What makes for truly awesome bad guys in science fiction? First, they must be intriguing — either because we want to know what their motivations could be, or because they're so alien that we just want to know more about what makes them tick. Most importantly, though, bad guys have to change over time. Good characters can't remain static or each meeting with them grows more repetitious. It's possible that Star Trek's hive mind cyborgs known as the Borg are a perfect model for bad guys — even though there are a lot of problems with them, too.
Until last week, when I posted an article about bad guys who were too easy to defeat, I had always thought of the Borg as a tragic failure. They started out ultra-badass but became slimy space vampires in the end. But many of you disagreed with me, and made excellent points. So now I've rethought my position on the Borg. Here's why.