Monday, July 20, 2015

Spaceships: The Borg Cube

This week I was browsing through different spaceships in fiction and paused at finding the Borg Cube. This is one of my favorites, even though it’s an enemy ship. It was first introduced on Star Trek the Next Generation when Q (an immortal being with unlimited power) became annoyed with Picard’s arrogance. So to teach him a lesson, Q hurled the Enterprise into a different area of space. I remember the first time I watched that episode and the Borg Cube made its appearance. My first thought was “This thing is going to be impossible.” That’s exactly what they wanted me to think too.

The designers did a great job inspiring fear with this ship. First of all, the Enterprise is small next to it and it becomes clear it’s also a lot weaker. The very design of the cube (a square mass of twisted metal) gives one the impression that these cyborgs don’t have any remaining human characteristics, so how could they spare anyone? In general, the very mechanical nature of the cube is disturbing because as humans (in real life) we use technology more and more. It asks the question, will humans someday be part human/part machine?

Then, to make things even more disturbing, the Borg were bent on assimilating humanoids of all kinds, so it plays on a fear we humans have of still having a body, but being stripped of our personality and everything that makes us human. The Borg and Zombies have a lot in common.


1. The body lives on while the soul is questionable.
2. They want you to become one of them.
3. They come in large numbers.
4. Both are ugly.  

Of course, the Borg are even worse because they're much more difficult to kill. Then there is their signature phrase “resistance is futile.” This just added to the suspense because there was no way there wasn’t going to be resistance. 

Of course, there were many episodes about the Borg and their Cube, which just proves how well thought out the idea of the Borg turned out to be.

See the video for some Borg action.



12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Borg was one of the best villainous races ever created for Star Trek. You're right that they tapped into a deep-rooted fear of ours.

Annalisa Crawford said...

The Borg are my number one reason for hiding behind a cushion while watching TV. So chilling. The Cube are fortresses.

Pat Dilloway said...

It is a weird design but it's not like you need aerodynamics in space.

Eric Shultis said...

So they had to be thinking outside of the box to imagine the cube.

Cindy said...

They were something different than Klingon's, Romulans, etc.

Cindy said...

A fortress is a good way to describe it.

Cindy said...

Since there is no wind in space shape doesn't matter if they never need to land.

Cindy said...

The square shape gave it that alien impression.

Rusty Carl said...

Hey Cindy - just watched Q Who last night. My wife, who is working her way through the series for the first time was yelling at the tv for them to run - or keep shooting- when things were dicey

Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by the 'ol blog a few weeks ago. Just thought I'd stop by and say hi.

Cindy said...

Rusty! It's good to hear from you.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I loved the Borg. One of the best episodes in Voyager was a two part one in which the Borg were being annihilated by Species 8472 (Borg designation). The episode is called "Scorpion." Check out this clip on YouTube that shows the Species 8472 ships destroying an entire Borg planet so fast that the lava from the exploding planet ends up destroying several Borg cubes before they can even escape the gravity well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufHHzzMO7sM

Misha Gericke said...

It is creepy looking. :-D