they were so afraid of the Borg to begin with, when they already knew there were worse things out there.
     
  10. KaraBear

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    I think with the borg it's the assimilation that makes them "worse".

    the Jemhadar had numbers and powerful ships and didn't care if they died themselves. They were a poweful enemy as well, but the worse they would do to you is kill you.

    Borg assimilate and turn you into the enemy.
     
  11. Bad Thoughts

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    Forgive me, but that's not an impressive list. We know nothing of the species that made the Doomsday Machine or the Whale Probe, and having the Doomsday Machine would not guarantee that the Borg would not assimilate the species. Moreover, we really don't have a basis for comparing how they would perform in armed combat with the Borg: the Whale Probe was no weapon, and the Doomsday Machine was able to be defeated by 23rd Century Federation technology and strategy. V'Ger? Given that it was, in part, constructed by humans, a species assimilated in an alternative timeline, it's ability are difficult to compare. At the end, none of these are the species themselves, just bits of technology. Same thing with the T'Kon: it's not clear how they could defend themselves, and their ability to resist the Borg would be entirely a matter of speculation.



    Nagilum, like Q and the Metrons, really aren't a good measure either. The Borg aren't likely to be interested in them, being that they have neither physicality nor technology. I have no doubt that they could make the Borg disappear, but they aren't likely to engage the Borg. Simply put, they are unlikely to be adversaries to or a threat to the Borg, and the Borg would not try to assimilate them. We even know that Q would not judge the Borg in the way he would humanity. Those races are of no concern to the Borg. Moreover, the same could be said of the Federation's relationship with the same species. Picard et al could reasonably believe that an intellectual appeal would change their minds. The Borg offered no such dialogue, just a commitment to assimilate them. There was no room for negotiation.

    Q and Guinan are "representatives" to the Borg? That's strong language.
     
  12. KaraBear

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    in regards to Q and the borg....
    Q to his son....
    Q: If the Continuum's told you once, they've told you a thousand times. Don't provoke the Borg!
     
  13. R. Star

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    Yes, well that never stopped Q from playing around with the Borg. ;)

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  14. MacLeod

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    However in the case of the Dominion it took the combined might of the UFP, KE, RSE and the CU to finally overcome them. And even then the thing that end the war was Odo persuading the female changeling to surrender and trust the solids.

    Isn't also about how much one species is above the other. For example we could say the UFP is a 5 and the Dominion a 6 but put the Borg at an 8.
     
  15. R. Star

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    Even then, the majority of the Dominion's military and resources weren't even brought into play during that war, being stuck in the Gamma Quadrant.

    Really the only technological advantages the Dominion had were the ability to penetrate Federation shields, which took the Federation a couple years or so to counter, which I really have no problem with.

    That long range transporter, which seemed rather limited in it's use, being they only transported one person at any given time. Otherwise they could just beam thousands of Jem'Hadar onto a planet from the next sector.

    And of course their cloning technology. The ability to mass breed Jem'Hadar and Vorta makes a war of attrition against the Dominion all but impossible to win.

    Really, it took a kamikazee run to take out the Odessey, which was really more a statement of the Jem'Hadar's resolve to destroy the enemy. Even if it's four years before they do that trick again.

    But even the Dominion wasn't immune from the water down effect being Odo took out an attack ship in a runabout in Faith, Treachery and the Great River.

    The water down effect unavoidably happens with many villains... it definitely did with Voyager and the Borg.
     
  16. Bad Thoughts

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    The Dominion's advantages weren't entirely technological. Their ability to conduct effective diplomacy and espionage were also things that made them more threatening. Overall, it's difficult to say that the Dominion was a threat on its own. Rather, they brought together a breadth of resources, skills and determination which were difficult to beat.
     
  17. KaraBear

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    I guarantee you if Voyager never encountered the Borg the same people would be complaining about them being in the Delta Quadant and never encountering the Borg
     
  18. Praetorian

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    There's only one instance where I think that Voyager really weakened the Borg. Dark Frontier, at the end. Janeway threatens the Queen and she caves in? She should have said, "Death is irrelevant, assimilate them!", instead of letting them get away. Then Paris and/or Seven would have done something that would allow our heroes to escape.

    Yes, in Unimatrix zero it's quite silly how the Queen starts blowing up cubes left and right (and that Janeways gets sad because of it!), but that was of their own doing.
     
  19. Anwar

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    The Whale Probe and the Doomsday Machine showed power in them that the Borg never displayed.

    The Whale Probe's communications system was enough to neutralize any technology it encountered, if mere Comms can do that then it's not much of a stretch to imagine what actual weapons made by its designers can do.

    The Doomsday Machine sliced up planets. We've only ever seen the Borg scoop up cities.

    Whoever augmented V'Ger are certainly way beyond the Borg seeing how V'ger displayed awesome powers we've never seen the Borg equal.

    The T'Kon outpost was able to neutralize both a Galaxy Class and a Ferengi Marauder very casually. Even more casually than the Borg Cube in BOBW.

    Which doesn't stop them from being far superior to the Borg.

    Guinan said that one day dialog with the Borg would be possible.

    They are, they were there to explain the Borg to the Feds because the writers themselves knew that a truly faceless foe just isn't workable without someone there to "speak" for them.

    If the Borg were a VOY-exclusive enemy, and BOBW had been a VOY episode, no one would like it. Not a single person. And everyone would think the "Sleep" thing was the dumbest thing ever.

    Also, if VOY ever used a Solar Flare to destroy a Borg ship like TNG did, no one would've liked that either and they'd all be whining over how the Borg should be able to survive that.
     
  20. Edit_XYZ

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    That's a good point, Anwar - in TNG, the borg cubes were defeated by tricks no less forced than in Voy.

    People tend criticize the elements of a movie/show based on how much they like the movie/show overall.
    For example, few are critical of 'the wrath of khan', despite huge plot holes, quite stupid superhuman and experienced starfleet captain, casual mind control, etc.
    With Voy, on the other hand - criticism galore.

    As for the borg - the dominion:
    The federation alliance dealt with only an expeditionary force, but this consisted of thousands of ships - a substantial fraction of the entire dominion might. NOT with only a dominion ship - consider how easily dispatched by starfleet such a ship would have been.

    But starfleet ever only dealt with one cube (or something around that level of strength). NOT with a few hundred thousand cubes - which would be the equivalent to the dominion expeditionary force. Considering how much trouble it had with one cube - and the insignificantly small victories starfleet achieved, by comparison with the borg's numbers - the borg retain their status as the stronger foe.
     

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