After seeing a holodeck simulation of Gwyn's restored memories, the young crew attempts to disable the sinister Trojan-horse-from-the-future weapon that the Diviner has integrated into the Protostar's system. They are unable to break its defenses, however. Coincidentally, the ship stumbles across a dormant Borg cube. Hologram Janeway warns the kids of the extreme danger of the Borg, but the kids think they may be able to use the Borg's knowledge to figure out how to disable the weapon, so they board the Borg vessel and start poking around.
Attempting to tie these two storylines together is forced at best, and wrong-headed at worst. This is Prodigy's entry point into the Borg collective — which in theory makes sense since this is the Delta Quadrant — but this adventure plays out as one of the most ho-hum and tensionless encounters with the Borg to date, and even more so as executed on its rather naive, Nickelodeon-friendly level.
While the animation of the Borg interiors is inspired, particularly once Zero enters the hive mind and experiences their collective, the idea of us entering the hive mind for possible information is reckless stupidity, full stop. The rest is Borg 101, with the drones waking up, doing their zombie routine, adapting to the phasers, pushing and shoving, and so on. There's a reasonable character core around Zero's guilt over having harmed Gwyn by revealing himself, but it's uneasily serviced with Zero's assimilation into the collective, and his connection of friendship all too easily allowing him to escape using pure will.
Meanwhile, Admiral Janeway's ship, the Dauntless, has the unconscious Diviner in sickbay (under the care of Dr. Noum, who is rude and sarcastic even by Starfleet doc standards, and voiced by Jason Alexander), where they attempt to revive him to find answers. Meanwhile, the Dauntless follows the breadcrumb trail left by the Protostar to the destroyed Federation space station.
As this series' introduction to the Borg, this is a tepid disappointment, with very little meat on the bones beyond "Hey, it's the Borg!" — and a lot of questionable decisions by the crew in the face of one of the franchise's supposedly greatest threats. The end result is no real sense of danger despite a situation that should have this crew hopelessly outmatched — even more so on account of their many bad decisions. And I'm already tiring of the Trojan horse arc, which still strikes me as a contrived plot device.
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