What The Borg Queen Should Have Looked Like

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The biggest disappointment of Star Trek: First Contact was the Borg Queen. She shouldn't have existed in the first place — what's next, Borg royal jelly? — but the Bride-Of-Frankenstein design was super underwhelming and lacked a certain zing. Now some original Borg Queen concept art has turned up online, and it shows a few other ways her royal Borgness could have turned out. I like this quasi-Vargas pin-up version. Check out our borgy gallery below.

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This concept art comes from Nostalgic G's look back at the making of First Contact, which is pretty fascinating in general. (Including a glimpse of the young Ron Moore.) Did you know that First Contact was originally called Star Trek: Resurrection, and at one point the Borg were going to travel back in time to Renaissance Italy, and try to assimilate a whole bunch of tights-wearing perspective-discovering painters? I didn't, anyway. Check it out, including more behind-the-scenes pics. [Nostalgic G]

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Corpore Metal

Mostly off topic rant here—

Maybe I'm in a minority here but when the Borg first showed up on Trek it/they was/were scary, then with each subsequent appearance, they (Note that I don't say it anymore.) got lamer and lamer.

Why? Lots of reasons but, mainly because they began to personify them. At first they were mysterious, inscrutable and utterly unstoppable. By the time Species 8472 showed up—essentially another Borg-like civilization—I kinda wished that 8472 would just put the lame-o Borg to waste.

First the Q Continuum was scary, then got lame and easily dismissed, so Q/The Q introduces us to the Borg, which after getting boring for the same reasons, introduced us to the Species 8472.

Yawn.

Rules of depicting scary, collectivist, militant species in science fiction:

1) Never show them as having leaders.

2) Never show them is being defeated. Only show the heroes as getting away by the sheerest of chances.

3) Never personify them.

4) Avoid showing them more than once if possible. Only mention that they are out there someplace and it's inevitable they'll eat us one day.

Basically, when it came to alien space or higher dimensional menaces, follow Wells or Lovecraft. They got it right. Nobody gets to kick Cthulhu ass. The Martians only die because of a planning error.