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!!!
This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.