This one is a no-brainer because frankly at any given point any of the “enemy” species on Star Trek can flip and become aligned. We’ve seen it with the Klingons and the Romulans but there are one species that do not give a shit about peaceful cohabitation and that is the Borg.
Also, it’s really fun to draw them.
Whilst I do appreciate all that they did with the Borg I do feel that deep down they weakened them as an enemy by adding the Borg Queen. Up until that point, they were a relentless assimilation machine that couldn’t be reasoned with. I mean it’s possible that Locutus also chipped away at this terrifying oppressive force but I get why they did it, some sort of concept of facilitating assimilation more readily to avoid wasted resources as misguided as that may have been. I try to imagine that they’ve done it in the past and other Borg figureheads have been created and reabsorbed.
But the Borg Queen added a convenient weak point, an interactive point to engage with the Borg and try and reason or negotiate. The Borg were in my opinion much more terrifying when they were a blank wall of assimilated faces.But don’t get me wrong, the Borg Queen is a great character still and there are patterns in nature that are reflected in this so it’s not unprecedented.
Fun fact: This is actually the 100th Star Trek illustration for this year.
I’ve also posted over on Patreon a video showing the complete process of drawing this – from pencil line to the final touches – only $1 a month gets you access to these kinds of things plus helps me buy ink!!!
I’ve got a new rig to record these videos on and it really makes the whole process a heck of a lot easier to do, one of these days I shall outline my set up for those who are interested. I was actually surprised how clearly this came up, sorry if it’s a little too long but I’m still experimenting with what is a watchable speed.
I remember watching this episode when it first aired and being struck by how brilliant a concept this was played out extremely well by Patrick Stewart. It’s a shame my favourite episode wasn’t one that used the entire cast but this is just a great story and it’s only able to be told so effectively because of all of the episodes that come before it.
It’s a bit of a mind fuck when you realise that Picard has lived a whole lifetime, it has to mess with you. I’ve only lived forty years and it’s completely shaped me as a person, now imagine living out another 40 years in a different life and having those memories and experience. The character himself must be forever changed and I appreciate that the flute becomes a regular reminder of this throughout the remainder of the series.
It really does paint Picard in an extraordinary light, the mental fortitude of having survived complete assimilation into the Borg collective, living out an entire life, helping to shape Klingon politics and witnessing the birth of warp drive first hand amongst so much else.
A really nice episode to rewatch for this challenge.
I struggled with deciding this one and then went for the first thing that kept popping into my head. I remember beaming (excuse the pun) when newly-demoted Captain Kirk sees the Enterprise-A for the first time and says “My friends, we’ve come home.” The music swells with the original series which to this point has largely been absent from The Voyage Home soundtrack and it adds a nice happy ending for the last three films.
The end scene as they all settle into their roles on the bridge just tops it off and declares that the crew is ready to go off boldly going where no one has before again.
So that’s my pick for the happiest moment in Star Trek, there are plenty more but it’s the one that jumps to mind first.
The natural choice here is almost immediately to go to the death of Spock. It is one of the most iconic death sequences and funerals not only in science fiction but in film in general. But so far this list has been very TOS heavy and I wanted to highlight a scene that took me completely by surprise and I will unashamedly admit that bawled like baby when I saw it.
At the end of Enterprise they have done such a good job at being so likeable a cast that it doesn’t matter if the first two seasons were wasted with troubled writing. In the episode Terra Prime Trip and T’Pol’s child is dying and Dr Phlox leaves them alone with the child and speaks to Captain Archer on his way out:
When you invited me to join this crew, I thought it would be an interesting diversion for a few months. Some time away from the complications of family, which on Denobula can be extremely complicated. I didn’t expect to gain another family. (close to tears) It hurts as if she were my own child.
Even reading that makes me well up a little. It is a beautiful scene, it is perfectly executed by both Phlox and Archer and it deserves a mention.