Best of What Worlds, Exactly?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by USS Triumphant, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. SchwEnt

    SchwEnt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 5, 2005
    Best of Both Worlds.

    The Borg--Combine organics and technology to achieve perfection, the best of both (organic&technological) worlds.

    Riker--Wants to stay aboard the Enterprise, also wants to be a starship captain. In this circumstance he gets both, the best of both worlds (be captain & stay on the Enterprise)

    Locutus--Riker wants to stop the Borg and save Earth. Riker wants to save Picard by abducting Locutus. Riker can either take his shot at the Borg cube to defeat them OR rescue Picard from the Borg cube.

    Riker gets lucky. He defeats the Borg AND gets to rescue Picard. Riker gets the best of both worlds.

    I used to recall a few more examples, maybe with Shelby.
    In any case, more than enough to earn the title "Best of Both Worlds".
  2. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Gene's office
    Shelby's strategy was used, and not used.
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Good catch, I like that, but it can't have been part of the rationale for the title, since they didn't know how the story would end when they wrote (and named) part 1. So it's just lucky that it fits the title after the fact.
  4. Dale Sams

    Dale Sams Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 29, 2012
    Way to go dude. You just gave the suits the theme song for their new Borg-centric Star Trek series.
  5. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    They were probably rocking to Van Hagar while writing this episode.
  6. Mojochi

    Mojochi Commodore Commodore

    Aug 18, 2007
    I always took it as a double entendre, reflecting on both the Borg and Picard. The Borg are a balance between organism & machine, as well as the individual and the collective, & as such consider themselves superior, by being benefactor of both those "worlds", the ability to absorb & benefit from the knowledge of individuals, like Picard's knowledge of Starfleet tactics & tech, coupled with the hive mind that determines how best to use their accumulated knowledge & resources

    Whereas, it is solely because of Picard calling upon both is individuality and his connection to the Borg collective that allowed them to prevail. Him benefiting from both those world's is what ultimately saves them all
  7. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

    Sep 10, 2012
    USS Berlin
    Doing a TNG screencap compilation I came across a scene from BoBW and made some comments to illustrate my interpretation.


    I really love both designs which we didn't see that often and here they are together in one screencap.

  8. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2011
    I always took it to mean that the Enterprise and the Borg cube were the best of their competing worlds. That the crew's reactions--to think outside of the box to beat the Borg--was a counter-weight to the Borg's ingenious plan to assimilate Picard (until it led to their downfall). I guess that's not right, however.
  9. Cyke101

    Cyke101 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 11, 2007
    Oh, no worries -- I don't think there's a "right" answer to this sort of thing. But then again, that's a sign of a great title, that it could have so many meanings and lead to a lot of subtext.