Why do the Borg say "Resistance is futile"?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by at Quark's, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 20, 2016
    Its already here...
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  2. Haggis and tatties

    Haggis and tatties Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    They say it because they lack the resistance to not say it, and to even try and not say it would be futile.
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  3. Steven P Bastien

    Steven P Bastien Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Mar 8, 2018
    3 steps ahead of where I was 2 seconds ago
    I wish they had said, "Resistance is measured in Ohms". At least then we would have learned something.
  4. That's So Bane

    That's So Bane Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2013
    Grendelsbayne was born in the dark.
    Well now I'm just picturing the Enterprise crew trying to defeat the Borg with the power of meditation.

    Oooooohhhhhmmmm. Oooooohhhhhhhmmmmmm.
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  5. Prax

    Prax Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 1, 2017
    oh boy
  6. Roundabout

    Roundabout Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 19, 2018
    Did they pronounce it right?

    I, for one, am glad that they (with the exception of seven of nine) went with the few-tile rather than the few-tul pronunciation.

    It has a nicer ring to it, but I suppose it would be futile to argue which is the better sounding pronunciation.
  7. Prax

    Prax Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 1, 2017
    Seven is a Murican
  8. JaffreyPanthosa

    JaffreyPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    To the Borg I think the idea is to reduce enemy morale. It wouldn’t work on Federation planets, but that blue fellow from Allegience may surrender.
  9. Kor

    Kor Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    My mansion on Qo'noS
    "Resistance is futile" was a one-off line in response to Picard saying he would resist them with his last ounce of strength, and in turn spoken by Picard for dramatic effect after he was assimilated. Somebody must have thought it sounded cool, so it ended up becoming their over-played catchphrase.

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  10. CryptCaitian

    CryptCaitian Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 7, 2015
    South Gloucestershire, UK
    Big reason to love Star Trek and this board: how a simple little question can spark such a fascinating conversation. Personally, I suspect the recurrence of "resistance is futile" comes down to the one time it was undeniably effective, coolly delivered by a freshly assimilated Captain of the Enterprise D, and defiantly responded to by Riker.

    Other than that, it did lose currency, agreed. For me the lowest point was Data's "resistance is feudal" at the climax of First Contact, which does undermine the moment somewhat. The US pronunciation just doesn't carry the same weight, for some reason.

    Not coincidentally, I pinpoint FC as the major point in the Borg's decline. Introducing a ruling, focal figure, the Queen, took away much of what made them so disturbing and formidable in the first place - the implacable, impenetrable, coldly mechanical hive-mind-on-a-massive-scale identity, which leant the (in)famous phrase a measure of genuine strength and menace.
  11. ToyBoxComix

    ToyBoxComix Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Apr 24, 2019
    The Borg have assimilated the tactic of mind games and the concept of getting in your opponents' heads.
  12. Sci

    Sci Admiral Admiral

    Mar 2, 2002
    Montgomery County, State of Maryland
    I always liked the idea proposed by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens in their Star Trek novels: That the Borg make the order because, should a target comply, it would be more efficient than starting off with combat without attempting verbal intimidation first.

    Yeah, but the problem of linguistic evolution over 400 years is inevitable no matter how you structure your dialogue. So you might as well structure your dialogue in a way that's not formally prescriptivist and which connects meaningfully with your intended audience (especially since formally prescriptivist grammar and vocabulary are inherently classist).