I feel like we don’t talk enough about Star Trek here at The Collective, so my pick for this week’s villain is not the over-used Khan, but rather a TNG villain: the Queen of the Borg.
I chose this particular villain because 1) she has always been the ‘Trek villain with the highest creep factor for me and 2) the Borg Collective are probably the most unlike every other Trek villain, because of their lack of humanity and collectivity. (Grammar sidethought: Is it the “Borg is” considering they share a mindset? hmmm)
You imply disparity where none exists. She is the beginning, the end, the one who is many.
The Borg share a collective consciousness, and the Queen “brings order to chaos.” She alone of the Borg shows personality, emotion, and the ability to use persuasion and psychology on those she chooses to assimilate.
History of Assimilation:
The Queen was assimilated as a child, probably around the age of 7 or 8. Although the Queen was the “leader” of the Borg and exhibited qualities that the drones did not, she was not an individual. The hive mind of the Borg prevented her from truly embracing a unique personality; she has often been compared to the “queen” of a hive of insects.
When Captain Jean Luc Picard was captured by the Borg, the Queen assimilated him into the not-quite-drone, Locutus. She intended him to be a consort for her (of sorts), since the more human part of her could still feel loneliness. Later, when the android Data was captured by the Queen, she attempted to assimilate him in a similar fashion, but together Picard and Data killed the Queen by fracturing her cybernetic spinal cord, thereby destroying her connection to the Collective.
If the Queen were human, she would be a sociopath. She is an expert at manipulation, casually turning on (pun intended) Data’s emotion chip to demonstrate that she is, in fact, more capable of giving him the humanity he craves.
This scene demonstrates that the Queen is ruthless in her assimilation, and not above playing a little dirty (pun also intended) to get who and what she wants. But, honestly? She’s still a teensy bit sexy for a mostly-cyborg lady. Poor Data didn’t stand a chance against her “stimulation.”
Is Assimilation Really So Bad?
That depends on your point of view. If you’re of the mindset of that most of the Western world shares, you may not want to give up your first name too quickly. If you don’t mind losing your individuality, then the Borg might be the place for you (the outfits and tech are pretty nifty). So is the Queen really so evil?
If you haven’t been assimilated, you can make up your own mind about that one.
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