March 3rd, 2015
What would you get if you combined a heaping helping of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a healthy dose of the First Contact Next Generation movie and a pinch of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country?
If you go by the screen name of BrunoSerious, you’d have come up with a “mashup” called Star Trek: “The Borg,” which pits Captain Kirk and his crew against the deadliest enemies from TNG while using a Go!Animation visual style.
The story begins with a Klingon Bird of Prey approaching a vessel that has entered the Empire territory. After a few moments examining the enemy starship, the captain orders his officers to fire on it, which has no effect.
Suddenly, a mechanical voice tells the crew that “We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.”
At that point, the scene shifts to a space station in orbit around the Earth, and Kirk is transported aboard and greeted by Mister Scott.
“Those departure orders,” the chief engineer says. “Starfleet cannot be serious.”
“Why aren’t the Enterprise transporters operating?” Kirk asks.
“A wee problem,” Scott replies. “Just temporary.”
The captain then asks Scotty to take him over to the starship in a shuttle.
Once both are aboard the small vessel, Kirk confides in his chief engineer that “an alien object of unbelievable destructive power is less than three days away from this planet. The only starship in interception range is the Enterprise.”
With that, Mister Scott gives the captain a tour around the newly refurbished starship, and Kirk is grateful to see the upgraded Enterprise before the captain and his crew must take it into battle.
As Kirk and company prepare to depart, Lieutenant Uhura tells the captain that the “transporter system is fully repaired and functioning normally.”
James T. then calls Mister Scott and asks if he found the engine room.
“Right where I left it,” the chief engineer replies.
Once the starship has left Earth orbit, the Enterprise takes off using impulse power and later makes the jump to warp speed.
When the Starfleet flagship encounters the huge cube, Uhura states that messages of peace and friendship are being broadcast on all frequencies.
However, Spock notes that the cube is scanning the Enterprise, which is followed by a message similar to the one heard by the crew of the Klingon Bird of Prey.
“We are the Borg,” the mechanical voice states. “Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”
The storyline then jumps 80 years in the future, when Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise E, gets a message from an admiral who just received what he calls “a disturbing message from Deep Space Five.”
“They were tracking a Borg ship when it disappeared,” he continues. “Their sensors also managed to detect chronometric particles emanating from the ship.”
Picard hurries to the Bridge, where he orders Data to set a course for Earth at maximum warp.
When the Enterprise E reaches Sector 001, Lieutenant Geordi La Forge tells the captain that he’s been able to reconfigure the ship’s warp field to match the chronometric readings of the Borg vessel.
“Recreate the warp field,” the captain replies just before Data tells him some disastrous information.
“There are nine billion life forms on the planet, all of them Borg,” the android reports.
“We must go back,” Picard says. “Repair whatever damage they’ve done.”
While the Enterprise E leaps through a “time tunnel” to the past, the crew of the original Enterprise is fighting a losing battle against the Borg.
“We’re just hanging on, Sir,” Scotty tells Kirk. “Main energizers out.”
“Try auxiliary power,” the captain shouts, then turns to his first officer for a damage report.
“They knew exactly where to hit us,” Spock states evenly.
“Who knew where to hit us, and why?” Kirk grumbles.
“One thing is certain,” the half-human, half-Vulcan officer states. “We cannot escape on auxiliary power.”
Before any defensive moves can be made, the starship is rocked by yet another powerful beam of green energy..
“Scotty,” Kirk calls out. “What’s left?”
“Just the batteries, Sir,” the chief engineer replies. “I can have auxiliary power in a few minutes.”
“We don’t have a few minutes!” Kirk shouts.
“We’re not gonna make it, are we?” Sulu asks grimly.
Suddenly, the viewscreen is filled with the image of the Borg Queen.
“What is the meaning of this attack?” the captain asks.
“Human, flawed, organic,” she responds. “Is it becoming clear? Watch your future’s end.”
Spoiler Alert: If you’d rather watch the fan film’s ending yourself, skip down to the links at the end of this article. If not, just continue reading.
“If I were human,” Spock states, “I believe my response would be ‘Go to hell.’”
“I swear to you we’re not finished yet,” Kirk says angrily.
Suddenly, another starship arrives, and it’s the future Enterprise under Picard’s command.
“Fascinating,” the first officer says.
Once Uhura opens hailing frequencies, the ship’s captain identifies himself as “Jean-Luc Picard of the starship Enterprise. I’m from … what you would consider the future.”
“Captain of the Enterprise,” Kirk responds with a smile.
“Target all your weapons on the following coordinates,” Picard orders, “and prepare to fire on my command.”
“Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise?” Kirk asks in a wistful manner before walking over to Sulu’s station, where he whispers “Lock phasers on target.”
The helm officer replies quietly, “Phasers … locked.”
Picard gives the order to fire, and the combination of weapons blasts from both Enterprises is enough to destroy the enemy vessel.
“As much as to the crew of the Enterprise,” Kirk says to Picard and his officers, “I owe you my thanks.”
“Thank you,” Picard replies. “Data, lay in a course for the 24th Century. I suspect our future is waiting there for us.”
As the Enterprise E passes the original Enterprise, McCoy says: “My God, that’s a big ship.”
“Not so big as her captain, I think,” Mister Scott adds.
“I think it’s about time we got underway ourselves,” Kirk notes.
“Course heading, Captain?” Chekov asks.
“Second star to the right, and straight on till morning,” the captain says cheerfully.
And with that, both starships take different routes to the future.
Now it’s time to put on my Clint Eastwood hat and get reviewing.
The Good: This animated episode was fun to watch. It wasn’t long before I started remembering where I’d heard various lines before, and it became a fun game to figure out where the “puzzle pieces” came from.
And of course, there’s the fan in me who enjoyed seeing the crews of two Enterprises meet and defeat a deadly enemy together.
The Bad: The most difficult thing about this fan film is the fact that it’s split into five different parts, and I couldn’t find a link to go from one segment to the next easily. If anyone knows of such a format regarding this independent production, let me know, and I’ll post it here.
The Ugly: I know some of you out there are probably having a fit because this film didn’t follow the usually tight continuity of Trek. After all, Kirk and his crew now know about Picard and his future Enterprise, and who knows what kind of chaos that could cause in the timestream?
My best recommendation is to just sit back and enjoy this unique project. Watch it with some fellow Trek fans and see who can guess first where each plot point and spoken line is from.
If you’d like to watch “The Borg,” turn your Web browser to this link, this second link, a third link, the fourth link and the final connection. And if you want to see more of BrunoSerious’s work, go here.