Star Trek TNG: The Hive by Fickett and Corroney

In an alternative reality, 500 years after the events in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean Luc Picard is still Locutus and a member of the Borg. Along with the Queen, he and his Hive have conquered all of the universe and now he ponders what the point of it all was.

Star Trek The Next Generation: The Hive
by Travis Fickett and Joe Corroney
Diamond
March 2013

In the future, Locutus determines that the plan to assimilate was a faulty one as it leads to the untenable end of not having the ability to continue. Once everything is assimilated, what next? Determining that he must stop the Queen he sets his sight on stopping her 500 years earlier – just before her destruction of Starfleet and his assimilation.

What follows amounts to a short what-if? story where Locutus – and a recreated Data, of course – stand up to the Queen and try to get back in time through a convenient temporal displacement chamber to save 500 year prior Jean Luc (and Starfleet) and thus stop the Borg once and for all (this story, anyway). If it sounds like its been done it’s because it has. There are so many Star Trek Borg stories now that it’s simply hard to come up with something new. While I enjoy the canonical TNG, writing a new story in that continuity ultimately leads to a lack of satisfaction as we know that everything will turn out OK. It always does and we know the end of the story. Where is the tension when we already know Starfleet and Jean Luc win?

The artist does an exemplary job of recreating several characters in a non-wooden, believable way. Jean Luc, Data, Seven of Nine, et al. look great. The settings are right for TNG, if a little boring, but that’s the show’s fault more than the artist. Overall, the art is very well done.

In the end, this is an interesting, if trivial, side story for fans of the Next Generation but for science fiction fans looking for a good story this one will disappoint.


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