Destroying the Borg
(A Star Trek Lost Episodes transcript)
Mr. LaForge, have you had any success with your attempts at finding a
weakness in the Borg? And Mr. Data, have you been able to access their
Yes, Captain. In fact, we found the answer by searching through our
archives on late Twentieth-century computing technology. (Geordi presses a
key, and a logo appears on the computer screen.)
[Riker looks puzzled..]
What the hell is 'Microsoft'?
[Data turns to answer..]
Allow me to explain. We will send this program, for some reason called
'Windows', through the Borg command pathways. Once inside their command
unit, it will begin consuming system resources at an unstoppable rate.
But the Borg have the ability to adapt. Won't they alter their processing
systems to increase their storage capacity?
Yes, Captain. But when 'Windows' detects this, it will generate new
requirements of itself known as an 'upgrade'. The use of resources
increases exponentially with each iteration. The Borg will not be able to
adapt quickly enough. Eventually all of their processing ability will be
taken over and none will be available for their normal operational
Excellent work. This is even better than that 'unsolvable geometric shape'
... 15 Minutes Later ...
Captain, We have successfully installed the 'Windows' in the command unit
and, as expected, it immediately consumed 85% of all resources. We however
have not received any confirmation of the expected 'upgrade' yet.
Our scanners have picked up an increase in Borg storage and CPU capacity to
compensate, But we still have not received anything regarding the 'upgrade'
to compensate for their increase.
Data, scan the history banks again and determine if there is something we
Sir, I believe the 'upgrade' has started. I detect something called
"Windows95". Something seems to be happening, their systems are starting to
look unstable and needing more system resources.
Their systems seem to have locked trying to execute normal operational
functions. Wait, they are re-powering...
Captain, we have no choice. Requesting permission to begin emergency escape
sequence Riker 3F.
Wait, Captain I just detected their CPU capacity has suddenly dropped to 0!
Data, what do your scanners show?
Apparently the Borg have found the internal 'Windows' module named
'Solitaire' and it has used up all the CPU capacity.
Let's wait and see how long this 'Solitaire' can reduce their
.. Two Hours Pass . ... .
Geordi, what's the status on the Borg?
As expected the Borg are attempting to re-engineer to compensate for
increased CPU and storage demands, but each time they successfully increase
resources I have setup our closest deep space monitor beacon to transmit
more 'windows' modules from something called the 'Microsoft fun-pack'.
How much time will that buy us?
Current Borg solution rates allow me to predicate an interest time span of
6 more hours.
Captain, another vessel has entered our sector.
It appears to have markings very similar to the 'Microsoft' logo.
[Over the speakers]
THIS IS ADMIRAL BILL GATES OF THE MICROSOFT FLAGSHIP, MONOPOLY. WE HAVE
POSITIVE CONFIRMATION OF UNREGISTERED SOFTWARE IN THIS SECTOR. SURRENDER
ALL ASSETS AND WE CAN AVOID ANY TROUBLE. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS.
The alien ship has just opened its forward hatches and released thousands
of humanoid shaped objects.
Magnify forward viewer on the alien craft.
Good God captain! Those are humans floating straight toward the Borg ship
with no life support suits! How can they survive the tortures of deep
I don't believe that those are humans sir, if you will look closer I
believe you will see that they are carrying something recognized by
twenty-first century man as doe-skin leather briefcases, and wearing Armani
[Riker and Picard together horrified]
It can't be. All the Lawyers were rounded up and sent hurtling into the sun
in 2017 during the Great Awakening.
True, but apparently some must have survived.
They have surrounded the Borg ship and are covering it with papers.
I believe that is known in ancient vernacular as 'red tape'. It often
proves fatal. The Borg are now attempting to contact for help, but the
MONOPOLY refuses to answer.
They're transmitting more modules, system overload is eminent, it's tearing
the Borg to pieces !
Turn off the monitors. I can't stand to watch, not even the Borg deserve