The Best of Both Worlds


Episode Info

The Next Generation concluded its third season with a cliffhanger, the outcome of which would not be resolved until the beginning of Season Four. It all begins when Starfleet Command assigns young female officer Lt. Cmdr. Shelby (Elizabeth Dennehy) to the Enterprise. Ostensibly, Shelby is to investigate the Borg-induced disappearance of a Federation Colony, but Riker soon learns that the ambitious young woman is jockeying for his job. This is the episode that ends with Captain Picard suddenly declaring "I am Locutus, of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life, as it has been, is over. From this time forward, you will service us!" Viewers watching this episode on June 23, 1990 would have to wait until September 29 for the outcome. Part one of "The Best of Both Worlds" was written by Michael Piller.


Patrick Stewart
as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
as Cdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton
as Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis
as Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
as Lt. Cdr. Data
Elizabeth Dennehy
as Lt. Cdr. Shelby
George Murdock
as Adm. Hanson
Denise Crosby
as Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
Gates McFadden
as Dr. Beverly Crusher
Colm Meaney
as Miles O'Brien
Diana Muldaur
as Dr. Katherine `Kate' Pulaski
Michelle Forbes
as Ens. Ro Laren
Patti Yasutake
as Dr. Elissa Ogawa
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Critic Reviews for The Best of Both Worlds

It makes for a better-than-average "Star Trek" adventure, though as usual the threats are resolved in rapid fashion just in time for the exciting conclusion.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Although the franchise has been praised for liberal virtues like diversity and a commitment to social justice, life on starships is fiercely hierarchical: you do what the captain says.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…